Have you seen the movie Zootopia? Well, I have a young child, so I've watched it about 30 dozen times. It's a fun movie, but the scene that makes me tear up every time is when Judy Hops is riding the train into Zootopia and she is listening to the song "Try Everything". There was always something about the words in the song encouraging you to keep trying even when mistakes are made that got me right in the feels, and still does. Of course, when I first heard the song, I was thinking about my son in that way that parents do when they want everything for their children. However, there is a wonderful message here that we can apply to our making right now.
"Birds don't just fly
They fall down and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong"
For our Mindful Making this week, let's try everything! Ok, maybe not everything, but I'm sure there are things you've wanted to try but stopped yourself because you didn't want to mess up. For me, it was trying continental knitting in order to do two stranded colorwork. Well, this weekend I took a class, and pictured above is my swatch. It's not perfect, but I'm so proud of the progress I'm making after taking the difficult step of trying something. As a fun exercise to challenge our abilities this week, I encourage you to make a list of about 5 things you haven't tried yet (and would like to try). They don't have to be crafting related, but allow yourself to give them a go without fear of making a mistake because we've already accepted that the mistakes will happen. This is how we learn!
"Don't beat yourself up
No need to run so fast
Sometimes we come last, but we did our best"