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Who is afraid of the big, bad DIY project?

Since viewing the DIY (Do-it-yourself) segment on the Today show yesterday on how to make a tablet clutch, images of tablet clutches have been racing in my head. The brightly colored creation showcased in the segment would surely stand out among the sea of monotone tablet covers currently flooding the market and thus would be worth the time to create. The inherent issue with this undertaking, however, is that I would be the one in charge of stitching this project together. As anyone who attended the same elementary school as I did could verify, my horrific art class creations were the stuff of nightmares. So horrific were my initial art projects that my elementary school art teacher exempted me from having to complete any further art assignments and instead enlisted my help in organizing the classroom for the other students.
Above the surface, the idea of me, an adult woman, being intimidated by kitchen draw liner, duck tape, and velcro seems absurd. Buried underneath this seemingly absurd surface is a trail of disastrous art projects, failed DIY projects, and an ever growing belief that I should avoid all things “crafty” as one would avoid the plague. Yet, as I continued to examine my apprehension to engage in this DIY project, I realized that the true culprit was not an apparent missing crafty gene, but rather, a litany of skewed beliefs and fears that have been holding me back from approaching projects I’ve convinced myself I have no business tackling. I am not the next Leonardo Da Vinci, nor will my adventures in tablet cover territory pose any threat to Martha Stewart’s DIY empire. But maybe, just maybe what I end up creating will be worth an honorable mention. Ultimately, whether my tablet clutch turns out to be a DIY “masterpiece” or candidate for the city dump, the important thing is to meet the challenge of creating this tablet clutch head on. It’s time for me to begin erasing the skewed and destructive tapes that have been playing repeatedly in my mind for years.
What skewed beliefs have been playing in your head repeatedly? What have these skewed beliefs held you back from tackling? Are you ready to meet them head on? I’m excited to see what my finished project will look  but first I have to find out where I can purchase kitchen draw liner and velcro.

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About musingsnyc

I'm a self-professed iOS app addict who loves reading, writing, surfing the Internet and my hometown, New York City. In 2000, I graduated from the City University of New York, Hunter College, with a degree in English (writing concentration) and Political Science. In August 2009, I received an online MBA degree with a specialization in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix. For the past 8 years, I've worked as a Paralegal in the Immigration Law Unit of one of the largest not for profit law firms in New York City. Prior to my work as a Paralegal, I worked as a Traffic Coordinator and Assistant Account Executive in a New York City based Hispanic advertising agency. Throughout all of my different work and school experiences the one constant has been my love of writing. As long as I can remember, I have been jotting words down in notebooks, pieces of scrap paper, and just about any surface where ink would not dissolve. I have always been eager to share my thoughts and opinions about what is going on in the world and my personal life via writing. It would be a dream come true if I could channel my love and passion for writing into a full-time or freelance opportunity. My goal is to share my thoughts, opinions, life experiences in a thought- provoking and entertaining way with all that drop by. I love interacting with people and thus would love and greatly appreciate all feedback via the comments section of this blog.

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