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Perfect People are Boring

Did anyone else read the book How to be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days in elementary school?  The gist: a young boy reads a self-help book on “how to be perfect” and comes to realize, by the end, that perfect people are boring because all they do is sit around and drink weak tea.

According to the book, they also have to wear broccoli necklaces. I’m not sure how that goes along with being perfect, but Broccoli Girl approves of the idea 🙂


In any case, it’s a cute book for kids.

I get stressed just like anyone else.  And I feel pressured for time just like anyone else.  Just because I’m not writing about my flaws doesn’t mean I have none. Maybe the fact that I don’t like to share them is a flaw in itself?

I’m going to have to cut back on my own posts, too.  I just can’t continue to blog every single day and still have the amount of time I want to spend with my real-life friends. (I love you guys in the blogworld… but I want to spend more time in the real world too, ya know?)

Published on February 21, 2010

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  1. Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) says

    Aww don’t worry Katie!! I felt the same way this week: time crunched and I felt like if I put up a post every day it would be quantity over quality.

    If you can only blog every other day, it will just make us anticipate the post more!! You are so sweet and nobody will think worse of you because of it.

    You don’t have to be perfect, and you don’t have to talk about things that will make you unhappy! My favorite part of blogs is they highlight the authors best qualities so I can use those as my role model.

    Hope you had a great weekend!!

  2. theemptynutjar says

    Oh, Katie. So well said. Sometimes I get far too personal or whatever in my posts. Any anger and sadness shine thru. That can be good. But I wonder If I ought to focus only on some positives. Its hard to strike the balance uknow? Like I don’t want to “pretend” I am all happy and positive…cause that would be fake and just not the case…I guess I just try to go with the flow.
    But thanks for reminding me that it is possible to try to make something positive in a post even when a person feels like crap!

  3. CaSaundra says

    I think everyone has some aspect of their life that may seem perfect from others point of views, but in reality, we all have struggles whether we share them or not. Thanks for making light of it!

  4. Monica says

    Ohh a broccoli necklace sounds fabulous…I see brussel sprout rings and onion bracelets making a debut at Paris fashion week! Lady Gaga already has someone working on a hat made out of cabbage and artichokes, so if that’s not perfect then I don’t know what is! Unfortunately, Dracula already stole the whole garlic-bulb necklace idea, thus making it soooo last season.
    –Commentary provided by Tim Gunn of Project Runway

  5. Gabriela says

    Aww, Katie..
    I think it´s so cool of you to admit having flaws.
    Besides, we totally understand the fact that you´re cutting back on blog-reading and blog-writing – that takes time, and time that you could be spending with your loved ones, your friends, your family…
    Everybody needs a break 😉
    So, be happy. You have such an awesome blog, with so many readers and fans! Have fun with it. Guilt-free 🙂
    Oh, and have an amazing Sunday!
    You deserve it.
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  6. McKella says

    I don’t think we should strive for perfection, we should strive for balance. Balance isn’t boring, it keeps everything running smoothly so we can live our lives!
    And that sounds like a great book. I love kids books because they aren’t downers like a lot of adult fiction. Blegh.

  7. catms916 says

    Everyone always has things going on in the background, but I totally understand not wanting to share all of that. Anyway, if you talked about the negative too much it would bring you down even more. I love reading your blog because it’s so peppy and upbeat, but I know there’s a real girl behind there with a whole life going on. Don’t feel bad you can’t post as much – it’s life, it happens. 😉

  8. welshsarah says

    I agree that perfection is SO over-rated (I speak from experience… kidding). Plus, it’s futile chasing after it since it’s an impossibility. The blogging world shall miss you! I love your posts. Good on you for being sensible though x

  9. Stef @ moretolifethanlettuce says

    i’m with evan, i love pleasantville! imean the movie, not the concept :). haha broccoli necklaces sound pretty fab to me, but i KNOW i’m not perfect! aw sad that you’ll be cutting back on your posts but it just means i’ll be looking forward to each one even more!

  10. jensanders52 says

    Haha! I’m a third grade teacher and a group of my students are reading that book right now. They LOVE it!!!! Maybe after reading the book we (as in my students and me, not everyone reading your blg) can wear broccoli necklaces and write about how to be not-so-perfect! 🙂

  11. Katie says

    Perfection is overrated. So is feeling the need to post about your flaws though. I would never assume that your life is perfect based on your flaws! Ilove reading and writing blogs because they are usually so positive! If I am in a bad mood, your happy posts are always there to cheer me up!

