Here is how to get involved…

There has been some extra traffic to the blog in the last couple days so I want to make sure that everyone is aware of the other ways to join the movement:

Facebook (like it!)

Twitter (follow us!)

And on Instagram with #defineperfect. :)

1. Take a picture with someone you appreciate
2. Post it!
3. Make their day
4. #defineperfect

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Commemorative Girl Scout Coin release

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On Thursday February 28th, I had the amazing privilege to attend a breakfast for the unveiling of the Girl Scout commemorative coin. The coin celebrates 100 years of Girl Scouting (began in 1912) and was a big deal because it is the first coin the U.S. mint had ever made for a girls’ organization.

I was one person in crowd of names that were there. The U.S. Treasurer, Rosie Rios, was there for example, and if you pull out a dollar bill right now her signature should be the one on the left unless it is an old one. There were also countless representatives (the females were inducted into the honorary Troop Capitol Hill), national Girl Scout administrators, and a few Chiefs of Staff for Senators. Why was I there? “There would be no Girl Scouts without… well, Girl Scouts” was the joke during our briefing on Wednesday night about the next day’s activities. All of the Girl Scouts who were there have earned their Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. It requires identifying an issue, building a team, and conducting a project that takes 80 hours and has a sustainable impact on your community. There were 17 of us young Girl Scouts; a few of the other girls even had the prestige of being some of the National Young Women of Distinction for 2013. It was awesome hearing about the other projects of some of the girls from all over the country and being able to show something for the organization besides Thin Mints and Tagalongs (notice those don’t need an explanation).

The most exciting person I felt I got to meet, besides the other girls, was Anna Maria Chavez. She is the National CEO of Girl Scouting and a very friendly, outgoing person. We got to meet her briefly on Wednesday night where she asked us each of our names, tried to remember them, and chatted for a few minutes. The Girl Scout organization seemed to be embodied within her and she is clearly well spoken, as shown at the breakfast where she talked multiple times. It was obvious that she believes the girls run the organization as she kept repeating “These are my bosses!” in reference to the Gold Award Recipients in the room. The picture above is of both of us and she even fulfilled my request to hold up a #defineperfect sign!

Anyway, it is needless to say that this trip to Washington D.C. was absolutely eye-opening. After the breakfast we went on a tour of the Capitol Building and said our goodbyes to the other girls.

And if you are interested in buying a commemorative coin, you can find them on here.

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Send a Friendly Reminder! :)

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DefinePerfect is now doing a Facebook offer to send a positive message to a friend!

Simply email Courtney.define.perfect@gmail.com with a friend’s name and the number corresponding the message you want to send and we will write it out and post it on Facebook for your friend to see! Only a lucky 50 people will be featured in the Facebook photo album with all the pictures.

Email now with subject line “Friendly Reminder” and don’t miss your chance! :)

Choose a message below:
1. You are perfect!
2. You make me strong.
3. Thanks for always being there.
4. I am glad you’re in my life.

This is your chance to be part of DefinePerfect history! :)

Sample:

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A Flyer to Hang ♥

If you really want to help out with the DefinePerfect program, there are many ways to do it! 

1. Post with #defineperfect on Instagram.

2. Follow @defperfect on Twitter and use #defineperfect

3. Like the DefinePerfect page on Facebook

4. Download and POST this flyer! This will not give you any viruses, I PROMISE! :) Post it anywhere (school, work, church) and let people know about the program.

 

Let’s get this thing going with a bit more momentum! :) 

Poll #1 Results

Tonight, to finish the online poll of the question “Who do you value most?” Nikki and I went downtown to some of the locally owned businesses and talked to a few people on the street.

Since we were also passing out flyers encouraging people to post pictures of friends on Instagram, there were only 5 people that we actually got a chance to poll since apparently my brain was bigger than my bravery tonight.

Who do you value most?

