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how do YOU define success?

got ya with that title, huh?

(lest you think I’m about to get all philosophical, (when all you really wanted to read about is design and beautiful spaces)…..hang with me a minute.  it’s about to get beautiful up in here.)

so when I read the title to the video below, I began to think.

how do I define success?

when I was young, I thought success meant money.  I thought it meant things.  I thought it meant freedom to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and no one in the way to tell me differently.  I would be completely dishonest if I said anything other than that. You can read this post here to learn about loans, Also checkout loanload service visit  our sites here.


Youth is wasted on the young. – George Bernard Shaw



to say that I’m ever so grateful to God for letting me outlive my stupidity (at least in that area of my life…I know I’m still a huge work in progress) would be an understatement.

now, I think I have just a little bit better grip on what really matters in this wisp of a life we have been given.  oh don’t get me wrong…I still love beautiful things- heck, I’ve built a business on them from my small loans for bad credit.  but I’ve lived long enough to learn their proper place in this world, and that by using beautiful things and ideas, you can bring joy to others.

and in my humble opinion, that’s what it’s all about.  using your gifts, talents, and interests to bring joy to others.  to serve them.  to help them, or to make their life easier.  and if you can make a living along the way?  well then, that’s just the icing on the cake.  and at the age of 47, I think that’s how I define success.  having the freedom and the time to use your gifts, talents, and funds even on online with the  validity of the apps and website to make life better for someone else.

that’s why I’m over the moon excited!!!!! about this project that my RESA® girls and I are working on.  watch the video below that I grabbed from their web site about the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, and then I’ll fill you in on all the details.


“….cause Jesus knows me.”

I can’t think of anything more beautiful than that.

those words coming out of that child’s mouth.

Greater Nashville RESA® Chapter

if you’ve been around here for any length of time, then you know that I’m part of the national organization for real estate stagers and redesigners- the Real Estate Staging Association.  a couple of years ago, our Nashville chapter was formed, and we have been a thriving group of colleagues and mentors to each other since.

we learned of TBCH through one of our members, and 12 of us from the Greater Nashville RESA Chapter are donating our time and talent to make over portions of their living spaces.  we have committed to redesigning 8 bedrooms and 3 community living areas (to begin with) in the homes that around 24 girls cycle through. (we’re not leaving out the boys’ homes- it just worked out that the girls’ spaces will be done first.)

these children have no family, no one to call “home.”  there are six group homes in total on the campus, and the children rotate between two different homes and sets of house parents every couple of weeks.  as I look at my three children sleeping peacefully in their beds, I can’t imagine…THEY can’t imagine… how truly lucky they are.

we will be working on this project the first two weeks of September, and we have been shopping and planning and gathering and can’t wait to get started!  we have SEVERAL people that have joined us; individuals and companies that believe and define success in much the same way that I do.  one of those companies is Sherwin-Williams, who has joined our effort and will be providing the paint for the spaces, and we are ever so grateful!  over the next few weeks I will share more about the individuals, companies, and my RESA® girls that are part of this project.

so how can you help??

I thought you’d NEVER ask!!!!

again…if you’ve been around me any length of time at all- like five minutes- you KNOW that I’m a book lover and an avid reader.  I believe that a love of books and reading is one of the single greatest things you can give a child.  that’s why I’m pumped that my design girls and I are asking our readers to help stock the bookcases in the homes!  their bookshelves are sorely lacking; especially in the middle and upper grade areas of interest.  so we are collecting new and gently used books (K-12) to fill them up.  if you would like to donate, please leave me a comment below and I will make arrangements to get them from you! please, please, please help us fill them to the brim!


we look so forward to sharing the before and afters of these spaces- and hopefully some smiles on little faces.

that my friends = success!


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  1. Michelle Brooks-Young August 21, 2017 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Love this post!!
    Count me in on books.
    I’ll get them to you!

  2. Michelle Brooks Young August 22, 2017 at 9:08 am - Reply

    ♥♥♥ Love this post!! Count me in on book donations!!

  3. Jennie August 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I have books! I’ll drop them off after my next cleaning out your way.

  4. Susan Settle August 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I just bought a small house in Lebanon and need some ideas on adding a master bath/bedroom and a workout room/office. Is that something you do?

    • Elizabeth Scruggs August 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      hi Susan- yes, it’s absolutely something I do:) email me through the web site, and we will see about getting you on the schedule for a consult! thanks for reading and following my blog!

  5. Dell Karp August 25, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Would love to get involved. Shopping, painting, delivering. Also will purchase some books to deliver to you! You inspire me!

    • Elizabeth Scruggs August 28, 2017 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      hi Dell! thanks SO much- any books you have to donate will be greatly appreciated!! you are too kind:))

  6. Kristen Ragsdale August 26, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    I’d love to see some of my Karen Kingsbury books find a good home (I have to find them first ). Cortnie can give some of hers too. When you do the boys’ homes, I can round some up for them too. 🙂

    • Elizabeth Scruggs August 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      hey Krissy! thanks so much! has she written any school age books? I have read her before, but didn’t know she wrote for kiddos- would love to take them whatever you don’t need anymore- xoxo

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