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Offline Lucie Y

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Re: Coping with perfectionism
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2023, 05:22:37 PM »
Hi there! I love this conversation.

Perfectionist/obsessive human here!  :-*

I loved reading about everyone's experience with perfectionism.

Personally, it was holding me back from getting out of my comfort zone and actually completing projects.
The solution I found for this was hiring people around me to be my calligraphy "guinea pigs". Basically offering free calligraphy work for them, having 2 or 3 projects lined up. This forced me to finish projects (decoration for nurseries, bookmarks etc.). Thing is I kinda had to, because I had committed to it, and also at some point I would get tired of a project and just FINISH the darn thing so I could move on to the next.

This helped me grow and I'm still doing it. It also allows me to micropractice on the name/word/short phrase of the project, so I get the satisfaction of studying my letter forms in depth despite the frustration of having to finish a job  ;D

Basically, I needed to assign myself homework, that I had to turn in even if not perfect.

And now I have a bunch of innocent guinea pigs hanging my experiments in their homes, and they're delighted  :)

Oh crÍpe!

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Re: Coping with perfectionism
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2023, 07:10:11 PM »
Great idea @Lucie Y ! Exchanges are also another way to get elevated practice and let go because you have a deadline.
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Re: Coping with perfectionism
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2023, 02:44:24 AM »
Great idea @Lucie Y ! Exchanges are also another way to get elevated practice and let go because you have a deadline.

@Erica McPhee absolutely! I was going to say that but I forgot. Although I t'il now I didn't feel ready to participate, I realize the exchanges are a similar strategy for getting of your comfort zone of endless practice and stiffling self criticism.
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Re: Coping with perfectionism
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2023, 08:40:29 PM »
Yes and we have all skill levels participating.  :-*
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