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A pallet bed reminds me to embrace my limitations

March 20, 2014


I think we let our limitations dictate what we view as possible way too often. For example, I want a new bed frame for our cramped bedroom which is engulfed by our mammoth bed, but our piggy bank has just coughed up its last penny.

So, what do I do? Sit and mope? Ok, that being tried already, what else do I do?

Since moving to a smaller place, we have needed to make multiple adjustments when it comes to stuff and space. Lots of stuff and big furniture does not fit well into small spaces. It makes one feel cramped.

But our budget at the moment is cramped as well.

My solution? Get rid of the bulky bed frame and make a bed frame from wood pallets. Pallets, you know those wood things lying around outside all sorts of warehouses? Yes, they are free and you can make some incredibly cool stuff from them, including a bed frame!

When we have limitations, be it financial, space, time, or physical, it can cause us to either despair and give up, or choose to embrace our limitations and get creative! Take a look at this TED talk if you need some inspiration.

Lets face it. We all have limitations, whether we are a busy mom with another baby due in 2 months (here here) or a busy realtor who is in the middle of closing on 10 houses, we all have this feeling that if so and so was different, then we would be able to do _______. But until that point, we just CAN’T.

Well, I for one am tired of getting tripped up by that lie!

I CAN build a new bed even though I am 7 months pregnant and have no financial budget to do so. And I’m going to do just that!

Our minds are capable of coming up with incredible options if we let them. In fact, I find the results of thinking within the confines of limitations are even more extraordinary!

What could you do within the “confines” of your limitations?

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  • AnnetteDarityGarber March 21, 2014 at 6:22 am

    What a great idea, Claudia!!

    • Claudia Good March 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Thanks friend! I actually saw one that Michael’s sister had built and then did a little research on my own! Love it!

  • Ann Musico March 21, 2014 at 7:12 am

    Claudia you never cease to amaze and inspire me!

    • Claudia Good March 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Hahaaa well thanks for that Ann!

  • Michael Wright March 23, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Pretty cool, Claudia! I grew up playing and taping naps on pallets filled with stacks of feed on top at my dad’s country store. It can be quite comfy!

    • Claudia Good March 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Haah that is great Michael!! What a memory!