Imperfect Blogs AND Belated CBE Pix

by Joan C Webb on April 19, 2009

“What keeps you from doing blog entries, Joan?” I wrote out-of-seemingly-nowhere this morning while journaling.

Logical question really, since it’s been 5 weeks and 3 days since I’ve blogged–on either blog: or Yikes! What is that about??

Well, probably it has to do with several things. But. . . in my journal earlier today, I spontaneously wrote: Hmmm. I’m afraid it will be ‘lame’–not good enough. Well, that’s a kick, huh? Good enough is okay, JC.

That is a hoot, since I’m the one who writes, speaks, coaches and lives to encourage others–and myself–to embrace the “relief of imperfection”, thus reducing procrastination. . . and so on and so on. You know how it is. Well, do you?

Anyway here goes. Even before I get all this social networking, blogging, internet marketing, online communication figured out (which I am working on and one of the other reasons I’ve not blogged!) I’ll go ahead and blog–imperfectly.

First, I’ll start with a little follow-up on my last blog (on March 10, 2009!). I had a great time at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas on March 20-22, even though the attendance was lower than expected. It was incredibly well-done. Professional. Great workshops. Absolutely superb nightly worship services. Good interaction with all that were there. Wonderful Christian Book Awards dinner. Here’s a few pix that help me remember the good times:
I autographed copies of my book, The Relief of Imperfection: For Women Who Try Too Hard to Make It Just Right, and 99% of the women who stopped by said, “Oh, that’s me. Honestly.” And then they shared some of their stories with me. I loved it! One woman I met wore a sweater that “perfectly” matched the book cover. We had our photo taken together. As she walked away, I said, “Watch my blog. Your picture will probably show up on it.” And then it took me weeks to upload her lovely photo. :-( I wished I remembered her name.

Chris Simms from Regal Books managed the booth and it was great to get to know him a little. Saw pix of his lovely family, heard stories about life on the road introducing and selling “books” and learned from his wise suggestions.

Loved spending time with author Vicki Kuyper. She’s a friend and colleague who is full of fun and authenticity–and a really good writer! And she happens to be from Arizona, too. I attended her workshop where she shared about her philosophy that “God is a Slippery Fish.” Vicki has written over 40 books. Her latest two are from New Hope Publishers: Breaking the Surface and Wonderlust.

I also attended a workshop by Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn, authors of the incredibly popular books, For Men Only and For Women Only. Fun to listen to their stories and fascinating research about the differences between males and females.

Well, that wasn’t so bad for my first “good enough” blog in 5 1/2 weeks! If I were chatting with a life coaching client I’d say, “Congrats! Now keep going. You can do it!”

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Tim May 11, 2009 at 8:24 am

I read the article in In touch Magazine “Permission to Exhale” and was blessed by it. Through you article the Lord spoke to me about what I was doing to my wife of 21 years.

exerpt…. “For many years, I felt that my husband Richard was trying to control how I looked, what I did, where we went, and with whom.”

I’m that type of husband. I can honestly say that my intentions have never been to control my wife, but in reality, in order to get what I wanted I was doing just that.

My wife isn’t a perfectionist by any means, but I think I was trying to mold her into what I wanted her to be or do for my on selfish desires.

We are in the middle of maritial problems for which I am trying to correct, but her heart is hardened and she is in the middle of an emotional affair which she admits is wrong, but won’t give up. I take responsibility that I am the reason for the affair.

We are both born again believers and are still together, but I realize there isn’t much I can do to change her heart. Just prayer for both us and and change within myself.

The Lord has used this to bring me down to my knees


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