Embracing the Thrill (and Maybe a Few Stumbles) of Learning Something New

This week, I want to chat about something that’s as essential to artistic exploration as a well-stocked studio – learning! I’m always on the hunt for new ways to use fused glass to spread a little positivity in the world. Lately, I’ve been captivated by the possibilities of making glass puddles. These are beautiful pieces made of layers of glass fused and refused to show the layers and flow of the glass.

But let’s be real, diving into unfamiliar territory can be equal parts exciting and terrifying. Visions of spectacular failures (glass melting all over the kiln!) dance in my head. Yet, here’s the thing: that’s the magic of learning something new. It keeps the passion alive, challenges our comfort zones, and ultimately helps us grow as artists, and as humans in general!

Maybe you’re also contemplating venturing into a new skillset, whether it’s mastering a foreign language, picking up a musical instrument, or finally conquering that sourdough starter recipe. If so, this post is for you! Let’s explore some ways to approach learning with a healthy dose of sunshine and a sprinkle of grit.

Chunking It Up for Success:

New skills can feel daunting, like trying to swallow a mountain whole. Here’s the secret: you don’t have to! Break down that metaphorical mountain into manageable pebbles. Identify the core components of the skill and tackle them one step at a time. This makes the learning process less overwhelming and allows you to celebrate your mini-victories along the way.

For example, if you’re learning a new language, start with basic greetings and pronunciation. Then, gradually build your vocabulary and grammar skills. If you’re aiming to play an instrument, focus on learning the notes on the staff before diving into complex melodies. Remember, small, consistent steps lead to big results!

Finding Your Learning Tribe:

There’s something incredibly powerful about learning alongside others. Seek out online communities, workshops, or even a friend who shares your interest. Sharing your struggles and successes can be a huge motivator. You can offer and receive support, troubleshoot challenges together, and celebrate each other’s progress.

Think about it – learning a new language becomes more engaging when you can practice basic conversation with a fellow student. Mastering an instrument is more fun when you can jam with others. Even that sourdough starter seems less intimidating when you can swap tips and tricks with fellow baking enthusiasts.

Embrace the Inevitable Stumbles:

Let’s face it, learning isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. There will be moments of frustration, confusion, and maybe even a few metaphorical (or literal) broken pieces, like with my fused glass experiments! But these stumbles are a natural part of the process. The key is to view them as learning opportunities. Analyze what went wrong, adapt your approach, and keep moving forward.

Remember, even the most accomplished artists and masters of any skill were once beginners who made their fair share of mistakes. Embrace the stumbles, learn from them, and most importantly, don’t let them discourage you.

So, there you have it! A spoonful of sunshine and a sprinkle of grit for your learning journey. Here’s to stepping outside your comfort zone, embracing the adventure of the unknown, and ultimately, creating something truly special, whether it’s a masterpiece of fused glass or a newfound skill that enriches your life.

Now, it’s your turn! What new skill are you curious about learning? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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