I'm a perfectionist. It's not a trait I'm proud of, but it's something so deeply engrained in the fabric of who I am, that I've come to accept it. And it was easy being a perfectionist and obsessing over every little detail … until I had kids. Motherhood doesn't lend itself to perfection AT ALL. At least not my brand of motherhood. Try as I may, I'll never be one of those Pinterest Perfect Moms. I don't bake. I can't craft. I'm so overwhelmed and frazzled most of the time, I can barely remember my name. Which is bad. But also really good. Because it's forced me to accept the imperfect. Parenting has taught me to let go. It's taught me that good enough is sometimes the best. It's been a hard lesson. I wanted so desperately to be that perfect mom when I had my first baby. But I'm not. I'm far from it. And that's just perfect.
And speaking of perfection, I'm thrilled to announce that my friend Jen Mann at People I Want to Punch in the Throat released a new anthology today! It's a collection of essays about perfection fails and I've got one in there! So check it out! You can buy I Just Want to Be Perfect on Amazon!
And best of all, I'm giving away a copy of the book! All you have to do to enter is follow me on Instagram between today, May 27th and Tuesday May 31st. Easy, peasy.
And here's a list of the fabulous women in the book with me! They're hilarious and I am honored to be in their company.
Bethany Kriger Thies – Bad Parenting Moments
Julianna Wesby Miner – Rants From Mommyland
Lola Lolita – SammichesPsychMeds / MockMom
Kim Bongiorno – Let Me Start By Saying
Alyson Herzig – The Shitastrophy
Kathryn Leehane – Foxy Wine Pocket
Harmony Hobbs – Modern Mommy Madness
Erin Dwyer Dymowski – Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms
Tara Wood – Love Morning Wood
Kelcey Kintner – The Mama Bird Diaries
Lisa René LeClair – Sassypiehole
Joelle Wisler – Joelle Wisler, Writer
Christine McDevitt Burke – Keeper of The Fruit Loops
Meredith Spidel – The Mom of the Year
Meredith Gordon – Bad Sandy
Nicole Leigh Shaw – NicoleLeighShaw.com
Allison Hart – Motherhood, WTF?
Jennifer Lizza – Outsmarted Mommy
Suzanne Fleet – Toulouse and Tonic
AK Turner – Vagabonding with Kids
Robyn Welling – Hollow Tree Ventures
Ashley Fuchs – The Malleable Mom
Kim Forde – The Fordeville Diaries
E.R. Catalano – Zoe vs. the Universe
Chrissy Woj – Quirky Chrissy
Stacey Gill – One Funny Motha
Wendi Aarons – wendiaarons.com
Jen Simon – jensimonwriter.com
Janel Mills – 649.133: Girls, the Care and Maintenance Of.
Jessica Azar – Herd Management
Susanne Kerns –The Dusty Parachute
Audrey Hayworth – Sass Mouth
Hedia Anvar – Gunmetal Geisha
Christine Organ – christineorgan.com
Shya Gibbons – ShyaGibbons