Embracing Imperfection

Happy 2014! I feel like I haven’t come close to meeting my blogging goals. And they aren’t even that lofty! But new year, new start! (Ok 6 days into the new year and I’m just starting to figure out my goals, that’s not that bad.) One of the things that prevents me from blogging more often is that I feel like I need to do it perfectly. Time it perfectly so I’m posting when people are reading. Write something useful, poignant, funny… it’s a lot of pressure! I’ll come up with an idea for a blog post and then tell myself I’ll write it later. When it’s the perfect time. When I have more thoughts collected. When I can take a great picture to go with.

But no. No I don’t. I don’t have to be perfect. I’m pretty darn far from perfect in every area of my life and I accept that… so why do I think I have to be a perfect blogger? For someone who’s not even trying to be a professional blogger, that’s a pretty weird thing in which to demand perfection.

Know what’s worse than a less-than-perfect blog post? No post at all. So it’s time for me to get over myself and just blog. Just to say hi. Just to celebrate new designs. Just to share a tip I’ve come across. Just to ask for help. Just to give a shout out to my super talented friends. Just to connect. Just to be a part of the blogosphere.

So here it is. My perfectly imperfect blog post. About blogging. About being imperfect. And about being ok with that!

So here’s your call to action. Whether you’re a blogger or a mom or an entrepreneur or a designer or all of the above or none of the above, I want you to think of something you want to do and just do it. Imperfectly. I don’t want you to open facebook first and get sucked into what your friends are doing. I don’t want you to empty the dishwasher or fold the laundry. I don’t want you to find a million other things you can do almost perfectly so that you put off the thing you can’t do anywhere close to perfectly. Whatever it is that you want to do, I want you to stop and do it. Right now. Even if you know you don’t have time to finish, I want you to start. Even if you know you can’t possibly do a halfway decent job, I want you to try.

Then I want you to comment below and tell me what it was so I can cheer for you!

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10 thoughts on “Embracing Imperfection

  1. Love this post. I’ve been dreading getting the new house unpacked and organized because there’s just so much and I want it to be “perfect.” Perfectly organized, everything in its place, rug spotless, walls touched up with paint, blah blah blah. Whatever! So even before I read your post, I just went for it. At least get things in the right room, right!? Thanks for the inspiration, Ems!

    • YAAAAAY Hollie! You got things out of boxes!!! Doesn’t it feel good to just do it? You can always make it perfect and pretty later. You need to know where your mugs are and stop getting dressed out of a box in the living room. (Um, not that I think you’re doing that… I’m actually talking about myself every time I’ve ever moved…) Great job!

  2. Love this! I know exactly how you feel, things seem to pop up all the time and I can’t seem to dedicate time to writing a blog post! I will put Facebook aside and make sure I MAKE time to write that blog post at least a couple times a week, even if it’s just about some recipe or workout I did! Thank you Emily!!

    • YAAAAY Gabby! I literally just spent two hours on facebook (so embarrassed to admit that!) WHY?! I could do so much with 2 hours! I think I really struggle from a fear that no one will like what I write. Well for 2014 I’m saying, “So what?” and writing it anyway! I can’t wait to read your blog posts this year! Especially if it’s “just” about a recipe or a workout you did!

  3. Yay for you! I do the same thing, only, I’ve only written one post so far! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a list of topics to write about, a stack of cake designs to try, recipes I want to taste, and organization ideas waiting to come to fruition… I’ll let you know if I get any of them going!

    • Do it Pamela! If you’re on the computer reading this, close this right now, open up your blog and write. Write something! Close your eyes and pick a topic from the list you wrote. I actually didn’t even set out to write *this* post. I just needed to write something. So I started off saying “Hey, yeah, I haven’t really been around much, but I’m here now…” and then that’s where it went! You can do this. You have things to say and we want to read them! Go for it girl!

  4. I hate emptying the dishwasher and folding the laundry. So, I’ll gladly take you up on this challenge. Imperfectly, I just filled out my goal list for the year. It’s sort of halfway filled out, but it’s done. I’m also going to imperfectly halfway finish some books this year, and I’ll definitely be imperfectly and sporadically blogging.

    So proud of you! Keep up the imperfection! It means you’re doing some awesome stuff!!!!

    • Whitney!!! You are the one who inspired me to write this! So is it embarrassing to admit that I’m kind of tearing up a little bit right now that Whitney English is reading and commenting on my little blog? (I know I know you and have hugged you, but you are an important and busy lady and you’re reading my blog!) I saw your post on instagram and thought, “Yeah, I have a lot of blog posts in my head too…” and then I thought, “Why am I on Instagram right now? Why am I simultaneously on facebook AND instagram right now? If Whitney English has time to eek out a little pearl of wisdom, I can certainly open up my blog and write something.”

      So thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      And Yaaaaaay Whitney!!! Get those goals girl! Halfway filling out my goal list is one of my top 3 in my Day Designer for tomorrow!

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