Well I was trying to do a 10 day series but it’s turning into a 10 post series instead. So this is post 6 in my 10 post blog series on Beth Kempton’s PDF titled “Zen and the Art of Doing what you Love.”

Beth says, it “is a simple 10-step guide to help you be more present, get quiet and focus. It will help you see more beauty. It will let you travel lighter. And it will get you on the road to doing what you love, for life.”

STEP 6: BE A BEGINNER

Journal prompt: When was the last time you surrendered to being a beginner and started something new from scratch?
Did you find it frustrating? Exciting? And what good came out of what you learned?

This got me thinking about when the last time I felt like a beginner was. And I thought of my recent home project and how we can’t be afraid to jump into something just because we’ve never done it before.

I’ve never made a flagstone walkway before. It started out looking like this. A dirt path.
walkway

It seemed a little overwhelming. But I took it one stone at a time. Fitting each piece next to another, it felt like I was putting together a puzzle. I plugged along. It took more than a day.

walkway2

And then the rains came and washed away a ton of the dirt that was between the stones!

Grrrr. Frustration set in for sure. I had to take out a huge section and reset the stones and put them back like they were.

Greg helped put mortar between them so they won’t wash away next year during the monsoon season. He also put up a wire fence along the edge of the walkway. I’m going to put vine loving plants along it that will grow into a lush, green wall. Maybe I’ll plant honey suckle or jasmine.

flagstone walkway

And what good came out of what I learned?

It feels good to create something I’ve never made before just like how I feel when I make art. Taking a blank canvas, and this time it was bare dirt, and putting something on it to make it look good. I can’t say my walkway is a work of art but it does feel satisfying completing it!

What have you done that makes you feel like a beginner?