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