Sometimes you fail…

Sometimes dear readers, you fail, and that’s okay. I made a plan to do some DIY posts this week, and when I did them over the weekend, they were ugly. Did it take me a couple of hours? Yep. Did I waste about £30? *shudders* Yep. Failing is just a fact of life.

When I’ve done job interviews, they sometimes ask what your biggest professional failure has been, and I always struggle to answer. Not because I think I’m perfect, but because typically, I don’t look at life in that way. As corny as it sounds, I see each “failure” as a learning opportunity. You only fail when you give up at something, but if you learn and make adjustments, its more of a process than a failure.

Here’s a little reality for you to make you feel better on a Wednesday:

– Sometimes I do hideous DIY projects that waste money and never make the blog.
– Since my shop has opened, I’ve made only 2 sales. TWO! (Though I’m super pleased about them.)
– Sometimes I walk out of meetings with important people and realise that half of my lipstick is gone and I have a weird ring of colour on my lips. You know, like, all lip liner and no lipstick.
– Sometimes I completely lose my temper before I’m able to catch myself.
– I’m not nearly as tidy as I should be, and I think my husband would agree.
– I stress over things way too much.
– I do/want too many things and don’t focus enough on what I’m already working on.

Sometimes (and frequently) I fail… and that’s OKAY.

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  • Reply
    Sarah Jess
    November 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    A great ethos to bear in mind. Sometimes, when things go wrong, I have a habit of mulling them over and replaying them, over and over again. I don’t forgive myself for them, and therefore I don’t learn from them – the next time I fail, I won’t beat myself up!

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      Ferren Gipson
      November 13, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      It’s hard to remember, but really important to be kind to yourself!

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    November 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I look at fails as a learning opportunity too. We can’t all be perfect and get it done right the first time. It’s important that folks remember that so as to not get frustrated with themselves AND others!

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    Jesse Lili
    November 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I loved this post Ferren, super honest and humbling. I cringed a little at the lipstick cause this has totally happened to me too. Also that one time I had a meeting with a really gorgeous man and I didn’t expect it and it took me 10 minutes to stop behaving and talking like a teenager. Spoiler: And I have a boyfriend! It was ridiculous ah ah. Jesse x

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      Ferren Gipson
      November 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks, Jesse! I do embarrassing things all of the time, and I need to learn to be nicer to myself about them!

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    January 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    THIS! YES! (and I think I just noticed I spelt my own name wrong on my last comment here ;0) #fail x

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      Ferren Gipson
      January 24, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Haha, I spell my name wrong sometimes too. So glad you found my blog! xx

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