Monday, August 02, 2021

Monday Musings - Having Confidence

 I have to confess that I don't always feel confident about the different things that I undertake.  Case in point - teaching classes.  I totally enjoy sharing what I know, but I don't always feel confident in my presentation.  I haven't had much training in how to teach well, so tend to tell myself that I'm not very good at it, no one will want to take my class, and I probably shouldn't really be doing it.  

I am happy to tell you, that I stepped out to teach this class - I had six students, and they were all very appreciative and said I was a great teacher!  One of the things that they really enjoyed was the fact that I sewed the back of my bag upside down and had to rip it out and resew it!  Teaching the class was really enjoyable for me.  I focused on how my students were doing, and encouraging them.  Sharing tips, and giving everyone as much one on one attention as possible were my goals, and the day went by quite pleasantly.  I'll be teaching his class again in August, so I've learned a bit about how the flow will go and will be even more prepared for round 2.

See this cutie?  My grand-daughter is only 9 months old, but she is definitely not lacking in confidence!  She will pull herself up on anything she can reach - she even pulled herself up in a chin up on the table in my front entrance!  She doesn't worry much about getting hurt or breaking something so you have to watch her every second. Now that's confidence!  She just wants to practice what she has learned to do and keep learning to do more.  I think that's a good thing for all of us!

Starting to work on the Giant Dahlia quilt has also boosted my confidence that I can get this project done - I just needed to get started and see some progress.  I will definitely continue to work on this project, but going at an easy pace to keep it fun and enjoyable.  I am very excited to see it come to the quilting phase because I have a vision for that part of it!  I'll have to figure out a border before I get there, but I am getting some ideas, so I am sure that I can figure out something that will be attractive - thinking positive is a good confidence builder.

I totally have confidence that I can complete this project!  These lovely fabrics are earmarked to make a small basket quilt.  They got set aside just because I didn't get it done in a timely manner for use as a shop sample.  Time to get the quilt done, even if it no longer will fulfill that purpose.  This one is the UFO challenge August.  It's a quilt I can finish in a couple days, so I'll probably get this done sooner rather than later.  Nothing like a quick finish to make a quilter's confidence rise!

How is your confidence today?  Stop telling yourself you can't, and start telling yourself, Why Not!

1 comment:

Quilting Gail said...

Pamela, it sounds like you're gaining confidence with teaching. I have always found that students actually like to know that their teacher is not perfect and makes mistakes! (I learned this years ago teaching at a university!)
I love your bags!! So pretty!
And your granddaughter - she's pretty cute!
Happy Quilting! :-)