a little extra grace // your power

Being an individual is a gift we are given the moment we are born. As a child, we have no choice but to be ourselves because that is all that is expected of us. Yet, somehow as we begin to socialize with others, the pressures of being (insert-positive-adjective-here) enough start to skew who we already are. We start comparing at an early age. I’m starting to wonder, at what age do we outgrow these pressures, or learn to ignore them, and be content with ourselves?

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For twenty-somethings, the pressure can build from anywhere. What is your GPA? Have you looked into grad school? What’s your starting salary? Who are you dating? Are you getting engaged? When’s the wedding date? How much money do you have saved? How many followers do you have? On the outside, does it look like you’re successful and responsible, but at the same time fun and carefree? Instead of asking how this life looks on the outside, focus on how it feels on the inside. No matter the answer to these questions, feeling at peace with yourself should always be what you strive for.

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it,” said Salvador Dali.

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Quieting my inner perfectionist will always be a struggle, but I am confident I have the power to be true to myself and live with my best intentions, without comparison. Knowing, or not knowing, the answers right now is okay, because I’ve learned to replace the questions with my own standards. When I have the power to fully be myself, I know this is when I am the most content.

“No one is you and that is your power.”

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To give you the extra power to be yourself, I’ve made this message into August’s download.


Instructions to download:

  • Click this link.
  • Save the image.
  • Find the image in your photo library.
  • Set it to be your desktop image.

This download was made with Higgins Eternal black ink and a 2 round paint brush.
hotography by Bruce Layman and Colore’ Grace for Jojotastic.

Please note: these designs are for personal use only and not for any commercial purposes. All copyright of these images is retained by Colore’ Lincoln.

p.s. more a little extra grace downloads!

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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