If you read my "Why You Should Be Blogging" post, you'll see that I included the links to a few of my favorite blogs. I want to revisit them and talk about some of the best things I've taken from those blogs recently.
Let's start with Emily Maynard...
"For so many years I have questioned why He would bring me through something like The Bachelor and eventually The Bachelorette, knowing all along I would meet my husband through church just a few miles from my house. Couldn't He have spared me so much heartbreak and humiliation? Well, as I was praying for Him to give me any excuse NOT to speak at church, I kept getting the same message: THIS was the very reason. I have gone through many storms in my life, only to have God bring me through to the other side and now was my chance to give Him all the glory. I have been so caught up in worrying about my past and trying to move forward, that I didn't even realize that He had already brought me through. So I guess what I'm trying to say is don't be so worried about the future and the person you want to be, that you forget to recognize that maybe you're already there and you've already become that person!"
This reminded me to stop obsessing over what I will become 10 years from now and to just embrace what I am and what I have right now in this present moment. Great article! Read the rest at this link...
Anyway, I was sick all weekend, so while I was logged on deleting this hacker's nonsense, I just began pinning. The more I pinned, the more excited I got about the house I want to build one day and the clothes I want to buy when I go to New York this weekend. Then I was reminded of this article that I read a while ago...here's an excerpt:
"It’s easy to spend hours on the website, falling into a wistful daze, imagining where you could be, what you could be doing, and what you’re missing out on in life. Pinterest is a place that pulls you from What Is, and seduces you into What Could Be. But it can’t be.
It’s like an IKEA catalogue. This Swedish megastore will fool you into believing that if you just buy a Grönkulla and a few Riktig Öglas, you’ll have a miraculously improved life. You’ll be organised! Happy! Fulfilled!
But have you ever looked closely at an IKEA catalogue? You may have noticed a few things missing: there’s no dog hair woven into the rug, no tangle of computer cords, no spread of work on the desk, no questionable stains on the carpeting. The unavoidable clutter of real life is absent. In the world of IKEA, the messiness of real life—kids, pets, in-laws—tucks neatly behind the beech veneer doors of a Borgsjö. And we all know that in-laws won’t fit inside a Borgsjö! (“It’s too hot and stuffy in here! Let us out … blah, blah, blah.” Jesus, shut up already!)
You’ll never live inside an IKEA catalogue, because it’s promoting an image of idealistic perfection that will never be."
Great points! I am such a perfectionist and I drive myself CRAZY over everything that isn't Pinterest perfect in my life. How psycho is that?! I need to realize that these are dreams that I strive for, not standards that I'm a failure for not meeting. I know some of you Pinterst addicts reading this have this problem, too.
Read the rest of the article if you want a laugh! It is HILARIOUS.