All Hands' schedule of in-person workshops and classes is on pause until further notice.

Overcoming perfectionism

I like to begin my brass wall hangings workshop by asking everyone to go around the table and share their name, where they're from and something that helps them overcome perfectionism. Hearing that third request inevitably triggers a collective sigh immediately followed by laughter and nods of recognition. 

Perfectionism is a topic creative women like ourselves can bond over quite quickly, I've found. It's gotten the best of us all at one point or another. So I love collecting effective antidotes to perfectionism that we've each discovered or developed over time. Some responses I've gotten in the workshops include:
  • reminding yourself that perfection doesn't actually exist,
  • learning to approach your creative projects with playfulness and curiosity and not judgement,
  • falling in love with the *process*,   
  • delighting in the charming, organic nature of something handmade
  • embracing the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi

A question that has been especially helpful at allowing me to detach from the immediate results of something I want to try is: 'What would you do if you didn't have to do it perfectly?' This question alone prompted me to realize how many big and little creative dreams I harbor in my heart that I hesitate to act on for fear of not doing them perfectly. Releasing the need to be perfect, I unlock fresh waves of energy and moxie to just do the thing. And that's when the magic happens. ✨
Have you ever felt this way? What gives you the freedom, the daring, the audacity, the chutzpah, to throw perfectionism to the wind? I'd love to know. 🥰

To finding the beauty in imperfection,
PS. I'll be sending another email shortly announcing the start of a *free* weekly 🎉 Open Studio night 🎉 at All Hands on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9pm. This is designed to be an opportunity to work on any unfinished projects (beaded earrings, anyone? 🙋🏽‍♀️😅) and/or have accountability and support to continue improving your new calligraphy/watercolor/whatever-your-creative-practice-is skills! 

PPS. Here's the next bit of August awesomeness coming your way at the studio:
Exploring Watercolor: Basics for Beginners - Tues Aug 6th 1-3:30pm (6 week class)
Leather Sandal Making - Sat Aug 10th 1-6pm (only 2 spots left!)
Watercolor Florals - Sun Aug 11th 1-3pm
Content Marketing for Creatives - Thurs Aug 15th 6-8:30pm
Watercolor Affirmation Cards - Fri Aug 16th 6-8:30pm
Polymer Clay Earrings - Sat Aug 17th 7-9pm
Encaustic Collage - Sun Aug 18th 1-3pm
Fringe and Tassel Wall Hangings - Sun Aug 18th 4-7pm
Spoon Carving - Thurs Aug 22nd 6-9pm (2 week class)

PPPS. I took this picture of myself while making a video of me talking directly to the camera for an Instagram story, which is a scary-but-exciting something I allowed myself to do for the first time once I decided I didn't have to do it perfectly. 💗