I don't know what it is about us as humans and at what point we started feeling like we need to be perfect in order to be loved and accepted. This is something that I used to struggle with incredibly up until about five years ago, and it is a theme that comes up in my client sessions over and over again.
I would be lying if I told you that it was completely out of my system. I still have those moments when my ego creeps up on me and tries to convince me that I'm not good enough, my doubts take over, and my fears stop me in my tracks. After many years of practice, I can finally thank my ego for trying to keep me safe, use my doubts as a way to check in with myself, and use my fears as stepping stones, but that doesn't mean it isn't challenging.
As human beings we weren't made to be perfect. We are here to make mistakes, to grow, and to learn. So when we know that we are here for that purpose, why are we so hard on ourselves? -
I have found that once I gave myself permission to fail, failing didn't seem so scary. Once I gave other people more room to make mistakes, I also gave myself that permission. Once I started noting the qualities that I am grateful for in my friends, I also started recognizing my own qualities to be thankful for. -
I spent a very long time being scared about relaxing into who I am as a person, but when I finally did, it gave the people around me permission to be who they are too and that has made all of my relationships shift into something better than I ever could have imagined.
I know it's scary to let go of the idea that you have to be perfect, but I am giving you permission. You are allowed to make mistakes and you are allowed to fail. You are unique and that is your gift to the world. No one else could ever be you! -
Give yourself permission to let go of the need to feel like you have to be perfect; you are not exempt from being human and you are not exempt from being lovable either!
Woke up this morning reminded of my vision board that I’ve put aside for a few months and hid away (subconscious much?)... but something compelled me to pull it out and review to remind myself of why I’m here. This year and in my life, it’s about joy and living my biggest life. It’s about childlike curiosity and playfulness, mixed with colorful boss lady pantsuits. It’s about juxtaposition and continuity at the same time. It’s about community, beautiful experiences, connecting to nature, spiritual growth and confidence. One of the quotes on here is “So much about makeup is the attitude with which you wear it.” It’s about owning your unique gifts and vision no matter what, even when others might say “that’s not possible” or “that sounds crazy.” It’s about walking fearlessly into the unknown, or maybe what you already know but aren’t fully conscious of yet. Sure, this looks like a random collage of many things at the moment, but one day it will materialize as reality and all make sense. I can’t see how the pieces all fit together yet but I know somehow they will, and the process of filling in the puzzle is where the best learning, growth and magic happens. I’ll keep you posted ;)
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