In order to maintain a bit of privacy I have been very careful about not over sharing. After all, everyone has their own problems so why would you want to hear about someone else’s? However, the more I write the more I realize that it is important to share a little bit of life with you (starting with this post).  And if I am willing to publicly post images of our home, then it’s probably okay to get a little personal with you every now and then. After all…life happens. nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-21

People read blogs for many different reasons, myself included. For example, they can serve as a great source of inspiration or as an escape, a way to stay informed or as a resource to learn something new. Why do you read blogs and what makes you coming back here for more?

I’ve been reading blogs since 2007 and have realized that I am attracted to or continue to follow those that interject their own personality and provide a little bit of information about themselves and their lives. It’s interesting to learn about the people behind the keystrokes. nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-22

Where am I going with all this? 

My surgeon recently told me “You have a gallstone the size of a golf ball….we really should take care of that.”  How do you respond to that? I have been in a bit of denial over the whole thing until I feel the sudden tinge of pain come on. It serves as a reminder that I better take care of myself because it’s only bound to get worse if I don’t.  Needless to say, today is the big day. It is the day that Reviving Charm goes to the hospital for surgery.

nightstand-via-revivingcharm_com-20Naturally, I have to tie today’s post into something design related so I am featuring a few lovely nightstands accessorized with beautiful fresh flowers. No matter how big or small your nightstand is there is always room for flowers. Whether it be a single stem in a bud vase or a full floral arrangement there is nothing more wonderful than having fresh flowers at your bedside. And if any of my friends or family are reading this I want them to know that I’ve already cleared off my own nightstand to make room for a few new fresh bouquets of my own…hint, hint. And for those who have already sent flowers…Thank you! 

I will be back soon but in the meantime I have a few posts lined up to keep you entertained while I recuperate.             –xoxo, v.



I work as high level executive in a management position. I work in a very faced paced environment where multitasking anywhere from 10-20 demanding projects at any one time is the norm. I also help oversee a staff of almost 20. Sometimes there are long hours (12-15 hour days) and on very rare occasion I might work from home. Needless to say, I work hard.  I realize that my job is one that isn’t for everyone but I do love my job and I respect the organization. I love the collaboration and diversity of projects that I work on. Plus, I get to meet a lot of interesting people and be part of many interesting things. The job is rewarding. We might have a lot going on in the office but we also try to have fun in the process. There is never a dull moment!

I also have many interests and hobbies and wish I had more time to enjoy them all. I am convinced that I will never be bored in retirement although retirement is still far off for me and the number of years I have left to work is still in double digits. In the meantime, I will enjoy this extra day off that the Labor Day holiday affords me. You should, too! I hope your day involves working less and playing more….whatever that may mean for you.

If anyone needs me today you can find me at the mall. I will be out shopping to take advantage of all the sales…

Happy holiday Monday. xoxo, V.

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