Since the very inception of this blog (back in the day), I’ve thought long and hard about what I want my content to represent. What it will contribute… how it will be different. That has gotten me so far. But now I’m starting to think just a bit about what I don’t want it to be. Let me explain.
It’s become increasingly obvious to me through social platforms and various niche blogs that we spend far too much time coveting the riches and blessings of other seemingly perfect people online. You know what I’m referring to… sunset moments, extraordinary accomplishments, pristine homes with gorgeously stocked closets, skinny-minnies with brilliant white teeth, seriously serious model looks, and budgets that go on for days. Of course, never a hair or object out of place. Their computers don’t seem to have cords and their sinks never appear to have dishes. It’s “perfect”… or is it?
When I look at the aforementioned “perfectness”, I fully realize that it’s presented with good intentions. To share happy moments, proud achievements, and yes, gorgeous style on gorgeous people in gorgeous homes. Not the worst idea. But perhaps it’s not done with the concern for authenticity, transparency, and the inevitable pitfalls of envy that we’re all so prone to these days. The last thing I want to do with this blog is cause someone to be dissatisfied with their own life! I know. That may still happen. I’m afraid it’s an inevitable bi-product of creating and consuming content about other people and decorative things. We’re so comparative, us human beings. As it turns out, though, not even the most organized, accomplished, stylish, or designer clad among us are perfect. We all have our stuff.
So, back to what I do want to do. Considering some imperfectness in my own life that I’ve been recently faced with, I thought the points below were worth articulating.
With this blog…
I do want to share inspiring stories of men and women creating thoughtful work, interesting homes, and enriching lifestyles.
I do want to offer motivating insights and advice from these stories for the purpose of elevating, not intimidating.
I do want to show a bit of the imperfectness of it all. And will be incorporating more and more “reality” as we go.
I do want to help others see the personal style journey as an adventure. Real, honest, beautiful, diverse, imperfect.
Besides, when it’s all said and done, it’s all more interesting when you can see the smudges with the polish, don’t you think?
Contemplating imperfectness, this story…