Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What I've Learned Wednesday - Self-Inflicted Pressure

If you're reading my blog, you're reading other blogs.  And if you're reading other blogs, you've probably experienced some blog/blogger envy.  You know, that blogger has it all together and they've got their living room totally decorated and their dishes are always done and their laundry is always clean and they apparently have a live-in stylist and make-up artist.

I hate those bloggers.

OK, I don't hate them... but I tell myself that no matter how awesome their life and house looks on that blog, they've got their own problems and I need to remember that I don't need to be like them.

I was putting an amazing amount of pressure on myself because those bloggers are so super awesome.  I was exerting a ridiculous amount of energy trying to think of how I could get it all together like they did.  And then I would see crumbs on the floor I just vacuumed and my youngest child with a loaded paintbrush running into oblivion to redecorate his room to his liking.  And then I would have my version of a nervous breakdown, grab a pint of ice cream, and collapse into the sofa for a day or two.

Don't be like your ol' pal Prissy.  Your house is great.  Your blog (if you've got one) is great.  You have great ideas and talent and your life is not defined by anyone else.  Use those great blogs for inspiration and motivation, but don't let it make you feel like you're not good enough.  Don't put pressure on yourself to be something you aren't because what you are is awesome already.

And you know what?  Those dishes will wait.  Go do something fun.

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  1. My dishes always wait! There are way too many other tempting things to do than dishes. Love you, love your blog and love your non organic honesty.

  2. Great post. I hate how we put all of that pressure on ourselves, thanks for the reminder to "keep it real" and stay true to what we love.
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  3. Well said. We often look to bigger blogs to define how great our own blog is. We have to stay true to ourself and why we started a blog in the first place. If someone likes what they see on our blog, they will stay right? Don't try to impress others or allow others to judge what we've put out.

  4. I can sooo relate to what you're saying..I have been there, and I still have to fight myself about it. I'm trying to break 100 followers and I keep telling myself to ignore the numbers and just enjoy my blog. But it's hard sometimes when you see people seemingly effortlessly having these huge followings and "super blogs" ... and the money to decorate and craft everything...But, then I read a post like yours and am reminded of what is truly important.. Thank you !! I love your blog...

  5. Thanks for this post. I'm kind of reinventing myself at my blog so I can still keep up with it.

  6. My blog is still new, and I am evolving a bit. One thing I struggle with is trying to be everywhere at once like some of the larger bloggers. But I have a full-time job, a family, and I am in college. I have to tell myself that the only thing that matters is having fun with it and keep it about what makes me happy. Hopefully "they will come" ;)

  7. Thank you for this post and reminding us that we don't have to be like every one else. I knew someone whoes house was like a palace and so clean but she didn't have time to have fun. Mine? its cluttered but we have fun and I know where everything is. Enjoy being yourself.

  8. I read your blog because I like you and the way you write! Lets face it most of us have to be thrifty at some point in life and if you can have pleasure by crafting something at the same time well that makes us a happier bunch. Yes it would be nice to have the money to throw at the house to have everything looking wonderful (including the home help!) but nowhere near as much satisfaction as completing a project and being able to say "I did that". Dont eat ice cream because you are unhappy, eat ice cream because YOU deserve it!

    Kind regards,

  9. You are a silly girl! I love your blog because you are REAL! And I think that's what most of us want. I don't want to look at a bunch of things that I can't do/have/buy. I want to know how to create a beautiful home with what I already have or can create without spending a lot of money. Don't change on us, Priscilla! We love you the way you are :)

  10. TOTALLY relate to this!! I just remember that all those bloggers (myself sometimes included) stage those pictures. Behind the camera is a tornado and kids throwing tantrums and a dog peeing in the corner....all those things they don't want to admit having in their house. I tell myself that I do what I can and that's just me :)


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