Tag Archives: imperfection

Self-Care Challenge (Day 5): Baking Whole Grain Bread


On day 5 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored the art of baking whole grain bread. It’s hard not to melt into a smile with the aroma of freshly baking bread in the air. Bread has been a food staple for cultures around the globe throughout history, and tradition of breaking bread is a […]

Book Club Discussion: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

woman wearing a white shirt holding a gift with a red bow

What a great night of discussion to kick off the 2015 Living Upp Book Club! Our Meetup group met for the first time last night to discuss Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret! You can join the […]

6 Reasons I’m Glad I Started Practicing Yoga

rock cairn

Sure, I’ve taken a yoga class or two over the years, but I’ve never really felt like I knew what I was doing. It was more like I was playing solo Twister while peering through my armpit at the instructor trying to see which appendage I should move next. I always felt like I was missing the […]

What Perfection Isn’t

When I started my career 15 years ago, I was the prototypical clinical dietitian. I followed all the rules. Diet recommendations were dictated by protocols, precise mathematical calculations and solid scientific research. As a consultant for several long-term care facilities, my job was to ensure that residents were being offered diets that not only supported their health, but in […]

The Beauty of Imperfection: Lessons From a Corks and Canvas Event

trees and water painting

I am not that artistic. I mean, I occasionally doodle and I once taught myself to crochet by watching You Tube videos. I may have glossed over a few key instructions because my afghans are shaped more like trapezoids than rectangles to this day. Even so, they are equally warm in all shapes, and I’ve yet to […]

Trusting the Journey

a road that runs between two small hills

“Trust the journey,” they say. Sure. As a type-A, list-making, ultra-planner it’s difficult for me to even wrap my head around what that means. But I am trying. My first week being unemployed has been busier than many of my typical work-weeks. I took a yoga class, had a pedicure, got a new library card, met with my […]