I am not perfect.

August garden of Sunflowers, Pumpkins, blueberries, apples and 3 pears

This post has been floating around in my head for quite a while now.  Here’s where I’m coming from:  I really like Instagram.  For me it is an easy way to flick through loads of pretty pictures.  Pick a category, any category, and you’ll find someone who eats, breathes, and lives all day long just that category.

I also love taking pictures!

Here’s where my feelings of imperfection come in.  That eating, breathing, living just one category of a thing, is just not me.  I have lots of interests and I’m always jumping all over the place trying to get as many different things in as possible. My Instagram feed covers just about every topic you can imagine 🙂

So my garden, while I love it, is anything but a masterpiece.  I manage my time in the garden to allow me to do other things.

early summer garden

My crochet projects?  If I set my goal to 3 projects a year, I can usually nail that!

This year’s crochet project challenge was a sweater!

Biking?  I really like biking but I don’t want to spend every free minute on my bike.  I’m happy if I get out twice a week; one short bike ride and one long bike ride.

My husband usually keeps me company on my bike rides, which I think is awesome. I love this route along the water in Annagassan.

My house is clean and tidy … if I am given plenty of notice before company comes over.  Otherwise, we sport a “lived in” look.

this is as tidy as it gets … Did you spot the Irish time on the left and NY time on the right? 🙂

This is me, and all of my imperfections.  I have fun with what I do, and I am O.K. with that.

August is for making lavender wreaths! They are whimsical and “artsy” rather than “perfect”.

You won’t find me specializing any time soon.  That jumping around from interest to interest is what keeps me going.

spring time garden

Last year I tried my hand at painting an old cabinet and I had so much fun I’m going to try painting a dresser this year.  One project at a time.

Refinished bathroom cabinet added some zing to this room!

At this stage in my life, I can tell you pretty certainly that this is who I am.  I love what I do, all of it.  I accept that I’m not in any “perfect” category, but I am in a category of “good enough to make me happy”!

How about you?  Would you say you are “good enough to make you happy”?

In peace,

Another one of my favorite past times: coaching swimming! I’m lucky enough to be a part of my daughter’s swimming.


10 thoughts on “I am not perfect.

  1. I really hear you on this one, Dana! 🙂

    Like you, I’m a busy working mom of three children, and with just work and raising a family, running kids around to sports, school, and work, that leaves time for little else! But I have my interests also, the biggest one being gardening, but let’s just say my gardens are NOT Instagram perfect! I figure the most important thing I can do right now is raise 3 children the right way – with lots of love, guidance, support, and encouragement, and if the gardens look kind of shabby because I’m busy with family things, so be it! In a short period of time, my kids will be grown and then I can have those “picture-perfect” gardens, or…..maybe not.

    Thanks for the post, Dana!


    • Hi Tammy,

      Thank you for such a lovely note! I think those priorities are 100% perfect. There are times when we think we’re the only ones struggling with the balancing act, which is of course completely not true. We’re all in this together. I agree, there will be a time all too soon when our kids will be grown and out of the house.

      Everything in time if they are meant to be! Xx Dana

  2. I would say you are pretty perfect I have enjoyed your mail for the past 4years. You bring Ireland back to me. I’m from Roscommon. Ann m lincoln

  3. I’ve always admired you, Dana, in your ability to do so many different things all so easily. I would have to say you are perfect — a perfectly great person I’m lucky to call a friend.

    Tammy, you are so right to enjoy the crazy time you have with your kiddos, making sure that they know they can come to you know matter their age or the time of day (or night as they hit college) or the problem. There is no problem too big that you cannot work through together. My kids, and a few of their friends, have learned that even in their 20’s and some being married, it is helpful to have a nonjudgmental ear to listen and shoulder to rest on sometimes. My sisters shared this tip with me when my kids were little and it was one of the best parenting tips I ever had (and read to your kids from books a few years above their age level.)

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