Catching Fireflies

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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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Revisiting Imperfection

As November peeks around the corner, I always find myself thinking about NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. In honor of that and my continued quest for imperfection, let’s have a flash back to April 2012…. “Embrace exuberant imperfection”  (Chris  Baty, No Plot, No Problem) For years, I have been intrigued by the Zen concept of …

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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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The Ever-Shrinking Comfort Zone

Have you ever noticed the older we get, the more we loathe stepping outside our comfort zones? Kids hate it when other kids laugh at them, yes. But adults? We would rather sit in a corner and not even live if it protects us from the pointing fingers and scathing comments of others.   As …

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