* Former tagline for the Aero chocolate bar sales campaign
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 laugh...it 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 bars...you know, before the resolutions take effect. :)