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Where do you draw the line?

I’m in the midst of a dilemma and I’d love to get your insights… but first, THANK YOU!

Last week I asked you which resource you’d want most. The votes are in with Option C (3 Secrets on How to Look Beautiful in Photos, even if You’re Camera Shy) in 1st place. If you voted, even if it wasn’t for Option C, thank you so much! Your voice matters to me.

So, now darling, where do you draw the line?

IMAGE: Drawing a line with eyeliner. Image by Julie G.

Image by Julie G.

In regards to the way you look, how you groom yourself, and how you present yourself to the world — where do you draw the line between…

“I’m NOT leaving the house looking like this,” and
“YES, I’m ready to be seen, ’cause I look amazing!”?

When is it okay to present the real, raw, no makeup, imperfect you?

When is it better to present the polished, plucked, glossed, ironed-clothes you?

Did you notice the words I used to ask those questions?
They’re a dead giveaway as to how I’m feeling lately.

“When is it okay to be imperfect?”
Sounds like I’m asking for permission.

Do you ever wish someone would give you a permission slip that reads, “Today you have permission to stop trying to look perfect. The people who matter will love you anyway. Enjoy your day off.”

I didn’t plan on doing this, but today I’m officially granting you (and me) that permission slip:

Image: your permission slip

Feel free to share, tag, pin, tweet, and tumblr the heck outta this baby.

I do believe that it is important to spend time improving yourself, and cultivating/presenting the best version of yourself. I also think it’s important to let yourself be imperfect along the way, and to be vulnerable. To have spinach stuck in your teeth every once in a while… 🙂

What do you think?

Do you ever feel like you’re pushing yourself
too much to look and be perfect?

Do you ever feel like you don’t put in
as much effort as you would like?

Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I’m here and ready to join you in the conversation.

JanelleWith love, love, and more love,


PS. These questions are on my mind because I’ve been working on the next era of Pin-ups for the Planet™. A new look is coming, as well as new offerings, and a really cool program I think will knock your socks off. I’m working on some new videos that will showcase all this new stuff, and I noticed I’m getting anxious about them “looking perfect.” So I’m trying to strike a balance between being well-groomed & polished while not driving myself crazy trying to meet impossible standards of perfection. I’m livin’ this stuff, too — that’s why I want to hear from you on this topic!


  1. To answer your questionis quickly: No on the first, Yeas on the second 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, Linda! I’m curious to hear more — if you have any tips on how you manage to not put too much pressure on yourself to be/look perfect, please share them! And I’m so curious about your answer to the 2nd question — is it because it’s not a priority, or because you want to learn more tips, or… ? Love, Janelle

  2. Yes!! I put so much pressure on myself to look perfect all the time. Thanks for this awesome pass on that. It’s confusing sometimes too because I love makeup and I love primping and grooming and feeling fabulous, but sometimes it becomes a frantic perfectionistic hell-hole of self-abuse.

    I think the answer really is to remember that the most beautiful thing is your soul, your smile and the way that you are in the world.

    Not to get all airy fairy on ya’ll.

    • Hahaha, Claire — please get airy fairy with us! 🙂

      I so appreciate your comment, and I understand what you mean about loving makeup and getting dressed up, and at times feeling like it’s going too far.

      This makes me realize that mindfulness is one of our most powerful tools; if we can do a regular honest check-in with ourselves, we can know at any moment if we are making emotionally healthy choices or if we’re taxing ourselves.


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