Striving for Perfection

Perfection to me is imperfection. I see it all of the time, and hear it all of the time, and I'm also guilty of it--trying to strive for perfection. We need to take a stand and show others our imperfections. It is what makes us unique. I am guilty of it too, wanting to check to make sure that the photo that you post isn't a bad picture, or wanting to have the house look perfect when you have guests over. I could go on and on, but I find that with all of the social media, it can give us a warped vision of what others are really like. It is so hard to look at all of people's Instagram accounts or Facebook and not think that everything is perfect in their lives. Their marriage is perfect, they always look fabulous, they are the best moms, and they get everything done. I have always hated the fact that every magazine you pick up is completely photoshopped, in fact I can remember a friend of mine getting a fitness spread in a magazine and being disappointed when she saw it because it looked nothing like her.  I feel the same about all of the crazy apps to photo shop pictures on social media.  I understand using filters here and there to change the lighting or just make the picture look better, but I was shocked when I found out that there are apps that make your teeth whiter, completely take away all wrinkles, make your eyes look bigger etc.   It's alarming to me what kind of pressure this is putting on young girls.  Plus, when you see someone in person, you don't want to be shocked at how they really look!

I had the pleasure of taking part Lori Harder's Bliss Habit, and my biggest take away was this exact lesson.  I had been wanting to start a blog for years now, but I kept waiting because I needed to have my blog look perfect.  It was something that kept on coming up and I constantly saw it on my list, but having the blog not look a certain way kept holding me back.  Well, if I waited for it to be perfect, I would have never started the blog.  I decided to throw that out the window and start it, with all of it's lovely imperfections.  It's a work in progress.

The lesson here is if you want something don't pressure yourself for everything to be perfect.  If the time is right, go for it!!!  It's all right to post a picture of yourself even if you don't particularly love the picture, or if you don't have any makeup on.  The more real you are, the more people can relate to you, and respect you.  Don't give others a warped view, and remember that social media typically only highlights the good, so don't think that everyone else's life is all roses.

Here I am, no filter, no photoshop, minimal makeup,  just typing my blog.  Cheers to being real!!

Photo on 8-28-14 at 12.43 PM #2