Stress and Phone Shelves

Dear blog world, I’m a day late on the phone shelf update and here’s why:

Yesterday, I hit a stress breaking point. That kind where you think you might cry about it so you throw yourself into bed (with your work clothes on) and you think to yourself that you really ought to wash your face and brush your teeth but then you say “oh yeah right…nothing would pry me back up out of the bed” (don’t judge me like I’m gross I know you’ve all done it). It’s the kind of stress where you pout for a while and then you just pray that God will somehow come into your office during the night and finish your work for you.

…and you know what? God won’t come into your office and do your work but he will certainly grant you the peace of mind to do it yourself and think more clearly than you have in 3 weeks. PRAY BIG people. It pays off.

This morning a drive that should have taken me 15 took me 30 and I was completely frustrated about it but I did talk to God the whole way and I think he turned every light red on me because he and I had some chatting to do. I told him all about how I didn’t understand my equity workpapers and how my trial balances weren’t agreeing to my internal financial statements. He listened, patiently. I had the most productive morning and things that almost had me in tears last night seemed rudimentary today. You might think I’m crazy but I’m smoking what I’m selling people. And it’s good stuff.

On my drive home (45 minutes this time), I had this insane realization about how lucky I am that the only stress in my life comes from my work. Work is something that I can completely control. Most people do not have the luxury to control their stress. My family is healthy and happy. We have a roof over our head and food on our table.

We do not have to pay a mortgage. We get to pay a mortgage on a home that keeps us safe and warm.

We do not have to worry about cooking dinner. We get to pick up whatever we want already hot and ready.

We do not have to pay student loans. We get to pay student loans because we live in a country where we are free to be educated.

I do not have to go to work. I get to go to work alongside men for one of the best companies in the world.

We are lucky. And it’s on my heart today to tell all of you that you are lucky too. To those of you who have lost loved ones or feel that cancer is cutting your life short, know that you have something most people will never have. You have the opportunity to love and live with a brilliant perspective.

Whatever the circumstance, invite God in. Trust me, if God has time to listen to me ramble about accounting he definitely has time to listen to anything. PRAY BIG (and also pray that if God doesn’t give you exactly what you ask for that he will grant you the clarity to see what he did give you).

I’m not trying to be preachy….just wanted to share with everyone that God splashed some water in my face today and put it on my heart to share.

ANYWAYSSS…..back to the phone shelf.

Here we were before:


And we took the advice you gave and painted only the trim white.


It definitely draws the shelf out from the wall a bit. I think the whole thing looks a little cleaner and more polished.

I just taped it off and used a glossy white trim paint (not much, you could definitely get by with a sample–$3). It took 3 coats to really get a good solid coverage.

Thank you dear readers for stopping by our little piece of the internet and sharing your thoughts with us!

2 thoughts on “Stress and Phone Shelves

  1. Anne says:

    Great perspective and reminders! I like the white trim around the phone shelf. What about painting the inside something colorful for a nice pop? Though I know this is just temporary. 🙂

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