"Progress over perfection."
I've been in such a casual mood lately, and I'm not just talking about clothes, but about everything in general. There's so much going on in the world, and so much going on for me personally, that I'm learning just how important it is to stop and take it all in.
I'm a classic over-thinker, and a perfectionist, so you can only imagine how hard it can be to make progress sometimes, or, to properly acknowledge that progress has already been made. I'm always ready to be on to the next thing, without being grateful or even recognizing where I'm at in life currently—it's such a slippery slope, because I love being ambitious and goal-oriented, but I totally find that my ambition can sometimes feel like a burden, where nothing is good enough, and I'm always pushing towards something, just for the sake of it. It makes me tired, to be honest.
Sometimes, I catch myself in the act of being too hard on myself, or being too picky, and I just let it go (as much as I can); I'm learning how to be nicer to myself, because the pursuit of perfection will stifle any progress I try to make, or have made. I'm just trying to take it easy these days, because there's just so much going on that's outside of my control that I don't need to add to the stress or anxiety by compounding it with negative thoughts.
It's great to have goals, just remember to be kinder to yourselves while you're in your pursuit—this goes double for me.
Photography by Christopher Cain, Hey Bulldog Studios