less than perfect

This post has been rambling around in my head all week long.

It’s okay to be less than perfect.

I don’t mean that in a “stop trying right now and give up and just sit on the couch watching Netflix for the rest of your days” way. I mean it in a “the world is telling you that you have to look a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain way and it’s okay if you’re not.”

It’s okay if you go to the store in your sweats.

It’s okay if you don’t have a super stylish haircut that you manage to have looking incredible every day.

It’s okay if your kids don’t sleep through the night by the time they’re 6 months old (or heck, by the time they’re two).

It’s okay if you don’t have a successful career and are the most organized mom on the block and run a side business at the same time.

It’s okay if you’re a stay at home mom who likes to stay home all day.

It’s okay if you’re the kind who likes to go out.

It’s okay if you never make a “pinterest worthy meal” and you eat a lot of take out.

Basically, it’s okay.

I think, I know, that in this generation, with all the technology at our fingertips, it is so easy to feel discouraged about how we look or act or are perceived. It’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up or aren’t good enough. The world really does make it seem like we have to have five kids effortlessly and that they all have to wear the cutest hairbows that you buy on etsy and that you also have to have your own etsy shop and run a successful entrepreneurship and make only the healthiest fanciest meals for your family and you have to do all of this while wearing the most stylish clothes and having perfectly set hair and groomed nails.

What? When did we start buying into this? Are we buying into this? I think we all do, at least subconsciously, in part.  It’s not hard to scroll through Instagram and feel this way.

But I want to add my voice to this and say let’s stop this nonsense. Let’s live our lives and allow ourselves the same grace we would extend to our neighbor who shows up to the store in her sweats. Let’s quit beating ourselves up over the things that really don’t matter and let’s focus on what does. Let’s focus on coming to Christ and letting HIM tell us what perfect is and let HIM help us get there.

It’s okay, it’s so so so okay, to be less than perfect in the way that the world deems perfect. I love this quote by Sister Marjorie Pay Hinckley:

“I don’t want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.
I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.
I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone’s garden.
I want to be there with children’s sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.
I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived.”

Yes. Yes and more yes. I hope I can remember this exact thing this week and I hope that this little ‘ol blog inspires you to say no to the perfect of the world and yes to the perfect of the Lord. And He expects us to keep working, to keep trying, to keep trusting in Him, and HE will make us perfect. He will help us, we don’t have to do it all on our own and we certainly don’t have to do it all today.

So today, let’s all be okay with being less than perfect and let’s turn to Him to find out how we can become more perfect in His perfect way. I know I definitely need to. Love and prayers to you all!  Happy Monday, mamas!

Love and prayers to you all!  Happy Monday, mamas!

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  1. Caitlin

    May 30, 2017 at 5:06 am

    This is so so good! I need to remind myself of this every time I go on instagram. And I love that quote from Sister Hinckley. She was such a classy lady.

    1. Emily

      May 30, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      I need to remind myself all the time too! And yes, yes, yes, to what you said about Sister Hinckley. I pretty much love every quote of hers. Love ya!

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