  • My mom (responded three times)
  • Myself
  • Friends and Family

 

Keep in mind that I didn’t give any of these people multiple choice options and that three of the five independently answered that their mom was who they valued most. Two of those three were homeless. Maybe I just sometimes forget how important moms or mother-figures are in life because I know for certain that I get fed up with my mom a lot of the time.

The other question that I plan on asking with each poll is how do you define perfect?

Here are the responses I got:

  • “As long as you’re being you, you’re perfect.”
  • “I try not to. I kind of avoid that. I don’t think there is a perfect.”
  • “I don’t think there’s one way to define it. We define perfect in other people. There could be one person who is perfect to you.”

 

The last response was my favorite because it is exactly the message that we can spread with this project. We define perfect in other people. So let them know that they are your standard of perfect so they will realize that they really are.

#defineperfect. This is something we can do every day.

Twenty-Thirteen.

2013 is my graduating year and I want it to shine.

I know that people make resolutions and set off fireworks to celebrate the New Year.

That isn’t necessary to post online.

Today, I just want to know: who do you value most in your life?

 

Today’s challenge: Post a picture of your response on Instagram with #defineperfect.

The Day After Christmas

Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve every year, I go to my church and help keep the candles set out all over the courtyard lit. In the past few months, it seems like all the people that I connect with who are my age have stopped coming to youth group and I haven’t had many people to talk and laugh with. Christmas Eve wasn’t much better than every other Sunday night in that category. Instead of staying until 1 in the morning, after the late night service, I went home at 9:30 with my family after the service they attended. We went home and watched Die Hard (the best Christmas movie) and a Christmas Story. So that was different from the last few years.

Christmas

I woke up at 3:30 in the morning, anticipating presents.

What am I? Seven-years-old again?

I got everything I had asked for (a watch, a new desk chair, things of that variety) and I got to make cinnamon rolls. It is pretty tough to open that can of Pillsbury dough and put it on a pan. This year, my step-dad’s brother and his daughter, as well as my step-dad’s mom, came over to our house and we ate tamales, a Christmas tradition in every family as far as I’m aware.There was no structure to it. Once night time rolled around, the rest of my household decided they wanted to go to the movies and I went to my friend’s house where we played games and exchanged gifts and ate more tamales. So that was different.

The Day After Christmas

I woke up at noon. Can you blame me?

My mom was cooking breakfast. Everyone else got up late, too. I made smoothies, which are pretty much my favorite thing ever.

My friend texted me and said he wanted to watch some episodes of a TV series he got on DVD for Christmas.

I didn’t spend the day with my own presents for a second.

I got to spend the first part of the day with my family and the second part of my day with my friend. So that was different.

This was my last Christmas as someone who lives with my mom and dad. It was my last Christmas as someone who isn’t a legal adult. My last Christmas in high school.

On Christmas Eve, as someone who goes to church, it is easy to keep in mind the spirit of Christmas and giving. On Christmas, it is easy to get wrapped up in gifts as you unwrap and  think about how thankful you are that most everybody has a day off. The day after Christmas is always different.

Some years I’ve gone shopping and other years I’ve had some obligation and other years I’ve spent the whole day with my brand new items. This year, I did my best to focus on the company of others. My aunt who is pregnant with the first child in the family since me is in town and my mom needed some help cleaning that I could do. It was no burden. She ended up letting me spend 5 hours at a friend’s house because of it.

All these things were just so nice and so casual and it was such a great break from the usual griping and fighting that usually happens in the household, even on Christmas. For some reason it was really difficult to get into the Christmas spirit beforehand and it wasn’t even until 3:30 on Christmas morning that I realized it was actually time for Santa and gifts and cookies.

The day after Christmas opened my eyes to the fact that every day is the day after something. The day after getting an A on a math test. The day after getting to take your cat on a walk (yes, my cat got a harness for Christmas).

Christmas is a big day. The day after can’t be nearly as big by comparison. Today I started thinking about each day as a big one. And I’m grateful that world didn’t end when the Mayan calendar did. The day after Christmas was just as great as the day of. So that was different.

That, my friends, is how I define perfect.