Category Archives: Life

The DIY Homegirl Expands: More DIY, More Homegirl


When you hear “DIY,” what do you think of? For me, it’s drill bits, primer, moodboards, and paint cards (the more the better). I’m guessing most of us also think along those lines when we hear “DIY.”

In reality, we DIY in many different ways; we just don’t realize it. Cooking, cleaning, gardening, healing, even exercising can be DIY activities. DIY isn’t just for our homes, it’s also for our bodies, minds, and souls.

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I’ve come to a turning point with The DIY Homegirl. I’ve felt the need to connect with more people plus I the pressure of creating material that’s fresh and unique—while only about decorating. That’s where the expansion comes in: my blog is going to be more DIY and more Homegirl. Read along to find out more!

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How to Be an Imperfect DIY’er

How to be an Imperfect DIYer by The DIY Homegirl slinky

Contrary to popular opinion, I am not perfect. (Shocking, right?) I’m definitely a perfectionist, though.

You may recall one of my past posts, When the Mystery Smell is Your DIY Project. The failed project that inspired that post taught me a lot… and yet, after another recent DIY fail, I found myself frustrated.

So, I resolved to turn around that negativity. During the process, I learned a few things about how imperfection can be a wonderful tool. Read along for my tips on how to embrace imperfection and how it can be beneficial.

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My 10 Creative Resolutions for 2014

Last year, I started a new tradition of tending to creative resolutions. This year, I’m continuing this tradition and taking inventory of how I did last year.

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Let’s see how I did with these and find out my new list of resolutions for 2014 after the jump.

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How to Have a Minimalist Christmas

Can you believe Christmas is already done? It seems like it went by faster than past years. Perhaps that’s because of how much less stressful my holiday was this year.

In the past, I’ve tried different approaches to limit the craziness, but none of them worked as well as my approach this year. I’ve gone the route of homemade gifts, online orders, gift cards— all of which brought about some convenience.  However, I still felt something was amiss.

Ready for a change, I tried out a new philosophy: a minimalist Christmas. Read along to find out how I accomplished this and why it was so wonderful.

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Liebster Award

I first have to admit, Laura from Makeshift Living originally nominated me for this award a few months back. I was just a big lazy-bones and never posted my questions and nominees. So now that another wonderful person nominated me, Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body, I knew I had to finally do this. Yeah, I did say I wouldn’t post anything new for a bit, but this was pretty easy.

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Follow along for my Liebster nominees:

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Moving Again?!

Perhaps I should’ve changed my site to “The DIY Nomad” instead.

donkey carrying load movingBecause of some big maintenance issues with the apartment I moved into this summer, I will again be moving into a new place. I’m able to end my lease early and get outta here.

This time, it will be a totally different location, totally different management, and totally different style of apartment. (Hey, I can’t just do it half-assed, right?!) Oh, and I can paint the walls in this new place—NICE!

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Is It Possible to be Too Creative?!

Do you ever find yourself at a creative roadblock? Lately, I’ve had a ton of ideas running through my head. I’m jotting them down, planning them, starting them, not finishing them, and then starting something new.

For instance, today I started rearranging some of my living room plus reorganizing my craft closets. And then I tried to figure out how I could redecorate my office. All the while knowing I had to post a blog soon, plus draft an upcoming post.

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I have a theory that because I think so much, I have a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s when I get old. Kinda like exercise for the brain. Although it could work the opposite. Hypertrophy of the mind. Perhaps our brains are only allotted a certain amount of thoughts/processes within a lifetime, and mine could thus expire prematurely. That one day, my mind will just say, “Enough, woman!”

Yeah, this is why I should meditate more often. I’ve got a severe case of “monkey-mind.”

I guess I should be thankful I have an abundance of creativity vs. not enough. But I’ve still gotta rope this in. Tomorrow is a new day and I shall come up with a solid gameplan on all these projects. Tonight, I will unwind by meditating and then browsing everyone else’s creativity, blogs, sites, etc. —and resisting the urge to be inspired. :)

Do you ever find yourself at a creative roadblock? How did you power through it?

Thanks for visiting! Let’s stay connected!

How I Created My Sacred Space

Creating a sacred space for myself has been in the books for some time now, but due to moving, it got pushed back. And I’ve also been slacking on my meditation practice. But not anymore, thanks to this lovely area I carved out in my new bedroom.

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Read along to learn how I created this and the symbolism of the elements I chose.

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