Done is better than perfect.
That’s a phrase that I’ve heard used many times throughout my life, but especially in the last few months. It seems that all the talk is about taking the first step, going for it, and getting it done – whatever “it” is for you in your stage of life. But what happens when we’re so paralyzed with all of the information and options and opinions and choices around us that we don’t even know where to start?
I haven’t shared a new post on this page since May 30… That’s five full months that I have tried and failed to put pen to paper (or in this case fingers to keys) and create something that I was proud to share. I have had every intention of sharing my summer travels, new books I’m reading, huge life transitions that I’m experiencing, and the things that God is showing me right now in my life, but every time I sat down to write them, it didn’t seem right. My page needs updating, I want to reformat how you’re seeing my words, I need better photography, and on and on. I have held myself back from sharing what I’ve wanted to share because I “just needed to sit down and create a plan first, and then I would be able to start”.
But that’s not what we’re called to do. If no one shared their stories, their experiences, their struggles, and the lessons that God is teaching them until they had exactly the right words, their platforms were perfectly polished, and their photography was the most beautiful and professional that they could muster, then there would be a lot of silence surrounding us.
There’s always going to be new books to read, new podcasts to listen to, new shows to watch, new courses to take – new ways to be better, faster, more professional, more put-together, more flashy, more, more, more. The barrage of information won’t stop, but it’s our job to shut out the noise and share what is on our hearts as authentically as we can, and leave the rest up to the Lord.
Can I still work to grow and make improvements and learn to do things in a new and better way? Absolutely, and I am working to do those things every day. But will I hold myself back from sharing my stories, my thoughts, and what God is putting on my heart for fear of looking “unprofessional”, “amateur”, “insincere”, or any of the dozens of other words that I’ve imagined people using to describe me because I’m afraid of what people think? Absolutely not.
So while I may not necessarily be proud of the current state of this page, and while I know there are many improvements to be made, words to be written, and community to be built – I’m putting out these words as a promise to myself that I’m starting. One post down – it may not be perfect, but it’s done, and there’s more where that came from.