A few weeks ago, I received an email from a very enthusiastic and very lovely person by the name of Ashley Beaudin. Ash had seen my Instagram and reached out to me with an offer to collaborate in an Instagram campaign she was hosting. The plan was for a group of “girl bosses” to show their readers/followers that the perfect, shiny exterior that we all like to portray on social media isn’t actually how it is 100 percent of the time. To liberate perfect women from perfect. To own being The Imperfect Boss.
Sometimes we fail. Sometimes we give up. And sometimes we make mistakes (okay, we make mistakes all the time!). The thing is, no one likes to share their flaws on social media and this campaign is based on doing just that.
Our job was to shed some light on our imperfectness by admitting to something about ourselves that is flawed. A beautiful concept that I believe should be utilised more often. I’m not saying to be a complete downer and air your grievances 24/7. No one wants to read/see/hear about how your life sucks ALL THE TIME. Not only because, it most likely doesn’t, but everyone has their own problems to deal with.
But SOMETIMES, they need to be reminded of just that. Sometimes people need to be reminded that everyone has problems and everyone fails. That they’re not alone. That those perfect “candid” photos aren’t really candid and perfect (there were 100+ ones taken before hand that were discarded.
These are my candid, imperfect boss confessions :
- “I waited four years to start a blog because I thought I wasn’t interesting, fashionable, or talented enough.”
- “I waited one year before sharing my blog with select friends and family.”
- “I still don’t share my blog with all of my friends because I’m afraid of what they’ll say/think.”
Silly isn’t it? Holding yourself back because you’re afraid of what other people will think? The obvious response is, “screw them!” and “who cares what they think? do it for you!”. Easier said than done sometimes. Maybe writing this post will help me overcome my fear and start letting people into my world
I’m not perfect. I have insecurities and fears just like everyone else. Sometimes, I wear my pyjamas all day and make baked beans on toast for dinner three days in a row because I don’t feel like cooking a super-healthy, Pinterest-worthy dinner for three.
I make mistakes. Sometimes I don’t allow myself to flourish because I’m too afraid of everyone else. I’m afraid they’ll see flaws and imperfectness. But this is exactly we’re trying to fight. Flaws are what make you beautiful, unique, and special. Perfect is boring and unattainable. I know what I’d rather be. Do you?
All the pictures in this post are the ‘imperfect’ ones that didn’t make the original cut for this weeks OOTD post.