PERFECT can kiss it.

No more chances, I am breaking up with perfect.

Here's why : perfect doesn't exist & I'm tired of expecting myself to attain it.

( there, I said it ...oh, that feels sooooooo good! )

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Our children have created most of the (perfectly imperfect) artwork in our home.

 ( this is a fairly new thing for our family over the last few years )

Their art is interesting. And funky. And imperfect.

Some of it makes my eyes hurt a little bit a lot but it is still the greatest.thing.ever. 😉

( This is all part of the perfect story, stay with me...it is worth it, I swear )

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So, the brief back story :

Do you ever have a conversation with somebody and you walk into a "moment", one you instinctively know is the kind of moment that changes a person? It is almost always an honest, deeply vulnerable experience.

Well, picture one of those.

( haha, pun intended )

A few years ago our 7 year old (Isabelle) and I went for one of our walks one warm summer night. She mentioned said she wanted to raise money for a local homeless shelter and followed with : “maybe I can do something with my art and daddy could do something with his…”

( I am now in a moment, I can feel it )

Isabelle is a shy, cautious kid and she is sometimes unsure of herself. So, when she mentioned her idea, I knew it was one of those moments and I needed to encourage her.

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3 months later (at age 8) she held her first art auction called “Art in the Yard”.

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Isabelle Art in the Yard

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We coerced my husband into doing his “art” (he’s a jazz musician) with a couple of friends and while they performed, she held a silent auction in our backyard. She used different mediums to create 15 pieces and hung them along the fence for people to bid on.

She raised over $1500 for our local shelter.

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That's when I realized how boring perfect was.

That's when I realized our children and their confidence mattered more.

I used to want everything to look so perfect in my house. Not anymore.

I am so over perfect, I have moved on to meaningful.

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We call it their "wall of fame" and they each have the same number of pieces, regardless of talent.

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art collage

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I get their art mounted on board with a black border at Costco or Staples for less than $20 each.

( about the same as an Ikea frame )

Ours are most often 11 x 17 in size but you can get any size mounted.

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artwork kids

I couldn’t possibly mount every piece of art or we wouldn’t have any bare walls, though I found this very cool idea for rotating your artwork : rotating artwork blog.

When people come over and comment on the artwork, I see my kids’ posture change.

They begin to understand pride & meaning and that is wonderful.

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And here is why perfect is a dying art :

1. Perfect (as an absolute) doesn't exist and accepting that truth is the key to contentment.

2. So much of the beauty in life is in the imperfect and the messy.

3. Children need to be taught how to create meaning.

4. The practice of seeing through the eyes of a child changes you.

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5. Perfect is what you say it is.

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