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I cannot be urban sans rural.

I cannot be urban sans rural roots.

Just as I cannot be me sans rural genes.

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I am only afforded opportunities to travel this world because my past gave me the blessing of an educational foundation in communications and international agricultural.

Which opened the door to a first job as a marketer for Oklahoma’s pork producers.

Which led to launching a social media presence showcasing Oklahoma’s tourism industry.

Which led to digital storytelling for global agricultural and animal health brands.

Which led to launching my own business working with passionate business owners.

Which led to spending more time with my family.
 

Which leads to standing in the “retirement pasture” gazing at Oklahoma’s tremendous sunset thanking God for the past that affords the opportunities for my future.

Project Progression: Coffee Table Makeover.

Travel days usually wipe me out - especially those beginning in the 6 o'clocks (5 CST). After leaving the snow in Charlotte, I returned to Oklahoma where the temperatures were flirting with that 70 degree mark. It made perfect sense to skip an afternoon nap to tackle the coffee table I've been saving for a sunny day.

I stole this table from my mother. She's incredibly gifted at finding furniture to refurnish. (Shout out to every piece of furniture in my house...) It had potential don't you think?

The top was covered in pink and blue nail polish. I'm assuming this was some little girls craft table.

I almost guarantee someone's mother said "this is why we can't have nice things!" after seeing the polish splatter across this table. Using my newest toy, I ridded the world of that awful polish.

I chose turquoise for the base to match the end table that receives so many compliments. If people only knew I use HQ spray paint! (Is that considered cheating?)

The key is to use a lot of light coats as opposed to one thick coat. Laura at the Steen Style has used spray paint for a lot of projects so clearly it's what the cool kids are doing.

Tonight, I started staining the top. I'll allow the top to dry over night, lightly sand over the stain, apply a second coat and finish with a sealer.

It looks better already! Hopefully only a few more days until this finds its way into the living room.

My list for that someday house so far includes: a huge backyard, a girl cave and a workshop. T can have the kitchen. I'm not really interested in anything that goes down in that room.

For this project:
Minwax Wood Finish: Dark Walnut
Rust-oleum spray paint: Lagoon Sander
Awesome playlist.

In other news, the kids in the 'hood inspired me to run a little faster with their marshmallow guns. Rude, kids. Just rude.

Working from Home... is AWESOME.

Let's skip the part where I tell you how blessed I am that I have an incredible job that allows me to go to the office and collaborate with colleagues or stay at home and collaborate with my couch as much as I want. This post is a tutorial on how to successfully work at home and be productive.

To be honest, I'm still in the beginning stages of this whole deal - but I'll give it a go.

1. Set your alarm and get up. Mine {alarm} is set somewhere in the 6 o'clocks. I hit snooze once or twice then it's up and at 'em just like I was heading to the office. 

2. Make a list. This is extremely important for those of you who are like me and are not naturally type-A individuals. When I'm working at home, my list has two parts: my work list, and my home list. For some reason, taking my sharpie and completing something on my list is refreshing!

3. Turn the television off. This is simple for me considering I don't have cable! Yeah, you read that correctly - I don't have cable! Why is this important? Think about it! How many times have you sat down to watch just one episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians and the next thing you know it's time for bed? Point proven.

4. Have a work space. Ok - I'm still working on this. My work space is currently my couch. It works for me. It might not for you - try a desk. 

5. Use your lunch hour. Yes! I'm telling you to have a lunch hour! Personally, I use this time to watch shows on hulu. 

6. Use your noggin. Remember that you have an incredible job that offers flexibility and don't abuse your situation!

Whew, those are my top 6. I'm sure my list will grow. Although I'm not a stay-at-home-mom or stay-at-home-wife, I understand why people love working from home! I'm so productive and I'm happier! Honestly.

Molly loves that I work from home, too!