Wednesday, December 4, 2013

#IWSG for December - Perfectionism

Since I'm off on a 7 day western Caribbean cruise, this post was written and scheduled to publish. Gotta love that capability!

So, another year is coming to a close soon and I think back over what I've accomplished as a writer.
  • Published in two anthologies
  • Published two children's books (one 8-12 short story, one 0-5 picture book)
  • Published the first two books in my Klondike Mystery series
  • Re-did my website/blog, moving it off WordPress and back to Blogger
In my personal life I have done a few more things.
  • Took a month for an exploratory visit to Cuenca, Ecuador 
  • Took a two month motorcycle trip, riding all of Route 66 (yes, on my own motorcycle)
  • Prepared for our impending move to Ecuador (we fly out of Miami on 12/12)
  • Took a great seven day cruise (I'm relaxing right now!)
  • Combined four of our personal blogs into one, Our Prime Years.
  • Started a new blog to document our Ecuador plans, Retired in Cuenca
All in all, a pretty good year. But as an insecure writer I always have to contend with one sometimes overwhelming personal trait. I'm a perfectionist. There, I said it out loud. I want to keep tweaking, perfecting everything and that takes time. I read a great article: 14 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of Control. Yup, I can tick off a few of those boxes...

Then I read this article: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect and I know I need to work on changing this. I am actually MUCH better than I was at work before retirement so I know I can do it. I just need to find the time and keep reminding myself that perfection isn't my goal anymore.

What about you? Do you find perfectionism a troubling trait, robbing you of joy and happiness in your life or do you revel in the awsomeness of it?


  1. Sounds like you've had a very good year and seen a bit of the world to boot! I'm not a perfectionist--I don't think I'd ever submit anything if I was!
    --December IWSG co-host

  2. I'm a perfectionist as well! We just have to fight the urge to fix everything.
    Hope you are enjoying your cruise.


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