Reality Check

Faith, Life July 16, 2014

I love photography and sharing pretty pictures and inspiring others…and sometimes my highlight reel becomes just a little too rosy, and people ask me how I do it all.

Well friends, I don’t.

Not even close.

Some days I struggle to get out of bed, and the kids yell at each other too much, and I yell at them too much, and I don’t want to talk to anyone, and I don’t even want to go to the baseball game.

Some days I can’t shake the anxiety, and I can’t push the weight of the world off my shoulders, and my stomach churns, and I just want to escape the trappings of my mind.

Some days prayer gets me nowhere, and I just want to go home, but I don’t even know where home is some days.

Some days are overwhelming and I crawl back into bed and hide under the covers and hope for a better tomorrow.

Reality Check

So when you look at my Instagrammed life, remember it’s just a collection of pretty pictures. And some days the action behind the scenes is more poop-brown than rosy.

And when you’re tempted to compare your whole life with a highlight reel of someone else, remember life is messy and crazy and wonderful and awful for everyone.

Even me.

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  • Michele July 18, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Is it wrong to say I needed this today? I have been gf for 8 weeks and just experienced my first glutoning…feeling better but still have a few issues. Some days I do make the mistake of forgetting that there is a lot more to people’s lives and struggles than what you see on the outside. We all have something.

  • Casey Cromwell July 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Great post, as always. It’s very true that whatever we put on social media usually isn’t the full story. It’s the highlighted, the photoshopped and, at the very least, the purposefully chosen pictures of our life. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Jessi Boehme July 19, 2014 at 5:09 am

    It’s hard not to compare yourself to bloggers or instagram lives…it’s such a beautiful reminder to hear that all of our lives are messy and not rosy all the time. : )

  • Meredith July 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Thank you so much. For the inspiring posts and rosy ones and especially this poop brown one. šŸ™‚

  • HappyBodyHappyLife Tonya Bonin July 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Amen! Very well said šŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Glitz Glam Gluten-Free July 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Such a wonderful post- love your honesty! Sometimes it’s so easy to scroll through our Instagram/FB/Feedly and think that everyone else’s lives are perfect– but what we aren’t seeing is all the other stuff going on behind the camera! Thanks for the reminder!