Wow! I can’t believe it, but at the time of writing, it is exactly one month since Not So Perfect first went live! The journey so far has been great, but as viewers and support begins to rise, I’m even more excited for what is coming!
Since starting the blog last month, a lot of people have asked me about the idea behind it. I have spent a lot of time trying to explain it to people, and even clear my head and sort out my own thought about the motivation behind the blog. So I thought I would dedicate this post to explaining my thoughts.
When I first contemplated the idea of starting a blog, a ton of ideas were running through my mind about what my inspiration behind it would be. My mind was an absolute whirlwind of possibilities. I was torn between finding a balance between staying true to myself- my passions and my (not-so-perfect) lifestyle- and creating content that would stand out and attract readers.
The idea for this blog came to me suddenly when I was in the kitchen one evening, explaining my thoughts to my mom. A Not So Perfect blog! A place where I could share all my random creative and faith-related lifestyle ideas, whilst reminding girls and women that there is no such thing as ‘perfect’.
Now that I had the fundamental idea for the blog, the next thing I needed to do was to sort out my thoughts about the idea of perfection. For a while before the idea of any kind of blog at all popped into my head, I had been bothered by how people were being presented/ presenting their own bodies and lifestyles in the media. So many people out there seemed to be ‘perfect’- either the perfect body, or the perfect family, or the perfect faith or lifestyle or kitchen- whatever it may be, they seemed perfect!
Now, I know this is to no extent true of everyone- or even most people, but all this perfection bothered me. I wanted to create a platform where I could share my perfectly-imperfect creative lifestyle ideas to show people that ‘perfect’ doesn’t really exist.
Although I’ve made it clear in this post that I firmly believe that ‘perfect’ doesn’t exist, it actually goes a lot deeper than that. What I’ve learned, and the reason that I know with such certainty that I don’t need to be ‘perfect’ is because, in God’s eyes, I am beautiful and loved and cherished as I am. You see, God was never after my perfection, but after my heart and my surrender. He loves me just the way I am, and because of that, I am enough. And the same goes for each one of us. What the world sees as ‘perfect’ is not real. There is no way that we can be perfect and real at the same time- these two things are simply not compatible.
So then, to link this all back to why I created Not So Perfect. I basically felt like I had a lot of truths on my heart which I needed to share. Truths about perfection. About how there is no such thing as perfect. About how when we see ‘perfect’, what we see is scarcely real. And about how the way in which you look at something will affect how you see it. So, to get these truths out there, I created the blog. And whilst not everything I post on this blog has direct links to finding your not-so-perfect, at the heart of everything is this idea that perfection just is not possible. Perfection it isn’t real, but that shouldn’t get you down, but in-fact lift your spirits so that you can be proud of and content with the life you’re living.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being a part of this journey so far, I can’t wait to see where we’re going next!