About Me

This is me…

My name is Shawnee.  I’m 26 (nearly 27).  I’m married.  And this is my blog.

I felt as though a re-write for my “About” section was in order for the re-focusing of my blog.  The problem is wit seems to have flown out my ear.  I guess this is when a bullet point list is helpful:

Who am I?

  • I really hate that question.  I don’t believe who I am can be measured by my job or my relationship status.  But if I really am the sum of all my parts, I am wife/daughter/friend/sister/dog momma/child of God/Admissions Counselor/blogger/yogi/ Yoga Teacher Trainee/part-time food conspiracy theorist/90% dairy and gluten free/amateur chef/writer/ok-ish photographer/crafter/car singer/90% all natural, made from scratch/tree huger/Rank 15 Tetris Battler/traveler   
  • My favorites: Cheese (when I am not being dairy free), roasted asparagus, Harry Potter, Yoga, walking with my husband at 5 a.m., coffee, Grey’s Anatomy, 80s films, 90s music, barbecuing, Mexican food, Italian food, most food, salsa, and ketchup.

What my blog is not:

  • A food journal.  There is nothing wrong with food journaling blogs.  However, my blog would be all “hey look at me, I’m eating beans and rice for the third time this week.  YAY.”
  • A weight loss blog.  I don’t diet and I couldn’t lose weight if you held a gun to my head.
  • Strictly health and wellness.  It used to be.  But I changed my mind.
  • Mostly meal planning.  It used to be.  But I changed my mind.
  • My top priority.  If it becomes that, somebody please slap me.

What my blog is:

  • It’s the sum of all its parts!  😛
  • Recipes:  Even though this is not a food blog, I still love to cook and make up my own dishes.  It’s a creative outlet.
  • Writing:  Sometimes I write about life.  Sometimes I write about other people’s lives.
  • Crafty Chic:  I sew, scrapbook, and make things in general.  I like to show them off too.
  • Wagging Tail Cottage:  This is the name of my home.  It really is a cottage – a 1926 craftsman cottage.  It’s named after my dog, Maddie.  My cottage is a fixer-upper.
  • Reviews:  Product, restaurant and recipe reviews.
  • Subject to change.
  • Subject to me deciding I am never going to blog again.

About Perfectionism

What is perfectionism and why am I the Ex-perfectionist?

Perfectionism to me is striving to be perfect.  It’s about keeping up with Jones’ and the Angelina Jolie-nses.  It’s not healthy.

My best example of perfectionism:  The house is cluttered – a huge mess.  I’m overwhelmed at the idea of cleaning.  I know if I want to do it perfectly, it will take forever.  So instead of cleaning, I don’t.  I get all depressed and anxious feeling.  It’s icky.

I’m the same way with food choices, exercise and a number of different areas in my life.  That’s why I am striving to be the Ex-Perfectionist.  That’s why I am learning to love myself as I am.

So thank you for visiting my blog.  Thank you for reading this section.  And thank you for leaving comments!

–Shawnee, The Ex-Perfectionist


14 Responses to About

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  2. Kim Ecker says:

    I love how your new goal is to a realistic healthy you! It is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing it with everyone and also making me laugh! :]

  3. Aww thanks for visiting! 🙂 I’m hoping I can stick with these goals.

  4. girl, I feel the exact same way…for so long we grow up wanting to be perfect in every aspect, yet when we get older it becomes easier to love ourselves even with our flaws! i can’t wait to read more 🙂

  5. Kelly says:

    I am so glad to find your littel gem here! I struggle with the idea of being perfect too. It is so hard. But my husband pointed out to me that the problem is that perfectionism is impossible so trying to be perfect means you are always failing and that is hard. BAM…he is right! And he also told me that when he sees my flaws it makes him love me even more because it shows that I am human! haha! 🙂

  6. Heather R says:

    So true, perfectionism can be exhausting! I love your example about being overwhelmed by a cluttered house, I get the exact same way!

  7. hey Shawnee, looking forward to reading more of your blog! i’m also a runner(although zumba is not my forte. my hips don’t rotate, apparently.) good luck on your career aspirations, although, i’m not exactly sure what a ChaCha guide is….lol 🙂

  8. Wonderful blog! I would like to be an ex-perfectionist someday…

  9. Ameena says:

    I need lessons on becoming an ex-perfectionist! It is my downfall for sure.

    If you figure out a way to become a full-time blogger please do share your secret! 🙂

  10. Cindy says:

    I keep wanting to re-invent my blog, my life, and me!

    I keep trying to be perfect at everything I do. and I fail miserabley and I get depressed and so on.
    so glad you are here!

  11. I LOVE the title of your blog. This is awesome. Nice to meet you!

  12. Sundance says:

    Posts like this bitrghen up my day. Thanks for taking the time.

  13. RN says:

    In your post http://experfectionist.com/2011/04/11/putting-my-eggs-in-hashimotos-basket-the-saga-part-2/ you state that “Thyroid Peroxidase is an antibody.”

    It is not.

    It is an enzyme that is a large part of helping your thyroid function effectively.

    You tested positive for antibodies against thyroid peroxidase. That means that you have antibodies that specifically attack your thyroid production of thyroid peroxidase, rendering it inept to do it’s job normally.

    It’s worth clarifying on that post in order to not mislead others.

    Thyroid peroxidase is a good thing! 🙂

    A registered nurse

  14. Thanks.
    Formerly, The Ex-Pefectionist
    (Not an RN)

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