The decision to name this website, “No Time For DIY” was not random or accidental.
Today, I am overwhelmed.
I am overwhelmed by:
- The amount of noise my children are making
- The number of times I have had to clean excrement off of the floor this week
- The number of hours I have been awake when I should have been asleep
- The big, red, inexplicable welt on my son’s arm
- The fact that he STILL refuses to crawl or try to stand AT ALL
- The mess that is all around me despite numerous interrupted and abandoned attempts to clean it up
- The fact that it took 45 minutes and 4 password resets for me to pay one bill this morning
- The number of ideas and projects that are holding court in my brain where normal daily thoughts should reside in order for me to function properly
I simply do not have time for DIY. So why do I do it? Well, sometimes (most of the time, actually), I just don’t. Can you imagine having to DIY everything?
I’ve been thinking about the concept of DIY lately, remembering back to when I first began doing things myself that could have easily been done by someone else. My first real attempt at DIY was baking my own bread from scratch a couple of years ago. I wanted my house to smell delicious and I longed to become more proficient in the kitchen. I love bread (who doesn’t?) so this seemed like a worthy endeavor. After several failed attempts I found a recipe that worked, tasted delicious, and yes, made the house smell amazing. Then something strange happened. My desire to DIY grew. I actually considered buying a wheat grinder so I could grind my own wheat (still considering that – it’s not off the table). I wondered if I could grow my own wheat, then grind it, then bake it. Could I start the process from the very beginning? I had other moms ask me why on earth I would make things that difficult on myself when I could save myself so much time and just go buy some bread at the store. Why, indeed?
I think our world has become so convenient, so accessible, that sometimes we long for that connection to the beginnings of things – the beginnings that we never get to see. Sometimes we just want to say we solved that problem. We met that need. We started from scratch and did it ourselves. But you know what? We didn’t.
We didn’t. We don’t ever. I’ll let you take that and chew on it for a while, but I would be willing to wager a fresh-baked loaf of bread that regardless of your worldview, you can’t argue with it (well, you CAN argue with it, but not convincingly).
DIY is an illusion. It’s an option we think we have that we really don’t, but it’s still fun,and good, and necessary to dig down deeper and get closer to the beginnings of things sometimes. On a day like today, though, when I am so overwhelmed I can barely put a sandwich together myself, let alone bake the bread from scratch, I am so glad I don’t have to go it alone. I am so thankful I have my God, my husband, my parents, my family and friends, my local grocer, my doctor, the farmers who grew my food, and on and on. Individuals weren’t meant to DIY everything and it’s okay not to have time for DIY.
Having a healthy DIY mindset in your life means understanding when and what to try, and what purpose lies behind your attempt. In the spirit of simplicity and ease (with a little touch of DIY) here is an orange creamsicle recipe for you that this overwhelmed mama has been using and enjoying all week.
Ready? DIY Orange Creamsicles:
- Greek yogurt
- Orange juice
- Drop of vanilla extract
- Mix ’em
- Taste ’em
- Adjust flavors as needed
You like it? Freeze it in something. Once frozen, eat it. Congrats! You DIY’d your dessert! (I would totally just have eaten this right out of the bowl without even freezing if I didn’t know my daughter would freak about it not being an actual popsicle.
I got this food blogging thing down! Just kidding. I love you, food bloggers. I don’t know how you do what you do. I often have to abandon my sewing projects and come back to them later with the camera and food bloggers can’t do that. They have to see that thing through to the end right there. Yeesh. Things would get really smelly around here if I were a food blogger.
Despite being overwhelmed, I am very excited about some of the sewing projects I’ve got in the line up for the coming months. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, tell me what you like to DIY and why? Do you have a healthy and balanced DIY mindset?