Written by Cath Nohlmans
Hi, my name is Cath. I'm a homeschooling mother to three beautiful kids (soon to be four) and wife to the man best suited to polishing off all my rough edges! (Actually the kids do a lot of polishing too. Probably more.) I am a ‘recovering perfectionist.' In early 2011, after the birth of my third child, I found myself in an ever-deepening spiral of depression and despair. I was starting to get thoughts of ending it all, or at least drowning my misery in alcohol. My dark thoughts shocked me deeply (I am a perfectionist after all!) and finally my fear of failing (and not being perfect) won over my fear of asking for help (being seen as less than perfect). God led me to ‘Living Wisdom’ and within a few months, things started turn around. A few short years later I am here, happy, healthy and have found peace (mostly!) in amongst the messiness of life at home 24/7 with three kids. My life is not perfect, but I’m ok with that now! Welcome to this series of articles I am calling “From Perfectionism to Peace” where I want to share my journey of healing and tips for achieving both inner peace and a peaceful household to all my fellow perfectionists (and anyone else of course!). Let me know if you find it helpful!