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LETTING GO OF PERFECTION

September 13, 2017
Honest Health

There is something you should know about me. I’m a planner…a colour coding enthusiasts and check list fiend. My brain thinks in a default setting of getting stuff done. It is a core characteristic of who I am. Don’t even get me started on pro’s and con’s lists….*swoon*

 

I need to continually remind myself to relax and embrace the flow of life. Things will not always go to plan now matter how organized and well intentioned I am.

 

One way that this really shows up is in my physical health. I’ve struggled with body image and my relationship with food since high school. I have gone through long stretches of time where I am very regimented and strict and other times where I couldn’t remember the last time I did something healthy for myself.

 

This past year and a bit have taught me a lot about myself and letting go of the unrealistic, strict and sometimes unkind standards that I was holding myself to. Life has become a lot more enjoyable by giving myself permission to be imperfect.

 

Now how, you may ask do I reconcile the A-type, list loving personality with the new laid back, permission giving approach to life? Well…it’s not been the most glamorous transition. Mainly I repeat to myself these two very simple thoughts:

 

1- “Be kind to yourself (or body, or personality etc), she gets you from A to B.”

2- Perfection is not obtainable but excellence is.

 

How does implementing those two thoughts look? It can be as simple as catching a negative thought spiral; stopping and saying a positive thing about myself or what I’ve done. It could also be activated when I notice I’m comparing myself to other people and their seemingly perfect life. In those moments I remind myself that I’m seeing a beautifully curated moment of their life. I try to quickly follow up those thoughts of comparison by saying something that I like or admire about them to keep myself from getting bitter or jealous. I want to always champion people on and genuinely celebrate their success or accomplishments.

 

I hope today’s musing has been helpful for someone out there. We are all just doing our best and by simply giving yourself permission to be a work in progress is a great first step to a more balanced heart and mind.

 

Did you see how I snuck a list in there? #CantStopWontStop

 

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PUY LENTIL SALAD

September 30, 2016
Puy lentil salad

Happy Autumn everyone!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their summer. I’ve been busy focusing on my course more than the blog because graduation is right around the corner and I want to finish strong. That being said, I’ve missed this place!

It is officially my favourite time of year. Cozy jumpers to wear, chai lattes to sip and blankets to cuddle under with a book.

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