About Beneath the Perfect

Reaching "beneath the perfect" facade, created to meet what we believe are society's expectations of who we should be, to truly become who we really are. Authentically, joyfully, real and human.

Beneath the Perfect is a motivational marketplace offering unique inspirational products with spiritual, magical, bohemian, artistic and pet related themes.

The beneaththeperfect.com domain was originally established as a blog to share my stories, experiences and musings on life as a middle-aged, divorced, single mother who is “becoming” the person I was before the world told me who I should be. Having spent my younger years striving for perfection in my professional and personal lives, or at least attempting to be perceived as perfect by others, at 45 I realized that I was not only on a hamster wheel constantly chasing the impossible, but that there was also a fight going on within my own soul. I was essentially living someone else’s life.

So as in the Velveteen Rabbit (by Margery Williams Bianco):

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are REAL you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

Beneath the Perfect is a part of the evolution of my journey to being my true, authentic self. Bruised, and gaining more bruises as I go, but more real each day and living a life of peace, serenity and joy. It is a way to express my creativity and what is in my heart, and I hope to speak to others like me, my “similars” – the imperfect late-bloomers who have also had a “spiritual awakening” to what is really important in life.  The bohemians, the gypsies, the hippies, the writers, the artists, the free spirits, and all those choosing a mindful life of purpose.

My products express the words of inspiration and magic with which I now fill my days and that I whisper to my daughter so that she grows up believing in all the good things in the universe and in a higher power that guides her. The blog will tell more of my personal story of choosing sobriety in middle age after living a life striving to attain perfection based on some idea of what I thought life should look like, and the journey to creating an authentic, spiritual and positive life that is happy, joyous and free.

Love, Peace & Joy,

Jodi

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