Inherently I knew as a kid that perfection wasn’t a viable option for me. But I knew I wanted to be a writer one day. And I took it seriously. I spent a great deal of my playtime drawing and coming up with jingles to build up my portfolio. In fact, one of my favorite lines for a made up commercial was, “Imperfection is beautiful.”

These days, I have to be reminded of that every time I catch a misspelling, grammatical error or other writing faux pas. I’m reminded that none of us are perfect and that our imperfections not only make us unique, they make us beautiful.

Recently, I caught an episode of Oprah’s Master Class with actress Goldie Hawn. She said something about perfection that really resonated with me.

“Even today, I don’t like anything perfect. Again, it’s sort of being caged with a concept, which is like perfect hair or perfect this or a perfect speech or a perfect thing. Living in fear of not being perfect is something that actually can destabilize us and narrow our scope of life experience. The idea that we walk around with the idea of perfection-nothing is perfect.”

Feeling ashamed of not being perfect can haunt us, impede our self-growth and mental health. It’s why I think our bloggers are so courageous in exposing their truth. They help us normalize and accept our own differences. They remind us that we’re all a work-in-progress. This week they’re teaching us this through stories of hope, recovery and healing. Through their words, they show us that you don’t have to be perfect to live a beautiful, meaningful, purposeful life.

How to Expand Your Relationships and Make Connections with Others
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – Happiness comes from time spent with others. But does it seem like the older you get, the harder it is for you to find meaningful relationships? In this post, Joe shares a few tips to help expand your social network and connect with others in a more genuine way.

Anxiety Society: Meet Angie Jackson, Her Atheism, and Her PTSD

(Panic About Anxiety) – Here’s proof that you can rebuild your life even after a traumatic past. Angie Jackson grew up medically neglected in a fundamentalist Christian cult and now has both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Read how she’s taken her power and her life back.

Knowing Your Emotions: Internal Triggers

(The Emotionally Sensitive Person) – If you’re emotionally sensitive, your emotions can overwhelm you. One way to deal with them is to identify your triggers and take the necessary steps to manage them. This will help.

5 Reasons I Chose To Fight My Eating Disorder & Won

(Weightless) – In this guest post, Jen describes five reasons why she decided to shift from living with an eating disorder to recovering from it. Read it and be inspired.

Decoding My Body Image…

(Coming Out Crazy) – After six weeks of being in an eating disorders program, Sandy Naiman has learned a lot. She’s sharing her courageous path toward healing and recovery, and helping to motivate and encourage others who are on a similar path.