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The Importance of Trying New Things

11th December 2015

The Importance of Trying New Things |

The greatest failure is the failure to try

At the end of last month, I attended a brush lettering workshop organised by Etsy UK and taught by Teri of The Lovely Drawer. Although I’d recently tried calligraphy with Quill London I was new to brush lettering and excited to give it a go.

It was a delight to spend the afternoon in a beautiful setting with a group of creative bloggers. I found the process inspiring, therapeutic and best of all I came away with a new skill to add to my toolbox – see above!

As I walked back to the tube station I thought about how valuable it is to seize opportunities and step out of my comfort zone. And one of my new year goals will be to say yes a little more often. So here are a few things to remember if like me you’re a little timid when it comes to trying new things.

1. It builds courage and confidence

When you experience something new it increases confidence and makes you feel good, and once you’ve said yes to one thing you’re more inclined to try others. Engaging in the new exposes us to skills which may lead to different hobbies or even a change in career. Courage and confidence are wonderful attributes to nurture.

2. It encourages creativity

I’m passionate about all forms of creativity and would wholeheartedly encourage anyone to explore their creative mind. Creativity eases stress, slows us down and enables us to be present. And in this busy world, it’s good to take some time out. Further reading: six simple ways to nurture your creativity.

3. It enables you to meet new people

Meeting new people is one of my favourite things and it’s great to learn and share experiences with others. Some of my best friendships have grown because of trying something new and even if I’ve failed I’ve had a few laughs along the way! Further reading: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.

4. It helps to escape routine

Exploring something unfamiliar is the perfect way to shake up your daily routine and view life from a different perspective. Sometimes all it takes is a sidestep to break bad habits and see everything more clearly.

5. It’s fun!

There’s too much fun in my life, said no one ever. So actively look for challenges and seize opportunities when they arise. Life should be fun and trying new things is a great way to realise your potential.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day!

The Importance of Trying New Things |
The Importance of Trying New Things |
The Importance of Trying New Things |
The Importance of Trying New Things |
The Importance of Trying New Things |

I was invited to attend The Brush Lettering Workshop by Etsy UK. All views are my own.

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  • Reply Molly 11th December 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Beautiful lettering! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. I think you’re right about the benefits of saying yes more often. I have the opposite problem and never know how to say no, so end up doing too much!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks Molly.. I guess it’s finding balance – I need to work on that! x

  • Reply mummydaddyme 11th December 2015 at 3:31 pm

    That looks like such a lovely event and the lettering is beautiful. I would love to learn how to do that. I am a funny one in that I often like Molly find it hard to say no, but I also am very set in my ways and don’t take a risk in trying new things. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 5:41 pm

      It was great fun, you should try it! x

  • Reply Jess @ Along Came Cherry 11th December 2015 at 4:45 pm

    I would love to try this, that lettering is beautiful. My handwriting needs some improvement in general, it’s so messy! x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Jess. I doubt your handwriting is as bad as mine! x

  • Reply Eva 11th December 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Beautiful place for created! I’m agree with you for create we have to have more courage and go out from our comfort zone. Very interesting post. Have a lovely weekend!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks so much Eva. The venue was amazing and perfect for creativity. x

  • Reply laura redburn 11th December 2015 at 5:37 pm

    in regards to trying new things, i do like to and try to – but often it mostly depends on my mood. it can be so transformative though and it’s important to at least try and stray from your comfort zone from time to time, i think.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks Laura, I totally agree. x

  • Reply Natalie 11th December 2015 at 6:12 pm

    What a beautiful setting. I’d love to have attended this. And I see were local to one another! I think it’s such an important thing trying new things but as a busy mama to almost four I find time very hard to enable this. I will try more in 2016 though! X x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 11th December 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thanks Natalie, we should grab a cuppa one day! x

  • Reply Adele 11th December 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I think I’ve found trying new things harder the older I’ve got. I’m more afraid to fail now. That said, learning to drive going on two years ago was such a revelation to me that I’ve been making myself step out into the unknown a lot more since. I’d love to try this. What an experience.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks Adele. Well done for learning to drive, my mum learnt during her 30s and she said it was tough. x

  • Reply Alice 11th December 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I’m one of those people who is a bit too happy in their comfort zone and I need to remember to try new things more often. This lettering is just gorgeous x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Thanks Alice. I’m the same – very much a comfort zone / creature of habit girl! x

  • Reply Abi Partridge 11th December 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Lovely post! I too like to try new things and find it easier when doing them regularly. I find I have to build up my confidence again when I haven’t tried something new for a while. Sometimes there aren’t enough things to say yes to!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2015 at 7:55 pm

      Thanks Abi for stopping by. Let’s hope for more offers in 2016 to say yes to! x

  • Reply Alison 11th December 2015 at 9:30 pm

    There is something amazing about pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and feeling so glad you did it, isn’t there? This event looks gorgeous and I’m really impressed with your brush lettering. I’m desperate to learn that skill.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Alison. It sure does, hopefully we can catch up over a creative workshop next year! x

  • Reply KatGotTheCream (@KatGotTheCream) 13th December 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Nice work, love your ‘try new things’ sign and you’re so right i think it’s very important to keep doing new things, meeting new people and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone a bit. Great to share such a lovely day with you xxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th December 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks so much Kat. It was a brilliant day and here’s to many more in 2016! x

  • Reply Christina 14th December 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Looks like a lovely day and would have loved to go to this event. It is hard but you sometimes need to try things out of your comfort zone. Beautiful blog!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th December 2015 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Christina for stopping by, have a great day. x

  • Reply Jo 14th December 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Looks like you had fun, I would love to be able to do letters like that! Would come in so handy for pretty blog posts.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 19th December 2015 at 8:33 am

      Thanks Jo. I’m trying not to turn all my text into brush lettering, but it’s tempting! x

  • Reply fritha 21st December 2015 at 2:57 pm

    what an amazing event! I’d love to learn how to do lettering like that, brilliant for blog photos x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 21st December 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks Fritha! x

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