You want to know something I love? I love an Instagram feed of picture-perfect coffee shops, latte art, pastel bouquets, cobblestone streets, quaint farms, and vintage bicycles. Really. I love it. On a workday morning I’ll scroll through that feed and eat it up as quickly as I sip my morning coffee. Do I think it’s reality? Well, it’s certainly not a reality I’m living!
When I decided to write this blog, reality was very much on my mind…the good, the bad, and the ugly. I was overwhelmed by all the pain and suffering in the world, as well as inspired by all the love, beauty, and dreams that keep us going. I was trying to make sense of it all. I was thinking about who I am and who I want to be. I was thinking about all of you and how to touch your lives in a positive way. I talk about this…how we got to this blog…in my post, The Imperfect Zen Resolution, which is as good as any official “About” page I can offer. So I’ll just say two things more here and now.
First, I mentioned those picture-perfect Instagram feeds because I also want to acknowledge that there’s a time & place for them (like 6am when you need a daydream to get you through the work day!) and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to good latte art or a quaint farm or whatever else gets you excited about life. But I also want to be clear…”picture-perfect” is not what Imperfect Zen is all about. There may be some coffee shop photos along the way, but this journey is all about achieving Zen through our imperfections, not chasing perfection. We’re going to read books, try products, do yoga, cook strange things, talk about hard things…get uncomfortable and messy and even fail. Take pretty pictures along the way but don’t aim for perfect!
Second, I want to share something. I was recently told that someone I really respect…who I think has it so together…read something I’d written and found it inspiring and helpful in their life. The news came as I was creating Imperfect Zen and seriously questioning if I had anything worthwhile to offer. (Because, even imperfectly, this is a big responsibility!) So when I heard this news, not only was I floored and incredibly touched, but it also kind of felt like the Universe slapping me on the back and saying, “See, you got this!” The truth is, no matter how scary, I know I’m meant to do this. Nothing will make me happier right now than sharing my journey and trying to inspire and comfort you on yours.
I know that’s not a lot about me personally, but we’ll get to know each other along the way. In the meantime, let’s get walking through this life…creatively, joyously, mindfully, and imperfectly.
Thanks for being here,