five things on the art of imperfection

i just HAD to get one of these t-shirts (only a few left!) from authenticity guru jen lee. i did not have the pleasure of formally meeting her at squam (art workshops), but when we were standing next to each other chatting among friends in the dining hall, she aptly lay her head on my shoulder -- an authentic gesture if i ever did see one.

i also just received in the mail brené brown’s heart-opening book, the gifts of imperfection. yes. i have tried for too long to be perfect, leaving me tight and bound when all i really want is to shine.

perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will perfect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight. 

authenticity: yes, please.

perfection: just say no! 

i am *truely* inspired by these women, among many others, who are embracing their imperfect selves and lives:

karen of chookooloonks fame: encouraging self-love, and the comments took me to my knees.

joy tanksley: her dance video is adorable, not to be missed.

susannah conway: who is unashamedly gloriously imperfect.

merrilee d: with healing sign, she always plays great music on her blog.

stacy de la rosa: who is replacing perfect with love.