What does it mean to be imperfectly perfect? Well as I am sitting here writing this post, my 3 year old is at my feet- watching his 5 gazillionth (and yes gazillionth is most definitely a word) YouTube Video, and its not even the educational crap they try to cram down our throats to make us feel better about the hours of screen time. NOPE. He is currently engrossed in a video of some random guy cracking eggs. The eggs DO have a multitude of colors inside however- so I’m counting this as our summer school lesson of the day. (MOMMY WIN!) I feel zero guilt about this pass time of his and could care less if someone thinks I should. I also have plenty of times where we sing nursery rhymes, partake in intentional activities designed to shape his young mind, we cuddle, we laugh, we love- but not 24/7. No one does that 24/7, and if they say they do(?) LIES. ALL LIES. Imperfectly Perfect. That is how I choose to describe myself and I couldn’t be more proud of the description.
There are days that I feel like I am on top of the world in this job we call motherhood- days where I feel like I have it all figured out, where I enjoy my kiddos and their cute little antics- and I can’t imagine being anywhere else on this earth. On the other hand there are also plenty of days I am not sure I have the strength to make it out of bed- the thought of my chore list and the tiny humans I created following me throughout the house yelling that word that haunts me in my dreams…. “MOM! MOM! MOMMMMMMMMMY” is enough to send even the most sane mother to a padded room (and to be honest I am not the most sane mother). Imperfectly Perfect. It just fits.
The trick to being Imperfectly Perfect is to be neither perfect nor an imperfect slacker. The trick is to find one or two things you feel confident you are good at (not perfect) NEVER PERFECT, and hone in on those skills. Trying to be a perfect mommy in EVERY aspect of your life is exhausting (and STUPID). It doesn’t work- even if there are plenty who say it does- and other than making an amazing social media or blog presence, it really does very little for your life in general (or your children’s lives!).
Take me for example- I am good at cleaning, and pretty good at organizing as well. I’m also pretty creative. These are things I am good at. I could create a blog about how amazing I am at keeping a spotless house (although its most definitely NOT spotless) but I would be cramming an illusion of perfection down your throat- and that is not my goal. What the perfect housekeeping blog would be failing to provide is a sense of tribe, of belonging, of understanding. It would also neglect to tell you that while I completed my chore list for the day and feel FREAKING AMAZING- I ate a cupcake for breakfast, and also allowed my 3 year old to do so as well ( and all he did was lick the icing)- I figure he will let me know when he is actually hungry and didn’t give it another thought. Imperfectly Perfect. If you can’t embrace that lifestyle- my friend- this blog is not for you.
So that is my call to action for you today- find what you are good at! Embrace it and do not spend another single second stressing about anything you are not. You my friend are Imperfectly Perfect- and that is an amazing thing to be.
Tell me in the comments below… What are you claiming? What are you letting go of?
Jenna is a former Early Childhood Educator who now spends her days chasing after her four rambunctious children all while pursuing a freelance writing career, guest posting, writing for the website Mommyish, and running her own blog. As a writer, she is passionate about bringing charisma and color to everything she writes. You can find out more about Jenna by visiting her website or by clicking the social media buttons below.