Thursday, August 23, 2012

Things Can't Be Perfect


Whew, working through some stuff today in my head. I have been feeling pretty good about business things lately. Chugging along turning things in when I am supposed to, and shipping my orders.  I woke up to an e-mail this morning that through a big hitch in my plans. Again, on the scale of things in life, no big deal, but this is my blog about Jennifer Jangles. And in this world it was big because I had a plan. My usual knee jerk reaction is to make a decision, come up with a new plan, and then move on. Today, after a little coffee, I realized that nothing is ever perfect and I need to get over it. Believe it or not, I think it finally sank in! I just saved myself the headache or coming up with a new plan, and re-doing a whole lot of work, it's all going to be fine.

I think we all try to be perfectionists in someway. I don't have that problem when I create artwork. But I do when it comes to running my business. In my head, I figure out exactly how I want things to be. I read a great book last night, Daring adventures in Paint. It has more to do with feeling free to paint but it asks some questions that work in all areas of life. Plus it's just a really beautiful book.

I'll tell a quick story that explains a lot about me. When I was four my mom made a picnic lunch for me and a few of my friends. I helped her plan it all out and when it was time for lunch she set it up. She brought a square table cloth to eat on. I immediately burst in to tears and then refused to eat. I had wanted a round table cloth. I didn't tell her, it was planned out in my head that way. For me, the whole picnic was ruined.

With the new and improved Jennifer Jangles, I'm going to be okay with a square tablecloth....hopefully, right?

Totally changing subjects here, enough of my ramblings... I went through and updated all of my tutorials on my blog. There were a ton that weren't listed. I THINK I have the complete list now. Those jars up at the top of this post, you can find them here on the right side bar of my blog.

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  1. Love the jars and it has taken me a long time to let it go and realize it will be ok!!!:O) And not stress:O)

    1. Glad to hear you have figured it out. I am hoping I can maintain my stress free attitude. :)

  2. Love those jars. They are so happy. I can relate to the perfectionist side of things and especially the round/square table cloth. Letting go of the plan is hard but liberating. Glad you could do it!

    1. The thing I have to remind myself of is that no one is inside my head, which means no one knew I originally wanted a round table cloth. Other folks see the square tablecloth and don't think a thing about it.

      Thanks for cheering me on :)

  3. Yeah, I had to let go of that whole perfection syndrome. My new mantra is "not perfect, just better". Maybe it's internal justification for me, but I always thought it would be really boring to be perfect. Love your style and love your blog, square tablecloth and all!

  4. Its the beauty in your smile and ALL of the color that you bring along with it that makes what you do so wonderful!! I also had to come to a point of realizing just "Who" was in control and it wasn't "me". It is a daily release of having it my way, to allowing God to lead me along His perfect path. The verse from Psalm 127:1 is now the basis for my craft: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."
    I find you and your work to be delightful and inspirational and I want to personally thank you for being YOU!

  5. My sister is a realtor and just signed a contract with a 94-year-old lady who is selling her house and building a new one. The lady still drives and has more energy than I do. I have decided that I am going to quit stressing over things I can't control, live forever, and build a brand new house when I am 94!!!!


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