The Things We Learn We Can Do – by Donna Powell

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“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.” 
― Coco Chanel

The things we learn we can do.  And the results they have.  The impact. 

They are sometimes the craziest things.

The Mister and I are in the process of redoing our soon to be home.  He has completed one room and has started on another.  He did a wonderful job on the bedroom, as a result, we are going to have a wonderful oasis to retreat to.  He did most of the work himself:  took up the carpeting, re-laid the flooring, textured walls and the ceiling, and painted.  I went to help put up blinds the other night and ended up putting on all the facings for the electrical outlets, the new door knobs for the closets and the new door knob for the door.

I must admit, I was rather proud of myself on putting in the new door knob.

“Do it badly; do it slowly; do it fearfully; do it any way you have to, but do it.” 
― Steve Chandler,

I always think that I am not the creative type, and most people who know me are probably falling down laughing after they read that last sentence.  I’ve been known to make a blanket or two.  I’ve made a few projects of my own, craft wise.  I’ve completed a Painting with a Twist, ,and I recently completed a wood working project that included a fleur-de-lis, an initial and a bow.

I look at the new bedroom and have some pride.  I had input in the flooring, the colors, the bedding and the furniture/decorations.  Granted all of that isn’t up yet, but it will be soon.

I’ve even been known to write a piece or two for this wonderful place that Kim has so lovingly put together, and I discovered I am quite the creative cook.

What does all this have to do with impact you ask?

Well, ladies and gents, I am finding:

I can do ANYTHING!

It scares the heck out of me for a minute or two, however, once I get both feet wet, I am roaring to go.   Deep down inside, I believe we are all the same way. Fear keeps us from trying out new things, yet, once we try we find out (whether we succeeded or not) the scariest part was in not trying at all.

Those who read my blog (see here) know I have an annual bucket list and one of the items on the list is: “to find my pretty”.  The more I search, the more that I discover it’s not just about what I am wearing after I lose all this weight.  The more I search, the more my ‘pretty” is learning how to be me….

…..A new and improved me: 

A “me” which consists of being an awesome person as best as I can.

I have decided that I want to be a mix of Betty Crocker, Suzie Homemaker, Martha Stewart, Professional of the Year and everything in between.

And all of this from just a few projects lately.

After all isn’t this Self Love at its finest?

“When you work on the little things big things happen” 
― Rodger Halston

donna.powell.7_1397512197_69Donna’s Twitter bio describes her as: “Southern and loud! She loves her Crimson Tide, Marvel Comics, Thai food, Martinis, old movies and books, LOTS of books”.  Her journey towards empowerment & wellness began a couple of years ago when she stepped off a curb and broke her left ankle, both bones. She became aware, then and there:  her body was telling her something had to change!

Since then, Donna has listened to her true spirit.  When she’s not fabricating gorgeous quilts, spending time with good friends, her new hubby or writing on her blog, Donna takes the time to make herself a hot cuppa tea and truly listen to her body and its needs.

You can follow Donna’s journey on her blog:Donna Powell- A Life Out Loud Twitter and Facebook

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1 Comment

  1. What a heartwarming post. We do indeed learn that we can! Good for you Donna!

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