The Imperfection Option
Half-day workshop
Saturday, April 22
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

At Blueschool Arts
6451 Harding Ave, Clinton, WA 98236
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“So many of us believe in perfection, which ruins everything else, because the perfect is not only the enemy of the good; it’s also the enemy of the realistic, the possible, and the fun.”
– Rebecca Solnit

Is your perfectionism ruining your joy in creating? Is it limiting your creative accomplishments?  Learn the difference between perfectionism and healthy striving and discover three alternative mindsets that will keep you less stuck and more sane.

Perfectionism is like a pesky radio station in our heads that beams out a steady stream of messages designed specifically to keep us working small and tight, feeling scared, and engaging in the "four P's":  Procrastination, Perseveration, and Perpetually Postponing the creative work our hearts long to do.  

This powerful four-hour workshop exposes exactly how the mindset of perfectionism functions as an anti-creative pattern, and walks you three alternative mental "stations" guaranteed to free you up and get you moving again.  With a whole-brained approach incorporating literature, self-reflection, dialogue, terrible drawings, and shared stories, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore and practice switching to healthier thought-patterns that emphasize self-compassion instead of self-recrimination.

We'll dive into questions like:

  • What is the difference between perfectionism and healthy striving? 
  • How does perfectionism limit performance and prevent enjoyment?  
  • How can you recognize when the perfectionism station is playing in your head?
  • What are the specific areas where you are most vulnerable to perfectionistic thought patterns? 
  • How can you interrupt the perfectionism station and tune into three alternative channels that will set you free to act boldly, learn hungrily, and make the juicy mistakes you need to make?

You'll leave with great handouts packed with quotes to remind you of your alternatives to perfectionism and keep you brave and inspired long after the workshop ends.

Instructor Sara Saltee is a certified creativity coach and recovering perfectionist who has brought the Imperfection Option to everyone from writers, artists, and entrepreneurs to family practice physicians - with powerful results!

Dear Sara,

Thank you so much for the incredible half-day "Imperfection Option" workshop you created for our Family Medicine residents. Your humor and insight, along with left and right-brained activities, inspired us to craft a vision of a creative professional life that is sustainable and meaningful.

Through the use of literature, self-reflection, artistic creation and shared stories our young physicians developed new confidence and skill in maintaining compassion for themselves and their patients, recognizing what is healthy striving versus limiting perfectionism.

My residents reflected on how quickly you established a safe environment for us, a space in which to be vulnerable and honest about our limitations and fears - something physicians don't readily do with one another. 

Your work has had a lasting impact on me, my residents and we have already begun to integrate the workshop concepts into our required curriculum for future classes. We cannot thank you enough for bringing your remarkable skill and creativity to the training of physicians.

- Shannon U. Waterman, MD, Swedish Family Medicine, Seattle Washington

Join Sara for a morning in the funky and fabulous Blueschool Arts Drawing Room where together we'll hack into the perfectionism station that is hijacking your creative process, and dial in three new channels that will rock your world.

$75 - please pay in full when you register to reserve your spot in the class.
Light snacks will be served

Registered participants will receive detailed information from Sara prior to the workshop.
Maximum class size: 20

Questions?  Email Sara at

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