Perfect is Boring

October 18, 2012

It is. It's boring.

Brene Brown wrote a book that is making my heart sing with happiness - The Gifts of Imperfection - and I can't recommend it highly enough. I'm normally not interested in the whole self-help genre, but this book is golden. I think everyone can relate to feeling the weight of imperfection, in a million ways.

Here's a sneak peek into the book - she shares 10 Guideposts, and I swear each one speaks to me in some way or another.

1/ Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think
2/ Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism
3/ Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness
4/ Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark
5/ Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty
6/ Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison
7/ Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth
8/ Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle
9/ Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and "Supposed To"
10/ Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and "Always in Control"

 See what I mean?! It's good stuff. I would love to chat about it - let me know if you're reading it/are going to read it/ want to be part of my long distance book club. :)

Have a great book recommendation? Please share!


  1. Ooh, that sounds right up my alley right now... thanks Jess!

    1. Meg, we need to start a book club! :)

  2. i'm in! my mother in law subscribed me to her weekly emails last year and i have absolutely loved getting them.

  3. I like to think of myself as a "recovering perfectionist" but could definitely use a little help heading further in that direction. this book sounds perfect [for lack of a better word!] going to download it on my kindle now :)

  4. Email discussion group? Just found your blog today and blog looks great and book looks great. Available to borrow from my local library as eBook, will try to finally figure out how to get a library book on my kindle.