Undertaking a complete house renovation is not to be taken lightly. We are now well over halfway, but we still have so much to do. There are so many different things going on at the same time, and this means long days at work for my husband and then late nights at the house. It also means weekends are taken up with building, sanding and painting.
But it is not just him! I join him as much as I can on the weekends, and during the week when I am not at work, I try to use my free time to achieve as much as I can at the house. Even though at times it feels as though it will never end, it is also a good feeling to know that we are working on a house that will soon be a home for our family.
It also feels good to work hard and use my body differently. Last weekend I sanded the walls and roof of our bedroom! This was tough work, and numerous times the others working in the house could hear swearwords coming from the room, but the job had to be done, and I was the one to do it! Working alone like this give me plenty of time to think, and it made me think of my mum! Growing up my mum was very hands on, she still is. She was out with my dad collecting wood, she was the one to mow the lawns (ours and my grandparents), she would paint the rooms of the house if they needed it, she was not one to shy away from manual labour. So, for me, having her as a strong role model makes it natural that manual labour is something that women can do too.
As we have had numerous people come and help us out with working on our house, I have come to realise that not all women have the same role model in this way that I have had, and that is ok. For me, Mum made it natural to see women doing things around the house, so in my mind, why wouldn´t I be helping out in the process of renovating our home? In these alone moments of undertaking projects, I become filled with gratitude, gratitude to my Mum.
What has your mum taught you about yourself?