It’s the new year. What better time to try something new? Have you been longing to learn how to knit or scrapbook? Have you wondered if you would enjoy yoga or wanted to learn to cook? Is there a class you’ve been dying to take?
What’s holding you back?
Are you nervous? I can hear the questions now. Where would I even start? How do I know what to get? What if I screw it up? What about the closet full of supplies I already have? My husband will kill me if I buy one more craft project.
Here are 5 pointers for trying something new:
- Start with the basics. Rather than going out and spending a couple of hundred dollars on supplies, start with the bare necessities. Most crafts or DIY projects really only require a few simple tools to get started. Don’t go overboard. That way, if you decide you can’t stand what you’re doing, you’re not out your electric bill.
- Watch YouTube videos before you start. Research so that you have a good understanding of the skills and supplies needed to accomplish what it is you’re putting your hands to do. This can save both time and money in the long run. And not every video is the same. Some are easier to follow or understand than others.
- Find a friend who has experience with the new thing you’ve chosen to learn. Friends are great at encouraging us to try new things, especially if they are already involved in that particular area. They can help you purchase what you need and give you tips to get started. They may even do a project with you in order to teach you.
- If none of your friends do what you want to learn to do, look for a local club or meet-up you can attend. Most are happy to have new members.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Learning takes time. You may spend an extra hour or a few extra bucks as you get the hang of something. That’s how we learn, and it’s okay. Now you know what not to do the next time.
What else could you add?
Failure isn’t something to be embarrassed about; it’s just proof that you’re pushing your limits, trying new things, daring to innovate. – Gavin Newsom
Art doesn’t happen by accident. It is about pulling out new tricks and trying new things. – Nicholas Meyer
Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love. And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them. – Stacy London
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. So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life. Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever. – Neil Gaiman
You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discover, and always challenge yourself to try new things. – Nate Berkus
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. – Walt Disney
Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have. – Louis E. Boone
You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you. – Barbara Sher
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. – Ronald E. Osborn
You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be. – Marianne Williamson
As I watch the leaves turn shades of red, orange, and yellow, I can’t help but think of change. It’s one of those inevitable things. Just as the seasons change, so does life.
One minute we’re in college, finding Prince Charming and graduating to get married and start a career. The next our kids are graduating from high school. And then our grandkids are walking down the aisle.
Some changes are difficult. The death of a parent, child, or best friend. Moving away from home. Divorce. Trying to change a diet or stop a bad habit. Becoming a step-parent. Empty nesting. Growing older and losing capabilities that once were natural. None are easy to deal with.
Other changes are easier, like when the toddler learns to potty and no longer needs diapers. Getting married. Moving into a new house. Getting our hair colored or cut. We see these as changes that bring joy into our lives.
One of the most difficult changes in my life was becoming a step-mother. Before I married Victor, I spent a lot of time with his son, Zachary. I helped him with his homework. I watched him while his father worked a side job on a Saturday afternoon. We played and laughed and had fun.
The moment I said, “I do” at our wedding, things changed. He began a silent rebellion, and his parents often accused me of overstepping my bounds when all I was trying to do was make sure he was safe and taken care of. Sometimes that involves discipline, such as removing privileges. The one time he almost got hit by a truck because he disobeyed me, I thought I was going to explode. For the next nine years I spent day after day reminding myself that God sees all and God knows my heart.
The key to surviving the difficult changes and the winter seasons is to remember that “this too shall pass.” Because change is inevitable.
The second key is to remember that even when everything around us seems to be falling like the leaves off the trees, God remains the same. He is the one constant that never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Just like each season in the physical world has a purpose, so does each season in our lives.
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Winter is a time of rest and restoration. Spring is a time of new life and refreshing. Summer is a time of sowing and growth. Autumn is a time of reaping the harvest.
What purpose is this season in your life serving?
Are you resting? Is God working something new? Are you growing? Is it a season of gathering or success?
Whatever season you are in, how are you handling it?
Are you allowing God to work a change in your heart? Are you fighting against it?
Are you in denial of a loss? Are you celebrating a harvest?
Do you trust God to see you through the change?
Father, thank You for seeing me through the seasons of life. I know that with You by my side, I have nothing to fear or worry about. You will never change, no matter how much the world around me does. And in that I can put my trust.
Join the Conversation:
What season are you in? Is the change difficult or easy? What can we celebrate with you, even in the midst of the changes?