You guys — I really love these discussions of ours. Thanks for chiming in yesterday on your struggles with Insta-envy! It was oddly reassuring to me to hear that we’re pretty much all dealing with the same thing. And, of course, to hear all of your good advice and reassurances. It’s so important to remember, both with social media and with blogging, that what we all put out there for the public is just a tiny snippet of our lives… and however messed up they might really be (or however messed up we just think they are… we’re always a whole lot more critical of ourselves than others might be, right?) they probably look pretty perfect to someone else. You never truly know what’s on the inside until you get to know someone for real.
That said, I hope to make a point to be honest here on this little blog (and I hope that I have in the past). Please feel free to call me out if you’re ever feeling annoyed — because like most of us, when I look at myself I usually see the imperfections first… and obviously try to cover them up (ha). But if things ever start to err on the side of “I’ll kill you if you say one more thing about your damn tomatoes” — or something, I don’t know, let me know. I’m happy to throw in a few notes of reality… how tough it is to juggle all of the jobs I work, how much I worry, how much I’m sure Mark worries about me. Nothing is perfect, but in the end we’re all working to create a life that is as close to our own version of perfect as it gets (whatever that might be). We’re all trying hard to do the the right thing, and live the right life for us, and that’s all we can do.
I was driving home yesterday, thinking about all of the things I “need” to do, worrying about not getting enough done, worrying about falling behind… worrying about the wide gulf that still exists between where I am, and where I’d like to be, and suddenly some part of me said, “You’re working as hard as you can possibly work… how stupid can you be to beat yourself up over the things you’re not doing? You should be congratulating yourself for all of the things that you are doing.”
And that’s the sum of my life, right there. I’m rarely happy when I’m not working on something… I like to be busy. Blame my parents for involving me in so many extracurricular activities as a kid. But no matter how busy I am, I always worry that I could be doing more. And that’s a terrible fault, because so often, it robs me of the satisfaction and happiness I might get from enjoying my accomplishments.
So today and for the future, I’m going to try hard to make it a point to resist the urge to pick and occasionally give myself a little pat on the back… and I’d love it if you would too. Because ladies, I’ve seen some of your Instagram accounts… and they’re pretty freaking fantastic.
I’m excited to finally share one of our garage sale finds — it’s about time!
Mark and I picked this cabinet up at an estate sale forever ago and have been working on it slowly since. We had wanted a new piece for our bedroom, something to look pretty on the wall and hold a little of our closet overflow. We knew we wanted to paint the piece a bright, reddish-orange, but beyond that we were only half sure what we wanted.
So, in this case, where one is open to lots of possibilities, you’d think that any sane person, upon coming across a cedar cabinet for just $25, would have known right then and there.
Long weekends are the best and the worst… so much extra time, but it still seems to go by so fast. As always, I have a long list of things I’d love to get done… but in the end, if all I do is spend a little extra time catching up with my guy, I think we’ll call it good.
Actually I’m really jealous… it’s been such a long time since we’ve had a nice big snowstorm. And I know there are a ton of terrible things that can come of a big storm, lack of power being key, but there’s also always a chance you might just have to hunker down in a nice warm house and drink hot cocoa all weekend… which, after a couple of really busy weekends in a row, is kind of where I’m at… so stay warm those of you just (literally only a few miles) north of me!
Drink some hot cocoa and make some snow angels for me… even though I’m not much of a fan of winter, I really do love (or maybe just miss… it’s been more than two years!) the white fluffy stuff.
I won’t say I’m biased (because really, just look at those two) but would you guess that this adorable little wedding took place just down the road?
I’m so proud.
Jennifer and Alex met right here in Frederick (ahem, at one of my favorite restaurants) and even though they had already eloped, they wanted to hold an intimate celebration with family and friends in the place where Alex had proposed… Baker Park. (You can — and should — read the whole sweet story here.)
When the day came, the super cute couple incorporated so many great Frederick details, I’m dying. From the pedicabs to the McCutcheon’s cider they served at their reception, the party just reeks of this little town that I love, and I can’t get enough…
And it came so quickly! That’s the best news of all.
I can’t say this without Mark looking like he might cut me (he had to work) but it was a little rough to get back into the groove after having had almost a week and a half of vacation (my life is so hard!). Early mornings, trying to eat right again… boo-hoo to me, I know… but I do have to say that seeing all of you again has been entirely wonderful. I’m looking forward to a fantastic new year and hoping that each and every one of you had an amazing holiday season! Here on the blog — it’s good to be back.
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