One Word with Jean: Begin

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Every Day Is a Beginning

It’s that time of the year when we all make resolutions, or change habits in the hopes of making our lives and ourselves better. Sometimes it even works. One of my old creative habits is writing morning pages as described in “The Artist’s Way.” I’ve been doing it a long time. It helps get the junk out of my head so the creative part can work. In that same vein, I’m working on the “My One Word” idea. You pick a word and consider how it fits in your life and what it really means to you. Here at Sunporch, we’ve decided to do a “One Word” series.

I am really good at procrastinating — especially projects I truly want to do. I think the hardest part of anything is beginning, no doubt much of it is fear of failure. Even starting this post took a lot more gumption than it should have. But today, I will begin.

SENTIMENT PANEL FOR JANUARY ONE WORD “BEGIN”

SENTIMENT PANEL FOR JANUARY ONE WORD “BEGIN”

We Put Words on Fabric

This post grew out thoughts around my morning pages and the idea that putting my One Word on a piece of fabric, and working it into projects would be fun and interesting.

Getting Started

Before I start any project, that project is absolutely beautiful in my head. I know from experience that not everything I imagine will work out the way I picture it. As makers, we make decisions along the way that affect the work: blue or green, angled or straight. Every decision narrows the imagined into the real. That’s the fun of making, there are always surprises, good and bad. Sometimes it doesn’t turn out at all and I try again, usually with better results. Failure is built into making anything. 

Morning pages

Morning pages

one word ideas

one word ideas

To some people failure is so daunting that they never make anything. But if you’re reading this post, you are a maker. You know while facing the possibility of failure, you also have the possibility of success. Making something interesting and unique is worth the risk.

This month my One Word is BEGIN. It has been on my mind all month. So now, when I face the decision to start a new project or to procrastinate, I’ll BEGIN. I’ll be thinking that I’ll probably fail on some level, but that failure is a good way to eliminate techniques that don’t work. Being willing to fail will give me the courage to try of new ideas, and take my work one step farther.

Begin printable sentiments

Begin printable sentiments

quilting scrap choices

quilting scrap choices

begin quilt block

begin quilt block

Use Disappointment to Your Advantage

When I’m disappointed in a result, I’ll treat that disappointment like an interior critique. I’ll look for a tweak, or a switch up, or a little something I can add to the project to bring it a little closer to my ideal.

In that spirit I made my January One Word project.

January one word project: begin

January one word project: begin

I can’t tell you what the final project for the begin block is yet, but I can tell you that I’ll be doing One Word projects regularly and posting about it here. There is no magic to beginning with begin, or starting in January. If you want to join this journey, feel free to BEGIN at any time. Use our One Word: BEGIN design or make your own.

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My Craft Table

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Here are some of the supplies I used for my one-word project.