Category Archives: Life

My So-Called Hectic Life

It’s officially summer and that means I have a social calendar filled to the brim. As a highly sensitive person, it doesn’t take much for me to feel overwhelmed. While I love to be around my people, I also love having a routine and my solitude. It’s how I recharge, relax, and feel most comfortable.

But hey, YOLO. Are the kids still saying that?

Because of these full days, I haven’t had much time or energy to post anything! Continue reading to see what I’ve been up to and what’s still in store.

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Decorating The Perfect Room: Marinate or Make It Happen?

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I love checking out people’s houses and how they decorate. If you invite me over, I must have a tour. Don’t worry, I won’t be inspecting your medicine cabinet. Instead, I’m poring over what you have hanging on your walls.

So it’s no surprise that I love the House Tours and House Calls on Apartment Therapy. Recently, one home tour really stood out to me because of the people’s decorating philosophy, which inspired me to reevaluate my decorating process.

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My Weekly Gratitude

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It’s easy to get lost in life sometimes. One thing that’s always helped me feel grounded and at peace is to think of everything I’m thankful for. With that in mind, I decided to try something new. Each week, I’ll post the current things I’m grateful for. Continue reading to see what’s got me feeling great this week.

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The Ten Commandments of DIY

Ten Commandments of DIY by The DIY HomegirlRules: they’re meant to be broken, but they’re also great for creating order in a world full of chaos. If you’ve ever experienced a Pinterest fail, ran to the store several times in the middle of a project, or ended up spending more doing it yourself than hiring someone—you need these rules. Continue reading for the ten commandments you need before starting any DIY project.

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Decorating Tips for the Highly Sensitive Person

Are you easily stimulated by scent, light, and sound? Are you easily overwhelmed when you have a full schedule? Do you take special care to avoid things that just rub you the wrong way, like violent TV shows or movies?

If so, you may be a highly sensitive person (HSP). Before you dismiss this term as a new-age excuse for being picky and neurotic, it’s believed that HSP’s make up 15-20% of the population.

You may be an HSP or live with someone who’s highly sensitive— a spouse, roommate, child, or even a pet. To know how to decorate for a highly sensitive person, you must first understand what makes them tick.

I’m an HSP and have been my entire life, but have only understood this during the last 5 years or so. Since then, I’ve learned how to customize my home to honor my nature and be a welcoming space. Even after having a fun-filled girls night out, I still need a place to unwind.

Continue reading to learn how my tips on decorating tips for a highly sensitive person.

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The Ten Commandments for a Happy Home

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The last two years, I’ve made creative resolutions for the new year. But this year, I’m just not feeling it. It’s not that I’ve become jaded. I just feel like life is such a constant process, a constant resolution.

Instead, I’d like to share some commandments for 2015. Too often, we neglect our homes. We forget that our home is also part of our family and is a crucial part to living a happy, fulfilled life. Here are the commandments I feel are most important to accomplishing this:

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Introducing: The DIY Health Nut

When I began my weight loss challenge, I debated whether I should post about it on this blog, since it was personal & didn’t relate to decor. I gave it a shot and created a Lifestyle section to add my health & fitness posts, along with other related topics like recipes & holidays. Now, I’ve decided to make a change to this.

When you first subscribed to The DIY Homegirl,  it was before I ventured into these topics. It was for the DIY, the decorating tips, the design posts. I’d like to apologize that I’ve been filling your feed with posts that don’t relate to this. I now believe it’s best to keep these elements of my life separate from this site, so you now won’t be notified of these health, fitness, weight loss, etc. posts.

If you enjoyed those posts, thank you! I will continue to blog about them under a new website, The DIY Health Nut. I’m in the process of moving all my health-related posts here, as well.

Talking about my health journey has really helped me be accountable, so I will continue to blog about the Extreme Weight Loss Challenge at my new blog. I will include only healthy recipes, fitness tips, more of my home workouts, and general healthy goodness.

I hope to see you over at The DIY Health Nut, but if not, you will continue to receive my design & decorating posts here. :)

Random or Meaningful Occurrences?

I’m a thinker. A big-time thinker. All my life. I imagine, I play out scenarios in my head, I have lots of what if’s and tons of why’s. My theory is that because I think so much, I have a much lower chance of having Alzheimer’s when I get old. Or maybe it will be the opposite–that because I’ve used my brain so much, it will one day just give up.

So, it’s no surprise I’ve been pondering why a particular occurrence has been happening lately. I wonder if it’s not really random at all and if the universe/God trying to speak to me, trying to give me signs…

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