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Friday Things | Let It Be Good

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Let’s cut straight to the chase: I woke myself up at 5am with an unshakeable desire to mop my floors.

I’ve been crawling Craigslist and Pinterest for affordable ways to outfit my home, and shortly before bed I stumbled upon Live Love DIY. This girl is a Pinterest NINJA and has basically designed the exact house I want to live in from the ground up using  cheap thrifted items and extreme refinishing (read: spray painting) skills.

Look at her before and after:

Usually when I see DIY home projects I’m discouraged but for some reason these seem within reach and I’m gearing up for a winter of extreme crafting. God help us all.

Anyway, there’s a post about all the shit you can do with vinegar and I guess I was so moved by it that it woke me from slumber with an urge to mop the floors with vinegar. I am not disappointed.

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Getting up this early has been a nice change of pace from my slow sluggish sleepy start to the days as of late. I mopped the floors with vinegar (totally works!), made a pancake and creeped all over Craigslist in search of my first project. (This weekend will be such a shitstorm of spray paint and agony. I can’t wait.) I feel so good today, in fact, that I’m planning to head to work 2 hours early to see if getting out earlier this afternoon will have a positive impact on my unruly seasonal depression. Here’s hoping…

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I decided that yesterday would be the last day I’m allowed to complain about winter. If you’re not affected by the season change you just don’t get it, which I suppose is why people respond to me with: Put on a coat. Quit complaining. And… It’s so much colder in [insert state here] so get over it.

That’s all well and good, but it’s really a lot darker than that. It is such a gloomy season for me that has less to do with the temperature and more to do with the unshakeable feeling of hopelessness. BUT… I think it agitates me more to vocalize it so I’m just going to ride it out.

I was leaving yoga last night and the theme of the class was all about self care and it just kind of hit me that I’m pretty good on the physical care front but I’m mentally sabotaging myself by seeing the bad in everything first. Life (especially at the moment) would be a whole lot better if I’d just let it be good every once in a while. Like if I could just appreciate the process as a whole instead of focusing on the one (or ten) things that suck right this second. So that’s the goal.

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Winter is winter. What can you do?

I, personally, will be doing craft projects. I think if I can find something to pour my energy into–an indoor activity I can look forward to after work–it will help a lot.

So that’s the plan, y’all.

OH. I forgot to mention that I’m terrible at DIY things so this should be just delightful.

Have you ever seen a more beige bathroom?

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20 Comments

  1. I don’t think I have the same level of feels about winter as you do, but it’s definitely my least favorite season because it seems to be the one where I spend the most time stuck in my brain thinking thoughts. And no good ever came from thinking thoughts, I swear!

    • Katie Katie

      I’d like a t-shirt with: No good ever came from thinking thoughts

  2. “I was leaving yoga last night and the theme of the class was all about self care and it just kind of hit me that I’m pretty good on the physical care front but I’m mentally sabotaging myself by seeing the bad in everything first. Life (especially at the moment) would be a whole lot better if I’d just let it be good every once in a while. Like if I could just appreciate the process as a whole instead of focusing on the one (or ten) things that suck right this second. So that’s the goal.”

    YES. THANK YOU!

    • Katie Katie

      <3

      Got your email. So glad.

  3. Kathy R. Kathy R.

    I’m like you. .. hate winter and it makes me feel a bit sad. Part of it is the cold but the shorter days with less sunlight are a big part of it, too. I work on an office all day and hate that when I get off work that I have 1 hour of sunlight IF I get off on time. People who say it’s colder in whatever place, etc just don’t get it.

    Good luck with your diy distraction projects

    • Katie Katie

      Amen amen.

  4. Love the positive attitude! I was just talking with a friend about this yesterday – how the winter sucks (I live in Wisconsin so it really SUCKS), but adjusting my attitude about winter would definitely help. I like the idea of DIY projects to keep yourself busy. And if all else fails – there’s always the possibility of a vacation. 🙂

    • Katie Katie

      I grew up just south of the Wisconsin border (and I’m heading back home for Christmas) so I feel you, I do. It’s a special kind of hell, that midwest winter.

  5. The disposition I’ve come to is that life is a gift–none of which we are entitled to. This is not an attempt at dismissing hardship or dreaming up a bullshit positive perspective that life is rainbows. Simply that life, with all of its highs and lows, is such a privilege to get to live. This perspective (which, make no mistake, was cultivated intentionally over time and is not necessarily innate for me), has helped me immeasurably to not only withstand tough times but to approach life with gratitude and delight.

    • Katie Katie

      Preach.

  6. Hi Katie! I really enjoy your blog. Obviously, the cats are amazing. And I, too, think winter should go away. Thanks for the kind words and happy DIYing! xo

    • Katie Katie

      Hey girl, hey! You’ve given me extreme DIY motivation. This could get ugly… 🙂

  7. Lyndsay Lyndsay

    I like your beige bathroom 🙂 In particular, I really like the human anatomy pictures on the wall.

    And I completely get your seasonal depression. Sucks. Hang in there.

    • Katie Katie

      Ha, thanks! I got those prints on Etsy…

  8. Leigh Ann Leigh Ann

    I think what I hate is not so much cold as dark. Actually, that’s not exactly true. I hate winter dark. I don’t mind balmy summer dark, with stars and gentle breezes. I hate it being dark when I get home off work, because I feel like I have no life.

    • Leigh Ann Leigh Ann

      home FROM work. Geez

  9. TaMo TaMo

    Wait till you come home and see my beige bathroom! Ha! All you need is a pop of color. Towels, candle, art……………………..I saw this really cool idea in Southern Living months ago. It was the ediior’s house, he found a print (poster) at a Hobby Lobby type store, framed it, and it looked awesome. I did it in my bathroom. The great thing about Hobby Lobby or a Michael’s store is that they have some odd size frames that fit their posters. Always on sale and something that someone else may not have.

    Spray paint changes everything…………..furniture, baskets, lamps, you name it! good luck.

  10. TaMo TaMo

    AND look at Weaz on the chair under the table. Hahahahahahaha

  11. Oh my, I feel for you. I hate winter too and it makes me super depressed and a Negative Nancy. I know I just need to change my mindset, but that is so hard sometimes. You made a good point. I should find something that I look forward to doing that I can do indoors. I think this winter it is going to be lots of reading and cooking/baking. I like your DIY idea and I think I might dapple in some of that myself since I just moved into a new home that has ALL white walls. Talk about bland.

  12. A. A.

    It is totally fine to talk about having winter blues, or S.A.D., or however you classify what you’re experiencing. This has always been a huge issue for me too (all of my rock-bottoms with my eating disorder occurred during winter, and even during years when that was more under control it’s just a rough season). It is a problem for a lot of people; you are definitely not alone with it. Focusing on the positive is important, but so is not feeling isolated when you’re not feeling positive. Hang in there, when it comes to winter the only way out is through!

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