Behind Perfectly Imperfect: Raw reflections on body image, mothering, love and loneliness (that you don’t usually share)
In a world obsessed with flawless selfies and the picture perfect Instagram life, it’s no surprise women are increasingly asking the question: Am I ever going to feel good enough?
New memoir, Perfectly Imperfect is a refreshing celebration of not being perfect. Brave and inspiring, it is a raw account of author, Ailsa Robson’s struggles with her body image, the ups and downs of motherhood, love and loneliness as she begins to accept herself, flaws and all.
At times unsettling and challenging, yet other times humorous and witty, Ailsa shares her innermost thoughts, pain and turmoil in the form of unfiltered journal entries – as she takes readers through her journey of acceptance, growth and transformation.
The book morphed from Ailsa’s private blog. A safe place where Ailsa reflected on life as she was raising her babies, often alone due to her husband’s Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work, and while undergoing weight loss surgeries and diets that Ailsa thought were going to be life changing. The surgeries and diets didn’t change life, but writing became a way of making sense of her lonely days, changing identity and of course her ever-changing body.
“As I re-read my blog entries, I began thinking how my writing could resonate with so many women as they struggle with the questions: Am I good enough? Am I alone in my feelings? So I began the process of collating my blog entries into a book and found myself sharing the stories that I never dreamt would go to print when I wrote them! Reading the book is like reading someone else’s diary – but with permission!” Says Ailsa.
“Perfectly Imperfect is for women who wish they had ‘better’ bodies, lives and relationships but are wise enough to know that there is no such thing as perfection. It’s for all those women who want more for themselves than the never-ending battle of striving for perfection.”
“I hope the book offers these women real life stories that are not sugar coated – ones that they can relate to so they are not alone in their feelings. I hope the book also gives them valuable insight to help with their own journey of acceptance and transformation” Concludes Ailsa.
Ailsa Robson is a water baby, incessant muser and writer, and someone who always looks for the silver lining. She lives in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia, with her loves – her husband, two daughters and their feisty cats. She has a private Psychotherapy and Counselling practice and is a passionate Health At Every Size® advocate and specialist. Ailsa’s understanding and empathy for those who need support, has intensified through her experience in the Community Care sector over the last twenty years. Her love for community, in all its forms, and her belief in the power of belonging and connecting, spurs her to volunteer her time on committees and projects. Her natural energy, plus years of public speaking, have made Ailsa a genuine and charismatic speaker. Her university degrees are an eclectic mix; and although she is not an anthropologist or librarian (though qualified), she is certainly a professional in the mental health field after completing her Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This degree tested her circus skills, as she completed placement whilst renovating her home and living in a shed with her two young daughters and an often-absent husband due to his FIFO* work commitments. Ailsa popped out the other side to create a unique business/lifestyle where she shimmies to the beat of her own tambourine. Her love of collaboration and pushing boundaries has led her to offer Walk and Talk Psychotherapy, and to base her practice in the gym where she works out with a community of passionate people. Ailsa specialises in helping folk who feel stuck in stories of not being good enough, and provides compassionate, heartfelt, person-centred counselling that is uniquely tailored to her clients. She can generally be found shaking her butt in less than sharp active-wear, grinning like a Cheshire cat, and building up those around her. When she’s not doing that, you’ll find her blissing out by the ocean… musing again.
For a copy of the book (for review), or to request an interview, please contact
Sarika Shah: Publicist, iinspire media.
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Ailsa Robson (MCouns&Psych Th) is an author, and has a private counselling and psychotherapy practice in Stirling, South Australia.