My motto is “Don’t go for perfection, go for better than before!” This is how I get things accomplished without fear or doubt.
I shared this idea after we painted our shed black and receiving a few comments, saying they didn’t like it black or telling me things they didn’t like. I really don’t think everyone loves everything I share. But when I personally started to question if I liked it after those comments, I thought, you know what, there is nothing to be ashamed of. It is 100% Better than Before! I wasn’t going for the perfect shed in the world. Or even one that all my blog readers would like, because that would never happen. What we were going for was to give our shed that was looking shabby and little facelift for under $200. And to inspire others to make their homes a place they want to be.
Most of you have probably had someone tell you they don’t like something you created. Then you might have had self-doubt.
Or you never start a project because there are so many different options and ways you could do it and it probably won’t be perfect, so why do it?
Perfection is never the goal. But if you aim for doing something better than it was before then how could you not appreciate it.
This mentality should help you even start little projects or get over a confrontation you had with someone else. Because next time you will be kinder and do better than before.
It is all about perspective.
Someone said something to me on Instagram along the lines of “I am going to unfollow you because of how you talk about religion, I love the home decor, but can’t do the other”. I mentioned praying for someone in an instagram post, and that was too much. Which I totally respect. BUT I don’t like that all I responded back to her was “perfect”. Because I am not going to change who I am, nor was I going to apologize. But “perfect” isn’t really that kind.
I actually blocked her because people were commenting back to her and I didn’t want it to turn into a fight. So blocking her made it so she couldn’t see the responses and respond back. I don’t like any of that negativity and bullying. BUT I couldn’t stop thinking about it. If I was responding to her with love then I should have said. “I understand and we will miss you. God bless.” No, just kidding on the last part.
After that conversation I know next time I will do Better than Before. I can let it go, knowing that next time I can respond differently. I am not perfect. And give myself and others that grace.
Does that thinking mentality help you? “Don’t go for perfection, go for better than before”
One of my favorite podcasts is “Happier” by Gretchen Rubin. I actually hadn’t listened to it for awhile. And decided to the other day. I had to laugh at myself because Gretchen Rubin has a book called “Better than Before”! All about mastering habits. So there you go. I think that her message was imbedded in my brain. I did listen to her book about a year ago and really liked it! I think you would too.
My friend Jessica @Vol25 emailed me and told me that she loved when I shared that message on my Instagram that she created a piece of art around it and asked if I minded. I of course was so flattered. These are perfect for a “Phrase of the year”. A great family goal. Or for a classroom.
Once you get your beautifully textured, cotton canvas you can make it into a wall hanging for 20 cents!!! I will show you how easy it is. And you might even be able to do it for FREE!
DIY Wall Hanging –
- 2 Paint Stick’s
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks or staple gun and staples
- Twine or ribbon
- Notice I didn’t include a saw? You can use the hand saw they have at your local home improvement store! (photo below)
- You can get the paint sticks free when you purchase paint or just buy the pack of 10 for 99 cents!! (photo below)
- The paint sticks work perfect for anything smaller than 8×10.
- If you are doing a larger wall hanging then 8×10 you can use 1/4 x 1-3/8 Pine “lattice” you purchase this by the foot for $1.28 per foot (photo below)
Notice I didn’t mention that you needed a saw? Because you can just use the saw they have at your Home Improvement store- Home Depot and Lowe’s both have these. I cut right where the paint stick starts to bend in (aka the handle part). Picture above is me cutting the longer piece before I thought of the paint stick idea.
Then hot glue the sticks to the front of your wall hanging. When you purchase the pack of 10 sticks they don’t have any writing on the back. These were two free paint sticks I already had.
I didn’t even paint the sticks. You could use stain or water down some paint for a white-washed look!
So easy! And it’s 20 cents. So it is basically FREE framed art!
My tip for decorating with “words” and any signs with sayings. Is try to keep it to one quote or word art per room. Any more get’s confusing and busy. Pick one message to really shine.
8×10 Cotton Canvas with the Nesting with Grace Motto– “Don’t go for perfection, go for better than before”!
Grab it HERE
I would love to see what you do with your motto! Tag me in your photos on Instagram and I will share some.
Perfect place to hang your wall hanging is something you want to hide! Mine is hiding our thermostat! It could hide a light switch, plug or hole 😏!
PS- you can find the floral print that is the large wall hanging HERE
PSS- find info on the gold sconce with the Magic Light Trick, HERE