One question I get over and over again is “How did you learn how to do this?!” This, usually meaning construction. My short reply is, “my mom.” She remodeled our houses for eventual resale to supplement my dad’s teaching income. It’s pretty incredible to think of the projects she undertook without being able to YouTube it first. She was patient enough to teach us kids how to do things even though she could have done it quicker herself. I can remember being very young and switching out outlet covers before I progressed to putting up mini blinds and painting. Some of the lessons she taught me about building are written about below.
1. GET STARTED: My mom gets things done quick! Her first crack at little DIY action was before I was born. She already had three of six children and she decided ( I should say my parents decided but my dad had always been a bit reluctant to start ‘projects’) that they should put in a little potbelly fireplace in the living room. My mom dove in and cut right into the carpet where it should be, no going back, the first step was done.
2. EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE: My mom has taught me not to let the scope nor my inexperience of a project put me in a state of overwhelm. First we identify the challenge. For example, getting ridiculously heavy beams into place 14′ in the air while working on the Hawaii house. Secondly we brainstorm all the ways that we might be able to do it and then start with the best option given whatever restrictions we might have. What seemed impossible without outside help we were able to do with winches. It wasn’t easy or a pretty process for that matter but we figured it out.
3. PERFECTION IS OVERRATED: Not only is it overrated its unobtainable. Perfection is a progress killer and a dream stopper. We tend to be way more critical on do it yourselfers than tradespeople. But the pros make mistakes too! Knowing that things are going to go wrong, mistakes will be made and it may take a few tries (or a half dozen trips to Home Depot) is incredibly reassuring.
Like all truly great moms you think she’s teaching you about one thing but really it’s about life.
Love you Mom!