Mom: “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.”
When I was a little girl, my mother always used to say that to me when we’d go to Furr’s cafeteria, because we’d walk through the line and I’d want to eat all the dishes!
Especially that lime green Jello salad, the one with cream cheese, pineapple and pecans in it, because it was the closest item to a “dessert” I was allowed to have. (I know, who really likes that stuff? I did ;-) Those beautiful mile-high creamy pies were off-limits to my tiny grabbing hands.
I’d want 10 things on my tray, because I was hungry, and it was all so perfectly displayed right there at my eye level. I’d even go for green beans, because I was just scooping everything on my tray my mother would let me get away with. And, well... I wasn’t paying. :-)
Everything was all paraded out for me, right in front of my eyes, just right there for the grabbing.
Then, when I sat down with my laden tray and started to eat, I would start in voraciously and almost immediately start to slow down. I just couldn’t handle it all. I couldn’t eat that much. Of course -- practically thinking -- it was too much for my little tummy to handle.
That’s when my mother would nod and say, “Your eyes were bigger than your stomach, weren’t they?”
It's remarkable how much this old adage applies to my line of work today.
I’ll go to a client’s house for the first time and their wish list is a mile long. And the stuff they want is expensive! I’m talking intricately designed items, with details that are hugely expensive to make, to build for their projects. And they always have images from Pinterest and Houzz to show me exactly what they want and how they want it. Stuff like what's pictured to the right.
Stuff that costs lots of money to produce!
Are you 100% sure you can afford all these luxuries?
Pinterest and Houzz are kind of like a buffet of ideas that you can’t help but walk by and grab what you like.
And while you’re collecting these digital designs, you’re not paying for them, because they’re free. So, just like a kid in a candy shop (or Furr’s ;-) you heap them all on your plate with no concern for costs.
So maybe your eyes can be bigger than your stomach/wallet, too? Perhaps?
Don’t get me wrong -- It’s fine to splurge; and it’s fine to sweep as much as you want onto your tray/boards when you’re just looking, dreaming, collecting.
But, before you start your project, take a serious look at the costs of those things on your tray. Look at each item, one by one, and then remember to filter, because it’s important to...
Prioritize and focus in on what matters most to you.
Because details and custom made things costs lots of money.
And just because you have heaps of good stuff on your tray doesn’t mean you’ll be able to digest it all ;-)