1. to inspire with courage, spirit, or confidence
  2. to stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.
  3. to promote, advance, or foster


A few weeks ago I provided the lighting for a jewelry workshop in Old Town Spring, TX. The shop had an instructor in from California that worked with jewels and “seed beads”. I have never heard of seed beads. They are exactly what they sound like. These beads are woven with thread to the most magical looking pieces of art. I dropped by the class just to be nosey and was amazed – and also very glad I provided them with good, bright and clean light. This looked difficult but they assured me it was fun and easy.


Backtrack 15 years when I started teaching. We moved to Virginia in 2000 and I taught at G-Street Fabrics in Chantilly.   I primarily taught quilting – different trendy patterns, basic techniques and then free-motion quilting. I love to teach but I hate the words – “I Can’t”. I can’t was not an option in my class – it was a bad word. There was a penalty! In the first few classes I felt a little intimidated by these 2 words. I figured out how to break the ice. Now, any mom with 3 boys would have the book The little Engine that Could.  So, that became my teaching tool. Whenever anyone would utter “I Can’t” I made them stand in the middle of the room and read a page from the book outloud. We would laugh. However, it turned into a fun and encouraging moment in the class. It made my point. I wanted to chant “of course you can – of course you can” you just need to try and practice. No one is an expert the first time!


So back to the jewelry workshop. I looked at these seed beads and found myself saying – I can’t do that! Not once but over and over again! What! That’s not the right attitude! The teacher was an expert – I am a beginner – the students are learning! So I marched myself back to the bead store to pick up the lights from the workshop and I vowed to sign up for a class. I did! I can do this – I think I can – I think I can!


A teacher’s job is to encourage, to set by example and to foster talent with assistance and approval. I love the feeling of a good pat on the back. I love the feeling of saying or hearing the sweet sound of “good job”. It’s hard to keep that in mind when you try new things. I will try working with the seed beads. Before using Provigil, tell your doctor if you have angina (chest pain), liver or kidney disease, a heart problem, a history of drug abuse, if you are taking the drug under pressure, or if you have recently had a heart attack. I may or may not enjoy working with them but I will not say “I can’t”!



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