One of the best things that comes out of taking a challenge is seeing things in a new way. This year, I have been looking for challenges; I haven't made the deadlines for all of them, but they have had the effect of making me look at my beads in a different way.
The last two challenges have been particularly effective that way. Both posed problems that I wasn't able to fully solve at the time, but the solutions, while not elegant, were practical and they will stand. But the technique that has been growing out of those partially unresolved challenges is really exciting!
Yup, I'm getting closer to being what I want to be when I grow up.
This is a very labor-intensive and time consuming technique; it is, I hate to say it, occasionally boring to do. It's very repetitive. It will be awhile before I have any results to show, but I am really pleased with how it is going. Boring bits and all. I've loved doing the challenges I've taken so far this year; and I love that they've given me a new technique to explore.