Small Start

Our old wooden trailer kind of fell apart, and Dad’s been meaning to cut up the pieces for a fire. Scrap wood is perfect to practice on, so Dad taught me the basics of using a skill saw. It’s heavy for my skinny arms, but overall it’s kinda fun. And picking up a tool makes me feel that much more capable. Even if it’s just a small start.

I’m a book person. I don’t do a lot of hands-on stuff, but I think that all I need is practice. I actually really liked shop class in high school, better than sewing anyway! I loved the technical drawings because I was good at them and I like being exact. When it came to actually building stuff, there was a figure-it-out-for-yourself attitude, which was really intimidating for me. I like to know the specific steps I need to follow. With the tiny house, I still have to figure out the steps for myself, but I have time on my own to do my research. That’s less stressful than having 40 minutes to take a stab at building a mini-catapult. I’m definitely the slow and steady type.

Speaking of steps, I mentioned in my last post that I’m going to write up a list of every single step I can think of for the build, and make sure I research anything I’m not sure about. If I think about building an entire house, mostly by myself, it’s daunting. When it’s broken down into little pieces, it’s doable.

I think that knowing yourself is important when you undertake a big project. I know that I like lists and that I procrastinate and that I need specific steps to follow. I’m not afraid to try new things. I think I manage frustration pretty well. I’m relatively patient when things take longer than expected (traffic jams don’t phase me – I’ll get there when I get there). I’m a problem solver. I like planning ahead and I’m organized. But I have trouble motivating myself to start. It’s good to be aware of these types of things as you build. Building a house is a huge deal, and you want to think about as many factors as you can. That way, you can push through your bad habits because you realize when you’re doing them, and you can appreciate when your good qualities make things easier.

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"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult." - Seneca

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris
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