DIY

Are you a newly proclaimed DIYer? I am. With the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions in place in our county, we have been challenged in many ways. Out of necessity, we are thinking outside the box, creating what we need by ourselves. I personally have been amazed at my ability and creativity.

A few of my recent endeavors include:
Making my own nut butters which are healthier and tastier than store bought

Making a delicious Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream without preservatives or sugar
Trimming my hair
Self Manicures – I love mixing colors together to create my own signature look
Reinforcing rabbit screening to keep them out of our backyard
Converting to online yoga classes which allows more daily practices at home

Before Covid, DIY was defined in Wikipedia as:
The method of building, modifying, or repairingĀ things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. DIY behaviors produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions as well as performing tasks (landscaping, cooking, exercising). DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness).

The term “do-it-yourself” has been associated with consumers since at least 1912 primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities. The phrase “do it yourself” had come into common usage (in standard English) in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity.

Subsequently, the term DIY has taken on a broader meaning that covers a wide range of skill sets. DIY has been described as a “self-made-culture”; one of designing, creating, customizing and repairing items or things without any special training. DIY has grown to become a social concept with people sharing ideas, designs, techniques, methods and finished projects with one another either online or in person.

Now, being 1 year into living with the presence of Covid-19, we are redefining, restructuring, reshaping and recreating the how, why, what, when, where, with who parameters of life. So, DIY fits perfectly into that world. It is no longer just a hobby or a recreational activity with one’s children or grandchildren. It is not just about the money. It is a way to accomplish things, staying safe, socially distant, healthy and happy at home. It is meeting a need within us to get things done by ourselves. Of course, we will continue to collaborate with others, work with others, learn from others and rely on others, and at times need to seek expert advice. (and You Tube and Google are only a click away!) However we are learning how self-reliant we can be. We are stepping up to the challenge and becoming stronger, more adaptable, more resilient, and more resourceful than ever. As I was discussing this with my husband, he coined a phrase that is spot on: “Life is a DIY project!”

What’s your DIY project?

With Light and Love,
Karen

 

 

2 Comments on “DIY

  1. Hi Karen,

    First of all my favorite thing about this blog is your husbands wisdom! Lol! he’s the coolest man EVER! My DIY has been restoring furniture and creating vintage looks with chalk paint, taught myself how to crochet through YouTube and the Dollar Tree here in Portland gives me so many ways to DIY anything. Currently, just moving into my new place I am using the Wiki version as I have to DIY almost everything I ordered as they have all arrived unassembled. I have a lot of work ahead of me but I’m choosing to take baby steps each day and self-care is of the upmost importance right now. I now have the space to get my yoga mat out and resume my practice. Where to you find you Yoga classes? Love you!

    Kelly

    • Hi Kelly,
      I totally agree with you that Charles is the coolest man ever! I feel so blessed to be his soulmate and life partner.
      Here is a youtube link for the yoga sessions. I also subscribe to her soul sanctuary programs which are incredible. However my first few months were with the you tube videos.
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVrWHW_xYpDnr3p3OR4KYGw
      Her name is Cat Meffan- her subscription based program is Soul Sanctuary.
      Let me know how you like her.
      I love hearing about your DIY projects. Amazing. You are very talented.
      Congratulations on your new place. Love, Hugs, Peace and Abundance.

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