The Front Porch: Part 1 – Towanda

Sometimes you need to grab a hammer, scream Towanda, and start swinging.  I have been saying for the past two months, I really want to change the look to the front of the house, which I bought after the New Year.  The idea of building a porch scares me.  However, the idea of living with a dilapidated front porch that doesn’t fit my personality is scarier.  Do I know how to build a porch?  No.  Do I have power tools?  Some.  Do I have a sense of longing to sit on a porch that I built with my own hands? Yes.

Ok, besides my longing to sit on my porch with my pouch drinking a cold one.  Why build my own porch?  I would have to say my main motivation is knowledge, new skills, and the enormous feeling of satisfaction that comes from building something on your own.  Learning to do something new is invaluable.

Mary Dunbar once wrote, “We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.”

We live in a world with everything at our fingertips, yet we have become a society that is lazy and lacking in appreciation, why do it when you can buy it.  I get that, and I am by no means saying you have to do everything on your own.  I am saying sometimes it is best to get out of your comfort zone in order to learn, unlearn, and relearn with a new project.  You might be surprised, and in my case I am getting far more than just a front porch.

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