Friday, February 7, 2014
I read a funny quote the other day. It said "May your life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on Facebook." We all know people who post such utmost positive things that you want to gag. In the opposite realm, we also know people who are nothing but complainers. And then, my favorite: a vague post to leave readers to come to their own conclusions. Heck, there is already a spoof of the new Facebook movies.
As inspirational as the internet can be, it can also be harmful. Bummed out because your house isn't Pinterest worthy? Beating yourself up because you are not cooking organic GMO free food for your family? Feeling guilty because you bought valentines instead of making them? It can really be overwhelming, right?
When I first started this blog, it was to promote my handmade jewelry. I felt it really "peaked" a few years ago as I had been published in several magazines, and a piece I made had been worn to a dinner at The White House. And then the pressure came. After having a baby I no longer had the free time or energy. Every time I thought about creating I felt paralyzed. I felt like I couldn't keep up - with the publishing deadlines, trying to stand out on Etsy, staying original in an over saturated market. I have a beautiful studio in my home, and I feel guilty for not using it. When we move, it is important for me to have a studio there as well. Because just having it there is a comfort for me. Knowing that I can walk in there at anytime and be surrounded by things that I love and create whenever the mood strikes. I know that life has phases, and I know that making jewelry will come back to me again when the time is right.
Enter fashion blogging. I have always loved clothes. It just seems natural for me. But, that doesn't mean that it doesn't come with it's own set of not so fun elements. Some might think that I am "into myself" but in fact, it can have the opposite effect. I criticize myself for not having as good of pictures as so and so. I find flaws in myself. It is really eye opening when you see yourself one way in the mirror, but totally different in a picture. I will say though, this is a very small part and in no way does it feel unhealthy to me. Besides, it is more about promoting the clothes and deals I get - not the body wearing them.
I guess what I am trying to say, is that we all have our own priorities. We can't do it all and we shouldn't make each other feel bad or that we are in competition with one another. Not only when it comes to social media, but also in real life. A lady in my office building has said to me on more than one occasion, "You always look so cute." But I can tell it's in a derogative way because she is annoyed that it's not a priority for her. I am not going to apologize for what is important to me. You might be interested in something that I might find trivial in return.
So, I will still be here. Posting pictures of outfits. And my crazy pants. It will be fun and happy, but I wouldn't be human if I didn't have a bad day now and again. And on that note, I will end this with something fun. Wearing fun prints (with animals) is so much fun with a toddler! Before we left the house the day of this outfit, Richard was talking about my owl and what owls say. He even said it was a pretty owl! It must be the knit eyelashes!
Apt 9 Owl Sweater : Kohl's
Elevenses Chevron Wide Legs : Anthropologie
Sam & Libby Kaye Boots : Target
Necklace : made by me (see post here)