|My Third Eye|
When I was taking a high school Probability and Statistics class, believe me, an improbability in itself, my good friend and I sat in the back row repeating our mantra over and over again: “Ours is not to question why, ours is but to do or die.” Then we would laugh. Crisis averted.
Sometimes DIYers get in a situation that begins to feel a little do-or-die. I know I felt that way at least a couple of times during my recent kitchen renovation project. That’s when you begin to ask: Whose idea was this? What was I thinking? How do I get myself out of this mess?
Home renovation, like grief, can offer up many stages: denial, anger, acceptance, and, finally, thank goodness, relief. Geesh. All I wanted was to reface my cabinets. I didn’t know I was signing on for any heavy-duty emotional stuff. I must admit, it was pretty cathartic.
I’ve decided there really should be home renovation support groups. It is not unusual to need some therapy while in the midst of living in a home that is torn to smithereens. DIY adventures are rarely neat and tidy. We can all use a little encouragement to stay the course and push through to the other side. It really is worth it.
Because I didn’t have a support group cheering me on during my kitchen facelift, I have decided to start one for all of you DIY brave hearts out there. Our group meetings will take place on Facebook and Squidoo. Therapy and cookies will be provided free of charge. Just bring your renovation issues. Of course, you are entirely welcome even if you have never experienced one single moment of DIY angst. You can be our well-adjusted home renovation poster child.
We have a new Facebook hangout. I call it “Do or Di DIY” (the “Di” is me, Squidoo’s Home Renovator Contributor). Please stop by and use your greatest DIY tool, your thumb, if you feel moved to do so. A little love goes a long way. And now, please pass the cookies... greatest therapy known to womankind.