Day 324 - How The Skill Of Failure Will Guide You To Success.
Hey! Let's start with, today was a total failure of a project. It should have been expected. Yesterday's project seem to come together seamlessly and go off without a hitch. Today was a different story. With thanksgiving just around the corner, I was itching to get in the kitchen and whip up a new fangled dessert. There is just something about the holidays that makes me want to bake my heart out.
I stepped into the kitchen today to make a coconut whip cream cranberry pie with graham cracker crust. Sounds good, doesn't it? I brought along with me a pint-sized 3.5-year-old baking assistant. The first mistake. He wanted to lick everything, the cranberries, the counter, the coconut can, and the orange peel. Every time I turned around he was licking something. To combat what appeared to be hunger, I let him hold the mixer that was dunked into the coconut cream bowl. The second mistake. When I turned around he had turned on the mixer. The coconut cream swirled around the kitchen and went everywhere.
After cleaning up the mess, we tried to whip the coconut cream. It's a lie. I'm sure of it. All those Pinterest pins are wrong. Coconut cream can not be whipped into something resembling whipped cream. I tried for 20 minutes to get that cream to whip and nothing. Mistake number three was not double checking Pinterest. What was worse, it tasted like musty old coconut. Did I give up at this point? No! I went ahead and opened a can of cranberry sauce. Maybe just a touch of the gelatinous red stuff would add the right amount to tartness to make the coconut perfect? It was gross. Even the kid wouldn't eat it.
So I ended scrapping the whole project and it was a failure but what is interesting to note is I realized today failing is a skill. After doing this blog for almost an entire year, I can firmly say, failing is something we all should do constantly. Before this blog, when something wouldn't go my way, I would get mad and embarrassed. Now, I just say "What could I have done differently?" Let's go do differently tomorrow.
Today, create failure. Pick a project that is on your list and do it. Write down 3 things you learned and then do the project again tomorrow. Note if the second time around was more of a success.
Until tomorrow keep failing and watch out for cranberry fluff pie round two, without the coconut cream.