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Kristin Booker • September 30, 2012

Daily Reflection: A Home to Call My Own

A little camera phone shot of the new apartment, minutes before the stuff started to arrive.

This weekend was moving weekend. For many people, they would think that it’s really no big whoop moving. People move every day for a variety of reasons. But this photo of my new apartment is so special because it marks two very important points in my personal history: it’s the first time that all my worldly possessions are in the same place at the same time for almost five years, and two is that my dreams paid for this apartment.

The lengths I have gone to in order to follow my dreams have been drastic at best. When people talk about what they would or wouldn’t do to make sure that they get to do what they love, you never know exactly what that might entail. I started my new career during the collapse of the banking crisis. I’ve lost jobs, I had to sell clothes and personal items to survive, and the kicker that few knew until right this minute: I’ve been homeless twice since trying to start this site.

I don’t say that because I want people to take pity, nor do I really care about the judgments of my peers. I stood in this apartment today with keys in my hand, a lease in my name and sunshine streaming through the windows with the knowledge that my dreams paid for it. In my darkest hours, I could never have conceived of the bliss of solitude, the endless possibilities for color and vibrancy and a little home to call my own again. It is, hands down, the greatest gift that I have given myself to date.

it’s also proof that hanging in there when things got rough paid off. Not saying I would do it again, but I’m grateful that I got through it and into this jewel box of a home I can call my own.

I’m sharing this because I don’t want people to think that dreams are built on anything but hard work,. If you weather the storm that you can do anything, and I do mean ANYTHING. You can reinvent yourself and create a whole new existence for yourself, a whole new idea about what it means to live well.

There are two keys to reinvention. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about creating a whole new career or a whole new life or just trying leather pants or a brighter color of lipstick. Gals and gents, there are two keys to reinvention and they are quite simple:

You have to believe that what you dream can become real, then simply have to have the balls to do it and – here’s the kicker – stick with it, no matter what. That’s really all there is to it.

So, I’d be honored if you’d stick around and maybe share some of my new experiences in this new chapter of reinvention.  If the past is any indication, I can promise it won’t be boring.

Be brave and beautiful,




6 Responses to Daily Reflection: A Home to Call My Own

  1. You and I shall have tea in your apartment soon I promise, so proud of you xx

  2. Wow…what a huge important part of your life you just shared. Congratulations from the bottom of my heart girl…you did it. Very very inspirational 😉

  3. Kristin Booker says:

    I sure hope so, darl, thanks! Hope that means you’re coming stateside in the near future. Would love to see your smiling face, especially in my new humble abode. 🙂

  4. Diana says:

    I remember hanging out in your old apartment before the big move, and I’m SO excited to see your journey headed in such a wonderful direction. You deserve it! Congrats! I’m so proud of you! 🙂

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