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Government Shutdowns and DIY for Life



As VP of Brand + Creative for Ubiquity, Sylvia is a creatively driven entrepreneur with an unprecedented passion for the written word. With over 22 years in marketing and advertising and titles ranging from Director to CMO, Sylvia has worked with mega giants including Intel, Microsoft, IGN Entertainment, Activision, and Apple. She has also worked on projects with Jack Johnson, Mariah Carey, Denise Richards and YMCMB’s Lil’ Wayne and Birdman. Most recently, Sylvia co-produced Broken Eggs, the hard-hitting, feature-length documentary about the looming retirement crisis in America.


November 1, 2013 at 11:27 am
Personal Finance


I don’t know if you heard anything about this thing called a government shut down recently – it didn’t get much press…

The new and ultimately unimproved January 15th deadline that is looming for a repeat of said government shut down makes me a lot of things – mostly extremely ticked off with a side order of paranoia. There is talk of yet another recession, worse than the previous one (insert swear word here), and having been through it already, I am not looking forward to the sequel.

Since I have been making all of these positive improvements to my life, and am no longer that girl who gets what she wants when she wants it, I have also taken it a step further with the next level of crazy saving. A girl’s gotta evolve after all, and getting out of debt, while important, is boring me to death.

First off, I come from a family of ultimate DIYers. And my life, on its crazy career path, took me away from those roots and I became your typical American consumer. Sew a hole in a sock? Are you kidding me? Let alone knit a pair? What is this? A third-world country?

Okay, look. I’m probably not going to sew a hole in a sock (though I have done it), but I’ll tell you what. I will mend my jeans, t-shirts, etc. I will buy things from a second hand store and I will strut around in those used garments proudly. I will even buy things that are used and modify them to fit me, or sew something from scratch! Those curtains would make a darn fine skirt…

And it’s not just clothing! I also make my own artisan-like bread from scratch (don’t worry, I have the recipe for you). I cook once a week for the entire week, and YES, I can in fact eat for a dollar a day and feed one or two more people on that same dollar (no that doesn’t include wine, which is it’s own really special food group).

I listen to DIY radio shows for inspiration. I bypass home improvements by other people and work on those myself – actually, with my husband-to-be, because I don’t know if you know this about me. But I can’t measure anything at all ever. Measure once, cut – measure again – wrong again – cut again – crap!

Now – let’s be clear. I basically work around the clock because I love what I do so much, that it haunts me even while I sleep (in a super awesome way). But I am still making time to save myself some dough, by mending and making and dreaming of new things to make and mend. It’s really satisfying to know that the new average American (2.0) is starting to think differently about consumption, and I am one of them! Basically, we are just starting to think like the generations before us, and you know what? That’s not a bad thing.

And now for that recipe I promised you. The New York Times No-Knead Bread Recipe – aka, super sacred bread. If you want recommendations on variations or anything regarding this bread – hit me up. It’s the greatest thing on earth and will take you about 5 minutes to prepare. No joke. It’s epic. Get ready for awesome.

Until next time, fellow and future DIYers!

Sylvia, aka DIY Girl

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