Paralyzed by Perfection

I have been very hesitant to post for the last few years because I was afraid that if my project or story wasn’t perfect then I shouldn’t share it. Luckily, over the last 6 months, I have taken time for personal development and am coming around to the truth.

I should NOT allow my idea of perfection to paralyze me from even trying. It is time to propel myself into the life I was meant to live, instead of missing opportunities.

Analysis-Paralysis3

There are a number of projects I have put off in fear of them not turning out “Pinterest Perfect.”

  1. Creating a tent/canopy for my daughter’s reading corner
  2. Turning my mom’s wedding dress into a flower girl dress (this one could probably be validated, but more on that another time)
  3. Decorating our house that we have lived in for 5 years
  4. Sewing a round table skirt for my MIL
  5. Sharing birthday party ideas and printables
  6. Posting about dilemmas, frustrations, weakness, etc.

At the age of 33, I have finally decided to embrace who I am! I now understand that I cannot please or appeal to everyone all the time. After reading The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown two times through, I know my where my focus should be. Brown states:

“If we want to live and love with our whole hearts, and if we want to engage with the world from a place of worthiness, we have to talk about things that get in the way–especially shame, fear, and vulnerability.”

 

We have an amazing tool with the Internet because we truly can engage with the world.  If something I said resonated with you today, then I welcome you to share this post and join my list so you can see my transformation process through the joyous and most vulnerable times (and everything else in between).

I haven’t tackled any of the projects I listed, but I have started two things I feared in the last month: learning to drive my husband’s Jeep and CrossFit! More stories to come about those adventures :)

 

 

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Free Printable Dr. Seuss Sign

Are you preparing for a Dr. Seuss Celebration, Baby Shower, or Birthday Celebration? Here is a sign template that you can customize with your favorite quote or phrase to make your event even more seusstastical!

Cat in the Hat Sign Template Example

 

Cat in the Hat Vertical Template Examples

 Click here to download these templates from Google Drive.
The templates do not have any text on them. I used the font Doctor Soos Bold on my signs.

This template comes in both a horizontal and vertical version. The template works for full sheets of 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of paper (I print on white cardstock) or you can make it smaller if you are making note cards or labels. If you are looking for other Dr. Seuss printables then check out my Etsy shop, shydesign. There you will find food/drink labels, name tags, name plates, invitations, and more!

If you are just looking for party ideas, I did a series a few years ago:

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Easy Creamy Crockpot Kale & Sausage Soup

Creamy Kale Soup Ready to Slow CookHow often do you crockpot? I teach dance 2 afternoons a week, which puts me home right at dinner time. Most weeks I prepare something in the crockpot, so I know dinner will be ready at a decent time (6ish).

18 month old loves soup

This recipe has become a new favorite in our house; in fact, my 4 1/2 (almost 5) year old was raving about it the other night! Our 18 month old had a couple servings herself!

If you want to make this healthier or paleo friendly, then cut back or omit the cream cheese. This time we accidentally put the whole stick/package of cream cheese in, which was a little too much for me. Also, when you are adding the kale it will seem like a lot, but believe me it cooks down and I always wish I had added more.

Sadly, I don’t know what I am going to do this week because my crockpot lid handle broke off when I was drying it the other night :(
I guess after nearly 8 years, I shouldn’t be surprised.

 

Easy Creamy Crockpot Kale & Sausage Soup
With only 7 ingredients and a crockpot you can come home to a warm bowl of rich creamy soup. This recipe is very versatile, so add in other veggies or try some of the substitutions listed.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Easy Creamy Crockpot Kale & Sausage Soup
With only 7 ingredients and a crockpot you can come home to a warm bowl of rich creamy soup. This recipe is very versatile, so add in other veggies or try some of the substitutions listed.
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Brown the sausage and drain off as much fat/grease as possible.
  2. Rinse & Chop Kale and Potatoes.
  3. Plug-in your crockpot and set it to low.
  4. Pour coconut milk into the crockpot. Add in the extra water or broth. I then use the can from the coconut milk to add my water.
  5. Next, add in the sausage, kale, and potatoes. Let this cook on low for at least 4 hours. Set your crockpot to warm after 6 hours.
  6. An hour or so before serving, add in your desired amount of cream cheese. Stir every 10-15 minutes to help blend in the cream cheese.
Recipe Notes

Bowl Of Creamy Kale SoupLeftovers:
This serves 4 people, usually with a little to spare! It reheats     well the next day and can be frozen. Sometimes when reheating, you might want to add a little water.

Other Options/Substitutions:
Kale > Spinach
Sausage > Ground Turkey or no meat at all
Russet Potatoes > Purple Potatoes or other types

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