Own it. Tweak it. Move Forward.

Own it. Tweak it. Move Forward.

It’s Wednesday. This should be a “Penguin in tha House!” post, but there are things that have to come first. I know this is a penguin blog, so I’ll try to work them in somehow.

It took a long time for me to be happy. I feel like I lived in a bubble as a child. I suppose we all live in an ignorant bliss of the world around us when we are little. All we do is play, go to school, laugh, ride bikes, etc. Then one day, the bubble bursts and we are aware of all the things happening around us. It’s a mad mad world, y’all. Things happen, unexpected things, and we have to learn to deal with it if we want to be content.

Own it.

When something goes wrong, be it a small thing or large, you have to acknowledge it. (Here comes a penguin y’all!) I decided to make plush penguins and sell them on Etsy. I have never sewn before. I had a pretty good idea of how to, I watched and helped my mother thread a bobbin and a machine when I was small. So, I made a pattern, and a penguin, and it was not good. I accepted that it was not good. I made another one that was decent. Then I made another one that looked like a sharkpenguin. (Maybe I should market sharkpenguins?)


When something is not working or did not work in the past, you have to know it before you can fix it. Own that mistake! Know what you did was wrong. Like my son always says, “knowing is half the battle!”

Tweak it.

So, knowing is really a third of the battle.


verb \ˈtwēk\

to change (something) slightly in order to improve it


Looking at the pattern, I could see that the back of the penguin wasn’t rounded enough. I needed to cut a bigger curve and then re-sew it to make him right. I tweaked the pattern and he turned out great.

IMG_1162Squirt too much toothpaste on your brush? Tweak it! Next time you won’t squeeze as hard. Pour all the cat food on the floor when trying to fill their bowls? Tweak it! Next time you will check that the lid is secure on the cat food dispenser. You can tweak everything! And should always!

Move forward.

Step three is to keep going. This is the most important step. If you don’t move forward then there will be no progress. It doesn’t even have to be big progress! I could have thrown in the towel on penguin number three. Just said, “oh well, I’m not any good at sewing.” But I didn’t dwell on it for too long. I sat down and made another penguin and he was round as could be.

penguin2You can’t wallow in your mistakes for too long or they can overwhelm you. Have your small pity-party. Figure out a plan to fix it. Then start with the new plan. You know the issue, you have a plan to try to fix it, so get going!

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