Quite coincidentally, I have decided that this year will be the year of giving up perfection. (And not buying any more clothes until I appreciate what I have.)  Yes, I’m still a chonic perfectionist but I am learning to let go. And say to myself the following affirmation: “I love and approve of myself.” Corny perhaps, but it works!

This ABC Mom

Sorry to disappoint, but this blog post isn’t a recipe for an authentic version of a Chinese dish. Insert sad trombone. :-p

I’m talking about being authentic.


My therapist recommended Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Not a big surprise there that she thought I was a perfectionist, especially after hearing Bossman’s description of me. I just finished it and even though I can relate to her stories, I don’t know how to do the things she’s suggesting:

  1. Authenticity. Let go of What People Think
  2. Self-Compassion. Let go of Perfectionism
  3. Resilient Spirit. Let go of Numbing and Powerlessness.
  4. Gratitude and Joy. Let go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark.
  5. Intuition and Trusting Faith. Let go of the Need for Certainty.
  6. Creativity. Let go of Comparison.
  7. Play and Rest. Let go of Exhaustion as a Status…

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