When You Hate Everything You're Making

I recently blocked out a good chunk of time to spend painting an idea I have had in my mind. I was excited to finally sit down and do this until try after try, it was just NOT turning out the way I envisioned! I wasn't really connecting with anything, it didn't look right, and I kept starting over, attempting to make it work (which it did not 😅).

My first reaction was I wasted so much precious time!

But then I realized a few things:

  1. This is part of the process. This is how we get from point A to point B.
  2. It's not always about producing. There's value in the time spent problem solving, trying different things, and messing up.
  3. No matter what the result is, I am grateful for the time I got to spend creating.

By the time I had to wrap things up, I still didn't have anything I liked BUT I felt like I had tried enough times that I was confident I could move on from that idea; it was OK to let it go.

As I was cleaning up, a new thought and direction came to me and it just felt like it clicked!

Maybe this idea will turn out and maybe it won't--but even if it doesn't, I'll remind myself of the things I mentioned above.

And thanks to this painting session, I got to witness this beautiful afternoon light streaming in. 

It looks like my time wasn't wasted afterall.

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