Thank you for visiting This Imperfect Now. Grab some tea (or coffee), cozy under a blanket, and feel free to be yourself. All are welcome here.

About Lori

Firstly, a few things about myself, I am a young woman, newly married who lives in a small apartment with my wonderfully sweet husband and slightly psychotic cat. I was lucky enough to be raised in a conservative Christian home with two committed, loving parents. My upbringing has given me roots of spirituality that have shaped my life for both great good and harm.

My life has also been defined by several key struggles: namely introversion, high sensitivity, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and depression. These have been a part of my world for as long as I can remember. They have ensured that I was a misshapen piece that never quite fit into the world at large.

As a result of my differences, I spent most of my teens and young adult years striving to be good enough, to finally fit in. It is only recently, with the help of therapy and the support of many good people, that I have learned to start embracing my own imperfect self and live my life right now as it is.

About This Imperfect Now

I started this blog as a way to make sense of my own journey toward wholeness and to share it with others. As I’ve walked through my own struggles, I’ve come to realize that I am not alone. But I know many feel that they are. I hope to make this blog one more place where people can come to feel less isolated in their lives.

My struggles will not be yours, but I hope we can find solidarity in knowing that we all do indeed have broken pieces in our lives that need to be put back together. I strive to be honest and vulnerable in sharing my story so that others can feel the freedom to do the same and find healing therein.

I apologize in advance for failing to be sensitive to any individual issue or concern of my readers. If there is one thing I am learning, it is how little I know. As the name implies, this blog will not be perfect, but I am always striving to get better. I welcome the feedback of my readers in this regard. All I ask is that you be kind and generous in your critique.

This blog is not meant to provide answers. I am not that wise and it would be arrogant for me to claim to understand your story. Rather I hope to be a fellow pilgrim, traveling with you, listening and growing alongside my readers.

Finally, my hope for this blog is that it is a sanctuary, a safe place for all your questions, worries, and failures. Be yourself here, dear reader. You are well and truly enough.

Lori Barrows