Pinterest is a blessing. I taught myself how to cook mostly using recipes and tips from Pinterest. Cooking is a useful skill, and it’s far easier to learn in the digital age. Millions of bits of information are available for free. Even if we already know how to cook, we never have to get tired of eating the same old thing. A new recipe is just a click away.
For all its benefits though, Pinterest can also feel more like a curse. Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed at the sheer number of things “everyone” is doing?
Eating all organic. Running marathons. Making busy bags. Going screen free. Going processed foods free. Making an income from home. Cooking everything from scratch. Having a lot of children. Homeschooling. Curating the perfect home decor. Spending $10 a week on groceries for a family of 67. Okay, maybe that last one is an exaggeration!
Comparison is the thief of joy. – President Theodore Roosevelt
You would think I would have this down by now, but I still find myself falling into the comparison trap. I helped to launch a book on this very subject earlier this summer. And…I still fail.
As the old hymn goes, Prone to wander, Lord I feel it…
I follow a very large blogger who seems like a really sweet person. I really do believe that she is and admire many of her qualities. But she does NOT do everything. Her blog is her family’s sole source of income, which means her husband does not work outside of the home and he does a lot of cooking and child care. They do not have any babies or toddlers. They have a house cleaner who comes in periodically.
Once I realized that, it was freeing. How often have we compared ourselves to something that isn’t even reality?
With that in mind, I want to share with you what I do…and what I DON’T. My goal is for this blog to never be a source of guilt. I want you to feel encouraged and equipped, and never torn down.
Things I Do:
- I stay home with my son.
- I do about 95% of the cleaning and food preparation in my household.
- I attempt to cook mostly using real foods.
- I do not allow much TV.
- I blog when my son is napping.
Things I Do NOT Do!
- I do not have a large family. I have one toddler.
- My one child is not involved in any extra-curricular activities. People with older children often spend time driving them to their various activities. We are not in that season of life yet.
- I do not homeschool. I have a 1 year old and I do not believe that formal school is necessary at that age. I just parent.
- We do not eat all organic.
- I make a very small amount of income from my blog, but it is not the primary income source in my home. Not even close. I’m perfectly okay with that, because I need to put a lot of time and energy into parenting right now.
- I don’t do much of anything with home decor. The decorations in my home are all either repurposed from my wedding, or they were gifts.
- I do not get up at 5 AM every morning. I struggle with being anemic and sleep is important if I’m going to be able to chase my toddler all day.
- I do not blog after my son goes to bed at night. That’s my husband time and I’m not willing to give that up.
What do you do? What do you skip? Let me know in the comments!