When was the last time you let yourself be a TOTAL beginner,First name / friend?!
For my son, it was this past week.
His big sister has been attending a cartwheel camp for the last few summers and while my son and husband were dropping her off last week, my son asked,
“Can I go to cartwheel camp, too?!”
They welcomed him with open arms and he hasn’t looked back!
Now, both of my kiddos gleefully skip off to cartwheel camp every Monday from 5:30-6:30 pm.
Here are some lessons in life and business we can all take away from their willingness to show up, try, and simply be beginners!
Just because it isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it isn’t progress. Such an important reminder for this self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist! My daughter hasn’t quite perfected the cartwheel, but she HAS improved little by little every year!
You don’t have to be invited. Just ask. We had no idea my son was interested in participating in cartwheel camp with the “big kids”, but I’m so glad he ASKED so that we could support him! Never be afraid to ask for a seat at the table. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no!
Do things just for the FUN of it! Sometimes we start to take life and even our creative endeavors too seriously! I am a big advocate of creating just for creativity’s sake! I hope this is a reminder to do something today that makes you SMILE whether you feel like it’s “good” or not.
How will you allow yourself to be a beginner today?
→ Maybe you’ll start learning something NEW for your business that you’ve been putting off because it felt daunting. What if you cut yourself some slack and let yourself be BAD at it for a time?
→ Can you try something completely new and out of your comfort zone? If you’re a writer, maybe you tap into a new form of creativity like pottery or painting! If you’re a designer, maybe explore gardening or poetry!
You might surprise yourself: sometimes trying new things can inspire new ideas and perspectives in your professional work!
P.S. - My favorite way to be creative just for the fun of it is to bake bread! My husband gifted me a baking class last year and I never looked back! It’s so different from my creative work as a graphic designer, but the process is similar! Plus, it’s a REALLY yummy hobby!