I am convinced that everyone is capable of learning something new, and with that new knowledge, complete a myriad of tasks that may seem too daunting or impossible at first. The key is that you have to have the desire and determination to learn. Then, with a little patience and open mindedness, with a sprinkle of perseverance, anyone can do it.
Am I like you?
The pivotal point in my life when I became aware that I had to learn to do things myself was in 1999. I was newly divorced and faced with the fact that I was a suddenly single mom and homeowner. My ex-husband had always taken care of all the repairs and bigger work around the house. My greatest skill was preparing a never ending list of honey-do’s and improvements I wanted to make to our first home. Oh, and of course, choosing the colors and decor because every girl loves to “nest” and make their house a home.
On my own, I was scared to death that had anything to do with altering my home beyond a can of paint or planting flowers. I found myself with a tool box full of basic tools and a lawnmower and absolutely no idea how to use them.
How I Started….
My journey began with a bright cranberry red bedroom. Having gone from all beige “safe” colors as a married woman, this was an act of independence that did so much to boost my spirit and sense of freedom. I felt ready to take on more! So a friend gave me a basic “fix it yourself” book and I started reading it as if it was a treasure map leading to a gold mine. I learned how to change a toilet flapper, how to install linoleum tile, how to install curtain rods, how to replace a faucet….all by myself! I loved the sense of accomplishment I felt each and every time I finished something new.
Several years later, I have successfully completed full scale home renovations from top to bottom including multiple bathroom and kitchen remodels. I have successfully renovated several homes stripped back to the studs. I served as my own designer and general contractor of my primary water front home. Each and every project still feels good when its complete. There’s not much that scares me now. As a successful real estate broker, home flipper and vacation rental property owner/manager, there’s not much I haven’t encountered over the span of my career.
My simple formula for success….
Every time, I follow the same formula for success…read, prepare a plan from start to finish and a plan B for an exit strategy if I get in over my head. What’s the worst thing that will happen if I try something new? You might be surprised that with the careful planning, the answers are scarce to that question.
Get empowered to do it yourself!
Most of all, I love helping others with their design, repair or how to dilemmas. I now have a wealth of interesting and useful knowledge on a variety of how to topics. I have learned that women AND men can benefit from a safe place, free from criticism or ridicule, to ask the burning questions of “how to”. So my goal for this site is to empower others by offering tips and knowledge to do the simplest of tasks to more complex tasks. Guys, this is for you too. Anonymity preserves the guy code, I promise.
I hope you enjoy my blog and find it useful~