My life is not Pinterest perfect
My life is not Pinterest perfect.
This was made clear when I first moved out to Nashville over two years ago. It was the first time I said this phrase to myself and felt satisfaction in knowing that it was likely I was not alone in this.
It was after I moved into the Hamilton house. I had my own room to decorate. I made a whole Pinterest board for how it was going to look. And then reality hit. A lot of those things on the board were a want, not a need. And money was tight. So I bought the cheapest things I could find at Target, set up my little bookcases, got my $20 Big Lots rug and my '70s desk that I believe is still sitting in my in-laws garage, and called it a day. I did manage to put up one Pinterest inspired thing semi-successfully which was my strings that held photos on the wall.
I'd be reminded of my non-Pinterest perfect life again and again — as I planned our wedding (I was eventually told not to look at Pinterest anymore because there were too many unnecessary things I thought of doing — tambourine favors anyone?), and when we moved into our apartment in Provo, UT. I was sure that since we had a clean slate to decorate, our place could finally be that Pinterest perfect showroom. It's not. But it's home, and I love it.
I don't live up to every pinned quote, crafts tend not to turn out the way they look on Pinterest, I've kept recipes on my culinary board for the past six years and have tried none of them because I stick to the basics if I even cook at all (I thank God for my husband Matt for providing me with such a great cook!), and my fashion board is fun to look at, but again, I'll stick to the basics: black shirt, jeans, boots in the winter and a warm coat. I did get really excited when I got a new backpack (I'm sure I'll feature it somewhere soon because it's really my favorite) and some new shoes both on an incredible sale.
If I could have a pin for every time I understood how non-Pinterest perfect my life is, I'd be stepping all over them because they'd cover our entire one-bedroom apartment floor. And I'm sure I'm not alone in this. I'm also not alone in still loving Pinterest for all the inspiration it does give, but also understanding that my cute pretzel white-chocolate dipped with marshmallow treat is not going to look as presentable as it did when I saw it on Pinterest. The point is, it will still taste just as good and it's worth a try and a dream!
This project that I thought about two years ago finally came to life. Using pins on a spray painted red cork-board, I traced the text and proceeded to pin all 100 pins and then some into the board.
You can check out the whole process below! What have your non-Pinterest perfect moments been? Have you succeeded in any?