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Ever heard the song Closing time by Semisonic? The words “every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end” come to mind. I also think about what starting something looks like; the start of a business, the beginning of a pregnancy, the start of the school year. And with each new beginning comes, let's face it, that awkward stage where you have absolutely no idea what you are doing. I have a friend who is pregnant right now and frequently she will text me updates about things she discovered the baby did or did not like. And she doesn’t know until she tries it. So it's this awkward stage of will this work, who knows? The same can be said of starting a business (which I am currently doing) or a new school year. There's this awkward period where you find yourself saying “yep I have no idea what I am doing, but I am going to keep trying anyway. Maybe you walk to the wrong classroom the first day, but you can bet you will remember which classroom is the right one for the next class. See failure is not failing. It's actually quite the opposite. When you fail at something, it's an opportunity to learn more. Thinking back to days in high school, it was the questions that I got wrong on an exam that made me want to pursue the answer more, and in that, I learned more. And honestly, that’s just part of life. You find something, try it, and if it doesn’t work you can just try again or try something different. There is no magic formula to figure out life, it’s all experiential. As the saying goes, you live and you learn. So whether you are just starting something, in the middle of a project, or nearing the end of a long haul just remember, there’s always an opportunity to learn something. And don't worry if at first things feel awkward; it just means growth is happening.



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