Perfect Picks #12: a weekly roundup of resources for online creatives looking to ditch perfect

 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Perfect Picks, my friend! Each week, I’ll share a few encouraging words + behind-the-scenes insights into my daily perfectionism journal with real-life examples of how I manage when my perfectionism pops up.

Plus, a roundup of useful and inspiring resources for online creatives and recovering perfectionists. Think: practical tips, thought-provoking blog posts + #allthethings I've been loving lately.

Let’s get to it.

 
 
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perfectly imperfect Encouragement


Change the way you feel about self-doubt. Doubt is *part* of the process, any process.

It doesn't feel good when it shows up, but it is actually a good thing that it shows up. It shows you're on the right path, pursuing something that's valuable to you.

So stop letting self-doubt be an end point. Stop letting it be a decision maker, telling you when to quit or wait or procrastinate. Self-doubt is a guide but, ultimately, *you* are the decision maker. Reclaim that power, my sweet friend.

What are your go-to ways of managing your self-doubt?

Important advice for online creative + any recovering perfectionist out there: doing something scary comes with self-doubt. Doing something new brings discomfort. It's part of the process. Move through it + take action (even if it's just the tiniest of steps) on your big ideas. Click through for more tips on ditching perfectionism + taking action in your creative business.
 

Snippets from my perfectionism journal


My perfectionism showed up this week...

  • as not wanting to ask for help. I keep struggling with not wanting others to see me as a bother or like I can't do things on my own.

Snippets from my gratitude list


This week I was grateful for...

  • pizza

  • my phone working better after having it reset

  • my resourcefulness

  • defrosting my freezer

  • having a freezer

  • getting my aggression out with an icepick

  • a new health insurance

 
 
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Perfect picks


Here’s my offering of inspiring reads for you this week. As always, take what you need.

The power of vulnerability online

By Coffee with Kristi

“Vulnerability lets your audience see you you really are. It deepens your relationships with those around you. Think about it—have you ever had a friendship or romantic relationship with someone and you felt like they weren’t being completely honest with how they felt? Like they were closed off to you? Didn’t it make you feel like you couldn’t get as close to them as you’d like? Or maybe you’ve been the person who puts walls up and doesn’t let anyone get too close? That is all due to a lack of vulnerability.”

10 positive things to say to yourself on bad days

By The Thought Journal

“It's so easy to let negative thoughts and emotions creep into your life and take over your mental health. That voice in your head can seem so loud and persistent but you must remember that you're stronger than it. Sometimes all you need is a little positive reinforcement to remind yourself that everything is going to be OK.”

5 things that aren’t priorities in my slow business journey

By Ditch Perfect

“When I created Ditch Perfect, I wanted it to be a space for online creatives with a soulful streak (AKA you and me!). For those of us who want to step off the beaten path + do things our way. It’s not rebelling for the sake of being a rebel. It’s doing things in our own way + on our own terms in order to protect and prioritize what’s most precious to us: our time, energy, health + family. So at the start of this new year, I've made a very conscious decision to skip doing some things in my creative business altogether.”

5 ways to be intentional with your time

By Simple Joy

“Action based living is what being intentional is about. Being intentional with your time is not a one time act. It takes practice as you progress towards your goal of having a mindful habit.”

How to stay sane on social media with authenticity + intention

By Bailey Opsal

“So many of us feel drained + envious after scrolling through social media, even though it’s supposed to be a place of connection. (how ironic!) While the solution isn’t always a social media detox, it can be a good step to clear your mind + help you get back to a place where social media serves you instead of drains you.”

Related post: The ugly truth behind perfection on Instagram: 4 tips for keeping it real on social media

Taking time to focus on what makes your business yours

By Anthem Creative Co

“Don’t be afraid to be you. One of the biggest mistakes I see small business owners making is following the pack. I totally get it. It’s hard not to feel like there are “rules” to follow in order to be successful. But the number one thing that is going to set you apart is YOU. You have the answers! You just need to listen to yourself.”


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Meet Wendy | Ditch Perfect

Hey, Wendy here!

As a perfectionism coach, I help online creatives #ditchperfect, overcome their perfectionism + take action on the big ideas they have for their business. Let’s work together and make those ideas happen.