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“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.It's about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest.The choice to let our true selves be seen."...more


 I’m having a pretty good day today. It’s funny to me how small the difference can be between a good day and a not so good day. Sometimes I just wake up feeling mostly happy and that just hangs on. I’m a touch frustrated, though, because I don’t really know what to write. Some days I can write for hours. Other days I spend hours trying to write....more

perfectly mediocre

Sometime last month, I came across Jack Ridl’s TEDx talk. I e-mailed the link to myself, my way of dog-earing things for later (I know, I know! I should probably get on Pinterest), and finally turned it on while making dinner last week....more

"Incomplete and a little strange"

“A Ming vase can be well-designed and well-made and is beautiful for that reason alone.  I don’t think this can be true for photography.  Unless there is something a little incomplete and a little strange, it will simply look like a copy of something pretty.  We won’t take an interest in it.”- John Loengard...more

The Gift of Imperfection

One of the things that has stuck with me from elementary school Social Studies - besides the rap about Andrew Jackson that my friend, Sara, and I wrote and performed for the class ("My name is JACKS-on from WAX-haw!") - is a little fact about a particular Native American tribe known for their intricately woven blankets. Apparently the master weavers would intentionally weave a mistake into each of their blankets so as not offend the gods by being "perfect"....more

Permission, Imperfection and Pizza = The Best Baby Gifts of All

My toddler is transitioning from crib to bed. Every time he wakes up, he realizes that he’s no longer confined. What does he do? He JUMPS! An excited thunder from bed to floor, from floor to bed and then back again....more

The Blogosphere on Imperfection and Perception

This is exactly what the exercise does: It allows you to look at yourself as a person who loves you would. Which, really, you should, you know? But the photos -- oh, the photos! -- that you shared with us in the Own Your Beauty Flickr pool. They were so amazing. ...more
we should enhance what's already there,accept it,and not accept someone's definition of you as ...more

Own Your Beauty: On Faces and Eyes, Especially Mine

It was odd for me to email her. Although we’ve met once and I’ve written about her, Karen and I aren’t close friends. Certainly not the kind of friends that email each other on the way home from therapy. And yet, as I drove down the Interstate last Wednesday morning with the sticky residue of tears on my cheeks, I knew I had to email her. I had to get answers, and my gut was certain that she was the place to start. I got home and logged onto my email before I lost my nerve; I knew it was presumptuous to drag this casual acquaintance into my darkest place, my Original Hurt, if you will. ...more

It's funny--I've been seeing links to this post in my sidebar and wondering what it could be ...more

Own Your Beauty: There Are No Flaws. Imperfection & Perception With Katherine Center

I arrived in the United States at the age of 11, and my family moved to an extremely homogeneous neighborhood on the outskirts of Houston, Texas. Not only was the culture quite foreign to me, at the junior high school where I was enrolled I looked and sounded different from everyone around me. I managed the best way I could, and in general, I did okay. But the truth is that eleven is such an incredibly awkward age: It's the age when hormones begin to rage, our faces and hair become oily and greasy, and our bodies begin to plump out in shocking ways (or, as in my case, become unforgivingly angular). And cruelly, this is also the time when we start to really become aware of what our society deems "beautiful" -- we watch with wonder on television, in magazines, in movies and on stage the teenagers and adults who are anointed Beautiful, who become the standards for which we are encouraged to aim. ...more

Here's my start to November's homework. ...more

5 Tip Tuesday: Embrace Imperfection

by Sarah Welch and Alicia Rockmore 5 Tip Tuesday: Embrace Imperfection! You’ve seen them, so you know they exist. Those extraordinary people who seem to magically, effortlessly manage the whole kit and caboodle. No sweat. No meltdowns. Just serene in the knowledge that it’s all more or less under control. What is the secret to attaining that miraculous state?...more