You sit on a throne of lies.
Turns out remodeling a house is harder than some TV shows make it look…I know, shocking.
You know that point in every show where they cut to commercial right after demo day and when they come back everything looks great? We have been in that commercial break for the past three weeks. Scraping popcorn ceilings, fixing rotten windows, replacing broken light switches, sanding everything you can think of…
Believe it or not, after three week of doing that stuff our house looks SIGNIFICANTLY worse than when we started. Not in an endearing way. Mostly in an “oh crap…” sort of way.
Friday night Katie finished scraping all of the popcorn ceilings (which is a freaking accomplishment) so she decided to paint the mantel and fireplace in the master bedroom. She did an incredible job of course and it turned out AMAZING! It made such a huge difference to the feel of the room and gave a glimpse of where we are headed with the house.
Later that night as we were talking about the days work Katie mentioned that there is still some sanding, dusting, cleaning, crying, etc to do before we really start painting and seeing the transformation. But, she decided to paint the fireplace today because she “needed a win”
Such a simple phrase, but it really hit me. I need one of those too. For some reason though, I feel bad needing a win. Does that mean I am not a hard worker? Does that mean I am weak? I don’t know but I don’t like feeling like I need one.
Regardless of how I feel, the truth is that it is pretty incredible how energizing a small win can be when you are in the thick of something. I would go further than just saying it is good or energizing and go as far as to say it is absolutely necessary. In fact, I would say that if you don’t feel like you are needing a win, then you probably aren’t on the the “path less traveled”. My Mother-in-law always used to talk about choosing to do hard things. Doing hard things will show you that you are more capable than you thought, and develop character. If you don’t need a win, you should probably choose to do some hard things. I am obviously not just talking about home remodeling at this point.
So ask yourself if you feel like you need a win. If not, go choose to do something hard. If so, go find a win!
Go accomplish something that makes you feel like you are progressing. Apply for a new job if you hate yours, make a plan for that bathroom you have wanted to remodel for years, reach out to a friend if you are feeling down and lonely.
We all need wins occasionally. That’s ok, needing a win means you are doing it right.