“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’?” – George Bernard Shaw
So, I think I may have jumped the proverbial gun just slightly. I have asked Why Not DIY? but I have not explained WHY DIY!
By day I am a Compensation Analyst, which is a fancy way of saying I figure out how much someone should get paid. My job consists of tons of Excel spreadsheets and formula. Its requires an analytical mind. You must have the capacity to look at numbers and read about job descriptions. All of which I can do. However, I found myself needing more. Now, I am beyond grateful for my position. It allows me to be able to provide for my family and do a little extra!
So I’ve said all of that to say, I DIY as a way to have a creative outlet. I cannot sing, I’m a decent dancer, and I will not be winning an Oscar any time soon. But there are other ways to be creative; painting a room, doing makeup, reupholstering a chair! I get an immense amount of satisfaction from looking at something that I was able to create. Yes, I can go to a furniture and buy new chairs for my dining room table. For one, that can be very expensive (remember from previous post, I’m cheap). Secondly, other than a new chair what am I gaining from that? I lose that feeling of satisfaction I spoke about.
Another reason I like to DIY is that it provides a sense of challenge for me. I have a task set before me, often times something that I have never done before, and I like to see if I can accomplish that tasks. Often times I am successful. But just like any other thing in life I am not always successful. Just ask my husband after I used a paint sprayer for the first time. The creation of the blog is to not only explore what can go right when you DIY but how to fix what went wrong as well. So don’t be afraid to get up and try to create something!
I will leave you yet another quote: “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh