Recently heightened stress levels are shouting one message loud and clear in my direction. “Ease up, sister!” With holiday shopping, travel planning, baby prepping and house unpacking, I think I’m quickly approaching the perfect storm of high personal expectation and low achievement. Is it any wonder? It doesn’t matter how fast or how much I hustle my tail to get things done, I never seem to get it all done. Meanwhile, Pinterest looms in the background of my computer screen and mind. Prompted by my friend Jess Lively’s “Things I’m Afraid to Tell You“, I’ve decided to make a bold move in the direction of authenticity and show you how it really is at the Walker household, unstyled and unedited. Too often I find myself wobbling between the frustrating extremes of dreamy aspiration and downtrodden disappointment. Maybe you wrestle with something similar. Don’t fret, love! I’ve already done enough fretting for the both of us. Instead, take some solace in my currently disheveled home. Cut yourself some slack and I will too. Don’t give up, of course! Just perhaps ease up. All of us, even the most practically-perfect-in-every-way sort, have days (and corners) like these.
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- TV Tray Living Room – About 90% of the time there is at least one TV tray sitting in front of our sofa. Home decor fail. Sometimes used as a work station, many times for dinner. It’s probably the least glamorous thing we do (besides pulling clothes from the dirty laundry hamper on a desperate occasion).
- Dirty Dish Overflow – Another incredibly common sight in our house. You’d think with a dishwasher that we’d be more on top of it. Truth is, we just aren’t. I blame long days and, yes, the plague of laziness.
- Unpacked Boxes – I really thought this unpacking/redecorating thing was going to happen quickly. But who was I kidding! Reality always moves at a slower pace. Completion date – TBD.
- Unfinished Projects – Read above. One more thing on the ever-growing to do list. And yet the hours in the day remain the same.
So, there it is. No more pretending that I have or will have it all figured out and neatly tidied up. Slack officially cut for us both! Now when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your own or other’s expectations of how much, how cute, how perfect things should be… flip back to this post. There’s plenty of room for a little gracious slack-cutting on the flip side of those admirably high expectations. Merry Christmas-making, friends!