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Life really is in how you and I think of it. Case in point…I was reading a blog on home decor tonight and all these beautiful pictures popped up on my iPad of living room furniture with a fireplace burning, large windows leading outdoors to a back yard garden. Inside the house has high ceilings… something I really love.

I saw pictures of dining room decor with large tables and chairs and unique china on the tables. There were pics of bedrooms with pretty spreads and pillows and neutral colors on the walls that just made me wish I was there. Then, I began to cry. If I had taken better care of my credit and monies growing up, I would own a home by now. I’m in my 50s and I’ve never lived in or owned a home.

Living in apartments is so hard at times and for a few reasons: lack of space, bad neighbors attached to your space and sometimes you don’t have a very good landlord. Plus, you’re not putting anything into tax right offs and you’re making someone else rich. Just as the tears began to get heavy, it was like a light switch turned on. No! I will not give in to despair!

I began thanking God that I’m not living on the street under a bridge. I’m not in a shelter. I’m no longer living in Section 8 or in the projects of Chicago, I don’t live in a tent in a third world country with no clean running water, and I’m not living in a place we can’t afford. There are blessings all around me.

I work in a room that is completely creative and I can design it anyway I want. We’ve decorated our little place to make it homey and it is so cute. Just because the space is small doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty and inviting. I have the technology I need to work to work my day job which is based in Florida and I’m in Oregon. That’s a HUGE blessing!

My hubby is semi-retired now and owns two eBay shops that are doing well. He doesn’t have to worry about trying to get a job with the injuries he still suffers from. The glass isn’t half empty! It’s FULL to overflowing!

My mood changed in the moment where I chose to look at what I have and not on what I don’t. That’s the key to living. Choice to see the blessings and thank God for them. He loves a grateful heart. Being a person who always sees the glass full is what I want to be.

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.