6/26/12

letting go

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Confession.
I am a perfectionist.
And I have it in my mind that I need to have everything together-- and for me, that's a lot. Succeeding at the day job, the blog, my etsy shop, in my relationship with God, my husband, my family, my friends... plus a clean house, healthy meals... it goes on.

And I know I'm not alone in this. And in no way would I ever judge anyone else for working really hard on their blog and not having time to do laundry or cook. Yet, I judge myself. I don't give myself the same freedom I extend to others.

But I'm deciding this summer is the time to let go in some areas. I do not need to be perfect. You do not need to be perfect. And that laundry can sit in the dryer for another week.

How do you let go?

xo, erika

9 comments

  1. I am the exact same way! I made the same decision a few months ago. So what if I don't fold all of the laundry as soon as the dryer buzzes? So what if I pile it in the linen closet and close to door... then prentend it doesn't exist ;)

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  2. I completely relate it and I stopped beating myself up for little things that won't help me and make me feel better in any way.

    It's ok if the laundry sits in the dryer for a while. It's ok if we have delivery pizza one night every once in a while. It's ok if the house goes a little dusty for normal than usual. It's not worth it to beat yourself up, because all the items in the to-do list were not crossed off!

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  3. working out really helps me let go. i can push myself hard and feel a release!!

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  4. I think that there are times that I let go too much, but then again, I have a 3 month old that requires a lot of my attention. Right now, he's wants all of my attention. So there's a lot of times I feel like I don't get anything done. As long as the kids, are fed, clean, and healthy than nothing else matters.

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  5. oh my gosh...I am the exact same way! It's so hard for me to manage my time and when I don't do it right I feel like a failure. I have to limit myself to how much time I spend "perfecting" things. Life goes on whether its perfect or not right?! My husband values a clean house and clean laundry so I have to prioritize and learn learn learn time management!!!

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  6. Welcome to my world lady. You should see me at work. I try SO HARD to do everything and then have a major freak out when I get overwhelmed. Kind of awful.

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  7. Wow, I'm just like that!

    I've been learning a lot about holding myself responsible for things. Who is it that makes ME responsible for these things? I'm holding myself accountable when no one else is... They are my standards, and my standards alone. Those things are what I have placed up high as needing to be done, and as needing to be done by me. I try to remember that, yet I still feel tremendously guilty sometimes...maybe one day I can fight it.

    Christen :>
    www.anunordinaryhello.com

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  8. beautiful post!! i am totally a perfectionist too when it comes to most things, but there's only so much a person can do!!

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  9. Amen. Letting go is so freeing :)

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