Bloguettes Book Club: Present Over Perfect

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In the fast-paced world we live in today, we often find ourselves tired of being tired and overall, burnt out. We long for a life filled with connection, meaning, and depth, but instead we settle for busy. But what if there was a way to break this viscous go, go, go cycle?

This month, we decided to learn how to leave behind a frantic life for a simpler, more soulful way of living by reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. Read along as our Creative Director Amy shares her thoughts on the book and how it’s transforming her day-to-day routine and overall outlook on life!

Tell us a little bit about Present Over Perfect. What is the overall message of the book?

There are so many great messages in this book, but I think what stands out most to me is just slowing down. Everyone thinks they need to hustle, schedule, and perfect everything, but in all this hustling, you could be missing out on the things that really matter!

Who do you think can benefit from reading this book?

I think anyone and everyone can benefit from reading this book, but especially those that have a hard time finding a balance and saying no. There’s a quote from the book that stood out to me and if you relate to it, this book is definitely for you: “The very thing that makes you you, that makes you great, that makes you different from everyone else is also the thing that, unchecked, will ruin you.”

“The very thing that makes you you, that makes you great, that makes you different from everyone else is also the thing that, unchecked, will ruin you.”

Did you have any expectations as to what this book would teach you or make you think about? Were those expectations met? Why or why not?

I did. I’m definitely a “what if”, “but”, or “…I don’t know” kind of person and was hoping to learn how to forget about some of those questions and just live in the present. Those expectations were kind of met, but things that I wasn’t expecting were brought forward too. 

Do you have any favorite quotes? If so, what are they?

“The very thing that makes you you, that makes you great, that makes you different from everyone else is also the thing that, unchecked, will ruin you.”

“What I’m learning is that you have to stop doing a whole lot of things to learn what it is you really love, who it is you really are.”

“The no I said today is making space for yes, something I haven’t had space for in a long time.”

“Sometimes, brave looks boring, and that’s totally, absolutely, okay.”

Would you recommend Present Over Perfect to a friend?

I would highly recommend this book to a friend, especially to someone who may have a lot going on in their lives and is having trouble finding a balance. 

What did you learn about yourself while reading this book?

LOL I learned what I’ve known but have avoided for some time now. I just need to slow down, and really focus my energy on what brings me joy. And not just selfishly, but devoting more time to the people who truly matter to me and to what makes them happy… because in the end, that will bring me joy, too. 

How will you be applying what you learned?

Well, besides my job here at Bloguettes, I also have a personal business and do freelance graphic design work. I love everything that I do…seriously LOVE…but I think slowing down a bit will help me to balance everything a bit better. And while learning to say no to things is important, saying yes to things that may scare me is also something that I need to figure out! See, it’s all about balance. 😉