How To Be Okay with Imperfection

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I was reminded this week that it is OKAY to be IMPERFECT.

This is something I have taught myself AND my clients time and time again. It is a concept that I need to be reminded of often. I thought, maybe you do too.

We are human, we are fallible. We get tired, mess up, disappoint those around us and fall short of our expectations. We judge and compare ourselves to others. Social media makes this even more common. When we fixate on our flaws, we tend to become depressed, anxious and exhausted. But there is some good news...we are in this mortality game together. We are all imperfect together.

So how can we get out of our own way?


Forgive those whom disappointed you. Forgive yourself for falling short of your expectations. Forgive your family for causing you stress. Forgive your higher power for not letting things go exactly the way you want them to.


Show yourself some kindness. Life can be hard. The stress and obstacles that arise can be extremely challenging. So be compassionate, be mindful of what is going on, and be kind to yourself while you are getting through today, this week, this month, this year.


Laugh about it. Laugh about how stupid an awkward conversation was. Laugh about how big of a klutz you were today. Laugh about all the things that went wrong today. Find some lightness within the heavy.


Relax, take care of yourself, recharge. Check out this self-care packet for ideas.

Start Over.

Begin again. Choose again. You can do this each day, each hour, each minute. Choose to show up differently, change your mind, or set a new intention.

Rediscover your Values & Passions.

When we are down on ourselves and others, the important things fall into the background. So, rediscover what you value. This handout is a great way to begin: click here. And just do something you enjoy, something that helps you feel like your true self! Only you know what that is for you…gardening, writing, sports, arts & crafts, being outdoors, etc.

Be well,


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About the Author

Nora Josephson is a licensed professional counselor, certified yoga instructor, and wellness advocate. She is passionate about teaching others to take care of themselves---mind, body and soul!


Nora received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then achieved her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver. She worked as a counselor in Colorado for four years and received her Professional Counselor License before moving back to California to be near her family.


Self-care and wellness are lifelong practices. Nora’s education, professional experience, and personal practices provide an extensive background to wellness solutions. This blog provides numerous ways to take care of your whole wellness through self-care, hygiene, and wellness practices.


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