I painted our living room this week.
It had been on the to-do list since we moved in to this gorgeous little home, mainly due to some water damage and peeling (tan/gold/brown) paint and plaster in an awkward place we couldn't hide with furniture.
A lovely friend came and helped for a few hours with the cutting in, while I spent the day creating blisters on my palm and working dormant muscles in my arms with the roller.
The result: a lovely, open, much lighter space - the perfect blank canvas.
I find myself standing, staring at my work so pleased that it is now done.
See, I've never really been a doer.
I'm a dreamer, wisher, hoper. Not a striver.
But in the last little while, I've been striving to be more purposeful at the things I do do.
And being the mama of very little people, I often feel like I'm not achieving, not accomplishing much, if anything.
Keeping said little people fed, bathed and clean-clothed aside, I tend to be a bit of a floater.
A little bit of sewing, a lot of housework and sometimes, a life that feels a bit empty of accomplishment.
I have learned though, that accomplishments do not come without a cost.
That there are things that just will not happen unless you do something about them.
We are learning that together. Our studying will pay off.
Big things can be achieved, but they usually take a whole lot of little things, little steps.
And the time is now. It's yesterday.
What have you always wanted to do?
I've recently watched a friend who has always wanted to crochet start learning, and now she's off and half way through a granny square blanket!
She picked up a hook, and she got determined to do that thing!
What about those books you've always wanted to read? Start reading!
That thing you've wanted to learn, or get better at? Practise, learn.
The fitness you've been dreaming about? Begin running. Change your diet. Loose the weight.
Set goals, start working!
Don't make excuses for the season you are in, you can start small. Just start.
Being a hoper is good, and a dreamer is great.
But those things won't happen without you doing them.
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.*
I'm trying very hard to be a doer.