Hi Joy,

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Everyone has different ways of approaching life and it’s so nice to hear things from another perspective!

I feel that being a jack-of-all-trades is more a mentality than a way of life. Simply buying a project boat and being willing to learn something that you didn’t know is enough in my eyes. You simply reevaluated what was necessary to complete the project and decided that it wasn’t important enough to deal with the stress. (I just finished writing the last part of the Practical Minimalism email series and it’s all about the importance of considering what matters!)

Likewise for perfection: It’s not about achieving perfection. It’s about not being lazy, sloppy, or cutting corners. We should know what we’re capable of and always strive for doing things to the best of our ability. And we should try to push ourselves beyond that if possible (just like you did by attempting the boat project). That’s what I mean by striving for perfection.