This summer we ripped out the carpet on our third level, had new hardwood flooring installed, redecorated our master bedroom, had the entire exterior of our home painted, redecorated the guest bedroom, and installed built-in bookshelves. And I haven’t shared much progress on these projects because none of them are “finished”. And by finished, I really mean that none of them are Pinterest-worthy, or pinnable, or perfectly polished, or “good enough” to share yet. This is the nature of the game. However, since returning from my time at Haven (the conference that I help plan each year for DIY/Home Blogger enthusiasts), I have given a lot of thought to this magazine-worthy life I strive for and realized that it is sometimes paralyzing.
When I began blogging nearly six years ago, perfection was the farthest thing from my mind. I started this blog as a creative outlet and as a way to encourage others that you ARE enough right where you stand. You are gifted. You are capable of achieving more than you think. You CAN create beauty out of chaos and redeem whatever in your life seems unredeemable. Transforming thrift store finds into beautiful household treasures is what we do best, and in those moments we are reminded that the potential for beauty exists even in the most neglected pieces of trash. It gives hope to many for all the unspokens. Hope that no matter how dire our life’s circumstances, we can trust that our lives—just like a discarded second-hand find—can be transformed into something new and lovely.
Yes, creating a gorgeous stage on which to play out the moments of our everyday lives is what we strive towards. And it IS incredibly fulfilling to make a nest for our loved ones which nurtures the needs of our lives during this season.
But when perfection becomes the ultimate goal instead of progress, then there is a risk that our joy will be robbed and anxiety will take a foothold.
I love sharing the work of creatives on my blog—my own creations and those of others. And I love sharing the absolute best ideas that inspire us all to grab ahold of beauty and bring more joy into our homes.
But I don’t want to fall into the trappings of perfection and I just felt that I needed to tell you that today. As Nester always says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” Never were truer words spoken. I need the reminder today that it doesn’t have to be pinnable to be blog-worthy.
I have retreated into my own little introverted bubble the past few weeks and have spent a lot of time out and about enjoying creation. The message that kept reverberating back to me was: You are enough. Our society and culture do everything in it’s consumeristic power to tell us (especially us women) that we are not enough. We aren’t clean enough, organized enough, pretty enough, thin enough, stylish enough, rich enough, or creative enough. But the Creator of all things truly perfect is whispering daily, You ARE Enough. You are loved, beautiful, gifted and treasured right where you are at–beautifully messy life and all.
While on a walk with Asher yesterday (my 9 yr old who has mild autism), we were all commenting on the gorgeous evening and the slight nip in the air. He said, “It’s seems that Fall is moving in and Summer is packing up her bags of green.” It was a beautifully poetic acknowledgement of the change in seasons that is just beginning for us here in Central PA. More importantly, it was a reminder that each season has it’s own beauty. I’m currently in a season of 100 undone house projects with not enough external and internal resources to finish them all quickly. But it’s okay. I’m in the chaos. I’m trudging along to create some beauty. And I won’t stop sharing all of my stories with you in the meantime. I hope you’ll do the same! Thanks for letting me share my heart.