I feel like it's a common theme that I start off my blog posts with.... "so it's been awhile"....... but this time it actually has been a very long time. 10 months, 8 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes to be exact. We were moving into our new home the last time I posted. A home that we waited patiently for almost 4 years to find... or have it find us. And we are lucky, this little piece of paradise is a breath of fresh air, a respite from the city, a little slice of happiness.
In the midst of it all, life is messy. We started demo on our kitchen/living room 13 days ago and our life is sideways - in the best possible way. At the same time, we have learned to embrace the moment. Live in the mess. Harness the hectic. And manage to find little ways to enjoy the ride. Yes our bathroom is our kitchen right now and the grill is our only source of cooking, but somehow it all feels like we are exactly where we are supposed to be.
In an age of social media showing only "perfect" moments, I choose real. I want to see real life. Real mess ups, real clothes, real work outs, real meals, real people. Enough of this perfection. It's an impossible thing to live up to. Life IS messy. And that's OK. In fact it's more than OK. It's fantastic. If we are all living imperfect lives then why don't we celebrate the imperfections instead of hiding them? It would be so much more authentic. Don't get me wrong, that doesn't mean we need to be negative! In fact it can be the opposite if we all learn to smile at the mistakes and laugh at the insanity of it all.
The last photo shoot that Will and I did was around Easter. And it was a disaster. It's evident that neither of us were feeling it and we just couldn't get into a rhythm. Maybe the outfits were wrong or the weather wasn't great or Will wasn't feeling creative... Bottom line is it doesn't matter. The pics are a little bit of a hot mess. Not terrible (because obviously Will is a wonderful photographer), but when you look at them you will see - the soul and character is missing. I kind of love that we captured this.
Although I am sitting in a room stripped down to the studs typing this blog post.....
...I am celebrating the imperfections, Living in the mess, Harnessing the hectic. And managing to find little ways to enjoy the ride.
I wish you all the happiest perfectly imperfect 4th of July! Next time I promise it won't be so long.... :o)