Saturday, October 25, 2014

Have you made a mistake lately? How fascinating!

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I love blog-hopping and finding new on-line goodies to read.  Tonight, I bumped into this post on the style blog Unfancy, and I want to share an excerpt from it:

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite people: Benjamin Zander. If I could pick anyone in the world to adopt as a grandfather, it would be this guy. He’s the renown [sic] conductor of the Boston Philharmonic + a wildly innovative, out-of-the-box thinker. He says:

“I actively train my students that when they make a mistake, they are to lift their arms in the air, smile, and say, ‘How fascinating!’ It is only when we make mistakes that we can really begin to notice what needs attention.”

How fascinating!  Isn’t that lovely?  Isn’t that a lovely way to think about your own learning as you work your way toward a greater understanding of yourself and your world?

This is what I hope for you: that you can find jewels of learning in your own mistakes and that you can find grace to forgive others for their mistakes.

Happy weekend, friends.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Come Meet the Austin Writing Shop!

Courtney at Our Table

This week and next week, Courtney and I will be hanging out at Café Crème to meet new students.  We’re excited to be out and about together, chatting with each other and students about writing projects.  You can see Courtney up there in the photo above, absorbed in her book at our Austin Writing Shop table.  We hatched an idea for a collaborative writing piece today, which I hope will make its way to the Austin Writing Shop’s content pages.

If you’re curious about our services and how we might help you with your writing project, now is a great time to meet us and learn about what we do.  Feel free to drop us an e-mail or catch us on Twitter for more info about exactly when we’ll be table-sitting at Café Crème.  (You can put in a request if you’d like to drink chai lattes with us!)

Happy writing!