4 Words to Help Recovering Perfectionists Not Get Stuck

The Struggle is Real I have this bad habit of letting my desire for perfection paralyze me over the stupidest things (and some not-so-stupid things). Like cleaning the house. Maybe it doesn’t help that I enjoy watching HGTV that features jaw-dropping renovations, transforming every inch into equal parts function and beauty. Then I turn off the tv and gaze at…

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Grace to Grow a Garden by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes) Photo Credit: Johanna Froese Photography

Grace to Grow a Garden

I’m a recovering grayish-black thumb (aka discouraged gardener wanna-be), but this year I’m enamored watching plants grow in our yard (aka maybe there’s hope!). Maybe it’s that I have more energy this year for this kind of thing. Maybe it’s the joy of collaborative contributions. Whatever it is, I’m dubbing it the year of the plants! Early in the season,…

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Yeah, Whatever – #7 The Beauty of Living Excellently

The irony is not lost on me: dropping off the face of the earth midstream through a series is NOT a conventional example of excellence. August was the last time you heard from me, and April was the last time we explored this anxiety-busting series that I’m calling “Yeah, Whatever” from Philippians 4:8. We have considered the words true, noble,…

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You Matter Even When... by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes) photo by Johanna Froese Photography

You Matter Even When…

Hello! I know it’s been a long while since you’ve heard from me. I have not given up writing, nor have I forgotten that we were exploring Philippians 4:8 together in an anxiety-buster series by considering each of the words (true, noble, pure, etc.). We will eventually finish the last two words (excellent and praiseworthy) in that series! But today,…

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Yeah, Whatever - #6 Admirable - Look Up Sometimes Pearl Allard

Yeah, Whatever – #6 Is Admirable On Its Way Out?

This Yeah, Whatever series is all about Philippians 4:8: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. The intent is to think of concrete examples for each so the command does not stay abstract. I’ve designed a note…

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Yeah, Whatever - #5 Lovely Rocks by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

Yeah, Whatever – #5 Lovely Rocks

When I was in second grade I spent my recesses searching the playground’s pea gravel for agates. These rocks were precious finds but not so uncommon that I didn’t often travel home with weighted coat pockets. I collected rocks at the beach and occasionally at a souvenir shop. I had a clear jar of interesting river rocks filled with water…

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Yeah, Whatever – #4 Pure

It’s deceptively delightful at the moment – homemade applesauce simmers on the stove permeating the house with the fragrance of cinnamon. It’s not that the applesauce isn’t delicious or that the house doesn’t smell amazing. It is, and it does. But the circumstances prompting this uncharacteristic domestic display are less than ideal. What doom and gloom created applesauce-awesomeness-from-scratch at the…

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(in)courage guest post - No Gift-Giving Gusto Required by Pearl Allard (Look Up Sometimes)

No Gift-Giving Gusto Required

After the kids were tucked in, my husband and I wrapped their gifts, chuckling in hushed tones over their gift-giving gusto for us this year. “They wrapped half their bedrooms and put it under the tree,” I said, exaggerating slightly. “I think they used up two new rolls of scotch tape just today,” my husband observed. “They’ve pointed out several…

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