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Being new at something (what I, and many others, call being a “newbie”) is a great thing.  Usually we have lots of excitement, energy and enthusiasm when we start something new – whether it be a new craft, hobby, occupation or adventure … but becoming proficient in that “thing” is probably going to take some time.  And then somehow, we often expect ourselves to be an “expert” at it… and oftentimes disappointment and discouragement sets in when we realize we aren’t fabulous at that “thing” right from the start. 


Don’t compare yourself with someone who is experienced, successful, and has been doing their craft for years!  Good things take time.  I have found when I am learning or doing something new, it takes research, practice, “experience”… and then practicing some more!  And lots and lots of time.  Did I mention (hint, hint, wink, wink)…lots and LOT of time! 


Everyone has to start somewhere … and most of us start at the bottom, the beginning, the lowest rung on the ladder … and we work ourselves up ….  Often, over time, we start feeling defeated and discouraged if we are not where we want to be!  But with lots of consistency, practice…. more practice and time, we will get better and better. Let’s not compare ourselves with someone who is a “pro” and has a decade or more of experience in that field!

I love these words of wisdom:  “And never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”  (Jon Acuff) 


I have learned over the years:

  • Practice… practice… then practice some more.  Plan times of practice, a certain number of hours per week.   There is certainly lots of “discomfort” in learning something new – to not yet be proficient at it.   
  • Follow the performance of someone who is skilled in this area. Pick his or her brain and follow their pattern.
  • Perseverance and consistency are key. It’s not going to help our success if we start something, ignore it, don’t practice it for several months, pick it back up again later again and hope we are better at it than when we started.
  • Keep on doing what you are doing to sharpen your tools and get proficient…. don’t give up. We can all get better and better by practice, determination, patience and time.  
  • Be realistic with your goals and progress. Realize it is going to take some time.   


“When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” (Author Unknown)

Hoping and trying right along with you …



Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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