Embrace All Imperfection to Enjoy Life More

If you have any contact with social media, you will notice how everyone strives to be perfect. Suddenly you can not post a selfie without at least one filter or go out for dinner without showing your curated plate of food. Even your dog has to look perfect.

What if you just decided to take a step? Away from all the competition, all that are clamoring for likes and hearts? What if you chose merely to enjoy your life without sharing it with the world? Here is how you can reclaim your life and be happier.

  1. Stop judging

You can decide right now to stop analyzing other people, looking for what is wrong with their face or their body or their life choices. Refocus your attitude to stop seeing a difference as a flaw but as merely something that makes that person unique.

Just let go of the urge to criticize others, and you will notice a flow-on effect on how you see yourself.

  • Accept your imperfection

Wanting to be the best version of yourself is not the same as being a perfectionist. A perfectionist is never happy with who they are, how they look or doing. Being your best means you work hard, you try, and you do not give up. But it does not mean you blame yourself when things are not perfect, and you do not take failure personally.

  • Relax and enjoy the process

Perfectionists tend to trip over every little detail and allow imperfections to spoil their lives. When you embrace imperfection as a natural part of life, it frees you up to enjoy the ride.

Obstacles become challenges that make life more enjoyable. You can slow down and notice all the good things there are in your life.

  • Adopt imperfection as a way of life

Once you make peace with imperfection, you can be a lot more objective about life. Your perspectives change, and what once seemed overwhelmingly important suddenly doesn’t matter so much. All experiences become just another aspect of a rich life that builds the person you are continually evolving.

Imperfection stops being something to avoid at all costs. Think about it like this: perfection implies stasis, something you achieve and have to tend. It is fragile and vulnerable. It puts an end to growth. And then what? You do not want to stop learning and growing and developing, do you? Embracing imperfection means there is always an opportunity to learn and grow and become a better person.

Until next time, please stay safe, and keep the faith.

15 Ways to Treat Yourself Without Spending a Dime

It is nice to be able to treat yourself every once in a while. But you could treat yourself a lot more frequently if treating yourself was free. It can be! There are plenty of ways to give yourself some special treatment without worrying about your budget.

You might start planning on doing something special for yourself regularly. You only need to take the time and make yourself a priority.

You are worth it!

Give yourself the pampering you deserve:

  1. Call your favorite person. A long-distance phone call is free these days if you call on the cell phone. Pick up the phone and call someone you would love to have a conversation. They are probably dying to hear from you.

  2. Give yourself a manicure. Put on a movie and give yourself a manicure that will make your friends jealous. Take your time and do it right.
  3. Watch your favorite TV show. I find it exciting to sometimes binge-watching my favorite TV program. It is a great way to relax and have fun.

  4. Take a hot bath. A hot bath for no reason at all is the best kind. A shower can be almost as good.

  5. Go to the bookstore or library. It is free to walk around the bookstore/library and check out the books. Bring some coffee and find a place to sit. In just a couple of visits, you can finish an entire book.

  6. Take a walk. Walking is free, and it is good exercise too. Walk around your neighborhood, or walk at the park. Walk at the beach. Walk alone or take a friend. Just walk and enjoy being outside.

  7. Make your favorite dessert. Whip up your favorite dessert and treat yourself. You are doing yourself a favor by freeing up space in the pantry.

  8. Play a game online. There are thousands of games that can be played online for free. You can play by yourself, with a friend, or with 100 strangers. It can be a fun way to spend some time without spending any money.

  9. Sunrise or sunset? Watching the sunrise is free. Watching the sunset is free, too. Which do you prefer?

  10. Listen to your favorite song. Any song can be found online somewhere for free. Sit back, relax, and listen to your favorite album.

  11. Local attractions. The park, museum, art galleries, monuments, and other local attractions are often free if you go on the right day. It is not always necessary to travel to another city to see exciting things.

  12. Window shopping. It costs nothing to look. Look at new cars, fancy clothes, a giant television, kayaks, or whatever else interests you. It does not hurt to look.

  13. Take a nap. Treat yourself to some me time and rest. Give yourself some extra time. You deserve it.

  14. Create. Immersing yourself in creating something is good for the body and soul! You do not need paints or expensive art equipment. Just use materials that you find around the house. For example, you can sketch, write a song or a book, compose music, do origami, whittle, and much more.

  15. Look at an old photo album. Pull out an old photo album and relive a few memories. You will have a few laughs and maybe shed a few tears.

You do not need to save up your money to give yourself a treat. You can give yourself a little VIP treatment without spending a single cent.

Use this list as a springboard to think of more ways to be good to yourself each day. Make a long list and pull it out each day. You deserve a treat.

Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith. 

Time to Relax

It has been a long and chaotic week for me! I finally have hot water in my house. It feels so good to turn on the hot water and know that is what I will get. For almost a month, I have had to boil my water for everything. I probably should not mention this. Every time I say my pilot light is staying on and I now have hot water, it goes out.

It is a good thing I grew up when we had to boil water for everything because we had pumps you primed with water. Wow! We took baths in the kitchen by the woodstove.

Never mind, I will share those stories another time. For now, I am about to soak my feet and enjoy a glass of wine. Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.