Thursday, April 20, 2017

Try something new


Is this just me?

Do you remember when you first started knitting? Do you remember your feelings of anxiety and fear when you were learning to cast on and working a knit stitch for the very first time? 

Last night my almost 13-year old and I attended a paint and dip (there was not sipping but instead we dipped fruit and crackers because it was held at a church – spoiler, it was still super fun) fundraiser event. For weeks leading up to the event I dreaded attending because I have never done anything like this before and like when I started knitting, the fear of starting something new was overwhelming. If you want to be honest, I almost didn’t attend and instead just making a donation because I valued the cause the money was towards.

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In the end, I decided to put on my big girl undies and jump in with no great expectation but to just have fun. And that worked. 

I’ve been good at so many things for so long that it is difficult to go back to that beginner stage where I know nothing. Going back to the point where I am asking questions and am filled with dread of the unknown. 

The truth is, this is not a bad thing. I walked away from the event with a painting I absolutely loved that is a reflection of me - this is going up on my wall in my office so I can look at it every day when I work as a reminder of starting over with fear and coming out the other side with something beautiful.

There were people there at the event with some artist background that I was super jealous of how their painting was turning out. I wanted to add a branch like the woman on my right or more random colors like my son on my left. But near the end of the night, when I steps back and looked at what I have done, I could no longer see the wonky strokes or the area where I messed up. It looked like a piece of art I wanted to share, and am sharing with you right now. 

The bottom line is that we are afraid of trying new things because starting from zero is scary. No one wants to be a novice again because being an expert, having experience is comfortable and easy. Starting anew is hard. But such beautiful things come from the doing, even when you are afraid.  

Don’t let the unknown hold you back because the thing you are afraid to do can be the best thing you’ve ever done. Take a risk and go be remarkable. You got this, girl.

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Check out this blog post:
Just go knit something already! How to Deal With Self-Doubt in your knitting (and designing)

Now it's your turn. What is something you were afraid to try but did anyway? Good or bad, what was the result? I love hearing from you. Please share in the comments below. If you know someone who could use some positive vibes, send them this post.

Until next time... stitch on!

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  1. I love your paintings! They're so colorful. Generally, I'm not afraid to try out a new craft because what's the worst that could happen? Even if it's an epic fail, nobody dies. I did try out a career path that was wasn't sure was the right one for me. Turned out I should have listened to my gut, but I did learn some valuable things from the experience. Fortunately, nobody died while I was learning them!

  2. Thank you. My son and I, obviously, have different artist aesthetics, lol. His free spirit and openness to just put paint on the canvas and to see what happens is inspiring.

    I agree with you... "what's the worst that could happen?". So often we go through life being safe, not pursuing the things we desire most. Unless someone will die, I say go for it. If it fails, there is a lesson, learn it and move on, and then, did we really fail when that experience will lead us further on the journey?

    I believe that we only truly fail when we don't try at all.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Talk soon.