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OOPS, My Long Lost Soul Mate

A mistake is just an O.O.P.S.- an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly!

Like a soul mate, OOPS makes me a better person, OOPS brings me joy, OOPS helps me face the challenges of creating. Okay, that sounds a bit like the Hallmark Channel…but it is true.

What would I be like if I never found OOPS? I shudder to think of such a thing because I remember how hard it was to play back then plus all the stress and frustration I used to feel about making mistakes.

What is an Oops? It’s an Outstanding Opportunity Presenting Suddenly. Saying such a silly word helped me shake off the seriousness of “failure” and embrace the possibilities all while having fun playing.

Here are a few of my videos where you can see the OOPS in action and how I handle it and as you watch, imagine how it would have turned out differently if I had let myself see it as a mistake instead of an OOPS.

Watch Pattern Making Inspired by the Everyday on YouTube.

I couldn’t always easily embrace mistakes as opportunities. You’ve probably heard inspirational quotes like, “when one door closes another one opens” or “inside every problem lies an opportunity”.

When I had just screwed something up, made a mistake, or “ruined” it, those quotes didn’t help me one bit. In fact, I found them to be intensely infuriating!

But saying OOPS kept me from taking it all too seriously. After all, were lives hanging in the balance when I went too far on this cardboard?

Watch Oops…What I Did When I Went Too Far on YouTube.

The less seriously I took those mess ups and screw ups, the more I was able to play and feel the intoxicating freedom of play. Using up old rub ons in my journal brought me joy -just playing even if things did not go “perfectly”, after all it was just an OOPS.

Watch How to use old rub ons in art journal tutorial on YouTube.

Next time you are playing, if you feel you made a mistake, give OOPS a try. Next week, I’ll have a new video for you, loaded with OOPSies, for another Let’s Play post!

Specific ways to rediscover play by Carolyn Dube

Want to see more Let’s Play videos? You can find all the weekly posts here.

What is Let’s Play? It’s all about rediscovering the ability to play and each month I share a specific strategy that helped me recapture the freedom and fun of play. You can see more of the Let’s Play series here. Be sure to get entered in the $50 Dick Blick giveaway by leaving a comment below.

Sharing your play: I, and a whole bunch of others, would love to see what you’re creating! We’re sharing it in the Facebook group called A Colorful Place to Play. Why Facebook? I’ve listened to your feedback about how and where you’d like to share your play instead of the link parties.

Monthly giveaways: Leave comment on any (and all for more chances) of the weekly Let’s Play blog posts to be entered and one winner each month will be chosen by random.org. Want more chances to win a $50 gift certificate to DickBlick.com? Pin any of the images from the page or share about it on Facebook- then come back and leave a comment telling me what you did and you can have more chances to win! Giveaway closes the Sunday, December 28th at 11 pm EST and the winner will announced on the blog.

Congrats to Jodi, last month’s winner!

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  • Pat P December 13, 2016, 2:50 am

    Hi Carolyn Jubilee Year! Okay, this is too funny. I’ve noticed lately that YouTube videos automatically start with closed captioning. I started your video and that’s what it said on the screen.. Carolyn Jubilee Year! I think YouTube had an Oops and gave you a sparkling new name for the new year! 🙂

  • Susan Skipper December 13, 2016, 6:58 am

    The Kiwi spark is great – makes me want to go home and play.

  • Jean Marmo December 13, 2016, 3:13 pm

    I love your inspiration. I certainly need to look more closely at what is around me!

  • Corrine December 15, 2016, 2:53 pm

    Long lost soul mate and muse all at once. xox

  • C4G December 18, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Wewt! Love a new excuse to play. Sometimes the imagination can get stagnant with everyday aldulting. LOVE your series (and the blog).