Time for Imperfection


So here I am. Embarking on another chapter in my career and life. Training to become a heart centred life coach with the Beautiful You Coaching Academy. The last time I undertook extensive formal study was in 2007 when I completed my Honours Thesis in Social Work. I had no kids then. Just a dog and a husband, and seemingly all-the-time-in-the-world to hone beautifully crafted and thoughtful interpretations of my data. Now I have three children under six, and still the same dog and husband. I no longer have all-the-time-in-the-world.

This means a big shake up of how I do things. Before, I really dug in deep to my identity as a perfectionist, and would often delay or avoid doing tasks unless I was certain it would be top notch. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a blog for some time…but delayed and avoided, because I listened to these unhelpful internal messages:

“What do you want to do that for?” “You don’t have time for this!” “What are you going to write about?” “What if people don’t read it?” “What if they DO read it?”

And you know what? I started to get annoyed at these messages. I really wanted to write!

A whole host of positive and helpful influences started to filter in a little more, including:

-The uplifting and inspiring teaching and learning from The Beautiful You Coaching Academy, led by the amazing Julie Parker --- has really motivated me to start being brave and really living what I have always believed in (for other people)…and now I’m doing it for myself;

- Professor Brené Brown's inspiring research about how when we dare to have the courage to show our vulnerability, we can live our most meaningful and authentic lives;

And that which did not seem initially positive or helpful – the devastating news about a family member’s ill health…gave me the jolt to realise that

no-one has all-the-time-in-the-world.

This morning I finished reading “The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brené Brown.

I then wrote this, my very first blog post, between nappy changes, helping to dislodge a wobbly tooth, grocery shopping, cuddles, nap time and housework.  I made a commitment to embracing imperfection and just did it.

© Naomi Morrow. 2015.