Perfect Picks: 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.
perfectly imperfect Encouragement
Sometimes the biggest struggle as a creative entrepreneur is ignoring the voices. The voices around you that say, "Are you sure your dreams are worth it? Wouldn't you rather just play things safe?"
Or even the voices inside your own head that say, "There are already so many other people doing what I want to do. I'll never be different or successful enough." I know those voices all too well. Because I've heard them many times myself.
But I'm here today to be a new voice amidst the noise. A voice that says nothing more than: GO FOR IT. Chase your dreams, do something different, dare to be weird. There's no better time than now. To get up and do the crazy thing. To embrace the whispers of your heart. To say no to the WHAT IF'S that are racing through your mind. It's time to just get up and DO.
And if you're ready + waiting to work together to ditch perfect for good + take action in your creative business, please know this: radical life loving and total biz freedom are yours for the taking. You no longer have to live your brave alone. I'm here to guide + support you along the way. And I’m now booking coaching spots for December + January. If working together sounds right for you, you can find out more + contact me this way.
Snippets from my perfectionism journal
My perfectionism showed up this week...
as not being able to stop ruminating about work. I wake up at night and the first thing on my mind is a thing that happened at work.
as incessant worrying. I received my work schedule a little later than usual, sending me into a panicked state of worrying. Did I screw up somehow? Did I make a mistake? Do they hate me? Will they fire me? Making it all about me and not considering other explanations or scenarios, that's a familiar pattern for me. And it's all rooted in this perfectionistic fear of not being enough. This morning I received my schedule and I breathed a sigh of relief.
Snippets from my gratitude list
This week I was grateful for...
the most gorgeous + colorful morning sky
my walk home through the park after work
feeling myself settle + recharge during the walk home
Here’s my offering of inspiring reads for you this week. As always, take what you need.
By Erika Fitzgerald
“When I started my business part-time several years ago, I was in constant battle with myself—not knowing how or where to focus my time in order to build the right business. No matter how hard I tried to focus, I was at an impasse. Stuck on that carnival ride that uses centripetal force to pin you against the wall. It wasn’t until I left my corporate copywriting job to go all in with my business earlier this year that I realized the importance of intentionality. Going through with this transition forced me to really consider: why was I leaving the security of a steady paycheck to work for myself?”
By Code Love Creative
“First, I realized that this uneasiness was stemming from a place inside me that feels I need to curate everything that put out into the world. As someone who teaches branding and web design tips, it only makes sense that this is a habit of mine; to create a branded persona.”
By Ditch Perfect
“During my many hours scrolling down the Instagram rabbit hole (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I’ve found these 8 accounts for online creatives that are tired of being held back by their inner perfectionist. These 8 relatable and inspiring Instagram accounts share what it’s really like to let go of the hustle of perfectionism and embrace your perfectly imperfect self instead.”
By Brightly & Co
“All at once, I felt sure. The doubts were silenced. The fear (still present as it always is) was quiet. The excitement started to build… and for the first time, I saw my worth. I saw the value I was bringing. I saw that I couldn’t somehow “screw this up” but instead needed to just fully embrace it, and embrace it I did.”
By Living over Existing
“Just like many of today’s online entrepreneurs, they don’t want to have an ugly stage. They don’t want to struggle putting on eyeliner just like new online entrepreneurs don’t want to start with zero followers. Like it or not, having a perfectly manicured brand and receiving big checks from name brand sponsors are hot right now and many newbies want to just have “it” already.”
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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.