Standard of GRACE not Perfection Print Recipe Print Recipe

“I will hold myself to a standard of GRACE not perfection”

 

Sometimes the perfectionist in me is so strong that it takes me out.

It happens more often that I’d like to admit.

A few weeks ago, my friend handed me this frame.  I almost cried.  Hi my name’s Lisa and I’m an emotional perfectionist.

My husband looked at me and said, “can we make wallpaper out of this?” Yeah, it can get ugly.

This is hanging in a place that I walk by all day, every day. It brings me joy.

 

This is my gift to all of you who also struggle with the ugly side of perfectionism. ps. You’re not alone.

 

Thank you Emily for this beautiful gift ~ xx

Artist, Emily Ley

 

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  • http://www.heathersdish.com/ Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    absolutely perfect and exactly what i needed…thank you!

  • Becky

    Thank you, I really needed the today. Thank you.

  • http://www.itsacharmlife.blogspot.com/ Char

    I suffer from this as well. At times it can be great and at times…not so much. Thanks for the inspiring post. xo
    Char =)

  • http://channelingcontessa.com Clara

    My goodness do I know the feeling! And unfortunately I’ve felt a lot of this, this week, so I really needed this! 

  • http://heartofablonde.com Molly Rasmussen

    Oh wow, I love that quote. I definitely struggle with the ugly side of perfectionism. What a beautiful reminder. Great post Lisa! xo

  • http://luciditytonight.blogspot.com/ Angsthase

    I love this, such a perfect message, and such a wonderful gift to receive.

  • http://www.thelifeofawife.com/ sherri lynn

    Oh I needed to see this today!  Thanks for sharing!

  • Yesiwantcake

    Love it! I’m in the same boat, and need to remind myself of this constantly. 

  • http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/ Maria

    LOVE that saying! Such a great reminder…I really think we are sisters:) And P.S. I think you are pretty much perfect:) xoxo 

  • Summer

    Perfectionism is my excuse for not crafting.  I have a hard time trying things I believe won’t turn out like the perfect picture in my mind.  What a beautiful reminder and encouragement.  Now I’m off to look for a replica…

  • Anonymous

    My dear, if I let perfectionist win, I would never step behind that camera. I’d never find the “perfect” image to post or have the right words to say. If that happened, there would be no blog. I’m always reminded to be in my heart, cook with love and use only the perfectionist in me to do good, not harm. Give it a try and see what happens, but be gracious with yourself.

  • Anonymous

    You just made my heart beat a little faster, thank you. I agree, we are SO similar it makes me laugh – I’m guessing you’d also like this frame – and josh might have a similar response as Ben, huh? ;)

  • Amy Rae Photography

    Awesome!  I have the same print in my office from the designer, but mine says Joy is in the Journey! She even posted about this same topic recently here http://emilyley.com/2011/06/grace-not-perfection/  Such a GREAT reminder!

  • Molly – apieceoftoastblog

    Aw – what a sweet friend!  I think I need this framed somewhere too… I think all creatives struggle with perfectionism – we want to create but we don’t want to do anything unless it is PERFECT.  One time I was in a fit of rage while working on a project and just told everyone around me “You just have no idea how hard it is to be me!” <—- like woah, get a grip sista.  Grace is wayyyy more likable than perfection :)
    xx

  • Molly – apieceoftoastblog

    Aw – what a sweet friend!  I think I need this framed somewhere too… I think all creatives struggle with perfectionism – we want to create but we don’t want to do anything unless it is PERFECT.  One time I was in a fit of rage while working on a project and just told everyone around me “You just have no idea how hard it is to be me!” <—- like woah, get a grip sista.  Grace is wayyyy more likable than perfection :)
    xx

  • http://twitter.com/EmilyLey Emily Ley

    Oh LIsa!! This is SO BEAUTIFUL!! So happy to see that this is so special to you!! Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you in 2012!! xoxo Emily Ley

  • http://www.theknoxvilleholts.blogspot.com/ Lauraholt

    It’s amazing how hard we can be on ourselves. Anything that can help the inner judge ease up a bit is always welcome! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/thebeadgirl lisa lehmann

    such a beautiful statement. such a perfect standard. such a gift from above. thank you!

  • http://savoringtoday.com/ Judy@Savoring Today

    Giving up on perfection was one of the most freeing decisions of my life. It was great relief to my family as well (perfection is always projected onto others close to us). A standard of grace is far more attainable, liveable, easy to welcome others into — I love this! What a great reminder to see everyday!

  • Brenda

    Ooooooo…I love this. And I need to plaster this to my forehead. Wishing you a day full of grace. 

  • Lacy

    so perfect. just takes my breath away.  may you see it each day and it resonate so deeply in you! 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you and I’m right there with you and the plastering!

  • lauren wickman

    I am absolutely a perfectionist. This is so perfect.