I was recently told by a wise man that a key to being an effective worker is to never forget take time for yourself - get adequate rest, take time to do something you love, and don't be afraid to just stop, turn off your electronics and be disconnected for awhile.
With two jobs, working toward building up my own personal brand, and a constant fear of missing out on spending time with my friends - I've been stretching myself pretty thin. The end result is that I spend the majority of my time being completely exhausted.
This weekend, I decided to unwind and take some time for myself. Saturday is my only day off, and I typically spend it running around town with friends or even just sitting at someone's apartment hanging out. But this time I decided to stay home and work on a project that I've been meaning to get done - and quite frankly, just spend some time alone. It was awesome - I laid around all morning playing The Sims and watching the Ninja Turtles, and then I made it over to the hardware store where I adulted super hard by buying a drill and a handsaw.
Initially, I hadn't planned on seeing anyone all day, but I managed to build two projects, clean up my apartment, and still make it to dinner with friends by 6:45. Because apparently I'm still bad at not being busy. I'm sure I'll learn eventually. In the meantime, I'll just be over here crushing it.
DIY: FURNITURE REVAMP
9-cube Organizer Shelf
6 fabic cube storage bins
6 11x11" pieces of pine
6 drawer pulls
4 6" table legs
Disclaimer: I bought my shelf two years ago when I was in college for $40, and I loved it at the time, but now that I have my own apartment, it just looked so cheap - like I had bought it while I was in college or something.
So, I figured for an extra $40, I could make it look brand new, and quite frankly, a whole lot nicer. I found cool drawer pulls for super cheap at Home Goods, and everything else I got at Home Depot and Lowes. (Oh, and when you ask them to cut the wood to 11x11 squares, and they say they can't do that, just do what I did, and stare at them skeptically until they finally admit that they actually can do that.)
Step One: Sand down the edges of your wood, and glue each one to the canvas bins. You're going to need to lay them flat, wood side down, and put something heavy in the bin to set the glue. I let it sit for 24 hours.
Step Two: Measure 3in down, and 5.5in across, and make a small mark - that's where you'll drill your hole to screw on your knobs.
Step Three: If you decide to add feet to your piece, lay the storage shelf down on it's back. I measured 1.5in down, and across from each corner, so the feet were under the piece a little bit. I then drilled the holes halfway into the wood, careful not to go all the way through. I added a little wood glue to the top of table legs before screwing them in.
That's pretty much it - Not the best directions, but really, once you get started it's pretty self-explanatory. I'm not a professional by any means - I literally had to read the directions on how to use the drill. And I still managed to do it.
So, if I can do it, you can do it.
You know, I almost just said 'fuck it' when it came to this blog - thinking I'd never post again. Because quite frankly, life has gotten in the way and who wants to read what I have to say anyway?
As it turns out, a lot of people want to read what I have to say.
Lately I've been approached by a number of people asking "Are you still writing?" And if the look of disappointment when I respond with "no" isn't clear enough across their face, it's made even more clear when they say "Awh man, I'm so disappointed. Don't quit."
And you know what? Challenge accepted. I won't quit. I may need to add "write blog post today" every Friday on my calendar but that's ok. I've also had to put "watch The Bachelor" in my calendar recently.
It's hard to schedule out the most important things in life, you guys. But someone has to do it.
Could you imagine what my life would be like if I had never heard Ben Higgins tell a girl "I can tell by your face that you smile a lot" - I don't want to imagine that life.
I'm Kirsten. Big time foodie, all around goofball, and freelance marketer.