Self-Portrait Friday: 8/27/10

Happy Friday!




Today’s self-portrait shows a ring on my right hand, as well as detail shots of the ring.  Made of sterling silver, this ring was custom-made by an artist I found on Etsy.  (I actually ordered three or four things from this vendor – Kathryn Riechert) “Exuberant imperfection” is a phrase I borrowed from Chris Baty, the founder of National Novel Writing Month.  On page 32 of his book No Plot? No Problem! Mr. Baty first introduces the idea of exuberant imperfection.  To paraphrase, in order to eventually write a great novel, you have to write an enthusiastic but crappy novel first – a very rough draft.  Mr. Baty wisely points out that we can seldom do something well the first time we do it, and rather than focusing on the result, we should first focus on the doing – the trying.  The skill, refinement and attempts at perfection can come later.

What does all this have to do with me, and exactly why do I like this phrase enough to put it on a ring?  I guess it’s kind of like a motto or a two-word self-portrait.  In my mind, this phrase means that I’m enthusiastic and actively participating.  That I’m passionate about life, and would rather leap, try something new, get in over my head, and/or potentially stumble than play it safe.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m far from perfect, and I know I’ll continue to make mistakes along the way, but I am proud that I’m excited about life, am seldom jaded, and that I continue to learn and grow.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Be sure to tune in Sunday when I introduce a new feature.  It will be the first installment in my Remarkable Women Series!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted August 27, 2010 at 7:32 am by Terry | Permalink

    I can attest to the fact that you are seldom jaded – and you exude exuberance in all you do! Rock on, Mel – only 64 days til NaNoWriMo! Are you plotting yet?

  2. Posted August 27, 2010 at 7:56 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Terry! I’ve got a few ideas rolling around, but nothing concrete yet. 64 days? Ack! It’s going to be a wild, fun ride!

  3. Posted August 29, 2010 at 11:02 am by Barbara | Permalink

    You are a remarkable young woman with a clear eye as to where you are in the world. Love the motto. Love the ring!

  4. Posted August 29, 2010 at 11:16 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you, Barbara. I appreciate your kind words and your feedback!