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Silence the Inner Critic - I'm looking at you Martha

Monday, April 08, 2013

I'm learning that a great deal of stress and unhappiness comes from unrealistic expectations. My objective: deal with my Perfectionism. I came across this slideshow on MSN today and I am hoping to incorporate some of these tools to be a bit more balanced and forgiving of myself:

I think I'm going to call that voice of unreason, Martha. Now, I admit that I do visit Martha Stewart's website and magazines and dream about creating all those lovely meals, decorations, gardens, etc. So I mean no offense. But in my mind, Martha is the GOLD STANDARD and the passive-aggressive push off the edge of sanity. (Did I SERIOUSLY just spend 6 hours of my life recreating something off of Pinterest because I knew I could do it better?! And I pulled it off! ...oh wait, that was 6 hours to impress people who could not care less.)

Now, this is not an apathetic justification to sit on my bum and be "okay" with that. It's a way to help me ease off and not talk to myself like my cruel 6th grade gym class teacher. It's a reminder that I am a valuable human being with something to contribute - even when it's not *quite* as pretty as what I see in the magazine; a reminder that true beauty is authentic; a reminder that I wouldn't talk to the people I love with that voice; a reminder to love myself.

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