I came across a comment on my FB page which asked me if I’ve always had this passion for repurposing.
The question brought on unexpected emotion. My eyes began to sting and then a smile appeared. I indeed had an answer.
In a word? Misfortune led me to this junky passion. Who knew that going through what you feared most would turn things around?
I think by nature, women are security seekers. We don’t want the bottom to drop.. security, whether that be financial or being where safety reins is part of our makeup. We want to be safe from harm and keep our families tucked closely to us and cared for in every way possible.
So what happens when the bottom does fall out? What if you lost your marriage, your dream home, your new shop just built on your property and had to start all over with a small son in tow? Oh, and let’s throw in getting sick.
When you hit bottom, there’s no where to go but up. So I slowly started uphill the only way I could. By tackling one misfortune at a time.
I eventually found a home I could call home even though it was a mess.
But miracles weren’t handed to me on a silver platter either. I couldn’t sit there and wallow in self pity and rock back and forth, ranting, “I can’t do this! I don’t know how!” Sitting this one out would not win the race.
I had to make do.
I remember hearing about this home show in town. I didn’t have two nickels to rub together at the time, but I went anyway. I wanted to SEE pretty home setups even if I couldn’t afford them.
Well, the inspiration did me in. It was like I grew a new set of eyes on my way home. I drove past this old sign in the back of a gas station, pulled right in and asked if I could have it.
I brought it home, cleaned it up, and hung it as a headboard. It was my very first repurpose. I knew I was onto something HUGE, and kept doing this over and over and over again. I was decorating my home in the most unique of ways for FREE.
My entire home tour is all about making do. (see it HERE) And I’ve never loved my home more.
I had to be proactive.
The toilet leaked like a sieve. Something had to be done FAST, yet I didn’t have the funds to hire help. So I head down to the store for a pile of self help books for half price and started to learn all about the wonderful world of toilets.
The first time I pulled a toilet out of the floor, I was a physical and mental MESS. But once it was back in place and actually working… I cannot tell you the triumph that entailed.
Push yourself! If it doesn’t require great physical strength, it’s possible for you to do anything yourself. Never forget that.
I had to allow help.
I remember one day in particular. I was sitting on the bathroom floor in tears, with 3 self help plumbing books cracked open. I was trying to install a tap set and was NOT getting it. The millions of pieces were spread out around me and nothing meshed.
That’s when the phone rang. My buddy Vic was checking in on me and after hearing of my frustration, head right on over to help. He took one look at all the books and said, “You can put those away now., we’ll do this together.” I don’t think I could have loved anyone more than at that moment.
But I learned something I didn’t expect after the fact. Vic needed this as well. It was the first tap set he installed and we aced it. Together. Growth. For both of us.
I quickly learned that by allowing others to help us, we in return help them in ways we could never even begin to imagine. Ditch the pride friends, were weren’t meant to walk alone.
I had to become fearless.
I was in this 10 week online decorating competition and nearly every week, I wanted to make something I’ve never done before. One week I wanted to make this TV stand out of a pallet.
Crap was strewn all over my driveway like you wouldn’t believe with the big deadline looming. I had NO idea how to install legs onto a pallet! But I had to be fearless in trying method after method until I eventually figured it out.
I can now carry this knowledge to my next build and make it even better! By becoming fearless yet again of course.
Incidentally? I had to be fearless for 10 weeks because every project I made was a first. Most amazing growth of my life to date.
I had to believe.
When I wanted to purchase a used travel trailer , I expressed my concern to my friend on not knowing how to fix something if it was broken. Dan gave me the best advice I’ve ever heard and it’ll stick with me for the rest of my life.
“Anything is fixable. ANYTHING.”
Believing I could do it was a whole other ballgame, but that’s all it took. If something broke, I took a deep breath, took apart the broken thing taking pictures along the way, then put it back together again.
My most recent ‘big’ fix was the rv door. It’s now as good as new.
I wanted this little cottage that wasn’t broken in the worst way. But I knew I’d have to sell my broken house in order to get it. So I prayed for an answer.
I didn’t get my dreamy little cottage, but something way better. 10 minutes later, a team offered to come help me fix my home. A year later, they left with everything in PERFECT shape.
If that wasn’t a God thing, I don’t know what is. My full story is HERE.
He waits to be asked. Start asking.
I work double duty.
When I first moved, my day job was very part time. It wasn’t enough to earn from. I coasted on savings until they were gone. Then the recession hit. Gulp.
But poverty threw me into motion. I started snooping on the side of the road for things. And eventually grew my passion for junk into another business.
To this day, I’m still doing the day job AND the blog job. And I’m going to continue with both until the blog wins. It’s hard, but if that’s what it takes to feel amazing every single day of my life, I’m IN!
Don’t give in to the difficult. It may just be around the corner!
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Why I’m no longer without is because I’ve had a lot of misfortune. And the more misfortunes I’ve had, the harder I had to work to better myself.
No luck applicable.
Please insert YOU into any of these scenarios. The world is waiting.
Beautiful Things by Gungor. This was played in our church today and it blew me away. So fitting… crank it up good!