Perfectly Imperfect

“You don’t need more motivation or inspiration to create the life you want. You need less shame around the idea that you’re not doing your best.” 

-Julie Veron, To Anyone Who Thinks They are Falling Behind in Life, Huffington Post blog

I read blogs for inspiration and ideas, but sometimes they leave me feeling like I’m inadequate in some way, particularly food blogs. Suddenly I’m not cooking and eating the right things. Clearly these other people are eating perfect, healthy meals three times a day, seven days a week. Oh, and the food is always gorgeous. I’m holding myself up to someone else’s idea of the perfect way to eat and live, and guess what? I’m not measuring up.

The last thing we need in our lives is yet another opportunity to compare ourselves to an online ideal, another way to feel not worthy and not enough.

I hope to never give the impression here that my life is perfect or that I’ve got it all figured out. My intention is to create a space where it’s okay to slow down and nourish ourselves, to explore how you might gently bring these ideas into your own life, in your own way. A space that is kind, comforting and encouraging. The ideas presented here matter to me because I long to incorporate them into my own life. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I don’t. My sacred kitchen is sometimes spotless and inviting, and sometimes covered in backpacks and school papers along with dirty dishes from last night’s dinner. And that’s okay. Sometimes I mindfully make a pot of beans on a Sunday afternoon, and sometimes I heat up a box of tomato soup from Trader Joe’s. Also okay.

We must always remember to be kind and go easy, to not make grandiose promises to ourselves about what we will always do or will never do again. We must give our good intentions the open space to flow with our perfectly imperfect lives.

We are on this journey together.

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