We've come a long way so far in our wholehearted creative business series! If you're just joining in (welcome!), you can go here to see the intro and list of posts as they're added. Today I encourage you to give yourself permission to
It's going to happen. You might as well give yourself permission and embrace it. You may make a little mistake that can easily be fixed or covered. You may make really big mistakes that throw everything off. Either way, don't beat yourself up about it. It's all part of the process.
Mary Poppins is self proclaimed "practically perfect in every way." My motto is, "practically imperfect because imperfect is more practical." I've learned to embrace imperfection both in life and in my work.
In the art class I'm taking with my sister and daughter, we were applying tissue paper to our artwork with mod podge. If you've ever done this, you know how delicate it is and how difficult to get it smooth without tearing. Our instructor LorriMarie reminded us that "wrinkles are part of our charm." I love that! (By the way, LorriMarie has some great mixed media art tutorial videos on YouTube.)
Sometimes some of my favorite pieces come from a mistake or "happy accident". I love the Japanese term wabi sabi, which is all about embracing and finding beauty in imperfection.
I thought I'd share a roundup of quotes on making mistakes for inspiration:
Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. -Kevyn Aucoin
Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. -Bruce Lee
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. -Dale Turner
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of you space. -Johnny Cash
Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. -Mary Tyler Moore
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes. -John Wooden
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. -Neil Gaiman
You can't expect yourself to be perfect all the time. Please give yourself some grace. When you make a mistake, see what you can learn from it or what you can turn it into.