When I was 10 or 11 years old, I was constantly scribbling stories and ideas into little notebooks, so my mom gave me a special new journal. This journal, however, was different. It had a glossy cover and the professional binding of a “real” book, and each of its pages included artful watercolor illustrations and inspiring quotations. I found myself reticent to besmirch its perfectly pretty pages with my handwritten thoughts. So, as I tried to dream up the perfect musings to share in my beautiful notebook, I would flip through its pages and take in its snippets of inspiration. Some of those words continue to linger with me now, in particular, the famous couplet:
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When it comes to a new undertaking, we are so often intimidated by the outcome—the sense that we do not quite know what we are doing or where we might be going— that we forget that real power and those surprising “magical” results come from being bold enough to simply begin.
For me, starting something new often involves a creative, handmade project. Whether it’s a paper craft, taking up a sewing pattern, trying a different stitch with my knitting needles, or experimenting with ingredients in a recipe, I find that each endeavor builds on those before it. And the more I do, the greater my sense of power and possibility. Now, with fresh style, I get to participate in a community of bold and creative minds, and share my forays into the handcrafted unknown. I don’t know exactly what where I’m going, but I am excited to tackle the projects I’ve dreamt up, to embrace a new beginning, and to share it with you.
By Annie DeVries of annalise-devries.squarespace.com