Thursday, December 30, 2010

The sweet success of failure

"It's the bubbles of nothing that make it really something."*


* Former tagline for the Aero chocolate bar sales campaign

That yumminess you see? One of my all-time favorite candy bars - an Aero. You can't get them in the U.S. but my mom toted some back from Australia for me. That's love! The Aero tagline used to be "It's the bubbles of nothing that make it really something," which, for some reason, I've always remembered. Isn't that true of everything though - so many little nothing moments and events make life pretty spectacular.

It's that time of year again - time to reflect, reevaluate, examine and plan. I encourage you to leave room for error, in fact, plan for failures, leave room for the 'bubbles of nothing'. Some of my best successes were borne of failures this holiday season - and I'm so glad I made every single mistake.

My failed caramels? Went in the freezer and make amazingly easy and perfect caramel sauce (with a touch of cream added), or caramel for hot cider (yum). I'm actually planning to make more "failure" caramels to pop in the freezer when these are done!

My guest post for The Sweetest Occasion? Started out as bows/wrapping ideas but the files wouldn't save correctly and the pictures were a mess. I got some great problem-solving done and oodles of future ideas out of the final project.

My marshmallow disaster? Well, readers liked it and I like that...a lot. I reminded me to take life with a grain of salt and to remember to also gave me a little more permission to be myself.

When I let life and other people get the best of me for a minute I remembered that we're all pretty darn amazing, unforgettable, and have so much to offer...and I made a promise to keep trying and for you to keep trying too.

And you know what? Those are some of my favorite posts too. Success is nothing more than failure turned on it's head, right?

So when you are thinking about those future plans, making resolutions, and planning ahead, don't forget to leave room. Leave room for whimsy. Leave room for laughter. Leave room for all the success your failures have to offer. Leave room for joy. Leave room for forgiveness. Don't plant your seeds too close - leave room to grow. Leave room to discover, unfold, and embrace all that is you. Leave room to savor the sweetness in the 'bubbles of nothing'.

I'm excited for a new year - I hope you are too. We're gonna make it something spectacular, I just know it. Can't wait to see what you've all got planned (I saw that 365 blog set up Wendy!).

In the meantime I'll be finishing up those yummy candy know, before the resolutions take effect. :)


Melissa said...

no aeros?? Ack! maybe I can help you out with that. I'm partial to the mint ones myself and the orange ones are my all time favourite but I usually have to get those when I go to the UK. Happy New Year!

Tricia said...

I know! I love the mint ones (PS I do have to send you package still - I'm sorry!). I've heard they have green tea and other flavors in Japan. I can't try them - I might never recover!

Melissa said...

I wondered about the package... I wasn't sure if I should ask or not. No worries! :)

I once bought a CASE of the orange ones when they did a special edition of them here. I put it in the freezer and rationed myself half a bar a day for weeks. Still can't believe I found that willpower, actually...

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

Thanks for just being so kind and nice Tricia :-)
Your comments on my blog are really lovely and just wanted to let yo know that the recipe for matar paneer will be coming soon :-)

Tricia said...

Prerna - YAY! YAY! YAY! My favorite! I can't wait!

Wendy said...

Uh-oh... my secret is out ;)
Yep, I'm starting a 365 tomorrow. New camera and all, you know.
But seriously, no aero bars in the US??? That's just not right. The dark choc ones are my favourite. We don't get the really cool flavours here, sadly.
Happy new year to you!

Anonymous said...

I love aero bars! but I know for a fact you can definitely get them in the US. I know a little british tea shop that carries them and also World Market which I thought was a chain store but I'm not so sure now