human experience, personal development, self image

Imperfection + Expression

Hey, honeys. It’s been a little while – I’m really not rockin’ this ‘I’ll post a few times a week’ thing. In fact, I’ve started loads of posts over the last few weeks but haven’t actually finished / published them… Then by the time I go back to finish them off, I’ve lost momentum, or it’s no longer relevant. The spark’s gone. Kinda defeats the purpose of this blog, hey? I can be a real nutjob sometimes.

We’re usually hardest on ourselves (at least that’s the case for me!) and I know that perfectionism and my crazy ‘editing’ brain have been my worst enemies through this process of reading, writing and reading again.

I’ve updated my bio with a little reminder of this for myself, but hopefully for you too: “To banish imperfection is to destroy expression.” // John Ruskin.

It’s been important for me to remember what this is all about. Sticking to a creative practice: yes, getting into the habit of writing again: yes, hopefully educating and bringing a different viewpoint on current issues: yes… But most importantly, this is about expression. The world as I see it. A unique perspective.

A couple of months back, I basically devoured one of my old favourites in one day: The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. I scribbled down notes along the way, but one thought that really touched me at the time was this one:

“Why do you never find anything written about that idiosyncratic thought you advert to, about your fascination with something no one else understands? Because it is up to you. There is something you find interesting, for a reason hard to explain because you have never read it on any page; there you begin. You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment.”

For me, that’s it. That’s why I started this thing – to give voice to ‘my own astonishment.’

I hope that this blog gets you thinking, gets some conversations going… and I promise that from here on out, I’ll endeavor to hit post before I let that crazy perfectionistic editing-lady take over!

Until next time x


2 thoughts on “Imperfection + Expression

  1. Carly Riordan says:

    That quote totally changed my writing direction too. It was a bit of a ‘to hell (do I say hell?) with what anyone wants to read, I want to write what I want to read moment.’

    Looking forward to more posts from one of my faves 😘

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