Be Proactive

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Hi and welcome to Drawn to DIY!

Last Monday, I welcomed summer with a free printable about a cheesy but classic song

Today, I'm starting something new.

During the planning stage of starting this blog, I knew I wanted it to be much more than an online journal. I wanted it to be about tackling DIY projects and at the same time, hone skills and learn new things along the way!

For me, this is what DIY is actually about. It's not just making geo concrete planters or renovating your kitchen. I was *drawn to DIY* because of the concepts behind it—independence, resourcefulness, and constant improvement. 

Whenever I read about DIY-ers, I'm always at awe how they come up with new things using only so and so things, and how they are able to keep doing it week after week. While I don't consider myself an expert at any of the things I share here, this fact is exactly what drives me to blog—I want to get better!

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So aside from blogging, writing, DIY-ing, and lettering, I also wanted to make time to read. Or at least force myself to make time to read. What better way to develop this habit than to begin a reading/learning series for the blog? Ha!

So on the first Monday of every month, I'll post an insight from a book, audiobook, podcast, or article that I like. First up is 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

I'm actually a bit ashamed I only listened to the audiobook recently, especially since it's one of the best motivational books ever written. Quickly I became addicted since it lists ways to take control of your life and reach your full potential. It's not a general ideas kind of book either. It actually enumerates various situations wherein you can turn your excuses into learning opportunities. 

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The first habit, Covey says, is to be proactive. Take note he emphasizes this as a habit which means you have to do it regularly and consistently. More than just getting off your butt and moving around, to be proactive means to stop simply reacting to situations and make things happen for yourself.

I felt it was appropriate since I started this blog. I wanted to make things happen for me. This is also why I'm sharing it with you now—whether it's starting a blog, or learning a new skill, I encourage you to make it happen for yourself. Simply take the first step and be proactive!

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Here is your free printable.

Want to see how I made this? Head on over to my Instagram account to see the work-in-progress video from pencil to watercolor!

Share below: Have you read this book? What are your insights? Do you have suggestions for me to read or listen to next?

See you again this Thursday for a dessert you can enjoy all year long!

 
 

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