Eleanor's EventsScranton, Kansas

Use the Resources You Have

Ever since I laid eyes on Eleanor's, I knew in my heart the place could clean up nice with some TLC and a conservative budget. Some may have disagreed, but there was so much beauty already there if you looked hard enough.

I hit several roadblocks as I worked on the project, such as massive ceiling cracks, broken furniture, or uneven floors. Each time I would face these challenges, I found myself saying, "Lara, use the resources you have."

This phrase has not only saved me so much money over the years but, more importantly, has helped me exercise the muscle of problem-solving. To my surprise, I often found a solution with tools, products, or knowledge right in front of me. You'd be amazed at the things you can fix or replace with items you already own! And the more you do it, the more you grow in confidence, learning to be resourceful. Not to mention, you waste less!

Which brings me to this picture. Last week I hit my frustration in my lack of physical activity due to all the computer work I have been doing. I kept telling myself there had to be a better way to get 10,000 steps a day AND accomplish the office work needed. Then it dawned on me, why not try to do both at the same time??

I instantly got on Amazon and found treadmill attachments for $79. I just about clicked "buy now" until the exact phrase popped into my mind:

Use the resources you have.

Immediately, as if in a scavenger hunt, around the house I went. Within minutes I stumbled upon this wood plank from an old bed frame. I hoisted it up on the treadmill arms, gathered my office supplies, and tied up my walking shoes.

Guess what? It worked like a charm.

For the past week, I've been able to get up first thing in the morning, and within an hour, I've walked over 3 miles while taking care of emails, shopping, and content writing. It's been incredible! Not to mention it goes by extremely fast because I'm so distracted the entire time I walk.

Next time you face a challenge, I encourage you to ask yourself the same thing. What resources do you already have around you to help complete the task?