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The final countdown.

Updated: May 9

Welcome to 2021 people. This new year feels more sweet than previous years. As I reflect on the last twelve months, I am grateful for so many things. If 2020 hadn’t unfolded the way it did, with all its ugly warts and gnarly bits, Neil and I would never have made such a big move. And for that alone, I am truly grateful.


You’re likely following our journey on Instagram or Facebook, but here’s a quick update. After taking a couple of weeks off to enjoy time with our family over Christmas, we are back at our renovations. I’d say we’re about 40% of the way through and hoping to make up some ground in the next couple of weeks. I’m about to put my project management skills to the ultimate test!


This week we are finishing all the renovations in room 9. That includes all the door, window and floor trim, refinishing the headboard and installing the lighting and bathroom fixtures. We had been renovating four rooms at a time, but now that we’re down to the finish line on the first four, we’re circling back and completing all the finish work one room at a time.

the marmalade motel travel nova scotia motel rooms


Today’s project was white-washing a headboard, while Neil put up all the door and window trim. Room 9 will have a “lakeside - cottage” vibe and I think this will fit the theme well.


the marmalade motel travel nova scotia motel rooms





On the “business” front, we are going to tackle the interesting world of inspections and occupancy permits in a province we know hardly anything about. Should be full of plot twists and surprises. (If ever we meet, ask me about the super-exciting adventure of registering our business).


The list of things we need to accomplish in the next four months is long - and it seems to grow every day. If I think about it too much, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. I’m taking some deep breaths and setting up one priority at a time. Wish me luck!


As the author of the book that changed my life says “We can do hard things”. (Untamed, Glennon Doyle - If you haven’t read it, do it now).


#motel #novascotia #renovations #diy #startingabusiness #motelier #entrepreneur



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