I’m less than 30 days from my due date and my nesting instinct is in full swing. How do I know? Well, you can ask Dave about his “honey-do” chore list and that should give you an insight. All of a sudden my house isn’t ready to welcome a new tiny human. Why? I have no idea. The logical side of me says it’s no big deal. But the 36 week pregnant me is freaking out! Her nursery isn’t done (which of course she won’t sleep in until October or so), the loft space needs to be re-arranged to a Pintrest-worthy “reading nook” (another great last minute idea that involves building custom book shelves and buying more books), and don’t get me started on my kitchen (that’s a huge project that I won’t dream of tackling anytime soon). Yes, both my husband and credit card hate me right now.
Let me tell you why all of this doesn’t matter and how I’m trying to let my logical side win.
It’s ok not to be perfect. If you don’t know me, I tend to be a perfectionist. Almost to a pathological point that stops forward progress. Example, I’ve wanted to start a blog for almost 3 year now. And I was so hung up on naming it the “perfect” name that it never got off the ground. Hey, I’ve progressed! My blog is up and running. Win! But what’s so great about being perfect anyway. And what or who defines perfection? So I’m letting this idea of perfection go and I’m instead going to tackle our to do list knowing that’s its ok if everything isn’t my vision of perfection when this baby arrives.
In other news, it’s National Doughnut Day! Something I’m very excited to take part in with a chocolate cake doughnut with sprinkles. And yes, the doughnut is something that I’ve craved this entire pregnancy. I’ve happily indulged in the tasty treat at least once or twice a week. My husband has a doughnut club at work every Friday and I’ve trained him to bring me one home. I’m currently writing this blog about 1 hour from his anticipated arrival home with said doughnut. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a hard time labeling something unhealthy because I’m a firm believer that when you do that, you set yourself up for guilty feelings when you do give into cravings. Healthy isn’t as black and white as people want it to be. So stop demonizing your cravings and give in once in awhile. Hey, you don’t have to be perfect, right? Of course, there’s a caveat. I only recommend this if your lifestyle is balanced. Meaning, if you can’t remember the last time you’ve worked up a sweat doing something physical, maybe indulging in something sweet isn’t right for you at this time. Or if you can’t remember the last time you ate a vegetable, then, put the doughnut down. You get the idea.
Questions for you
- Are you a perfectionist? And how do you prevent it from stopping forward progress?
- Confess – did you have a doughnut today?