Monday, December 16, 2013

Motivational Monday: Project Selfie

Do you ever find yourself feeling down about yourself? Feeling like you're less than your best? It's not a good hair day, a good face day, a good YOU day.

I have those days a lot. If I'm honest, I probably feel that way at some point every day.

Every. Single. Day.

And then I find myself beating myself up about beating myself up. It's such a vicious cycle.

Isn't it time we all just be who we are?

Here's an example: Look at this blog. I haven't posted since Nov. 22nd. And regardless of my strict schedule, I had missed a few posts before that. But I have reasons! Thanksgiving was busy, then I had a craft fair, then I got two colds, back to back. You see? I try to justify it but the truth is, I'm not perfect. Why should I try to trick you into thinking that I am? I am a broken human in this broken world and sometimes I make mistakes and sometimes my hair isn't brushed or my face breaks out. Sometimes I eat too much cheese and sometimes I don't keep to the blogging schedule I set for myself.

That is why I love this project, SO MUCH. Rob Walker (from Rob Walker Films fame) has come up with a little project he's calling "Project Selfie". His contention is that in a world where "selfie" is the word of 2013, it is okay to not be perfect. I just love that.

I think his video speaks for itself, and I think it is an extremely important message. This notion of imperfection is so counter-cultural to how our brains have been trained to work and that needs to change. It's okay to not be perfect, because no one is, right? All perfection is manufactured.

Here is my submission for Project Selfie:

Back off, guys! I'm taken! ;) 

This is me, first thing in the morning. I forgot to take my eye-makeup off the night before. My eyes are puffy and let's be honest; my skin has probably looked better.

This is me, before the make-up and the coffee. Before the hair products and the styling tools. Before I try to tell myself and the world that I look and feel better than I really do.

My challenge to you on this Motivational Monday is to take back the word "selfie". I would love it if you sent in a photo to Rob (The deadline is the end of this week, by the way.) for his project, but if you're not comfortable with that, just take a photo for yourself.

Take a photo as a reminder that it is okay to not be perfect. And on those days when you're feeling less than your best you can look at it as a reminder of your own humanity and remember that you on your worst day is still more real and beautiful than some manufactured idea of you on your best day.

This is my reminder that it's okay to not be perfect.  I hope I never forget it.


  1. I love it. I also love how much credit you give coffee...because I do too. :)

    1. Thanks for reading, Nicky! And coffee totally deserves it's credit. Every bit. ;)


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