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Failing Forward

Updated: Nov 10, 2020

Soap making and life in general have a lot in common. Maybe that's why I connected so quickly with my new found craft. Sometimes when you're making soap you get a really bad batch. While the natural tendency at first is to view the minor set back as an utter failure the good news about soap making is you can rebatch it. What's even more cool is that sometimes rebatched soap comes out even more amazing than originally planned.


Why is it that when we experience minor setbacks it's so easy to automatically get upset and assume every little error is a failure? I tend to think it's the way many of us have been programmed to think since our childhood. Good is good and bad is wrong. What a negative and limiting mindset. We are often ridiculously and unfairly hard on ourselves. At least I know I am. I am not sure where this notion of having to be perfect comes from but it's just silly. Honestly, it is way too anxiety producing and is probably the leading cause of what prevents people from taking risks.


Why is it that when we experience minor setbacks it's so easy to automatically get upset and assume every little error is a failure? I tend to think it's the way many of us have been programmed to think since our childhood. Good is good and bad is wrong. What a negative and limiting mindset. We are often ridiculously and unfairly hard on ourselves. At least I know I am. I am not sure where this notion of having to be perfect comes from but it's just silly. Honestly, it is way too anxiety-producing and is probably the leading cause of what prevents people from taking risks. . Again, the soap came out too sticky. At that point, I thought I was going to have to throw the entire batch of beeswax soap away, which would have been exceptionally disappointing because beeswax is not cheap. There it sat, on my shelf for 2 weeks. Every once in awhile I would walk by the soap and shake my head while breathing out a big sigh. One day I got the bright idea to try and rebatch it for a third try. I added a bit more shea butter, goat milk, and a sweet orange essential oil. Like before, the beeswax melted and poured perfectly. It looked great as it cooled on the counter! The color has a vibrant yellowish-orange hue. The real test however was how the soap would react once it hit the water. I am pleased to say that the third time was the charm. This is now one of my favorite soaps and can be found in my shop. It has a really smooth feel with just enough lather. I use it all the time now and love how soft my hands feel. The results go to show that if we shift our thinking from experiencing setbacks as an utter failure, which often causes us to give up on retrying something, and view errors as opportunities to learn and grow, we can achieve anything! Be your greatest self by letting go of unrealistic expectations and allowing yourself to take risks and try, try, again and again, and again. Fail forward!

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