Nathalie's Notes

Raising the Hardy Boys

The unbearable lightness of decluttering Jun 19, 2015 By NATHALIE HARDY | Yamhill Valley News-Register Behind the Picket Fence   Whenever I embark on a decluttering odyssey on the home front, people are all like: “You’ll feel great! Free! Lighter! Relieved!”  Lies. All lies.  What I actually feel is overwhelmed, sad, stressed, guilty. And wishing …

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(Let me preface this whole thing with this: I’m fine. My heart is good. And I have a medical bill to prove it. But it was probably worth it.) So one minute I’m standing at the counter, chopping vegetables for stir fry and enjoying(ish) the sound of Jake making a joyful noise with his new …

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  At this moment I am … drinking  a chai tea with honey and almond milk. And water. A lot of water. appreciating having two kids in school for a few hours. And amazed at the debris and aftermath of getting them there fed, dressed and on time. watching the clock and obsessively refreshing my …

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I met with my therapist yesterday (don’t worry, I won’t judge you for not having one). She mentioned it’s been two months since my last appointment. Maybe that explains the barfing from stress yesterday? (Oh, no. That was probably actually the stress. Or, how I process it rather.) So far this year has given me …

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It’s a pretty safe bet you won’t see any of my do-it-yourself projects gracing the pages of national magazines targeting women looking to beautify their homes and gardens.
In fact, as I write this, it occurs to me that my editor was perhaps being ironic when she approached me with the idea for writing this particular column. Or, perhaps, she wanted to offer readers a little comic relief in case they too can relate to things not turning out like the picture. Ever.