Okay this might sound like a stupid set up. So I bought the wrong side tables? Big deal. It’s not the end of the world. Just take them back and move on.
Well, that’s the thing. It wasn’t a big deal. I made a mistake. I chose something that was the right price and what I thought I was looking for.
But I knew the moment they were in the living room that they were the wrong side tables. The scale was off; they were too big. They just looked wrong.
There was no way to avoid it. I just had to turn to my husband and say, those can’t stay here.
Thankfully he agreed. We sold the tables and got some different ones, the right ones. So even though my initial choice didn’t work, we still got where we were going in the end.
And yet often, I hang back from making a choice because I’m not sure it’s going to be the right one. So instead I make no choice – and keep wanting to make a change but not doing it.
Ever done that?
Sometimes you don’t know something’s not going to work until you do it
As much as we’d like to think otherwise, we’re never actually sure beforehand if something we’re creating is going to spark the joy we’re after. That’s not how the process works.
You have an idea of what you want, how you want it to feel, how you want it to look – and you go for it. Sometimes it falls flat, and sometimes you recoil in horror that your idea went so very wrong.
It’s awful when that happens. It’s embarrassing. It’s uncomfortable and often expensive. But the worst part for me is that it’s so damn disappointing to fall short of the vision I had.
You also don’t know something’s going to be awesome until you do it
The flip side of course is that when you do the thing you’ve been dreaming of, sometimes you find it’s as great as you thought it would be.
But until you take that risk of not realizing your vision, you don’t know that.
You can’t create a home you love, a wardrobe you love, a piece of art or even a business you love. If you won’t buy a new piece, move things around, or ditch the stuff you hate, you’re going to stay in the same environment – not experiencing the delight you’re longing for.
Recently I’ve been holding back until I felt sure
In my desire to have Beautiful Functional fully embody the message I want to share with you – and not have any random stuff cluttering up the corners – I’ve been hanging back from sharing what I want you to know about creating inspiring spaces for your everyday life.
I’ve been over here worried about bringing in the wrong side tables – and not doing what I most want to do, which is help create more beauty, order and simplicity in the world. That stops now.
Because, while the whole idea behind Beautiful Functional is simplify to beautify, that doesn’t mean that we can’t experiment.
So you’ll be seeing some changes around here. You’ll also be hearing more from me about what I’m creating to help you create a space that sings to you every day, reflects who you are and makes it easier to live the life you want to live. Because that’s what I started this for.
And in other areas I’ve been just going for it
So while I have been fretting about making the wrong choices in one room of my life, in another room, I’ve been doing the opposite. At the beginning of July, my family and I boarded a plane from Canada to the UK with our whole life in six suitcases – to pursue our dream of living on this side of the Atlantic.
Because we were never going to know what life would be like for us here without coming. We had to live it to know if it was going to be all that we imagined. There’s just no other way.
There’s nothing for it but to make a move toward what you’ve been dreaming of. Otherwise you’re just hanging out in limbo, dreaming it but not living it.
And ultimately living with the new room is better than putting up with the old one – even if you make a mistake with the side tables.
How about you?
Have you been holding back in making a change – whether in your physical space or the space of your life? What can you do today to start bringing your idea to reality?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments – click here to share where you’re ready to take a bit of a risk.