From Flow, here's a guided workbook with a welcoming, come-as-you-are message: Embrace the things that make you you, flaws and all. Inspired by the popular calendar and combining the interactive fun of a fill-in journal with a timely focus on mindfulness, My Perfectly Imperfect Life inspires readers to let go of the pressure to be perfect and celebrate quirks and slip-ups than judge them.
There are prompts for easing up on self-criticism: What would you say to a friend who's having a hard time? Can you extend that same empathy to yourself? For slowing down and worrying less about accomplishments: Make a to-do list of non-urgent things, like giving your cat a cuddle. And when something goes wrong, measure it on a playful scale from The world is ending! to It could happen to anyone to There may even be a silver lining.
Throughout, charming illustrations by Dutch illustrator Karen Weening capture sweet, relatable moments of imperfection - like a yogi turning right in class when everyone else is going left or a woman taking a perfect selfie amid the messy backdrop of her room. A thoughtful gift with a validating message, it's a tool to help journaling enthusiasts, friends, sisters, or moms embrace self-care with joy.
About the Authors
Irene Smit and Astrid van der Hulst are the cofounders and creative directors of Flow magazine, a popular international publication packed with paper goodies and beautiful illustrations that celebrates creativity, imperfection, and life's little pleasures. They both live outside Amsterdam. Illustrator Karen Weening lives in the Netherlands.