I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently about the idea of process, not product. “Process” is the steps you take as you move forward in life towards your goals. “Product” is the outcome of a project or the end result of your work. (I have tons more to say about this in some future post!)
Some people are very good at focusing on process. They take risks. They see failure as a step toward success. They appreciate the messy, unpredictable, creative parts of making something new. They intuitively enjoy the journey as they live life.
They are not me.
I am a product-focused person. I want to do things right–and I want to do them perfectly. I do not want other people to see me in process, but instead I want to draw back the curtain to show a beautifully crafted, final masterpiece. (At least, that’s how it works in my mind! Real life tends to laugh at my dreams! Hah!)
So, starting a website/blog has been a huge step for me. It’s constantly changing and evolving. It’s unpredictable and unwieldy. It’s never perfect. I find it very scary sometimes.
I’m bearing my soul here so that you’ll hopefully be patient with me over the next while as I work slowly to add a lot more content to my site. You’ll see that I’m in the process (yikes, there’s that ugly word!) of adding links, book lists, and handouts that I think you will find helpful as you try to be more inspiring for your kids.
It also means that I won’t have time to write my regular posts about theory, ideas, and resources for awhile. (Yes, alas, I must also continue to cook, clean, and pay attention to my children.)
But never fear! I’m striving to be more process orientated–because it turns out the research says that process-orientated people are lot happier and a lot less stressed (who knew!?!). So, this website–my work-in-process–will be back to it’s normal self soon enough.
And if it isn’t, the new normal will be part of the process, too! (She says, taking deep breaths and forcing herself to think: “Process, not product. Process, not product.”)
Welcome to the world behind my curtain.