ReDESIGNS by Ava: Embrace Change



“The secret of CHANGE is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but building the new.” ~ Socrates

I’m sure you have heard it said, “The only constant in life is change.” (Heraclitus). Last year will be remembered not only as the year of the CoVid-19 Pandemic and a contentious election, but a year that brought many changes in our lives almost daily. From the 3 Ws (wearing a mask, washing our hands, or waiting at a distance of 6’), working from home, home schooling children, not hugging or seeing our friends and families, shopping for groceries online, foregoing haircuts, missing planned social events…..and the list goes on….we have all had to deal with change!

Many years ago, as we settled our youngest daughter in her new dorm room at college, we were preparing to leave, giving hugs with tears rolling down our cheeks, I said to her, “We don’t always like change, and it’s not always easy, but change is good for us.” (I was saying that as much for my benefit as hers.) The changes you have adjusted to since March of 2020 have not always been easy, but I do think some good has come out of those changes.

I have had to adjust and rethink…and yes, embrace change, as I do business in the weeks and months ahead.

Many businesses where I shopped for home décor items have closed. It’s now taking longer and longer for custom furniture pieces to be delivered. Until CoVid cases decline in our area, I will be consulting via FaceTime and shopping local and online. In recent weeks I have been conducting appointments in this manner and have found it works! Here is a testimonial from a recent client:

“After months at home during CoVid, my family and I realized how badly our home needed some updates. Not only were some things dated, we knew we weren’t using our space in the most efficient way. We called Ava with ReDESIGNS by Ava and were able to do a FaceTime appointment! Once she saw our challenges, her creative wheels started to spin! She came up with ideas to re-arrange and offered solutions we had never thought of! Plus, Ava is a whiz at finding great bargains. She was able to shop for some new accents and send her ideas electronically for us to look at! We loved them all! We never thought we’d refresh our house this way, but it worked! Technology can be such a blessing, especially when it’s utilized by someone as talented as Ava Lewandowski!”

~A recent client 

We are all spending more time in our homes these days. You may need ideas to help make your space serve your family better or just need to make a few updates to freshen up your home. Making a few changes will lift your spirit and your mood. Give Ava a call to schedule a FaceTime appointment.

Decorating Tips for the New Year

  • Healthy green plants are always a positive addition to any room. They will add life to a room.
  • Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers at the grocery store. I think of flowers as vitamin F.
  • Add pillows to a sofa or chair in pretty patterns, textures, and colors for a quick update.
  • Turn on the lights. It’s January, and it’s cold and gets dark early. Turn on a few accent lamps to bring warmth to your home at night.

To warm your body…

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 TBS vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces or shred after cooking the chicken and place in Crock Pot)

¾ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 32 oz. carton Progresso chicken broth

1 can (14.5 oz) organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can Green Giant Steamcrisp Mexicorn whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained

1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chilies

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

Garnishes:  

½ cup chopped FRESH cilantro

Slices of lime

Tortilla chips or Fritos

½ cup sour cream

Brown onion in oil. When nice and brown, remove from pan and lightly brown the chicken pieces. Place in Crockpot. Add remaining ingredients (except garnishes) and cook on low for 4 hours. (Serves 8).


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