I’ve been wanting to talk to you all about something serious for a while now. I know, I know, I’m a craft blogger who mostly posts tutorials. What could I possibly have to talk serious to you about?!
I wanted to talk to you about the misperception of perfection. (That sounds like a song title!) You see, I’ve gotten quite a few comments and emails from other mothers wondering how I possibly do it all and the fact is…I don’t. The pictures of my wonderfully happy kids, perfectly healthy snacks and spotlessly clean house are 100% staged for this blog and by no means are the reality of our very normal and crazy household.
While it may be true that my kids are absolutely wonderful (in the “all kids are wonderful” kind of way), they are totally normal kids who sometimes hate that I make them help out with my projects and photo shoots. My four year old son is a relatively willing accomplice but my two year old?
Hates HATES when I pull out the camera! Quite honestly, I sometimes miss the days where the kids and I crafted 100% for our own personal enjoyment and not because I had to write a sponsored post or something.
And food?! I struggle every single day with finding the balance between getting the kids to eat healthy, organic, whole food and just getting them to eat. Period. Some days Captain Vegetable wins and others days? Not so much. I’m doing the best I can and filling in the rest with Cheddar Bunnies.
As for my house…that’s probably the largest blog lie of them all! Like every blogging mother, I give everything I have to my family and when I have a little extra time, I blog. It started out as 100% selfish “Me” time but now it’s turned into a bit of a business and I count myself fortunate to be making money doing something I love.
With the added income, however, comes added responsibility and more often than not, I totally drop the ball when it comes to housecleaning. I am a lot of things for a lot of people but I can’t be everything for everyone and I’m really ok with that. Meh, so there’s usually dishes in the sink and enough dog hair in the corners to be mistaken for another animal? Whatever. There’s always photoshop! 😀
Feel free to click on the You Are Perfect image to download (for personal use only, please!)
So, there you go. I just wanted to come clean about my blog and the incomplete picture it can sometimes paint. There are amazing people and blogs on the internet that show us beautiful parties, gorgeous candid shots of kids, and wonderfully healthy meals served on a spotless table but just as in advertising, bloggers have gotten oh-so-good at projecting exactly what they want you to see. You can’t compare yourself to that anymore than you can to the crazy skinny bodies in magazines. I saw this quote on Pinterest (ironically enough!) that really hit home:
One reason we struggle w/ insecurity: we’re comparing our behind the scenes to everyone else’s highlight reel.
– Steven Furtick
We are all absolutely, wonderfully, imperfectly perfect.
So, the next time you find yourself caught in the internet-induced web of comparison and guilt, please download the free You Are Perfect Coloring Print and remember that you are perfect in every way!