More Than One Way

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There is always more than just one way to do something. I am not talking about the thousand ways to do something crazy. I am talking about all the little things that you want to do around the house, in the yard, or in the office. Those little things which can make life better yet annoy you because you cannot find the right bracket or thing-a-ma-jig to make it work right for you.

I drive myself nuts trying to make something new. Something that would work well, take up less space, and help keep the place neater. Right now, I am building a craft center for my art studio. I found many that look just wonderful and are on sale for only multiples of thousands of dollars. I decided I wanted something functional, good looking, and does not cost anywhere near $1000.

 I put my mind to work and came up with a simple idea that would work and would only cost about a few hundred dollars. Unfortunately, as I started to build out my vision of the art center, I kept on running into problems finding the materials I wanted. I cannot just jump up and go out anywhere because of the virus that is going on. I did what I could online, and then shopped in stores where I was buying other things I had to get anyway. What I found out was that if you go to the store to buy something, that is probably the one thing they will not have. And trying to find a suitable substitute will drive you nuts.

The other thing I learned while trying to find gadgets was that while you’re at the store trying to find whatever it is that you need for your project. You end up figuring out another way to use something else you already have at home. You realize it might be lost or buried somewhere at home, and you leave the store having not purchased what you needed. But you go home knowing you will get that part of the job done anyway.  All you need do is find the right hiding place with the correct part.

After multiple starts and stops, I think I have gotten to the point where I can complete my project. And therefore, complete my art studio cleaning. I plan to have it done by the end of this weekend. If all works well, I will do a follow-up to this blog telling how I did it and giving pictures of how an art studio, which is clean for the first time in over two decades, Looks.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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