Becoming a detective.
In my life so far I’ve been a waitress, a bartender, a restaurant owner, a youth sports coach, a gymnastics judge, a hotel housekeeper (for a day), a bookkeeper, a nurse, a sales person, a decorator, a stay-at-home mom (yes that is a full-time job) an entrepreneur, an insurance agent, an entrepreneur again,….and yes an entrepreneur yet again. In other words I’ve done a lot trying to find my place in the professional world.
I’m not known for finishing the things that I’ve started and I certainly haven’t had the professional success that I thought I would have had had you asked me 20 years ago what my plans for my life were. At one point those thoughts bothered me. However, I’ve come to embrace the fact that I’ve chosen the road less traveled for my career path. My creative tendencies have always been a steadfast characteristic. And although its taken a while to get there, my journey to my calling led me here to these pages as a writer.
Time to investigate and report.
My dream always was to have a writing career. In addition to everything else, I’m even officially educated with a Bachelor’s in English. It seems though, that life came before my chase to reach those goals. Marriage, babies, failed business, divorce, marriage, babies, money, babies. None of which I would change in order to have achieved them sooner. All those winding side paths have brought me to this time and place, with a load of experiences to share with those who want to read them. In fact, until now I never understood how people could say that they loved their job so much that it wasn’t even work for them.
This isn’t the first time I’ve owned a blogging site. I’ve had three others. Yes, three. I was never able to settle on a niche with any of the other ones, which is what all the experts suggest you have when you decide to blog. My other blogs were generic and lacked originality. I kept thinking to myself “what do I do,” “what am I good at?”. Nothing, really, I would think. I’m a mom, that’s not super uncommon. I do have five kids which sort of sets me a part, but there are loads of mom blogs out there. I never got to far past the set up part and it would take a couple more years for me to even revisit the question again.
What do i do?
Finally one day I pondered once more “what do I do”. The answer came in the question. What I do is….I do. I do things the hard way rather than taking the easy route. I do my own hair dying, I copycat recipes, I turn to Google, Pinterest, and YouTube to find answers to problems I need solved. I cook, I clean, I create, so why not write about all of it in relation to the crazy busy mom life I lead.
This blog is titled “DIY Detectives” because although I may be the only content provider I decided it was best to represent the people who are haphazardly affected by my constant experimenting with meals, my hair, and the appearance of our house….my family. They are the ones I laugh with when an epic DIY failure occurs and the ones who say “mmmmm” at the dinner table when we hit the nail on the head with a new recipe. They are the life that goes into these pages as we live our days, one do-it-yourself project at a time.
Not only will you find fun crafts, new recipes, and beauty hacks, I will also share with you my tactics as a parent, an entrepreneur, and a woman…..which I consider my life’s biggest works in progress.
My dream is that this blog will become so much more than just a place my readers come to find an easy weeknight recipe or the best at-home skin care advice. As my writing unfolds, post by post, I hope that through my words and stories I can bring some sense of inspiration, encouragement, or personal growth to those who read them. Because after all, isn’t life just one gigantic DIY project?