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Day 7 of the 12 Days of Christmas

July 2020: I loved the experience of having no curtains and waking up to the natural sunlight. Welcome the clatter and sound of the trains as early as 5 am. I believe we had 2 days of order, then the renovations started and the order was gone. After living in 3 previous places in that manner, it was easier to accept what was happening and preparing for the different types of dust, from wood shavings, to brick sand to grout.

This taught me how to find a tiny place to function out of, whether it was the kitchen or a teeny corner to use as the office. I find this experience useful on this journey. We used Netflix on our phones to cast to the TV and learned an expensive data lesson. So..we got what we needed in a Wi-Fi package, even though we wanted to see what it would be like to just live off of the data on our phones. We also surrendered to getting a proper mattress. Air mattresses felt like sleeping on bricks after 3 days.

I was full on shredding bags and bags of paper to become as paperless as we can. We discovered Sweet 'N Nice ice cream which was from my home country of Trinidad. It was the first time in my life that I ever purchased more ice cream than food as we shared it with friends.

July is a month of many birthdays in my family. My attempt at baking my mother's birthday cake in a different oven came out looking like Barney!

The song I chose for July is a trigger song for me. When I need to shift or reset myself, especially as I go through big changes in my life, this version of Music Box Dancer performed by Joshua Carpenter helps me to believe again that everything will be alright. When I think of July and all that I learned, I am in Gratitude Overload.

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