“I just don’t have the skills needed to build a cubby house”, was my belief and explaintion. She looked at me with supportive, yet stern eyes “Sarhn I have no doubt you can do anything you put your mind to. I have no doubt you have done so your whole life”.
It was the rebuke I needed to hear. She has only known me a year but she gave me very valuable advice. Advice which I have given many others over the years but at that moment, I was personally reminded of it.
As someone who is always on guard against ‘negative self talk’, how did this unhelpful belief sneak in?
Why can’t I build a cubby house for our little one? I ABSOLUTELY CAN!
I have already earmarked where an outside A-frame style cubby will be built but as previously mentioned we are waiting for major plumbing work to be completed in that area.
However there is a second location for another cubby, play area – part of the Eastern side verandah that was enclosed by the previous owners.
To date we have never used this area, partly because it’s in need of major TLC. First we would have to make it safe for children – even before painting and decorating can be done.
So far what has been done?
* Electrican has repaired dodgy outside light wiring.
* The wood decking in this area was stained when we did the back entertainment deck.
* I purchased very wide skirting board from our local hardware, to fix the large floor to wall gap.
* I have now painted the skirting board. Then using liquid nails and small nail tacks, I have attached the board to the wall and floor.
Heavy sandstone rocks wrapped in rags, were used to add pressure to the board and wall, while the liquid nails drys.
Now that the area is safe for children, I’ll be:
* Using ‘no more gaps’ everywhere
* Decorating – the part where I let my creative, inner child run wild.
The goal is to finish this area in time for our Little One’s second birthday (only weeks away).
The time frame is possible now that my belief and attitude have been corrected – you bet I can do it!