I often hear people want to come to Lush Art but they don’t because they “don’t know how”, “would suck at it”, or they “haven’t painted since they were kids”. While all are legitimate excuses, they are all excuses based on fear of trying something new.
Allow yourself to be a beginner is such a powerful and true quote.
Trying new things can lead to some amazing discoveries about yourself and the world around you. Think about those little quizzes that go around and it asks out of these 50 foods how many have you tried. I am always amazed that some people have tried only a handful of things. Usually I have tried all but a few of the items. And my life is fuller because of it. Do I always like everything? No, but am I glad I tried it? Sure.
I am trying to spend this March trying new things. I have never tried a raw oyster, so that is on my list. So the nest time I am with friends who are eating them, I will give it a try. I like them baked, they are ok fried, but to just eat that slimy giant booger? No.
I asked the girls at work for book suggestions since they all read books outside my normal genre which is romance with a tidy happy ending. I like historical and contemporary romance novels and since I started reading them about 10 years ago, I can’t seem to put them down. I enjoy a quirky, smart, sarcastic female lead and a strong, interesting male lead. But I started The Awakening by Kate Chopin. I tried getting into it, I just couldn’t. The story just couldn’t
Keep my attention. So on to something else. While I am trying new things, I also have very limited free time and I don’t plan to push myself to read an entire book I don’t enjoy. Life is too short.
Now this doesn’t mean I am going to be jumping out of planes or bungee jumping, but I do want to think of things that are outside of my comfort zone and try them. Say yes to things I might normally say no to.
I joined 2 groups this month. The Society of Creative Founders and The Web, a coworking space in Macon. If you know me, I am very outgoing in my space at Lush Art but I am quite introverted in my business and personal life. I wanted to change that. I also am in a business coaching program. I want to grow my connections and feel less alone in this entrepreneur journey and there is only one way of doing that and is by getting out there.
I have been thinking on the idea of adding a Paint Splatter room for 2 years. And finally just pulled the trigger on it this month. So coming soon you can come in and get your Jackson Pollock on. It is a great way of loosening up because you have no control over the splatter. We have the room we are turning into the room cleaned out (whoa that was a task) and we will be installing it soon. I plan to have date night options, parent child options, and hopefully black light glow options once I talk with an electrician.
What else should I try? What do you want to try? Is it painting? If you are worried about coming in, please contact me personally and I will either come and paint with you or find someone to introduce you that I know will be welcoming to help you get over your fear of trying something new.