#shelives: pursuit of perfection vs. pursuit of life...

I have spent the better part of the last twenty-five years of my life in pursuit of my 'perfect self'. It was a never ending quest. One in which I would try to reinvent myself over and over again. But...I have decided to give up my pursuit of perfection and to nurture the goodness that is already in me, the things that make me happy, and bring out the best in me. I have decided to live the abundant life. For me that means pursuing the things that I was created to do, help with, have, or simply be.

My first act of self-love and nurture is ...returning to my art and thrift store shopping roots. Don't laugh y'all, but I love thrifting! I have since I was a young girl. I love the process of hunting for great finds...and paying little for them. And for some reason, I love touching all of the cool stuff in the stores. What can I say..I am a very tactile person. It used to drive my mom crazy when I was a kid. The old folks called it "piffling". I call it curiosity. 

Anyway, I am back at it...thrifting. I buy clothes, shoes, and other stuff. But my new love is buying small pieces of furniture that I can turn into a creative canvas. 

Despite my leanings towards science, I am actually an artist. Have been since I was old enough to hold a pencil and paper. I loved to draw and color. I loved being around paint and creating beautiful and fun things. It makes me happy and I am back at it. 

I have been working on turning a little brown wooden bar stool into a plant stand for my ever growing aloe vera plant. I am having a great time working on this piece and wanted to share it with you all. I am not done yet, but already looking for my next project! What can I say...I am hooked again. My two loves of painting and thrifting have come together and I LOVE IT. 

I used to think that what I am doing was selfish, but now I know better. Loving and nurturing ourselves is actually an essential part of being able to truly love others. Anything less falls short of the goal and leaves us empty. 

Take some time to love on and nurture yourself...do something that you love. You are certainly worth it!

Much love!!

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