Are you like me? Are you too critical of your work? I am guilty of that. I often don’t try projects because I know it won’t be as good as the original work. I won’t have perfect stitches. I won’t, I won’t, I won’t, I won’t…I hear it in my brain all the time.
The other day when I was getting the Huntington Heritage quilt ready for Kayla to work her magic on it and make it into a downloadable pattern, I had to take some new pictures of the quilt. Find the pattern HERE in our store.
As I was taking the pictures, I looked a the quilt, then I looked at it again….Did I do the machine quilting on this??
Well, of course, I did. We didn’t hire anyone and I know Kelli didn’t do it. That leaves me. Yes. I did this. Wow. This doesn’t look bad. Does it?
No, it’s not perfect and if I look, I can see imperfections but overall. BUT it’s not bad….in fact, I’m not embarrassed by it. Obviously, because I’m showing it to you.
That got me thinking…why am I holding myself back from things? Is it because I’m seeking perfection? Am I simply being too critical of myself? Hmm. Something to ponder for sure.
That got me thinking, why do I get so critical of myself?
Truth is, I’m not terrible at machine quilting. Am I awesome? No…Perfect? No. But it’s definitely worth a B if I was grading it.
When I was in school I got a lot of A’s and a B now and then. B’s were okay. In fact, now that I can step back and look at the quilt with eyes that are 5 years older and 5 years away from the time I originally machine quilted this and not in the moment, I’m super happy with a B.
I went and pulled another quilt. Check it out….
Again…I can see it’s not perfect, but I’m not embarrassed.
Another…not bad. A simple stipple but it looks pretty even. That one I might even give an “A”.
This has made me think that maybe I’m just a little too hard on myself. A “B” is a passing grade and for that matter, so is a “C” or “D”.
The beauty of it all is that if I keep practicing, I can improve. So maybe, I need to just keep practicing. Maybe I need to quit being so hard on myself.
Can you relate? Is there something that you are being too hard on yourself about? Leave a comment and tell us what it is….maybe we can all encourage each other and remind each other that “A” students aren’t the only ones succeeding. Us “B” students and “C” students and “D” students are still making it through with a passing grade too!!
Maybe it’s time we give ourselves a “pat on the back” rather than a “dressing down”.