There's a certain zen that comes with baking bread. You really have to trust the process that the flour, water, and yeast that you dump into a bowl is going to amount to something. At the beginning the dough looks like a shaggy mess, but with patience and a little bit of elbow grease you can really make something special.
Last week I tried out a new recipe for challah. 16 challahs later... I had some sore shoulders from kneading!