Building Confidence, One Lamp at a Time
I fell in love with the copper tea-kettle based lamp many years ago. I was shopping in my local antiques shop, and I knew I had to have that lamp. In those days, I painted pretty much anything made of wood, so the wooden base and neck were delicately painted with my signature swirls and stripes of pinks, blues, and purples. I painted colorful teapots on the lampshade, and glued on the tassel fringe at the bottom and trim on top. That teakettle lamp garnered a lot of interest over the years. It certainly was unique! And then the cord became frayed. The plug started to spark when I plugged it in, and I was afraid I would start a fire. So, the lamp became a piece of furniture, sitting unplugged and gathering dust for a year or so. Until…
My DIY friend, Shani, called to tell me that she had purchased two beautiful milk glass lamps on Ebay that needed rewiring. She found a Youtube video featuring a woman rewiring a lamp. “Want to rewire with me?” she asked. It had never occurred to me to rewire the lamp myself. I was going to bring it to a specialist, and I had no idea what it would cost. It took about a minute for me to agree to attempt to rewire. I am usually up for a challenge.
On Sunday, Shani and I followed the Youtube video instructions and rewired our lamps. It took me about a half hour! I was scared to plug it in, but what a feeling when the bulb lit up (and I didn’t electrocute myself!). I came home excited, adrenaline pumping through my veins. I am woman, hear me roar!
The act of doing something challenging builds confidence. After I rewired the lamp, I felt like I could conquer just about anything. I get a particular thrill from taking on typical ‘male-oriented’ challenges, such as driving a stick shift and operating power tools with ease and grace.
The number one sexiest quality in a person is self-confidence. So, get your sexy on and take on a challenge. I would love to hear about it. Please leave a comment about your biggest challenge and how you overcame it.