On trying something new...

Last week I tried my hand at something I’ve never done before: I did some window painting for a local bookstore.

Gottwals Books is a great little locally-owned used book store that I've had to joy to work with a little bit. I am currently helping with their summer reading program, which has been so much fun!  I have a friend who works with Gottwals and she asked me if I would be willing to paint the storefront windows at their quaint little shop in downtown Perry.

At first I hesitated. Any time someone asks me to help with something that I’m not exactly experienced at or not particularly confident about, I get a bit nervous and unsure of myself. (Ok, maybe a bit more than a bit.) I think to myself, “What if I can’t really do this thing they think I can do? What if I totally fail and they don’t like it at all?” So a lot of times (read: most of the time), I say no and turn down new opportunities for no other reason than I’m just scared of failing.

But I’m trying to overcome those often silly, selfish, prideful fears…I’m still having to daily let go of this inner bent toward perfectionism that says that if I can’t do it perfectly then I shouldn’t do it at all.

That kind of thinking has kept me from doing all kinds of things…things I may have loved, things that may have helped others, things that could have brought someone joy (maybe even myself)…all because of my own irrational fears and prideful perfectionism.

So, while I had never painted a window before in my life, and even though my stomach was churning with nervous butterflies as I put the paint to the glass, I went for it. And what do you know? I actually loved doing it! (And I really like the way it turned out. It’s not perfect, but I kinda love the imperfection of it).

In fact, I loved it so much that I went home seriously trying to figure out how I could get away with painting all the windows of my house. ;)

Well, I didn’t paint all the windows (yet). But I did have this old, plain window sitting on our mantle. I got it at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore a while ago for just $4. I never thought of painting the glass…until now. I figured, if I didn’t like it I could always just wash it off…so why not at least try?

So I did.

It was one of the fastest home projects I've done in a while, and I love the way it turned out! Here's what I did:

Sometimes trying something new is worth the risk of failure. Sometimes you just gotta grab the paint and go for it.

Is there something you’ve been afraid to try because of the fear of failure? Has someone asked you to help with something and you said no just because you didn’t want to do it wrong or let them down? Is there a project for your home you’ve been wanting to try but you just don’t think you can do it?

Maybe this week would be a good week to pick up the paint, so-to-speak, and try something new. And remember, as The Nester says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!”