Happy Monday friends. What a great weekend we have as we are less than 6 weeks until we close on our new home! Ahh! Each week new and more fun things are being added to our amazing dream space and I can’t wait to share full details soon! Truly bringing the kids each week and seeing their amazement and the process of seeing a hole in the ground and now a home we’ll be living in is so much fun. They truly marvel at everything that’s been added ( well, except Landon because he’s 16 months old ha ).
I was able to actually have some quality time with Lily, something I’ve neglected the last few months since moving back to Chicago, and it was truly needed for both of us. We were able to spend our time shopping at a mall for back to school clothes, eat ice cream and just spend quality time together that we haven’t had. Lily loved the attention, trying on new outfits for the fall and just being such a fun spunky little thing that she is.
During our time together, Lily had spilled some ice cream on her outfit and her immediate reaction was tears and saying she was ” so sorry!” I immediately felt awful and told it was ok, dabbing it with napkins and assuring that all was fine. And then it came to me…how many times had I scolded her for getting something on her outfit? How many times had I wanted her to look the perfect part? That’s not why we’re born.
We’re born to be real; not perfect. This mantra came to me when I had this moment with Lily but in all aspects of how our days out now. Social Media depicts us all to try and be perfect. We want the perfect hair, the gorgeous house, our nails always polished, our friends to follow us to gain popularity. Sometimes I hit a moment where I’m not living the life I want to be living. For me, for my family or my children. I want to live a real life; one that is full of hard times, difficult moments but uplifting and exciting ones. And I’m real by sharing all of that with you on my stories on social media and these blog posts for you to view.
The truth is, you can control your social media account but not your reality. We are real people behind our posts, with real issues going on. Our lives aren’t perfect and we only post what we want you to see and know. Don’t get caught up in viewing or admiring other’s life. Even the most success ones have their doubts and personal struggles.
So say it with me friends; you were born to be REAL; not perfect.