Perfectly Imperfect: A Peek Behind My Curtain

Yesterday I tried to create a new quinoa recipe and it really sucked.

I just wanted to share that with you in case you are sitting on the other end of my computer, reading my posts, and thinking that everything I try turns to gold.

It really doesn’t.

20130429-204235.jpgToo often, we as women, mothers, bloggers (you get the point) aim for a level of perfection that simply doesn’t exist. The imperfection that you don’t see has been left out of the final product. It is in the failed recipes that never get published. It is in the meltdowns (both ours and our children’s) that get edited out of the final video before we post.

My life is just like yours, I often share the more positive parts on my site. I want to inspire you, to share something that worked for me in the hopes that it will work for you. I want to save you time by sharing my best practices and favorite things.

But suffer no disillusions. Behind some of my completed posts are recipes that go from the stove to the trash, ideas that don’t make it off the drawing board and thoughts that are probably better stuck in my head.

Just remember, when you look behind the curtain of perfection you will find a lot of imperfection and do-overs.

Also, I think I’m taking a break from eating quinoa for a little while. At least until I can get this disaster out of my head.

Sheri Landry
Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.
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13 comments… add one
  • Merry120 Nov 30, 2013, 9:35 am

    Bahahahahaha! Love it. This happens all the time!

  • Misty May 2, 2013, 7:56 pm

    Life is so much better when we let others peek behind our curtains! Love this and love that you can laugh at yourself. :)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 6, 2013, 2:55 pm

      Thanks Misty. There is always a lot of laughing going on ;)

  • Heather May 1, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Been there, done that sister!!!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 1, 2013, 11:13 pm

      Ha, Thanks Heather. I’m glad to hear that there are ‘others’ out there, just like me.

  • Soozle Apr 30, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Hahah It happens to the best of us :-)

    That is the trouble with pinterest – waaaay too many FAIL recipes out there! For me – it is baking with coconut flour. I have come across ONE recipe that actually made a half decent result.. everything else has been dry messes…

    You are in good company :-)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 1, 2013, 9:45 am

      I’m with you on the coconut flour recipes. I tried some because I wanted to balance out gluten with non-gluten meals and those ‘best pizza dough’ recipes made with anything other than flour — not so awesome. Thanks for commenting.

  • ira Apr 30, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Lol, it doesn’t look good to me, but I can’t judge as I’m very picky with food. But thanks for encouragement! Recently I constantly feel, like I’m not doing enough. And it is true, but it can not be true in every. single. thing. that I do, right? I need a vacation… :)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 1, 2013, 9:44 am

      I always need a vacation :). Just by worrying that you aren’t doing enough, probably means that you are. I think it is in our nature to always think there is something else we could do. We’ve got one shot at getting it semi-right and, personally, I am driven by the thought that at this moment in time, I have the power to do something right (whatever that is). I don’t want to deal with looking back and realizing I did it wrong.

  • Jess Burrell Apr 30, 2013, 9:16 am

    THIS is exactly why I started reading blogs. Finding other moms that are real and can admit they are not perfect. There are waaaaay too many stylized blogs out there and I honestly click next when I see one. I’d much rather read mommy fails than a blog that’s all rainbows and smiles. Great post!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 1, 2013, 9:33 am

      Thanks so much for your comment Jess. I think that it is important to share some of the ‘not so awesome’ some times. It’s healthy to admit defeat and laugh at yourself.

  • Christina @ The DIY Mommy Apr 29, 2013, 11:02 pm

    HAHA! This is a great post and oh-so-true. I’ve also made a TON of questionable crafts and recipes that I’ve since trashed. That graphic is the best!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 1, 2013, 9:41 am

      I couldn’t stop laughing when I made the photo. Thanks for commenting Christina.

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