Okay…let’s talk about how life has changed since Pinterest entered the scene.
When I first discovered Pinterest I was mesmerized and found that I could sit there for hours on end pinning away things I wanted to save for later. I’ve never been into scrapbooking so this was a revelation! And…if I’m being honest, it was a lot of fun.
But now…I’m blaming a lot of strife in women’s lives on Pinterest because it causes stress.
I mean what happened to simple birthday parties or baby showers? Where did they go? What about just a normal birthday cake shared with some friends around a table?
Nope…now you have to have fireworks and lava made of molten chocolate pouring out of your cake while also bringing in an entire circus to entertain 5 year olds!
Didn’t my house look splendid at Christmas? I thought so, but apparently it’s not Pinterestable enough. And I will never know how to create a two hour up-do with wispy pieces all over that is supposed to appear that I just accidentally made it happen.
How about week night dinners? Do yours look like Pinterest? If they do…I’m coming over. I grant you, there are great recipes available, but who actually has time to make them? And then, if you do – do they look like the Pinterest picture?
Or how about the women who pay off $40,000 in debt in 6 months doing part time jobs from home while still eating Paleo?
I really thought I was doing okay until Pinterest showed up on the scene, and now I’m not so sure. What I am sure of is that my life doesn’t look like the pages of this social media site.
Here’s what I know is true. Social media has created a lot of cases of comparisonitis which is not healthy. We peruse Facebook and feel like our lives are just not quite up to par. Recently I shared this…
I mean isn’t it true? And whether or not we share our lives on Pinterest, we sure don’t share the real story.
The thing about comparisonitis is that it makes you feel less than…like you’re not enough…because you have a messy life.
And we ALL have messy lives even if your living room looks perfect all the time. Sometimes my living room looks good – pillows fluffed, tables dusted, new seasonal decor on the mantle, but then one of my cats throws up or my muddy dog gets on the sofa and poof…it’s all over.
So I’ve learned to just set it all free. My life is not Facebook or Pinterest perfect and I’m just fine with that. I do my best to put a healthy dinner on the table most nights. My bedroom is probably always going to be a disaster because I don’t hang up my clothes all the time…I have too many books sitting on the floor that I MUST read…and the same two cats and dog make the off white bed linens dirty.
But you know what? It’s my life and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally reached the point where I’m not trying to be Pinterest perfect. I’ll leave that to the women who have hundreds of thousands of followers.
Oh the pressure!
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that you’re enough just as you are. In fact, you are more than enough. Those people whose lives look so Cinderella perfect, have the same challenges you do. I know because every woman who I work with has a nasty inner critic that gets in her way and shares similar fears.
I prefer REAL. I want to know that I can be real with you and you with me. I don’t want phony and I am not interested in ever being Pinterest perfect. My life is definitely not like Pinterest and if yours is…then will you please share your secrets with me?
I still visit Pinterest once in a while, but it’s for recreation and usually looking for paint colors for my next project, but I don’t and neither should you…let it determine your worth. You are worthy. You are loved and you are enough with all your messiness.
And one more thing…if you want to see what I pin…you can follow me here. I do have a Lionhearted Woman board just to keep things real.
Know anyone who could use this message…please share.