embroideryBeing a creative often means experimenting with new things. Sometimes these experiments lead to beautiful creations, but more often than not they just create frustrations. Frustration is a perfect way to describe my trials and errors with an embroidery machine over the last year. As my frustrations mount, the deeper in the failure hole I fall.

I feel all this pressure to create something with it: it’s taking up space and not making me any money, I’ve invested a great deal of money in software and images, I’ve invested an extraordinary amount of my time in trying to learn how to use it and create something I want to sell.

It is so frustrating to not have something at the end of the day that I can feel proud of in regards to this machine. In this frustration I am reminded that this is part of the creative process. Trial and error.  Trial and error. (I’m literally singing that in my head to the tune of Love and Marriage from Married with Children).

Everything I’ve tried to make just feels forced and not a representation of me or my business.  I’m gonna take another break from it and try to think more on how I can use this machine to benefit my business.  I am totally open to any suggestions.

Failure is always a lesson

never a failureToday’s goal (aside from attacking the pile of work that I have put on the back burner) is to let go of the frustration.  I have to believe that I will find the glove that fits and in the meantime I cannot let the process get me down.

I am seriously torn between these two quotes today:

Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
― W.C. Fields

Though in fairness, this is probably the best advice:

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí

‘Til next time,

~jen

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