unguarded serves as a tool to move me forward in my own spiritual formation and journey toward emotional wholeness. As a type 1 on the Enneagram (you should know about the Enneagram if you don’t – it will change your life), I struggle with perfectionism and moral absolutes. I often find myself stuck believing in one correct way of doing things. I hold myself and others accountable to unrealistic expectations. I seldom offer myself grace. So, by calling on myself to be unguarded, I am moving toward relinquishing perfectionism. By witnessing messiness in the world around me and finding wonder in it, I am opening up to the possibilities that chaos and spontaneity hold. And by sharing my truths, I am practicing courage and acknowledging the wisdom and validity of my own experiences.