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I feel very strongly about the prevention and control of women's heart health. That has led me to think about my own physical, emotional, and spiritual health. We are unique and must listen to our own bodies. When it comes to our own health we must be our own advocates. We basically DIY own health. My goal is to live a healthy long life. In order to do that I have to go to the grocery store and pick the healthiest choices I can. I also have to do my own exercise. I have to order, reorder, and take my medications. But, with all this DIY health protocols I still can feel insecure with my DIY abilities outside of my own health.

I will admit to you my dear readers that when I first learned of Pinterest, and constantly read about DIY I needed to google what DIY actually meant.

Do it yourself (DIY) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals. Academic research describes DIY as behaviors where "individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and component parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment (e.g., landscaping)". DIY behavior can be triggered by various motivations previously categorized as marketplace motivations (economic benefits, lack of product availability, lack of product quality, need for customization), and identity enhancement (craftsmanship, empowerment, community seeking, uniqueness) The term "do-it-yourself" has been associated with consumers since at least 1912 primarily in the domain of home improvement and maintenance activities. The phrase "do it yourself" had come into common usage (in standard English) by the 1950s, in reference to the emergence of a trend of people undertaking home improvement and various other small craft and construction projects as both a creative-recreational and cost-saving activity. Wikipedia

Do you feel less than adequate because you haven't quilted your grandchild a blanket or booties? If you're like me you see many awesome DIY crafts that you know could pop in my home. When I do I have found myself excitedly daydreaming that I've done as good of job as the picture. I'll run to the store with list in hand and find everything needed. However, once I get home those simple instructions don't fall into place like the picture. I now have a full closet of DIY projects that have been started and scratched.

In my search for more peace, happier days, and a journey of pushing myself to try new things I have learned a few DIY home improvement tricks. My old dining room chair seats were less than attractive. I turned them upside down to find they were barely attached by two screws. I thought there must be a way I can recover these seats without taking them to a professional. Even the best DIY craftsmen have to use materials bought someplace else. I love to spruce things up with color and learning how to reupholster my dining chair seats was in order.

I was off to the newest fabric store with seat in hand. I talked it up with the lady with the big scissors. I told her I was doing my own quick refurbishing. The lady with the big scissors showed me how to measure how much material I’d need for each seat. And since she was so good at it, I asked her to just cut the piece for me and I’d walk it up to the register.

When I got home I googled, "how to recover my dining table chairs." Sites wanting to help, asking for my email, and begging me to come in popped up. Finally I found a step-by-step instructional video, and I was on my way to DIY the heck out of my dining room chair seats. This DIY project was successful. I'm the proud owner of gorgeous red pleather seats for my dining room chairs.

One project down, on to yet another project. Awe my ugly plain white blinds were the next to go. First I googled a fantastic site that showed me how to measure my windows? What is exciting is the assortment of different swatches available. You can sort by color and browse by fabric. They have blackout, kitchen, bathroom, energy saving, sheer & voile, and patterns. This is DIY at its best. In the spirit of DIY give this place a try.

Your new dining room chair seats are in arms reach. This article is for you to just do it. And remember, “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”
― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

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