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.
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.
- 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.
In our eyes the loaf was perfect in taste and size because it was the thought that mattered, dad and mom
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!