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Renovating your life – the domino game begins

July 12th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Who said it was going to be a simple kitchen and laundry renovation?

Then the floors. Then paint. Finito!

Hmmm… I really WAS delusional, wasn’t I?

The tiled floor in the laundry has to come up. It’s not secured to the concrete slab, so up it comes. Only, that leads into the wc and the bathroom… so they both have to be done. One thing leads to another, and all of a sudden, we’re renovating the bathroom too!


And like my little (but expensive!) saga of renovation dominoes, life can be like this too. We plod merrily along and decide to change something. It’s probably a little something, and it’s needed doing for a while, and may have even been annoying us and we just couldn’t tolerate it anymore.
Dominoes waiting to fall…
So, we make the decision. Take action. And bam! Before we know it, a whole host of reactions we didn’t expect have us madly trying to surf the falling dominoes (like in that gorgeous movie Robots) without getting buried alive.

There is no way to stop the dominoes falling once they get started – apart from running at breakneck speed ahead of the wave and kicking a few key pieces completely out of the picture.

I received an email newsletter recently from a lovely lady who’d provided us with great service and advice a few years back. In her email she described how she’d moved into her dream apartment with her partner mid last year, spent a month on a lovely holiday with him and his family, then came back home and her life fell apart. Not only her relationship, but her finances and other complications, it seems. She’s back on her feet now, and learning to be grateful for every small little thing. Here she was, at the top of her game and whammo – not one thing, but a whole procession of things determined to shake her up.

Life has a way of doing that, doesn’t it?

Next time you’re considering a change – like moving house, or changing jobs, or starting a business, or renovating your kitchen – can you stop for a moment to think through a ‘what else?’ scenario. What ELSE might happen if I change this?

Guaranteed – something will!

Tags: Heart and Home · Watch Out for Those Potholes

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pete Aldin // Jul 13, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Man, this is good advice! We rarely sit down and assess first. “So if you paint the wall, where will you put your furniture while you’re doing it?” etc.

    We may have to change our kids’ school for next year. This is a perfect opportunity to think about the dominos, and I appreciate the thought-starter.

  • 2 Angela Esnouf // Jul 14, 2007 at 9:19 am

    You are so right. For me this week it started with the decision to update my business cards. That led me to thinking about my logo and deciding that needed updating. Then of course it means all stationery has to be upgraded and probably the website as well. The $ signs start flashing, and it’s back to the original decision for review.

  • 3 karen // Aug 1, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    Pete – it’s taken me a while to come back and say thanks for joining in the conversation. A lot of things in life are like dominos – and yes, chosing a school for kids is one of the hard ones, because we feel it has such a bearing on their future, and the whole family can be affected by our choices.

  • 4 karen // Aug 1, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    Angela – oooh, deciding to do something like that in our business is such a minefield isn’t it? Chris and I were discussing SOXS yesterday, and talking about whether we keep the name or revise the whole thing, and we realised that we have a website, business cards and the whole shebang already set up with that name, if we changed it – well – is it worth the time and the expense at this stage??

    Good luck with the logo thinking… I’d just like to say I really like your current website, it’s so calming and serene… but I haven’t seen your business cards so cannot comment there.

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