Social media is a tricky thing. So much of our jobs as bloggers and influencers is to share what’s really working for us in hopes that it helps you, too. And, in instances where we’re being paid to share our endorsement, that it helps the brand as well.
This focus on the good and the bright and shiny, however well-intentioned, can sometimes be misleading.
It’s easy to mistake an Instagram picture of my perfectly clean kitchen as a representation of my house on the whole. In all likeliness, I’ve moved the laundry off of the kitchen counters just long enough to get a good shot of the cake stand. 🙂
I can’t speak for all bloggers – I’m sure there are some who DON’T store their dog treats and their serving platters in the same drawer and to them I say – please, teach me your ways. But I can speak for myself, and the honest truth is, I’m just figuring it out right along with you. My hope for my blog is that it helps to SIMPLIFY and INSPIRE and UPLIFT. That it provides some answers and some comedy and some cuteness in the form of my dog, because let’s face it – mama needs a little wrinkle relief on this forehead before we reinstate that zoom lens.
I wanted to mention two bloggers who I’ve looked up to for years – Liz Adams of Hello Adams Family and Danielle Moss of The Everygirl. Maybe it’s because I’m a Chicago girl at heart, but I’ve always loved their approach to blogging. I think they represent the power of the blogging community at its finest – inspirational, vulnerable, entertaining, and honest. I’ve learned so much from both of them, and their candidness about their own life experiences has made me feel a little less crazy while managing my own.
It is OKAY not to have it all figured out – I definitely don’t.
But the best part of community is when it serves to uplift and inspire rather than breed insecurity and comparison. I’ve definitely been going through my own rough patch, and it’s not fun. But it’s a season, and, nevertheless, we persevere.
If you’re going through a rough patch too, keep going. I’m a musical theater geek at heart, so I’m going to call upon one of my favorite lines from Les Mis:
“even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.”
Invariably, the sun will rise, so ride out the darkness. To get you through, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite motivational songs in what I’ve entitled the You Got This playlist. I hope it brings you some joy. I hope you find inspiration. And I really hope someone can help me find a better place for the dog treats.