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Do It Yourself
On any given day, we see things around our home that are begging for a little love and attention. It may be a wall that needs painting, an air return vent that's oozing with rust, maybeit's the black mold forming on your bathroom ceiling, or backsplash of your kitchen sink.
Whatever the items may be in your home, we all have something. For example, I had an oven hood that was old and rusty. Furthermore, it was a real eyesore for
a long time. I wanted so much for it to be replaced by a new one. However, year after year there it stood staring me down, pleading for a makeover. And so in that moment, I decided I would do something about it myself.
For a great number of us, fixing or replacing something in our home, is a scary thought. We automatically tend to think that we need to hire a professional or ask a handyman, if we happen to be single or our spouse is not willing and able. Well, I want to encourage you to have a little faith in yourself. There's something that is worse than making a mistake, and that is allowing the fear of being incapable, to hold you back from trying. Fear can be a very crippling adversary.
Rather than allowing yourself to be stifled, and go on day after day facing the areas of your home that have been neglected, just go for it!
In this day and age, with all of the technology right at our fingertips, you can learn to do just about anything. Let nothing stand in your way of getting the job done. While this can sometimes apply to men as well, typically it speaks to women. Women are more prone to hesitate doing any kind of labor around the house, or yard which they are unfamiliar with.
Lay down the fear, and do it yourself. “What about that oven hood?” you ask. Well, great question! I took sandpaper to that baby and cleared all the rust off. Then, I got some nice heavy duty spray paint and covered her with a shiny black skin, to match some of the other appliances in my home. Boy, she was shining like brand new. It makes me have to wonder, “what took me so long?”
Recently, I asked my 10-year-old to help me take off and replace a door knob. We both researched how to do it, and then we went to work. Not only was she a phenomenal assistant, but soon after I also taught her how to change a toilet seat. Boy...these hands-on lessons certainly gave her self confidence a real boost.
I believe we should aim to raise our children to be self sufficient. Whether male or female, they need to learn that they are capable of doing above and beyond that which they dream of or imagine. Yet, teaching this to our children begins with the person you see everyday in that mirror. The best way for us to teach our child or children something, is to role model it in our own lives.
Well...what are you waiting for? Begin learning and practicing your new experiences now. Next time you have something broken, old, or simply in need of an overhaul, stare that sucker in theeye and say, “I'm coming to get you.”
O’Connell & Company in residence at The Park School of Buffalo, presents THE BETSY CARMICHAEL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL. This World Premier original comedy Based on a character created by Joey Bucheker conceived & written by Mary Kate
This World Premier original comedy Based on a character created by Joey Bucheker conceived & written by Mary Kate O’Connell & Joey Bucheker, opens on November 17th and runs through December 18th, 2016.
Join the fabulous Betsy Carmichael as she hosts an unforgettable Christmas Special at The Bingo Palace. Betsy and her cast of characters bring bring you Games, Carols, Prizes, Fa La La Fun, and, of course BINGO! The Christmas Special the whole family can enjoy. Don’t miss a moment of the H, Ho. Ho Hilarity.
OPTIMISM….Time to Get Yours On!
Are you going into this fast-approaching holiday season armed with the Big “O”?
The Big “O” is Optimism. Life can be so much better, when we consciously choose to be optimistic!
Optimism is best defined as a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.
Optimism is also about Positive Thinking. Optimists have a tendency to make lemonade out of lemons, and to then see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. It's an admirable quality, one that can positively affect mental and physical health…one’s overall well-being.
“Bahh, humbug” you say? Feeling more pessimistic than optimistic? Worrying and fretting about the holidays? Feeling more scrooge-like, than happy? Well, listen up!