Happy Wednesday, guys! Caitlin here, with an awesome Design Your Life Interview today. Carrie is the blogger behind Dream Green DIY, and as a lover of both decorating, diy projects, and budget-friendly resources, I’ve always loved seeing what new ideas she’s serving up on her blog. Read on and get inspired by Carrie’s intentions. I know I was!
DESIGN YOUR LIFE: carrie of dream green diy
I am such a believer in the power of the mind. If I convince myself that I won’t get the job, that my friends are moving beyond me in life, that I’m really not good at what I do, then those things will start to become real. But if I consciously make the decision to believe in myself and the decisions that I’m making, then there’s really no room to think otherwise. Having a good attitude, whether natural or gently forced when needed, has helped me to become my biggest advocate.
There’s something about growing up in a sweet southern town that has taught me that little things can mean so much. My memories consist of movies at the dollar theater, parking our cars high up on a hill at dusk to watch the street lights flick on one-by-one, sitting around a campfire beside the lake, driving with the windows down just to listen to my favorite songs, reading with my back against a brick wall in a quiet cul-de-sac…These are the ordinary but extraordinary things that have made me the reflective and simple girl that I will always be, no matter how old I get or where I go in life.
My husband would call this enabling, but I’m just gonna say it – Sometimes a girl just has to treat herself! I’ll never forget my parents telling me as often as they could that they were proud of me. Now out on my own, I’ve come to find value in self-pride and treating myself when I think I’ve done okay. A new pair of shoes here, a thrifted set of dishes there – Whenever I hit a milestone or defeat a challenge, I make sure to celebrate in style with a little retail therapy. Whatever puts an extra spring in your step, may that be a bowl of ice cream or a Swedish massage, I believe a little indulgence is important in celebrating life’s little (or big!) triumphs.
Fire up the iPod and sing out loud in the kitchen when I’m home alone. Try on my prom dresses, high heels, heck, even my wedding dress, just to feel fancy on a Friday night in. Watch chick flicks back-to-back. Go dancing. I think it’s enormously important to just be silly and do things you don’t normally do – or shouldn’t very often do, like chowing down on chocolate cupcakes. Life is too short not to have a little giddy, geeky fun every now and then.
Entering adulthood (with a couple of broken hearts along the way) has taught me that the only person who will ever truly understand me is me. My husband and my family are invaluable treasures and are right there behind me every single day, but sometimes it’s important to step away from the opinions, the advice, even the encouragement to listen to my own heart. I’ve learned to trust in myself in a way that I never did in high school or college. Sometimes its simply taking the night to read a book on the back deck, or hiding away in my studio to write or draw, but that me time is my way of hitting the “refresh” button, taking a much-needed deep breath and listening to my own mental voice tell me that “it’s going to be okay.”
first photo by Mallory Benedict. Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.