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Baby Steps, Dear Heart

Have you ever noticed how difficult it is for us, as adults, to be beginners? We would much rather sit on the sidelines than try something new and look foolish. We would much rather stay in a situation that is no longer ideal than have to begin again, than to start at the bottom. Earlier …

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Letting Yourself Go

And no, I am not talking about personal grooming here… I am talking about releasing our focus on the results and enjoying the process. In what? In everything! As I always tell my mom-in-law when we are quilting, “Perfection is highly overrated!” If we get too caught up in the perfect seam or perfect corners, …

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Making a Mess In Front of the World

Last week, I talked about making mistakes and being a beginner. I wanted to share a little more on this topic. Ira Glass is the executive producer of NPR’s The American Life. In a 2009 interview, he gave the following advice to beginners. He is talking about writing, but it applies to anything new we …

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Making Noise with Two Left Feet

Years ago, my voice teacher used to tell me that anything worth doing was worth doing poorly until we learned to do it well. This is a lesson I must relearn all the time. Why is “beginner” a dirty word? When did it become embarrassing to do something and make a mistake because you are …

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