Protest Against Perfectionism

Being my best self isn’t me being perfect. Perfect is boring. And one-dimensional. Yet, so often I use it as a shield and man-oh-man can it get heavy. It takes a LOT of courage to be vulnerable. And authentic. And reveal my imperfect self. Because if I look happy and “perfect” people won’t judge me or blame me, or see my inner-most self right?

Maybe…not so right.

Maybe I will drop my perfection shield and take part in the Perfect Protest. That’s right…I’m going to find the courage and compassion to say that I am enough. Me and all my glorious imperfections. And you can either love it or leave it because I am going to start believing in who I am. Wanna join me?

Here’s my Glorious Imperfection List. Make one of your own and join the Perfect Protest. Leave it in the comments or just write it for yourself.

  • I beat myself up. Often.
  • I can be judgemental.
  • I like hearing gossip.
  • I get jealous.
  • I am competitive. Not always in a good way.
  • I eat when I am lonely. Which is a lot.
  • I bake when I am bored (which is a lot. Hence the recipe below.) and it doesn’t always turn out perfect.
  • I hate shaving my legs.
  • I watch way to much TV and still call it “taping” when I program the PVR.
  • I can work all day in my stinky running clothes and think nothing of it.
  • I don’t always love myself.
  • The older I get the less I judge others about the use of Botox.
  • I swear.
  • I am doing the best I can.
  • I have dreams.
  • I like to tell it like it is.
  • I love kissing and being kissed.
  • I am learning to forgive myself.
  • I like cheesy, romantic movies.
  • I have crazy, flexible shoulders.
  • I always have treats in my hand bags.
  • I am a wife, an aunt, a daughter, a sister (in-law), a friend.

I AM ME.

Hello Courage!

Apple and Pecan Bread

adapted from Bumbles & Light

  • 1 1/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch each of cloves and nutmeg
  • 3/4 C maple syrup
  • 2/3 C non fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 C grated apple
  • 1 C 1/2″ apple chunks
  • 1/3 C pecans
  • cinnamon and raw sugar for sprinkling
  • Preheat your oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  • Whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  • Whisk together the syrup, yogurt, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix together the flour mixture and wet ingredients. Gently fold in the apples but do not over mix.
  • Spoon the batter into your prepared pan. Sprinkle with the pecans, a little extra cinnamon and raw sugar.
  • Bake for about 45-50 minutes or until done.
  • Cool for half an hour on a cooling rack before removing from your baking pan.

Notes:

  • My bread didn’t look perfect. It kinda baked over the sides. I should have used a loaf pan a little bit larger (notice how not all loaf pans labelled 9″x5″ are actually the same size?). But despite the loaf’s imperfections it tasted great. And I even brought some over to my Mom & Dad who didn’t care that it wasn’t perfect in appearance.
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2 thoughts on “Protest Against Perfectionism

  1. i really like the way that you introduce your recipes…will be a follower, and may try your maple pecan bread…funny how much i could identify with you and your list, without even checking what, if anything else, we have in common…keep writing and baking…thanks!
    Dianna

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