This weekend, I shared a vulnerable blog post that touched on more than great design and friendly coffee shop chats (check out the post here). This weekend, that very blog post happened to become my most viewed blog post so far, and I have been so uplifted by the positive and kind responses you all have given! And finally, this weekend, I also happened to take this photo, and I think it gives a visual of what that blog post is about, and what I hope this blog will be.
Just like in the picture above, whether it’s life in general, difficult situations, or who we are, there is a mix of things that feel bright, colorful, and things we want other people to see. And of course, there are things that feel a little darker underneath, might not be something you want to draw attention to, feels a little bare…the list goes on.
And yes, when I first was taking this picture, I had zoomed in on the top part, as I’ve been loving the boxwood I’ve been seeing around, especially on a small accent wall (check out this clover sheet from Wayfair and inspiration from Katie Kime). But then I saw the full wall, what was underneath the boxwood, and loved the whole mix of it. That was the picture I chose to love.
I think the same goes for people. Based on the response from yesterday’s blog post, we all crave authenticity and real connection, but we have a really hard time showing that part of ourselves. I also think when we are in the darker times, it’s really hard to see the beautiful parts in it like how we can grow, and what we’ve learned from them. And while I am someone that always likes to find the balance of positives even in harder times, I think it’s so important for us to let both sides of ourselves and the situations we are in show, because that is what makes us the whole beautiful picture.
I also firmly believe that the people that are meant to be in our lives will also choose the picture of everything, and not just the close up of what we think the picture perfect parts of us are. They know that the real perfect picture is the one where we get to see everything. Often, when you share those things, it gives people the chance to say “me too!” and that authenticity is contagious. While the colorful sides of us might be what catches people’s eyes, it’s the less flashy parts of us that allow us to truly connect with not only ourselves but the people around us.
So whether you choose to look at this as a reminder to look for the balance of greenery when you’re facing something that seems a little more bleak, just like i did in my post yesterday, or you choose to look at this as a representation of you, I hope you’ll keep it in mind. I’ll keep writing about design and neat finds, because thats who I am and how I connect with myself in the top half of my picture. But I’m also going to keep sharing some of the less flashy moments, because it seems like that’s what you all really connected with, and that’s who I am too. And I want to hear from you! What topics do you think are hard for people to talk about, but are really important? Is there something that you’re wavering on at work, in your relationships, in life? Message me, text me, email, or comment and I’ll make an effort to write about that too. Thanks for reading and following along!