Some time ago, my husband and I saw "Julie & Julia" in the theater. It is excellent and very enjoyable. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it interweaves the true stories of Julia Child with the life of a young woman who dedicates a year of her life cooking Julia's recipes and blogging about it. What I found inspirational, is that Julia became what she is, not necessarily because she aspired to be famous, but because she took advantage of great opportunities.
One of my favorite quotes comes from a scene where she is giving cooking lessons to some young women. As she puts the finishing touches on the dish she says something to the effect of, "There you go, perfect. And if it's not perfect, don't apologize. No excuses no explanations." This confidence combined with her "what happens in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen" attitude is refreshing.
So... no more apologizing when things aren't perfect. Julia gives us permission!