You've got to start somewhere

Thursday, 23 April 2015
For the last couple of days (yes, DAYS), my husband and I have gradually been sorting out our second spare bedroom. This may sound like a small feat, but I assure you it's anything but. Since we moved into our house about three years ago, the spare room has become like that one drawer you have in the kitchen that everything goes into, but bigger. It's a bit of a black hole really, and once an item has found it's way into our spare room, it's rarely seen the light of day again.
On the occasions where we have had extra guests over & needed the room, everything was simply thrown into boxes & hidden in our bedroom for the weekend, only to be returned to THE ROOM once our guests returned home. We're pretty organised like that.

This past weekend I finally had enough of the chaos & commandeered my husband to help me sort out the room, as most of the items in there belong to him. Amongst the boxes, Christmas decorations, Elvis glasses, hula-skirts, books, old study material, broken appliances and expired gym supplements, I came across my first & second year varsity portfolio...

...and man, oh man, was I bad!

I won't be posting any photos but you can take my word for it. I cringe at the thought that I actually handed in those projects to be assessed and count it as a miracle that I passed at all. Needless to say, I got rid of every single piece, bar one (which was actually quite good). But looking through all those old projects from the very start of this journey, has made me realise something - despite how bad I was back then, when I start on a project now, I start off miles ahead of where I use to finish.

Photo by Kusjka du Plessis Photography

There's always room for improvement, but it's so important not to disregard the progress. I'm often my own worst enemy and can be really critical of my own work. I've had days where I've sobbed over how terrible I think I am when it's really just that little inner voice whispering lies. Slowly but surely, I'm learning to give myself due credit. I'm learning not to compare myself to others too much and to compete only with myself. And some days it's tough. There's always going to be tough days, but there are also days that have leaps & bounds of progress when you break through the off days.

Perhaps I'm the only one who ever feels this way. But I doubt it. So I've designed a printable that you can download to frame or put up on your notice board to keep you going on the days when you feel like your work could be better. There's a white and a grey option, links at the bottom of the post.

It's a quote I came across in my final year of studies, by Ira Glass, which has been invaluable to me. Even if you've been doing what you're doing for a couple of years, like I have, we're all still beginners in many ways as there's always something new to learn.

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