Who do you compare your life with online? You know what they say, the Instagram reel is real. No one’s perfect but it’s easy (for me too) to get sucked into the comparison game and the, ‘Why am I still not doing ____ yet?’ .
Last week I shared how talking in front of the camera felt weird (thanks guys, for being kind and patient with my ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’!) and how not editing the perfect photo kept me from posting. It actually kind of took over and I took an extended break from Instagram and Facebook because the thought of editing photos felt so overwhelming and paralyzing. BUT, I’m back and just want to have fun connecting with and encouraging you guys. It feels good to be back.
Resource: I’ve been tuning into @jennakutcher ’s podcast @goaldiggerpodcast on Spotify the last few weeks and loving every moment of it. If you fall into any of these categories, you can walk away encouraged and inspired for the week: creative, mom, girl boss, wedding planner, planner of any kind, dreamer, writer, humans-who-love-big… see? Lots of you 🙂 I recommend tuning in chronologically starting from the very first episode to really get the scope of Jenna’s journey as she develops and talks about things on her heart. Most of the episodes are interviews so there’s something for everyone. .
What is one area of your life can you show up to bring you one step closer to the good things you want to see happening in your life this week?
“I can’t think of a specific encounter that I had here.
But whenever I go to different neighborhoods or go to different festivals where I can learn about different backgrounds, I always feel so moved.
Honestly, doing Our Chicago Stories was really a wonderful experience. Hearing people’s stories and why they are here in Chicago really just showed me how much I love to hear other people’s stories and their lives.” @cece_mariaa
Photo : @rachel_loewen
Feeling kind of overwhelmed today, like I’m supposed to be doing so much more than I am to be successful. I just had surgery and am trying to heal, be the best mom and wife I can be, &manage my anxiety and haven’t had much time or energy for much else. I can’t wait to feel better and get out and shoot again! But even then, why do I feel like that’s not enough? Is it social media? Is it making me feel like in order to be enough I need to be raising multiple kids, dressing them in the most stylish clothes, take on a million talents and hobbies, stay in shape, not live in a basement, plan outings, cook and clean all while running a thriving business and making time for myself? I’m usually good at staying out of that mindset and not comparing. But today as I lay in bed resting and snuggling my baby after his doctors appointment, I’ve needed to remind myself a few extra times that no one 100% knows what they’re doing. We’re all just winging it and trying our best. I could say so much more about this, but I’ll end it here. When I sit back and think about what I AM doing, I realize it is enough. I’m happy. Staying constantly busy isn’t what I need right now. Today I just need to hold my baby, maybe edit a few pictures and hopefully take a shower. I’m fulfilled and I’m enough. :)
I haven't posted an illustration in a very long time, but this was a special one for a special friend, whom coincidently Im also related to! It reminded me that I need to make more time to draw and create! #illustation#ink#namewreath