Pursuing Perfection


I spent half of today reorganizing my closet.  I moved shelves and clothes, added a rack for my pants and when I was finally done, it still wasn’t good enough.

I feel that way about other aspects of my life.  I decorate and redecorate my house but I never get a feeling of completion or satisfaction.  Something is always lacking.  I can’t quite get it the way I was picturing it in my head.


One of my blogger friends shared recently that she goes through her Instagram account and deletes any old pictures she deems imperfect.  I thought about my own photos and realized that I like only the latest shoot I do.  As soon as I upload the newest pictures, the old ones don’t seem to be quite as good.  Not good enough!


Why is that the case with not just me but others too?  Is it the human condition – never satisfied with the here and now, always looking ahead?  And as soon as one goal is conquered we’re onto the next one. That fire burning in your belly is what makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning and get after it.  The thrill is in the chase, right?  Unless you’re chasing the last bus on a rainy night…


Does the pursuit of perfection guarantee disappointment or is it the driving force of progress and improvement?  Not good enough doesn’t mean not worthy.  It means, I need to do better, to strive to do better, to keep trying.  I hate the expression, I did my best! It signals surrender and defeat and it makes me want to scream – your best wasn’t good enough! But that could be just me – a type A controlling personality.  Always pursuing perfection!


I thought this outfit and this shoot was good enough – until I did the next one.  But if you think it’s alright, maybe you’ll want the details below.  Thanks for sticking around!


Shop the Outfit

Jacket: Target || Jeans: LOFT || Turtleneck: Target || Necklace: Stella & Dot || Watch: JORD || Bracelets: Boho Betty, Stella & Dot  || Boots: Anthropologie, similar: Amazon



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2 responses to “Pursuing Perfection”

  1. Bridget says:

    I’ve always been type A, organized, and detail oriented. “Not good enough” has a variety of definitions. If you interpret as striving to be better everyday, it can be very positive. If you interpret it as “failure” it feels devastating. So if I ever get to the point where I say “I did my best” I will have won a small battle. As I read your blog, my interpretation is that you are positive in nature, strive to do your best and believe there will always be room for improvement.

    • Stefana says:

      Yes, I believe you’ve described me correctly. I don’t want my lack of satisfaction to be perceived as ungratefulness. But I am a restless person who is always looking for what’s next in life. Other people’s success and example inspire me to keep going and be better. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I hope you stick around!