Getting Messy by Cheryl Harper

Messy beginnings are a subject near and dear to my heart right now, because I'm swimming through the middle of my current work in progress. Ol' John was right. For me, the beginning is messy. So is the middle. Sometimes I don't really have things sewn up at the end, either, but getting to the end makes the beginning so much clearer. At that point, all I have to do is straighten out the mess.

"Someday I'll be good at this and it'll all get easier."<--An actual thing I tell myself when I'm going through this, but I'm beginning to have my doubts.

The Ten-year Challenge where you post a 2009 photo beside a 2019 photo.
"Best of the Decade" books, movies, songs, memes.

Right now, lots of people are recapping the decade. It's natural to look back to evaluate your progress. I've always been one of those people obsessed with looking ahead, making plans and goals and checklists and road maps because the future would definitely be better, easier, than today or yesterday. And all along, hanging over all that, is the idea of perfection. That's a pretty harsh standard of success, so I'd really like to leave it in this decade and move on to the next free of that weight. I'd also like to spend more time on today that yesterday or tomorrow.

Messy, in everything except housework, apparently, is hard for me. I've got plenty of mess in my house, so I know that I can embrace mess in other areas. Lately I've been thinking about things that I'm not perfect at, I'm not the best at, and that I still enjoy.

  • Knitting. My current project is displayed on my helpful model Jack. Right side, fine. Left side..."Hey, everybody look at the right side!" Jack left the room right after I did this, so I don't think he's impressed with my dishcloth.
  • Walking Jack. We are lapped by every walker, runner, and baby in a stroller in the park, but we're both having a good time.

I'm going to make this list longer. Not next year, but starting right now.

What are some things you enjoy even if you're messy at them?


  1. I like your philosophy, Cheryl Harper. ( :
    I wish I knew how to knit. By the way, those knitted hearts and flower I won in one of your giveaways a few years back, I still love them and use them. In fact, I see them every time I open my kitchen drawer.
    I’m messy at sewing. I taught myself how to use a sewing machine about six or seven months back and it can be a messy thing for me, but I still like doing it. Also, I’m a messy book reviewer. I have notes and books all over the place, but that chaos is one thing I can’t give up!! I’m currently enjoying Rula Sinara’s Almost A Bride.
    Have a great week!!

  2. The family went bowling after Thanksgiving for the first time in forever, and I'm so bad, but it was great fun!

  3. I've (sometimes) embraced the idea that a certain amount of chaos juices creativity. An occasional ball I've got in the air falls on my head, but that's life. At least I'm almost never bored!

  4. I seem to be a champion mess maker. I can clean my desk one day and wonder where all the debris came from a day later. It's nothing I aspired to or had to practice for. I seem to have been born with innate talent for external messes! (I like to think I'm fairly orderly inside, except when I have too many projects going at once.)

  5. There's messy and then there's chaos. As long as your messy can be controlled it can lead to great creativity. When it descends into chaos, you can't find your way out! A little mess is the sign of a creative mind!

    1. Good point! I don't mind a little messy but chaotic stresses me out!

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