Just when I say I never have posts planned and everything is basically hot off the press, I opened up this draft.
I want to thank you so very much for taking the time to share what you have. I’m still waiting for some ball to drop, but… it hasn’t.
Thank you for your kindness! The blog will show no removals moving forward, just good changes, such as a few less image ads, some video how tos, and possibly a how to work with tools workshop in the works! Way overdue I might add. I promised this one long ago.
So, moving forward, I’ll enhance, rather than remove… because I honestly love everything I write about. And if there’s EVER anything you wish for me to add, you are welcome to contact me at any time and just let me know!
So… while I nearly showed you a new junk project today, this post just had to come first… as my thank you to YOU!
Not interested on focusing on that before my first coffee, I entered the kitchen, only to find much of the same. A half dry fit project there, covered with layers of papers, furniture skewed this way and that, unfolded, clean laundry on the sofa, and an actual footprint on the hardwood floors.
“That can’t be dust…” I muttered to myself. I slid a toe through the print, and sure enough… dust surrounded the impression.
It’s times like these I wonder what on EARTH I’m doing, writing a blog.
I’m the last house on the list a magazine editor would want to come and shoot, spur of the moment. A year advance warning would be required!
Which pulled me back in time to a conversation I had with my buddy Dan. Funny… whenever I start to doubt myself, his past lectures seem to rise to the top…
A few years back, whenever I wanted to try and build something, but didn’t understand how, I’d roughly sketch what my mind’s eye saw, then hand the drawing over to Dan.
My issue was lack of insight on frameworks. To this day, I still climb under tables and flip over benches, taking iPhone shots to better understand.
At one point, I just threw the paper down, and complained,
“Who am I to encourage others to build? I can’t build for the life of me! Every screw I drive into the wood snaps in half. The joins are so terrible, I have to do them at least 3 times.
Who am I to inspire others to build? I can’t build myself!”
Dan isn’t much into negativity, so he gave it back good.
“Don’t you see?!
You are EXACTLY where you need to be. You are encouraging the very people you want to… those new to building.
Professional builders aren’t likely your audience. But there IS an audience for what you have to offer. Your current skills help keep things easy for others in the same place. You use things that cost next to nothing.
You make it easy for EVERYONE.”
Gotta say, never have I felt so proud to know nor have so little! 🙂
For those curious, HERE is the page to all my sort of builds. 🙂
To this day, my builds leave me scratching my head. There’s a reason I don’t sell the things I make. Not meaning to be negative, but rather, factual, they aren’t good enough, guys. They may look good through a lens, but that’s about the art of good capture, not good building. 🙂
Which today has led me to believe, it’s my normal, schnormal, everyday life living in the non perfect that IS part of my ongoing story.
But here’s the kicker… this writeup isn’t just about me.
What I have to offer is the same is what YOU have to offer.
Offering you. Perfectly, imperfect you. Just the way you are.
While we all should consider striving to better ourselves (against ourselves, not others), what you have to give at this very moment counts. Share willingly, and be open to change. For the more you do, the more you can eventually do. Your story will never stop, as long as you keep learning.
But just remember… there are seasons to also consider. You DO have something special going on right now. No matter now normal you may think you are.
Just like a plain ‘ol pallet… Isn’t it wonderful that we don’t have to become something we aren’t, in order to have a place in this world?
Go read those two past surveys… then ask me how I know…