This past weekend, I had the pleasure to speak on a blogging panel in Tampa, Florida. This wasn’t my usual crowd, though. Instead of wanting to know the tips and tricks to painting or how to put together a unique room, these girls and gals were largely fashion bloggers looking for some insight into the business of blogging.
Talk about a fish out of water! I can put together a fun room, but I feel like I can barely dress myself.
While I was there, I talked about how much of my life is guided by this inner voice that always says to me, “Why couldn’t I do that, too?” It led me to do things such as graduate from high school in three years, become my college mascot, teach myself to sew and start a blog. Most of these things are not things that I took classes in but are things that I just sat down and figured out myself.
On the airplane on the way home from Tampa, I read a review of the new Jim Henson biography that just came out. The review mentioned one of my favorite quotes of his:
Reading that review was serendipitous to me. It caused me to think even more about my inner voice and learning things on my own. And since I had a rare few hours of quiet due to sitting on the plane, I thought about it a lot.
I think that being self-taught on at least some things in your life is really important. It builds your confidence while helping you learn to look for solutions in a more creative manner. Being self-taught helps you learn from trial and error, so perhaps future problems won’t feel quite so frustrating.
So, today I ask you: What is something that you have taught yourself? And what would you like to teach yourself in the future? What is it about these things that make you want to be self-taught?
We’re getting deep today, y’all. I’m so excited to be inspired by your answers.