Why It's OK To Be a Hot Mess
By Nate Sleger
Are you tired of pretending like you have it all figured out? Do you secretly feel like your life is a little messy, but you're afraid to admit it? Well, guess what? You're not alone! In fact, we all have our moments of chaos and confusion, but we rarely talk about them. But today, we're going to break that silence and embrace the beautiful messiness of life with the help of the fabulous Kathryn Glendon, a self-proclaimed expert in hot messery.
During our hilarious and enlightening conversation with Kathryn, she shared some valuable insights about why it's perfectly okay to be a hot mess. And let me tell you, her words resonated with us like a shirt on backward (yep, we've all been there). So grab your coffee, take a seat (preferably on a chair that's facing the right way), and let's dive into the delightful world of hot messery!
Kathryn believes that being a hot mess is not just about how you look or the occasional wardrobe mishap. It's about embracing the messiness within our thoughts, confidence, relationships, and self-care routines. We all have those moments when things aren't picture-perfect, and that's okay! It's time to let go of society's unrealistic expectations and start living for ourselves, quirks and all.
In the past, Kathryn found herself caught in the endless pursuit of perfection. She tried to do it all, be the perfect professional, excel in fitness, and run races like the Flash. But deep down, she was exhausted and fed up. She realized that the pressure she put on herself and the need to meet society's standards were taking a toll on her happiness and well-being.
The truth is, behind the polished exteriors, most people have their own struggles, anxieties, and moments of panic. We often keep these hidden from the world, fearing judgment or thinking we're the only ones going through such experiences. But guess what? We're all messy on the inside, even if we manage to keep our shirts on the right way most of the time.
That's where coaching comes in. Kathryn, the advocate of hot messes everywhere, believes in the power of showing up and sharing our thoughts, habits, and recurring doubts. Coaching helps us work through these issues and align our thinking with what truly makes us happy. It's about gaining confidence and finding our way out of the distress and chaos that often accompany our messy lives.
But wait, there's more! Kathryn and I also chatted about the infamous "someday" syndrome—the idea that we'll wait for the perfect moment to start working on ourselves or pursue our dreams. Well, guess what? That perfect moment doesn't exist! Life is messy, and change happens when we embrace the mess and take action, even if it feels uncomfortable.
So, my fellow mess enthusiasts, it's time to ditch the excuses and start making things happen. You don't have to wait for Monday, next month, or the next year to start fresh. You can begin right now, in this very moment, by taking a small step towards your goals. Whether it's one jumping jack or eating a single strawberry, celebrate those tiny victories, because they're the building blocks of a better, less boring life.
As Kathryn wisely says, "You don't need to wait until next Monday to start your diet over. You just start the next meal." Life is full of restarts and resets, and that's what keeps it exciting. Embrace the mess, learn from your experiences, and remember that reflecting on where you are can be a powerful tool for growth.
Speaking of reflection, Kathryn emphasizes the importance of taking time to reflect on our journey. She suggests setting aside a moment to audit the past six months and acknowledge what went well, what made us proud, and what brought us joy. It's equally important to reflect on the lessons learned from the things that didn't go as planned. These lessons serve as valuable guidance for the next phase of our lives.
But reflection shouldn't stop there. Kathryn encourages us to be honest with ourselves and identify the goals or aspirations we set for this year but haven't acted upon. It's time to dig deep and explore our why. Why did we want those things? Do we still want them? By reconnecting with our motivations, we can reignite the fire within and make a plan to pursue our desires, even if it's not the perfect plan.
As we navigate the messy but beautiful journey of personal growth, Kathryn reminds us to celebrate the small victories along the way. Don't wait for the perfect moment or the ideal circumstances. Embrace the mess, take action, and keep moving forward. Remember, life is too short to live in a perpetual state of "someday."
So, my fellow hot messes, let's embrace our quirks, imperfections, and the messy aspects of our lives. Let's celebrate the fact that none of us have it all figured out, and that's okay. By accepting our messiness, we can let go of the pressure to conform and live authentically. So, go ahead, put on that shirt backward, laugh at your inside-out underwear, and take the world by storm—one messy, fabulous step at a time!