Embracing the Process Not Just the Product

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I’ve never thought of myself as an artistic person or an extremely creative person at that. I often just seem to come up with solutions for a problem and try it out and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

I think that there are far more talented, artistic, and creative individuals out there than I.  That thought alone is probably why I have never thought of myself as insanely creative, just average. (I’m not fishing here, I promise) However, I refuse to get caught up in the comparison game.

I’m sure you follow several blogs and may even be on Pinterest and see all of these amazing projects, designs and DIYs. Do you compare yourself to others?  Do you think, “Well I thought I was creative… until now?”  I’m here to tell you to STOP doing that to yourself.

A wise woman once said “ It’s the Process, not the Product” Marie Montessori. This was drilled into my head as a young childcare teacher when introducing art materials to children. Focus was to remain on the process of creating, not what the child created. In other words no matter if the child ended up painting a big orange blob or a perfect pumpkin the experience of using the materials, what the child was learning through  the act of creating, and the feelings evoked from the process, were what was of utmost importance not the final product.

As an adult I feel the same way about the creative process although at times it can be frustrating. I want to make it clear that I don’t know everything about DIY, Design, and Decor. I have been doing all of these things for years and through many disasters and successes I have learned many, many things.

During the Lucky I Lived Laundry Room Reveal, I learned so many valuable lessons including, how to check to see if a light is wired properly, what the worse type of material known to man is (FRP) and how not to hang cabinets on a wall. But through this process I met some really great people, I found some really awesome resources online and gained a lot of valuable information.

I didn’t just wake up one morning and become creative or talented, I have learned through a multitude of experiments, epic failures, and awesome accidents. I feel more like a scientist some days than a decorator or crafter. Sometimes I am lucky enough to be able to enjoy the final product but I remember what got me there and it was the process of many, many, many acts of creativity and experimentation.

So if you feel like you were not born creative or if you feel like you just can’t do what everyone else seems do be doing. Don’t give up yet. Start trying. Through each process you get better, you learn about your materials, you begin to figure out what works and what doesn’t .

As adults we have been conditioned to want a beautiful finished product and of course when there’s money involved we expect that but remember to look back on the process that got you there and see what you’ve learned. You may surprise yourself.

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  1. What a great post, definitely have been feelin this way lately! Comparing myself to all the other better bloggers out there! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lindsey, I’m glad you liked it. It’s so hard to not compare but you just can’t do it. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I like to look back at the first time I decorated my house when I was 19. I decorated the whole thing yellow and blue thinking that I couldn’t use any other colors. I have grown so much. Like all things in life, blogging is a learning process, we’ll get there it just takes time. Lesley

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