We make decisions every day. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. Of course, not all of them will have a huge impact on your life, but some will. I can think of a few specific decisions that have shaped the destiny of my life.
The first is my choice to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can remember the specific moment when I decided that it was going to be a part of my life, for my whole life. I know that my faith has greatly shaped my life and for that, I will be eternally grateful.
The Second was a few years ago. I had just turned 30 and attended my first Close to my Heart Convention with my mom (one of my favorite trips ever). All attendees at this convention received a necklace. I have to be honest, I did not like it, at all. I thought it looked cheap and juvenile. But, I wore the necklace throughout the convention (as all the other attendees did) and by the end of the trip, I felt much different about it. When I returned home, the necklace held a different meaning for me so instead of worrying that someone would see me wearing a juvenile or cheap looking necklace, I wore it with pride. That was the moment I decided I no longer cared what people thought of me or how cool I am. I live for myself and I like myself more because of it.
The Third was when I decided that I need to plan for a life where I don’t get married or have children. Of course, there is always hope, and I am optimistic that it will happen someday, but planning for a life without it has given me a lot of peace. There is nothing scarier than the unknown for a person like me who is Type A, planner, organizer, leader, etc… So I decided that I was going to turn my unknown into a known. I know that I can provide for myself. I know that I can create a happy space to live in, I know that I can save for my retirement, I know that I can love my family and spoil my nieces and nephews, I know that I can travel to new places, and I know that I have a family and community of support around me if I need it.
And finally, was when I decided to love myself. I don’t know exactly when this happened. Truthfully, it is probably a decision I make every day. But even though it is a decision I make every day, I know that I was born with the ability to love myself, as we all are. I feel like perhaps it is a gift God has magnified for me because he knew I would need it as a single woman.
We are all destined for greatness, but I truly believe it is the decisions we make that take us there. Decisions Determine Destiny, it is this quote by Thomas S. Monson that inspired my newest DIY project.
I purchased the hexagon whiteboards at Target for $3 each. They were neon colored so I covered the whiteboard and spraypainted the frame with Rustoleum Gold Metallic spray paint.
I LOVE this Rustoleum Spray Grip accessory from Home Depot, but you can get it at Lowes, and Amazon as well, for about $2.50. It makes using spray paint so easy. The only gold hooks I could find were $5 a piece and I did not love them, so I found some that came in a multi-pack (for about $7 a pack) and painted them gold as well.
Next, I took the piece of wood that I purchased for $8 (I had it cut while I was in the store) and sanded the edges and blemishes out. It only took about 3 min to do this. Then I took some wood stain I had and stained the wood.
I let the stain and the paint settle overnight. One of the mistakes I make commonly in my impatience to see the finished product is I don’t give an item enough time to really dry and settle. I am learning it makes a ton of difference in the finished product.
Once everything was dry I placed the hooks on evenly starting with the two in the middle and moving out.
I cut out the quote in vinyl using my Cricut in Babette font. Then put it all together.
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