12 Inspirational Quotes for Living a Life Without the Need to be Perfect

12 Inspirational Quotes for Living a Life Without the Need to be Perfect

I’m a recovering Perfectionist…and my bet is you probably are too.

(If not, this article series on escaping perfectionism can help you recover as well!)

Lately though, I’ve been in a groove where I’m striving for excellence and not perfection, where I do my best and not worry about the things that may not matter and steer me off course.

In doing so, I found some very inspirational quotes that have helped me on this journey to excellence and everything is working out perfectly, pun intended! :-)

I use these when I need motivation, inspiration, a kick in the butt, or simply a reminder that there is no such thing as ‘being perfect.’

So I share these with you in hopes that you, too, are inspired and get in the mindset of personal excellence versus perfection.

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge 2015 is Here!!

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2015] - Life is Good

Please read and follow the sign-up instructions outlined below so you sign onto the list correctly! The brainchild of Arlee Bird, at Tossing it Out, the A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and  so on. You can use a theme for the month or go random – just as long as it matches the letter of the alphabet for the day.

The A to Z Challenge is a great way to get into the blogging habit and make new friends. For more details and its history, go HERE

We recommend short posts, turn off Word Verification, and visit five blogs (or more) a day beginning with the one after yours on the list.

Blogs must be on an open platform – no Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – and comments enabled.

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Take Action Now – My Five Part E-book Series Is On the Way!


It is magnificent to take action now and create something that allows others to take action now and make their dreams come true.  Each week, this space contains an article sharing ways a person can take action now to get things done. I learned the idea of take action now after attending a professional conference in 2012. Once I learned the concept, I embraced it and made it a part of my life.  I take action now in order to accomplish my goals, dreams and plans. In this blog I strive to encourage, inspire and motivate others to take action now to accomplish their goals, dreams and plans.

Over the past few years I  have been humbled and amazed when I have received comments, emails and telephone messages from readers who found something in my words that helped them to take action now and accomplish wonderful things in their personal and professional lives.  It is a blessing beyond belief to have the ability to help others do what they want to do.

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DIY Targert Accent Table Hack

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared a project with you guys, mostly because we were finishing up our master bedroom floor install. I’ll share more about the before, during and after install once I get time to upload and edit the photos.
In the meantime, let me show you what I did to that damaged table I bought from Target.
Y’all already know how I like to scour the clearance sections, especially the one at Target, and find nice things for my home, so when I saw this cute table I instantly knew it would be a great fit for my reading nook, but it wasn’t the right color, plus it was damaged.

Ways to Celebrate Your Spouse

National Spouse's Day, I love you, celebrate your spouse 






You have heard the saying “those closest to you go unnoticed faster” (well maybe not a saying but you understand where I’m going with this) and this is so true when it comes to our close relationship, marriage. Sometimes our spouse can feel unappreciated due to the busyness of our lives and taken for granted. This holiday forces us to focus on our spouse and show them that they are special and important in our lives.

Use today to really “spoil” your spouse. Today is a great day to be intentional in speaking your spouse’s Love Language.

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I wrote my first book! Now you should buy it.

Reclaim Your Fabulousness!

My first ebook… ever! Eek!

OMG… I am entirely too excited right now. And a bit nauseated. If you’ve known me for longer than a minute, then you know that I’ve been writing forever. And I’ve been writing “a book” forever.
Yeah. That long.  The truth is that I’ve started many books. But I haven’t finished any of them. Well, not until now. This is my first book that I have completed.

The completion of this tiny handbook marks a great moment in my life. Completion of something that I started. I describe the book below, but suffice it to say… I’m entirely thrilled and happy and I hope that it helps a lot of people, the way that it helped me.

If you’re feeling a bit stuck in your life… not feeling completely like the fabulous person you used to be… this book will help you.

Buffalo Ranch Popcorn Chicken


As the Super Bowl gets closer, I’m getting my menu and my game day recipes ready. As I’m working my party plans, I’m thinking about what I want to eat, who I’m feeding, and even what I don’t want to make. I guess people watch the Super Bowl for the game, maybe even the commercials…but…but me? I’m here for the food. I’m all about that life on Super Bowl Sunday.

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How To Create The Most Beautiful Day

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day and while I did not participate in an organized Day of Service, I set out to create the most beautiful day that I could. I supported one of my friends, spent time in the community at a real community Martin Luther King parade; I went to work in the afternoon by attending the PBS Television Critic’s Press Day; then I visited and kissed my grandsons before they went to bed. Yesterday was indeed a beautiful day. It made me want to consciously create the most beautiful day in my life more often. Consider this a case study.

Dr. King placed great emphasis on the strength and power of one’s community. Our friends (friends of friends) live in the community on the parade route in the Leimert Park section of Los Angeles. As is custom, when we watch parades, we generally participate. So I cannot begin to tell you what happened in the streets when “Tommy the Clown” came down the parade route, got out of the car and proceeded to crump (i.e. dance) with viewers. The crowd went wild. It was all around laughs as adults, children and babies celebrated.

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Seven Sinful Foods to Avoid to Protect Your Skin


Your skin is our largest organ, so whatever we eat manifests itself on our skin in a good way with dewy, healthy and youthful looking skin or in a bad way with acne, dryness and worst of all wrinkles.

Juicing and getting in your 5 Veggies a Day are vital to healthy skin, check out some of my Smoothie Recipes!

There are also some BAD foods that can age you and make you look OLD like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Here are the Top Foods to Avoid:

1. Coffee & Caffeine

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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home with Your Kids

How to Celebrate Mardi Gras at Home with Your Kids via I'm Not the Nanny

This post contains affiliate links. image adapted from frankieleon via Creative Commons

It’s time of the year again! Mardi Gras is the time for king cakes, beads and revelry!  Mardi Gras, which translate to Fat Tuesday in French, is the day before Ash Wednesday. While the actual Mardi Gras is on February 17, the partying has already started! This season represents a time of indulgence before the fasts of the Lent. One of these days we’ll take the kids down to New Orleans to experience the parades with their beautiful floats and giant beads. In the meantime, we’ll celebrate Mardi Gras at home in our own way. I’ve got a round up of books, crafts, music and recipes that will make celebrating Mardi Gras at home fun for you and the kids!

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