I’ve seen a couple of posts around the internet here and there lately about Pinterest and blogs and how women today, especially moms, are expected to do it all. Great career, happy kids, clean and stylishly decorated house, adorable homemade crafts, rocking body, perfect marriage, etc. This kind of thing has always been perpetuated in magazines but I think it’s harder to ignore on the internet because behind all those blog posts and genius pins are real women, and if I can do it then you should be able to do it too, right? In fact if you’re not churning out five blog posts a week about your adorable family and all your crafty projects and the gourmet dinner you cooked for your über-successful husband last night you might just be sucking at life.
Spoiler alert–I’m not doing it. I don’t have it all. I’m pretty honest about that here on the blog but in case you’ve been too busy beating yourself up to notice, most of my projects don’t go as planned, I barely maintain a basic level of home cleanliness, my personal hygiene leaves something to be desired, and I could stand to lose a few pounds. I am so very lucky to have a wonderful husband and an amazing little baby and at the same time our family is far from “perfect.” I question whether I’m a good mother, whether I nag Nick too much, why some of his friends’ wives don’t like me. I struggle with depression and in fact just recently started taking an anti-depressant again (it’s working!). I haven’t really done too many projects lately because I’ve been busy and Nick wants me to cut back on my spending a bit, but the reason I enjoy crafts and DIY so much is not only because I’m cheap or I want to show off on my blog, but because it’s seriously, seriously good for my mental health.
I enjoy making things the way some folks enjoy running (bleh!). I feel the same way about writing, which makes blogging about crafts and DIY projects a pretty perfect hobby for me. I’m not sure I would enjoy being a mostly stay at home mom as much without it. Nick’s not perfect either, but it’s not my place to share his flaws with the masses. And as for Jack, it’s not easy being a baby and some days are better than others. Sometimes he’s clingy and cries for no reason and bites me while nursing. And sometimes he gives me the sweetest smiles and cuddles and cracks me up with his silly self. It’s all so worth it but so, so hard sometimes.
So don’t beat yourself up, because we’re all fighting some sort of battle. But do try to find something that makes you as happy as creating and blogging make me. Maybe that’s exercise, maybe it’s chocolate. Maybe it’s reality TV. Maybe it’s spending time outside or having a glass of wine with a good friend or keeping your home impeccably clean. It doesn’t have to be pin-worthy. It just has to make you happy.