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I am a recovering perfectionist.

I was perfect at being a perfectionist, and I was miserable.

From the outside, my life was “good.” I was doing and being the “right” things (hardworking, risk-averse) and getting acknowledged and rewarded for it (promotion to leadership role, husband/kid/house/dog).

But somewhere along the way, I lost myself. I had accepted other people’s expectations as my definition of “perfect,” and let their voices be louder than the one inside my own heart.

I felt like I was being dragged through my life, not living it. I felt safe but trapped, accomplished but not satisfied.

I knew I could do more, but my need to be “perfect” and know the “right” thing to do or say (or else suffer the painful consequence of criticism) was holding me back.

Then I lost my job. Then the pandemic hit.

Suddenly, I no longer felt safe or accomplished. I felt lost and like a failure. But that also meant that I was no longer held back by needing to do the “right” thing… because there was no “right” thing to do in this situation.

Being set adrift allowed me to reimagine my definition of “perfect” so that it served me, instead of hindered me. It gave me the space to confront my fear and get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Now I live by the mantra, “It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be me.”

Because being me is far more important than being perfect. Living my life imperfectly but free (to create, to grow, to learn) is far more fulfilling than living it perfectly but lost.

Do you feel like your perfectionism is getting in the way of your productivity, professional growth or passion?

I can help you reimagine “perfect” by utilizing the gifts of perfectionism while letting go of the fear, so you can set better boundaries, prioritize and execute with ease and experience more freedom and fulfillment in your life.

Contact me for options of how we might work together!

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