I have always feared yeast. It seems like this crazy, living ingredient that I cannot control. And I have never known what a bread recipe means when it says to use "warm water". Seriously. It sounds so ambiguous. So I skip those kinds of recipes and have been content that I just can't make bread.
Well wouldn't you know that I randomly decided to make this bread in my bread machine, and it comes out perfect every time. I couldn't believe it. I credited my bread machine.
Then my niece came down for a visit during Thanksgiving and mentioned that she makes artisan bread. I asked her to come over to my house to teach me to make this "artisan bread in five minutes a day". I had checked that book out from the library a few years ago and it had felt too intimidating to me. After she taught me, I have successfully made beautiful free-form loaves ever since!
Two of my friends have been making sourdough bread for years. I tried it once, and again, it felt too hard. But now with my newly found success with bread-baking, I tried to make it again. Success!
So now I have three different kinds of bread that I can make and my children love it. I am told almost daily, "Mom, you make the best bread!"
I tell you this whole story to simply say, "Try, try again!" So many times we give up on learning new things whether big or small when we face failure, obstacles, or believe the lie "I just can't do this." I have learned this in SO many areas, I CAN do it...if I am willing to be humble, ask questions, fail, and try many times.
I hope that I am modeling to my children to never give up on learning new skills or believe that they can't do something. With good instruction, time, practice, most of us can learn most things. That's really cool.