My Perfect Problem

2 Nov

Yes, I have a perfect problem! Well, it’s more like my problem is being perfect … and now, you might be thinking, “Add arrogance to that list, sweetheart!” But here’s what I really mean …

It’s that I have a problem with having to be perfect, or this idea of not doing something unless I can be absolutely 110 percent behind my actions or produced work.

Obviously, I am human and as Alexander Pope eloquently stated “To err is human” but it was the Romans who originated this notion, with one step further: “To err is human, to persist is Devil.”

It is Seneca the Younger’s philosophy which gives me greater pause today. I haven’t been posting regularly — or at all for about two weeks— and with the crunch of time, new ventures and pure exhaustion, I’ve opted to not “err” in providing less than complete content.

Seneca, (ca. 4 BC – 65 AD), was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. (Courtesy of

I suppose it’s the journalist in me that sees every blog post as a massive production, complete with several headline options, tediously designed so text and photos create a harmonized eye line, and a fully expressed message that maximizes the potential of each entry’s “style lessons”.

Anything less than these ideals, I wait to post … until I can make those posts complete and be confident in knowing that nothing fell short of what it could have been.

Yet, in considering Seneca the Younger’s original quote, it seems that my notion of avoiding error has just created a persisting Devil of no content!!

I’ve also avoided posting anything here saying that “oh, no post today or this week because XYZ” … What journalist in their right mind would ever publish such a thing? It’s totally unprofessional and smacks of being a rag tabloid.

Now, these thoughts have ebbed and my inner perfectionist is being balanced by a dose of reality. This is a blog — and would it really be that big of a deal to actually have a post that strays from the usual content and format? Especially if it keeps loyal followers in the loop about me?

Some "old" duds which I combined this way for the first time to create my new favorite look!

So what kinds of posts can I create which will still provide great content and be adaptable to my available schedule and energy levels?

I’m mulling this question over now …

Meanwhile, I have about 8 different blog posts to get out to you … some amazing and fun things, which I am excited to share with you.

The tricky part is to figure out the calendar of when to release these posts to you.

But you can help me greatly in this decision making process: Please let me know which days you’d prefer to see blog posts — Mondays? Thursdays? Weekends?

As I adapt and refine the style and voice of this blog, also know that you can chat with me anytime over on the Thrifty Vintage Chic Facebook page. I post there daily, so it would be great to stay connected on more than one platform — plus, you can brag with photos about your most thrifty hauls and vintage treasures! I can’t wait to oogle!!

With Vintage Love,

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5 Responses to “My Perfect Problem”

  1. Dawn November 3, 2011 at 5:38 AM #

    Yes, Robin, you are human…a Divine human and a Divinely INSPIRED human, which is why you care so doggone much about us, your humble readers. You want to give us only your very bestest and mostest at all times and, for that, we are truly grateful. But we miss you when you’re not here. So, an i-d-e-a:

    Why not, as you’ve already mentioned, give yourself a one-day-a-week post schedule: let’s say, Mondays, to start our week off with fresh fashion, or Thursdays, to whet our creative appetities for the weekends? We can expect your muse in our mailboxes on those days and look forward to being bedazzled, and you can rest easy knowing this boundary has been set and all other work must humble itself before it, lol. Love the pic! You GLOW! Bestest and Mostest to you! xo, Dawn PS: Thank you for your hard work and heart!


    • Thrifty Vintage Chic November 3, 2011 at 9:53 AM #

      Dawn, you are so sweet!! Endlessly beautiful in your support! Thank you!! And, your suggestions of which days would get your week and weekend started on a happy note is so helpful!! I appreciate your insight!! hugs & love, back to you!! ~R


  2. Laurie November 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM #

    Robin, I still have not seen that post regarding underwear I asked for months ago! Oh, and I seriously want to know how to wear tights with no feet with vintage stuff to work. Is this appropriate? Or not now it is fall? I need help! No, but seriously, I don’t mind when you post. I will read your post whatever day it is. I usually see it in Google Reader, not so much on FB anymore. Your biggest fan, Laurie.


  3. jen November 3, 2011 at 10:22 AM #

    I feel your pain, Robin, but rest assured that your posts are always fun and interesting! I’ll put in a vote for Friday updates.


  4. Jbird November 3, 2011 at 4:10 PM #

    ANYDAY. I also read you through Google Reader, so whenever your posts pop up is fine with me. 🙂

    Strange enough… I have been wrestling with the wording and the lack of perfection (and oh the perfect picture battle!) of my own blog post. I’ve only recently started blogging, since I wanted to keep my family and friends up-to-date with my adventures in NYC. (We actually just moved from VA to NYC yesterday! So excited!)

    Thank you for sharing honestly. As cliche as it sounds, it’s really refreshing and encouraging to know someone else feels the same angst. The biggest piece of advice that encouraged me today was reading/watching this:…

    “Your Taste is Why Your Own Work Disappoints You…”

    Full quote:



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