OK, I’m doing something certifiably crazy: a 90-day, book-writing challenge in the first quarter of 2020. (Keep moving.  Nothing to see here.  Just making memories.)  The only reason I’m mentioning the challenge now is that doing so requires regular visits to Barnes & Noble for the latest, greatest sources of inspiration.  My current favorite?  An enchanting, little book called My Perfectly Imperfect Life: 127 Exercises for Self-Acceptance by Irene Smit and Astrid Van Der Hulst (2019), the editors of Flow Magazine. 

One part inspiration, one part guided journal, this beautifully illustrated book challenges us to embrace our “perfectly imperfect life,” including our work, home, family, friends, adventures, creativity, body, and self.  Here’s a sample exercise:  “Let go of the perfect image of your family.  Every person is different, and sometimes life throws curveballs that no one saw coming.  See things as they are:  That’s what mindfulness is all about.  When you are worried or reacting to a story or image, try to recognize what your mind is adding to the facts in front of you.  Practice taking the story as it is.  What makes your family perfectly imperfect?” 

Sound interesting?  Check it out! and let me know what you think.

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