  12. EE says

    Katie love, I say WHAT. EVER. to the people who asked if you had no faults. You know what that is? Their insecurity screaming out loudly and clearly.

    Also, you better believe I read that book when I was like 5 and then bugged my mom to let me wear broccoli around my neck. Why on earth she said no still puzzles me! 😉

  13. Danielle says

    I never got the impression that you acted perfect. I mean, no ones perfect!? And you definitely don’t have to broadcast your flaws/insecurities. Just keep doing what you do 🙂

    I know what you mean about blogging + school + friends + sanity. Do what you gotta do!

  14. RunToTheFinish says

    I think that’s why I had such a hard time posting about overeating yesterday…I don’t want to tell the world about my issues, but I think sometimes it helps. And I think you do a great job of sharing.

    Never had to read that book..thank goodness probably would have scared me

  15. Susan says

    Pfsh NO ONE is perfect! Imperfections make the world exciting. And I think you do a good job of sounding “normal” on this blog. I think readers might want to hear more of your struggles just because struggles are what we can all relate to. That being said, this is YOUR blog, and you should write about what you want to!

    xo, Susan

  16. liz says

    i canNOT wait for the coconut butter post! i bought my first jar last week and have been putting it on toast; i have not used it for anything else yet.

  17. Adam says

    No one is perfect, what is funny is that i almost bought a veggie charm for my sisters charm bracelet when i was younger but thought she would be upset lol… Do you remember the Fudge books? Those were awesome too…

  18. The Brunette says

    Great post. And, as much as I (and you) love broccoli, a necklace of it probably wouldn’t be the best idea. The stuff sort of stinks, you know?

  19. Pure2raw-twins says

    You are right on girl about being perfect. I think we all have flaws, etc but you do a great job with your posts with keeping things real and fun. 🙂 That’s what we love most is that you are so happy on your blog which is great! I understand your frustration with keeping up with commenting, blogging and real life. It is hard! Good luck with everything but I know whatever you do – will be great 🙂

  20. ecogrrl says

    hmm. can i wear a necklace made of sweet potatoes instead? dude, anyone with a blog called chocolate covered katie has got to be cool. keep on keepin’ on, sista!

  21. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Hi Katie
    Perfection is what the world sees when they look at blogs; most successful bloggers post a tiny snapshot of their life; one which is happy and “perfect” looking. Even if 95% of the rest of the time we do things like diaper changes, oil changes, and lines at the grocery store and bad hair days. LOL

    Coconut butter looks great!
    I have a coconut PB give away going on right now. i know you’re a coconut girl 🙂

    And less commenting/less posting…REAL LIFE, go live it!!! yes!!!!

  22. Michal says

    Love ya girl! 🙂
    Imperfections are part of who we are, we all have them. I know I dont blog about my imperfections thats for sure. And I feel pressure too! About finding that balence between work, school, friends and online friends it can be stressful thats for sure!

  23. Kate says

    i love quirks and imperfections! they make us who we are. do not worry about not blogging every day. you gotta do what ever keeps YOU happy and healthy!

  24. Cara says

    Don’t feel bad cutting back on your blogging! For a while I was getting frustrated at myself for not blogging yummy new stuff all the time, but truthfully I’d go through phases where some weeks I’d blog four new recipes and then go weeks or even a month without anything. So earlier this year I made a goal for myself of posting two new recipes per week, and focusing on quality instead of quantity. So far, it’s worked for me! I feel just enough challenge in the kitchen, and it gives me more time to think about how I want to prepare and present the food. GL with whatever you decide to do!

  25. quix says

    You seem pretty awesome to me, and I agree that perfection is totally overrated, I am totally a recovering perfectionist. Now I just try to be happy. 🙂 I started this year doing 5 posts a week and I’m thinking I have to cut back to 4. RL always comes first!

  26. bitt says

    you don’t sound holier than thou at all! people only get a certain side of you through blogging and by all means you are right we’d never admit our faults!

  27. Bekah says

    You know Katie, I admire you for this post. Because I’m always afraid of people commenting my blog asking if I have real issues, and problems and whatnot.. because I DON’T post about it either. Like you, I like to focus on the exciting, new, and good things on the blog! Plus all my friends and family back home read it, I don’t want them knowing the ugly details!


  28. Avra-Sha Faohla says

    I did read that book! And I got reminded of it when I saw the title of this post, but I didn’t think you’d actually be talking about that obscure little book I read years ago!

    Don’t remember the broccoli necklaces part, but I do remember the sitting around doing nothing but drinking tea. 😉

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