An Imperfectly Perfect Life Lesson

“When you boil down parenting, it’s really about teaching your children about what matters most in life. It’s about instilling values. And it’s also about reassuring them that it’s okay to not be perfect…because life isn’t perfect. So, yes, my children have seen my flaws and weaknesses, but instead of being ashamed of my imperfections, I’m showing them that you can have them and still be a good person.” ~Tara Rummell Berson

beautyofimperfectionI’m very humbled that my essay “An Imperfectly Perfect Life Lesson” was included in the Fly Like an Eagle anthology. The book is a collection of inspirational stories that spawn moments of reflection.

Here’s a scanned copy of my article (An Imperfectly Perfect Life Lesson). It’s a deeply personal parenting piece that will hopefully teach you to embrace your imperfections rather than feel guilty about them.

If you’re interested, you can purchase the book on Amazon for about $15 (proceeds benefit SORCO, a rescue and rehab and release facility for injured raptors such as eagles, hawks and owls).

Please Don’t Burst My Zen Bubble!

I had a really enlightening weekend at Deerfield Spa. It feels like FOREVER since I last had a chance to nurture myself, and this was the type of place where everyone had one goal in mind: a journey towards wellness.

To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, here are the only things I had to “worry about” on Saturday: 1:) Get up 2.) Eat the three healthy meals and two snacks they put out for me 3.) Figure out my exercise schedule and 4.) Enjoy my warm stone massage.  Rough day, huh? 😉

After some rest, healthy yet tasty meals, and some intensely fun & challenging workouts, I was floating high in my cozy “Zen bubble” (a term I think my friend Rachel and I may have coined this weekend???). Since I was so chill–which believe me is very rare!–I decided it was best to take a break from the iPhone and truly live and breathe in the moment. I often find myself worrying more about capturing a great moment on camera or how I’m going to write about how happy it made me rather than just taking it all in.

While we all can’t get away and enclose ourselves in a Zen bubble, this get-away reminded me of the importance of making time each day to take care of yourself and create your own Zen moments:

Take the time to eat the right foods to fuel your body, try to squeeze in a good stretch in the morning, become more aware of what it is that makes you feel good–whether it’s exercising, listening to good, inspirational music (my friend Rachel certainly disappoint me with her iPod play list, btw!), or taking a few moments to pat yourself on the back for something you did instead of beating yourself up for all the things you didn’t do.

My friends, please find some happiness and peace today: Declare your own Zen bubble and don’t you dare let anyone pop it!

Make time for Zen moments.

xx

~T

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