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Coffee Gatherings - It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect

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Hey Dreamer - 

Coffee Gatherings is a time for connection, reflection, inspiration, and renewal. Step away from the grind for just a moment, fill a mug with your favorite morning beverage, take a breath and be encouraged. 

The other day while helping my husband with something he nonchalantly said, "It doesn't need to be perfect." Nothing profound, just normal everyday conversation.

He didn't mean for those words to affect me as much as they did...but they did. It felt like a breath of fresh air. At that moment I had permission to just BE. To relax. To breath. Those simple but potent words freed me of all expectations. I can't tell you the burden that lifted from my shoulders knowing that I didn't have to live up to any unrealistic expectations. 

It doesn't need to be perfect

So I want to speak the same life-giving words that were spoken to me, to you -

You don't have to be perfect. 

Perfectionism is a burden and stress you were never meant to carry. Its toxicity will kill your dreams, your creativity, your productivity, your peace and your joy if you allow it. You are strong and courageous and perfect in your own right. You don't have to strive to be someone that you're not. You can release yourself from the unrealistic expectations put on you by yourself and this world, by knowing YOU ARE ENOUGH. 

Honor yourself and your heart by striving towards healthy goals that will propel you to new heights in life. Healthy goals lead to a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Perfect goals, on the other hand, are a way of telling yourself that until you accomplish certain things you are not enough. Perfect goals dishonor your heart and spirit. 

Give yourself permission to be human by making room for failure and mistakes. 

You are not perfect. I am not perfect. Nobody is perfect and no one ever will be. That is good news for you because that means you can stop fighting the battle of trying to attain the unattainable. 

If this encouraged you, pass along the encouragement to someone else.