A few life lessons I learned while painting

I painted my office today (yay – I’m so excited!!) and I allowed my mind to wander a bit. Here are a few of the things I got thinking about – and it is not necessarily about painting at all!!

1. Don’t like something? Then change it! A little bit of sweat equity can change a lot of things in your life.  Don’t like the colour on the wall in your bedroom? Then change it with some sweat equity.  Don’t like how snug your jeans are fitting? Then change it with some sweat equity! Don’t like your job? Then make a plan and change it with some sweat equity!

2. Take risks! Pick interesting colours. I’m not sure this colour is going to be totally fab on my wall – but what’s the worst that could happen?  If I don’t like it I will just paint it again. Sometimes you just need to take a leap of faith!

3. Tedious manual labour is good for the soul. When you are busy with manual tasks your mind wanders, and there is no telling where your mind will go!  Inspiration may strike, you may come up with a brilliant idea, or you may re-evaluate where your life is going.

4. Sing like no one’s listening. Dance like no one’s watching. Even if you have to dance while standing on a chair with a paint roller in your hands while singing along to Afrikaans folk songs.

4. Proper preparation pays off. It takes forever to prep a room for painting: fill in holes and sand it down, tape all the edges, take off all outlet face plates.  But you know what, when you pull back the tape to reveal crisp edges and smooth walls it will all be well worth it.  Set yourself up for success… in painting and in life.

5.  Your home is your castle. You know I love to refer to my house as my nest. Any time and effort spent on personalizing our home is well worth it.  It is where we live.  It is where we eat and play and rest and laugh – and putting in a good Sunday afternoon painting it will be worth the warmth and happiness it ads to OUR nest.

6.  Don’t take things too seriously. Life is too short and perfection is boring

Keep an eye out for my office reveal soon!

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  • jen
    January 19, 2020

    hi nienke! i’m a new follower and just wanted to say i love your blog! i was skimming through some old entries and saw your post about football…a funny coincidence – i’m from san diego so i’m a chargers fan but my husband is a huge steelers fan! too bad you switched over! 🙂 nice to meet you! love, jen

  • Angela
    January 19, 2020

    Hi Nienke!
    Thanks for the follow on Twitter! I know I haven’t met you at one of the Toronto meetups yet but I love finding new blogs from local bloggers and yours is awesome! The photos are gorgeous, and I totally agree on singing whilst doing jobs like painting! As nerdy as it sounds, I often put on old songs when I’m cleaning my house and sing along – it makes an otherwise tedious job seem like more fun! Have a great day! 🙂

  • Allie Finch
    January 20, 2020

    I love the way you wrote this. Very creative & inspiring. 🙂 Thank you.

  • Garfield
    January 22, 2020

    Awesome black and white photos, and your life lessons are inspiring! Thanks, Nienke 🙂 )

  • Kristen
    January 24, 2020

    Love all your thoughts, #1 is by far my fave at the moment. You are so right about changing the things you don’t like in your life!

  • maria
    January 25, 2020

    nienke- you look so adorable painting…..great life as well as painting lessons!! awesome pics too!

  • alana
    January 26, 2020

    can’t wait to see the reveal, revel!