“The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.” 

— Cutting for Stone

  1. Denise Vilim said:

    Hi Vanessa,
    First off, I love the 168. quote and given my own experiences, I couldn’t agree more!
    I’m AprilAries at Houzz and am just visiting your site for the first time. I was just responding to your “wallcoverings” ideabook and since I left such a lengthy comment and then a follow-up, I really didn’t want to comment a third time when I realized I neglected to add how much I really enjoyed it. I especially love the wood panel in the first photo, seagrass wallpaper in the second and gorgeous wallpaper pattern in the third, and wanted to add thanks for submitting them!
    See ya around the Houzz!

  2. Denise Vilim said:

    Have you read this book Vanessa? If so, is it an easy read or does it take a while to get through? I’m glad you have been contributing at Houzz, I came across your blog here and have now been introduced to this novel. As an adoptee, it sounds particularly interesting, but having 2 kids age 10 and 8, not alot of time for reading. I’m wondering if I could have it read over the course of this summer. Thanks! Denise

    • Vanessa Brunner said:

      Hey Denise!
      So happy you came across my blog. Working at Houzz is a lot of fun–it’s great that you enjoy the site!
      I just finished this book last week, and I highly recommend it. It’s a pretty fast read, and I honestly couldn’t put it down. It’s a great combination of a love story, father/son story, and a story about finding yourself. There’s a good bit of medicinal references in there too, which I actually really liked. It’s a perfect book to read right before bed 🙂

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