Aspire Magazine: Inspiration for a Woman's Soul.(TM) Oct/Nov 2018 Aspire Mag Full Issue - Page 26

What if instead of holding ourselves to unrealistic and unattainable expectations, we give up on being perfect and choose to cultivate of ourselves? nurturing expectations is only when we transform our unrealistic expectations that we make room for the authentic expression of who we truly are, and then are able to truly love ourselves. As Vironika Tugaleva reminds us, “There is no way to genuinely, powerfully, truly love yourself while crafting a mask of perfection.” I invite you to join me in giving up on being perfect and choose instead to express your authentic truth. When you do, choosing to nurture yourself will become an act of love and courage for without this vehicle for knowing yourself, you may end up playing many roles and positions in your life, but never being fully who you are meant to be. And remember there is no expectation that you do this work perfectly, but please do show up! Sending you peace, love and gratitude, Then give yourself credit for already letting go of perfectionism and choosing to thrive. 5. Choose authenticity over  perfection. When we decide that showing up courageously as our authentic selves is more important than trying for an unattainable goal, we will more easily release our desire for perfection. Choosing authenticity over perfection is empowering and encourages us to embrace our uniqueness, learn from our experiences, and express who we really are. I believe it 26 Kelley Kelley Grimes, MSW - Kelley is a counselor, speaker, internationally bestselling author, Aspire Magazine expert columnist, and self-nurturing expert. She is passionate about empowering overwhelmed and exhausted individuals to live with more peace, joy and meaning through the practice of self-nurturing. Kelley also provides professional and leadership development to organizations dedicated to making the world a better place. She is married to an artist, has two empowered daughters, and loves singing with a small women’s group. Learn more at and download your free Self-Nurturing Mobile App | October / November 2018