Grace Not Perfection – Starting My 2017 With Grace.
For the year of 2017 I have defined it as my year of GRACE. Many of those who know me know that I strive for perfection and nothing less. I always say it’s a blessing and a curse because I set my standards un-obtainably high. Myself included. So with the start of the new year I took a leap of faith and ordered from Amazon.com this random hot pink book with gold lettering called Grace Not Perfection, it looked pretty so why not. Little did I know that this pretty book would be a game changer for my 2017.
See as I said, I strive for perfection mostly in myself and I am my own worst critic, dinner is 15 minutes late because I forgot an ingredient at the store. We are late for soccer practice because I forgot I didn’t fill my gas tank for the week.
The dance studio newsletter is handed out the middle of the month instead of the beginning of the month because I forgot to print it out. In my life I forget, A LOT . . . Many say I am too busy. I think I am just busy enough. I forgot to print out the newsletter because it wasn’t up to my standards, which again are un-obtainably high. Dinner is late because I have to make a 5 star rated restaurant quality meal from scratch instead of grabbing chicken nuggets from the freezer when I realized I was short an ingredient, see where I’m going with this? Why are my standards so high that even I cannot reach them? Will it make me a better mother? Will it make me a better wife? Will it make me a better person if I am constantly setting myself up for failure?
A couple friends of mine and I joke that we are part of the “Bad Mom’s Club,” you know that recent movie that just came out with Mila Kunes? I love that movie for the simple fact that finally Mila’s character stopped trying to be everything she was told she had to be and started being everything she wanted to be. She made mistakes and was unapologetic about it. She started living life and enjoying the life she was living with her kids.
By giving myself GRACE and room to breathe and be real with me the stress of the “too busy” will melt away and I can enjoy me. I am me and I am unapologetically going to give myself the GRACE to be just that and love the life I am living without the world telling me I’m not good enough, I AM good enough. I AM GOOD ENOUGH.