small wins wednesday

Making lace fans

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Every Wednesday we’re going to share a small win from the forumTwitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag.

 

I think in all honesty, what really works wonders is when I chill out. When I’m relaxed and enjoying the process, my kids are, too. I just get so (insert adjective) nervous/anxious/fidgety/uncertain about getting from point A to point B and I have to remind myself it’s the getting there that matters. Every day is a step in the right direction. I loved the blog posts about working time in and setting goals. That helps a lot.

I used your insights this past weekend. Our family is very musical (one of our values). Since taking your class, I cleared out a much bigger and less cluttered and quite frankly beautiful area in our main living room for our instruments and really showcased everything. I can’t tell you how many evenings we now spend in that happy corner with me on the guitar and my girls with their violin/guitar/piano singing their lungs out.

 

Last week, we were wandering around a Bluegrass festival when one of my 5 year olds saw this beautiful lace fan. She wanted to buy it. I suggested we make our own.

 

I helped them search YouTube and they spent 30 minutes watching and re-watching a video and taking meticulous notes on all the items we would need for these fans. By involving them in the very beginning all the way through to completion, they did find so much more meaning in the process.

 

We even started writing a children’s book together. My thought is I will let them drive the whole process, find publishers, send letters, get rejected and move on to the next step. Today they suggested asking our librarian if we could read it at story hour. How are these kids so smart? And how did I not realize how smart they are? — Maria, from the mailbag

 

Why do we share small wins? Because we put on our attention on what we want to grow. We support each other, celebrate each other’s successes, and we do everything we can do make more of the good stuff!

Have you had a small win this week, whether it’s related to PBH or not? Please share in the comments!

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Small Wins Wednesday: Observational drawing

Published by Lori Pickert on February 26, 2014 at 09:21 AM

Carrie shared this photo of her daughter’s project notebook on Twitter: “Notebooks aren't just for grown-ups! Love my kid's #pbh book.”

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Every Wednesday we’re going to share a small win from the forum, Twitter, the Facebook page, or (with the writer’s permission) from the mail bag.

 

Family field trip to the dam for their National Engineering Week event. For the first time packed clipboards and paper for sketching, per Lori’s suggestions. To be honest, I thought they would just be something extra I had to lug around for five hours, but something utterly unexpected and utterly amazing happened. My son made five different sketches. Three of them were during the guided tour into the powerhouse where he had to sketch fast. I thought that would discourage him but it didn’t.

Later he said his favorite thing was the sketching, although he amended it to second favorite. First favorite was going partially inside a generator.

Bonus: In an attempt to model sketching, I sketched my own version of the powerhouse generators. The ranger who accompanied the tour said to me, “You’re BOTH artists!?” I looked at my *sketch* and had to chuckle. “Ya…ya…I guess we are.” — Kat, from the current Master Class forum

 

Why do we share small wins? Because we put on our attention on what we want to grow, and we want to leverage those small victories. We support each other, celebrate each other’s successes, and we do everything we can do make more of the good stuff!

Have you had a small win this week, whether it’s related to PBH or not? Please share in the comments!

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