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good life – by chari pack

Part of cultivating a good life is loving yourself for who YOU are.

Over the past 5 years I’ve had the opportunity to meet countless creative, strong, impressive, and unique women. Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, Leaders, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, and the list goes on.

I have observed 2 things:

  1. We are all different.
  2. We all compare.

What a boring place this world would be if we were all the same! Hooray for #1!

Comparing yourself to another isn’t always a bad thing. A little pulse check here and there could light a fire within us to try harder and reach our full potential. What I don’t appreciate is when we compare ourselves to other women’s highlight reels.

We are our worst critics. Facebook, Blogs, Instagram, even Pinterest… it’s constantly in our face. Are we using these platforms for good or are we criticizing ourselves into self-deprecation?

Hello. My name is Chari. In 2003, I signed up for cooking classes to improve my kitchen skills. I still can’t cook… and that’s OK! I have 3 boys. They aren’t Einsteins or Michael Jordans; in fact, they fight & tease more now than ever! If my middle son, Noah, remembers his backpack for school, it’s a good day. Sometimes I feel like the worst mom. I’m spread thin between work, kids, school, laundry, sports, and other time-consuming activities. My patience wears thin, but that’s ok, tomorrow will be a better day!

What defines us?

The world believes that the requirements for self-worth are beauty, youth, wealth, and success. We often worry so much about pleasing others that we lose our own uniqueness.

Thank goodness we are all different!

For me, cultivating a good life is loving myself for who I am and striving to be the best person I can be. I look to others for inspiration, not as measuring sticks for how well I’m [not] doing. Keep being great in your own unique way and take time to pat yourself on the back – Love You!

Something to chew on:

The surest route to breeding jealousy is to compare. Since jealousy comes from feeling less than another, comparisons only fan the fires.

– Dorothy Corkille Briggs (author)


Note from Becky

Chari Pack is the founder of Persnickety Prints – a fantastic online photo printing site (which also has a physical location in Orem, Utah). I met her about a year & a half ago and was blown away by her energy. Chari is passionate about what she does and cares deeply about her customers’ experience. Plus, she prints photographs. And she’s a huge believer in Project Life®. So … yeah. We have totally connected on many levels. I have such an appreciation for her hard work in constantly balancing so many roles in life.

Other links to check out if you want to see more from Chari:  blog  |  facebook  |  instagram  |  twitter



16 Responses

  1. Wendi says:

    Amazing! I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for your thoughts and for the encouragement to know who I am is enough!

  2. Mollie says:

    Hey Becky, I needed this today. I would love to meet with you and talk with you and tell you my story some day. You are a beautiful person and i enjoy your blog and products

  3. Tânia Januário says:

    This year I do what de chari wrote. Love who I am is enough and more apropriate to do in my life. Tks soo much to writting for us.Kisse

  4. As I read this I could feel the energy from Chari. Agreed…… We are all different. And I love that about myself, my friends and my family. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    Mary From NH

  5. Jenny says:

    Thank you. I really needed this today.

  6. Dee Dee Driver says:

    Sure did need that reminder. Being “older” has hit me hard. I just need to remember I am more interesting because I have lived longer and have experienced more. :)

  7. Teri H. says:

    This is a lesson I am still learning EVERY. DAY.

    But, it’s getting better. I’m giving myself permission to like who I am and not judge my introverted qualities as bad things!

  8. Cindy says:

    Great post!!! I really look forward to this series each week!! Thank you so much for a great message. For lifting us up and inspiring us.

  9. Gale says:

    Funny, I was just talking about this topic with my mom this morning over breakfast. Thanks for the reinforcement of how I feel and want to be… I am 43 and my mom is 79. We both agree that I am the only one that can define myself…

  10. PrinzessinN says:

    Thank you for this. We have to remind this message every day!

  11. Denise Hunter says:

    Thank you!

  12. Felicia says:

    Thanks! This is the best post I have read Becky, I really enjoyed reading this post, because it talks truth and hits some really good points. Thank you again love it!

  13. Tracey Clark says:

    So well said! Bravo for this!

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