Every summer I work with my family fixing up our rental properties. We rent to college students off campus at one of the universities in my town. When the students move out, we work basically everyday until the work is done so the new students can move in. My main job is painting. I paint all 22 houses. I also do little jobs when needed, i.e. fixing things, repairing walls, hauling stuff out, etc. I never think twice about helping the guys out with all of these tasks. Today my uncle told me that I am a strong woman which is intimidating to men. I laughed and nodded. He explained: “You don’t need to rely on anyone. If you don’t know how to do it, you figure it out. Although you do know how to do a lot of things that many people don’t know how to do…” Such a high compliment honestly. I strive to be independent and far from limited because I am a woman.
This is part of the reason why I love working with my family. I have learned so many things over the years. I always joke with my friends, “Don’t worry guys, my dad builds houses. I can fix this!”. It is true though. I can do a lot of little things. Not everything, I will admit, but little things. As long as a learn a few little things everyday, I am satisfied.
These lessons have also jumpstarted my DIY obsession. I have always loved refurbished furniture and other things, as well as crafts and such. I am currently redoing furniture for my college apartment which I will write about once it is completed.