Those who know me know that I don’t vacation well.  There’s so much work to be done to get ready to leave, sleeping away from home, and I don’t disconnect from work easily.  So, this year, I tried to find ways to make myself vacation better because I know it’s good for me.  I succeeded in that I didn’t try to do all of the preparation myself and I found ways to disconnect from work more that I had in the past.  I still worked a solid amount each day, but I also took time to play and spend time with my family without my phone or laptop anywhere near.

And the world didn’t end.

I spent some time catching up on podcasts and blogs even. For some reason, doing this is always relaxing to me.  I don’t know whether it’s because I feel like I’ve completed something and taken it off my to do list or whether it’s because I truly enjoy it, but I like that they make me think a little bit. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some thoughts that came up.

The first of these is that a line keeps coming up…Progress, not perfection.

This applies to every bit of our lives.  We should strive to make progress and not stress out about not being perfect.

And this is so true for Pilates.  There is an ideal that we strive for, but the point is to make progress.  To move better than we did the day before.  To be more aware of our body.  To find more ease in moving.  To breathe a little deeper.  If we only look to be perfect, we will be disappointed every time.

So, whether it’s a Pilates practice, food choices, or vacation – strive for progress.  And celebrate your progress.  Take your setbacks as a learning experience, not an excuse to give up.  Then get back to it.