I rarely get anything right on my first try, and things usually end up in what might be considered by SOME to be a “mess”. Not just cake recipes, knitting patterns, or Zumba routines; it’s the big stuff too – like effective parenting, building a career, and nurturing my relationships. Despite my best initial efforts at cooking the perfect dinner or creating a playdate craft, I have come to rely on second, third and beyond attempts and learning from mistakes along the way. My first attempt at knitting a scarf yielded a neck wrap that was six inches at one end, and thirteen at the other end. HOWEVER, I learned the importance of counting stiches along the way, and the emotional resilience that is born by ripping out 100+ hours of your life……..in less than 5 minutes.
What I have found during the frustrating hours of unraveling stitches, repainting a bathroom, and apologizing to my children, is that there is growth, beauty, and inspiration in my mistakes …..my creative “messes”. I am grateful for my failed attempts to follow the perfect blueprint – whether it’s an oatmeal cookie recipe, my marriage, or a cable-knit sweater– because the final outcome is often better than the original design, and true inspiration is often buried in a mess.
In health, ribbon, and glitter,