DIY Your Life

Motivation & Inspiration


I spent the day removing the popcorn ceilings from my bathroom. Well, a third of my bathroom. Then my arms got tired and the mess all over the floor, the walls, my bathtub, and my face still loomed in the distance. I decided to start cleaning up before I collapsed and then woke up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom only to discover that it was buried under a sopping mess of ceiling shavings.

At the beginning of the year I decided that instead of using every second of my weekends to write (which I’m already doing a good job of prioritizing during the week) I would use them for rest, planning, and a list of DIY projects that have been pinned to my Pinterest boards for months. So far we’ve (partially) built two nightstands, a headboard, and today I began the process of bringing our ceilings into the modern era.

One of the things that self-help gurus suggest doing in order to help you manifest the life you want is to make some changes to your environment in order to signal to the Universe that you’re ready for change. I think design can also signal to the Universe what kind of changes you’re ready for depending on how the space makes you feel.

Being a full-time writer means working from home and I want every space in my home to be conducive to creativity. I want to feel inspired in my home. I want to feel comfortable and safe.

I’ve spent a lot of time envisioning what each area of the house will look like when we’re finally finished renovating it. I’ve pictured myself at the kitchen banquette, writing on my laptop while I look out the window at my dog chasing butterflies in the yard. I’ve pictured myself reaching for the book on my nightstand, the soft glow of the Edison bulb table lamp washing the pages in gold as I read.

In order to make these dreams a reality I’m setting aside a small budget to put towards actually purchasing those items on my wishlist–pillows, curtains, power tools–and taking action by starting (and hopefully finishing) small projects that will create some manifesting momentum. By putting my energy towards these things, I am slowly transitioning my reality, and openly inviting the Universe to help me make meaningful progress toward my goals.

Whatever your goals are, ask yourself what you’re doing to invite those things into your life. Are you making room for them in your heart, in your home? Are you attracting it to you with your thoughts and actions?

Changing my environment is how I’m choosing to initiate this process but you can choose something else to focus on. Maybe you invest in yourself by taking a class or setting aside some time to study your craft by watching YouTube videos. Maybe you do some Marie Kondo-style tidying and actually open up the physical space for whatever it is you’re trying to manifest.

The point is, thinking about your desired reality is only half the work. You also have to take action in some tangible way that lets the Universe know you are ready. Even if the change you make is small, it’s still progress. One step towards the edge of the diving board. A few more steps and then all you have to do is take a deep breath and jump.

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