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Life isn’t about having it be perfect

These are my little perfections.


So January and February thus far has been tough for me.
I don’t like to use my blog as a place for my drama, but my blog has become a part of me.
It’s my outlet for all my stuff.  Good and bad.  Mostly good.
Occasionally a bump in the road.  And I had a little bump in the road.

I had a surgery in January that kicked my pants (don’t worry, it’s all fine).
It has been a hard recovery, but I am recovering.
Through some complications and tough times I am recovering.  Both physically and mentally.
I apologize for the vagueness of it all, but it’s all I can give…just a tiny bit.

If just a bit, then why say anything at all?
Because the most important thing about all of this experience is what I have taken from it.
Through all this I have learned some amazing things about myself, my family, my friends, my life.

I am stronger than I thought.
I am still strong even if I have to ask for help.
Family is everything.  Everything.
My husband is my rock.
My kids are amazing (I already knew that!) and they are capable of so many things.
My sister is such a source of love and strength for me.
My best friends are my family too.
Friendships are priceless.
Everyone needs a circle of strength.
Life is not about having things be perfect.

My life is not perfect.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Who’s is?  It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

There will be bumps in the road.
There will be times where creativity will be scarce.
There will be times of low motivation.
There will be times where I can’t post on my beloved blog every day.  I have to learn that this is ok.
There are times where laundry is in piles all over the house.
There are times where dishes don’t get cleaned for 2 days, when carpets don’t get vacuumed for 2 weeks.
There are times where I have to be ok with friends & family being in my messy home.
There are times where I will only have a can of soup and crackers & cheese to serve guests for lunch.
There are unfinished projects.
There are days where getting 1 thing accomplished is amazing.
Sometimes you realize that people can only give what they can give.  Accept them for who they are.
Sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you had hoped.

And all that?  It’s all ok.  Because it’s real.  It’s real life.

But there is always love here.
There is always laughter.  Everyday there is laughter.
We all have each others backs.
We all support each other.
We all look out for each other.
We all lift each other up.

That’s what’s perfect.  That’s what’s beautiful.

The rest of it?  The mess (both literal and figurative), it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.


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    February 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Big hugs JoAnna!! Hope things are improving for you and if there is anything I can do to help please let me know! And you are completely right about the things that REALLY matter!!! Hang in there!

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    February 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    The valley & hills of life are always before us once the rose coloured glasses come off, to find those who are really there in life for us to give love and support. Hope all gets better

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    Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma
    February 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    hi, friend.

    i have always loved your site because it is beautiful and comfortable without being perfect…

    hope recovery is speedy.

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    Kelly O'Sullivan (HILWD)
    February 20, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    New reader here.

    “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

    Absolutely. I’ll believe in perfection when I see it. Very nice post.

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    my honest answer
    February 20, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Hope you’re feeling much better soon. Perfect is over-rated. I’d much rather have soup and crackers in a house full of love than a four course meal where no-one enjoyed themselves.

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    A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
    February 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    @my honest answer Isn’t that the truth! I love this!

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    February 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Oh you poor thing, sometimes something like that brings life into perspective. Helps get us back on track with our loved ones.

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    February 20, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Stopping by from the Grow your blog {blog Hop}! http://queenofsavings.com

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    Lisa Scibilia
    February 20, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Hoping you are 100% soon and this is all just a distant memory. Thank you for sharing your positive message and attitude.

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    February 20, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Girl, I am feeling ya! I am emotionally spent from my drama as well. I hope you and I both will be like new in no time. I am your newest follower via Linky Follower and I hope you will follow me back. Thanks for sharing and venting 😉

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    Ali Richardson
    February 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I could not agree more Jo-Anna! Sorry to hear you have been having a hard time. Seems like you are over the hump though. Hang in there!!

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    February 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a grow your blog hop. I would love for you to stop by my site and follow me as well. Also check out our giveaway for a $170 Technogel Pillow if you are interested. Thanks

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    In the Parrott's Nest
    February 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Beautifully said.

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    alissa {33shadesofgreen}
    February 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Well said Jo-Anna. Hugs to you!

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    February 21, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    You are so right – perfect is over rated! During the rough times you really see what your priorities should be and it always comes down to family & friends. Big hug to you, you’re doing a wonderful job!

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    Natasha d
    February 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    That is well said! Thank you for that today!!! …and I am inpspired by your can of soup and cheese and crackers — it is all about people and relationships!!! So, have them over — even if you only have a tin of soup!! I needed that reminder!

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    Amber - Binkertation
    February 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    well said, Jo-Anna – I’ve struggled with health issues the past 2 months and it’s when you are really on the edge and struggling that you are able to realize how truly blessed you are!

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    Penny Hanuszak
    February 28, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    The most interesting people in life generally don’t have a lot, appreciate what they have and are content. Your note sums it up pretty well. Thanks for being inspiring and I hope your illness is behind you and you’re well on the way to recovery.

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    March 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I must have missed this post. So glad to hear you are doing okay! Xo

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