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The Parts We Choose to Share. (A Grateful Heart)

June 15, 2015

I don’t remember where or when I heard the term, Recovering Perfectionist, but it spoke to me enough to make me scribble it down on a loose gum wrapper in my purse and then tape it to my computer when I got home. (It has since moved into my book of quotes.) Perfection and the pressures we tend to put on ourselves has been a pretty big theme lately in blogland, on social media, and in real life conversations and it’s something I’ve wanted to write about for quite awhile.

I have read, seen, and heard a LOT of things lately about how people are sick and tired of other people supposedly attempting to prove that they live “perfect” lives by the things they have chosen to share – whether that be on social media, blogs, or actual conversations. But here is my question… is that necessarily what those people are actually doing? Or is that just how we, as viewers, have decided to perceive it? Is it possible that we are actually the ones putting some of these pressures on ourselves because we have fallen into the comparison trap? Comparison is a rotten, rotten thing and can sneak up in your mind without you even realizing it’s there. And then as if it weren’t rotten enough, it tricks you into thinking your feelings of inadequacy must be the result of that other person and how they are living  (Lies, guys. Lies.) The thing about social media and blogging is that we, as the readers and viewers, can only see what we’re given. On Instagram we see pretty photographs of filtered faces and places and little angel children, on blogs we see beautiful staged backgrounds and often times only-positive posts, and on Facebook we read happy announcements. And here’s what I think about all of that: IT’S OKAY.

Can we be recovering perfectionists without having to hashtag it in every pretty picture we post? Can we share happy posts and let them be just that, without throwing ourselves under some bus at the end of it to remind people we’re not living perfect lives? Can we celebrate all of the “perfect” moments without having to remind people that we are still honest and genuine? 

Surely we know that a person’s life is not perfect simply because they post a picture of a clean house, right? I think we’re smarter than that. If anyone thinks that my life is picture-perfect, let me tell you all the ways it’s not, mkay? What’s behind some of my filtered photos? Laundry. Lots of it. Piles of paper that need to be filed and yet sit on my desk because “I’m going to get to it soon!” Bad hair days and bad face days and bad mood days. Unbelievably sore muscles from a “light” workout because dang, I am so out of shape. (I literally need help sitting down.) And a whole lot of other things going on that I choose not to always share publicly. Just because I’m not sharing those things on a consistent basis though, doesn’t mean they’re not happening.Let’s keep in mind that no, we don’t see what’s beyond the lens… we, as readers/viewers, don’t know all of the story because believe it or not some of us do keep some things private and off of social media and blogs – and that’s okay. Our lives have many, many layers… and if we really stop and are honest about it – we know that even the most “perfect” of Instagram accounts are owned by people living lives very similar to our own. I think we need to remember that just because we’re not always blogging about those things, doesn’t mean we’re denying that we’re in the thick of it most days too. And no one should feel like they have to clarify this every time they share something happy for fear they might be judged by someone who perhaps does struggle with the rottenness of comparing, or feels they have the right to judge another person.

Life is a lot of balancing and learning and re-learning just how to balance it as it continues to change and evolve. We as readers and/or viewers should not assume we know it all simply because we’ve seen parts of it on a blog or social media account.

We share parts of our stories on here… but surely those stories are only parts of the chapters that make up our lives. There is beauty to be found in ALL of the stories, ALL of the chapters, ALL of the pictures…. the pretty ones with fake pink flowers (I do love fake pink flowers!) as well as the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Our lives are different… our paths are special… we all have a different story to share and that’s one of the best things about all of this. Picking apart someone’s chapter is not kind and assuming that we know a person’s whole story is silly.

DO YOU. Share the parts you want to share. Be grateful for all of your moments – the ones that are gross and the ones that are picture-perfect. Be kind to others, remembering that we each have a special story to share, in our own ways and timing.

Today, I am grateful for all of my moments. I am grateful for my life and having the opportunity to share certain parts of it. I am grateful for kind people who practice loving others, and most of all I am grateful for a King who reminds me of this one important rule, and who forgives me when I have forgotten.

 

What are you grateful for? 

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday! You can find the rules of this linkup here

 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey


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  • Praise for Emily! I absolutely have to comment on this. Anything we share on social media has to be done with some discernment. Especially when it comes to our families. One thing I have found in the past six months of blogging is the amount of “detail” that some folks give into their lives. If they are comfortable with that, like you said, that’s okay. Others are not though and that’s okay to. I remember writing one post of mine and it was a happy post, but what wasn’t seen was the huge argument I was in the midst of with my hubs. Would I have shared that, no, because that is private and my husband would not have appreciated it. Yet, the post would think I had it all together when in fact, the furthest from the truth. Not everything is what it appears to be. My final thought, I enjoy reading a glimpse into the heart of a writer/blogger, whether it is coming from “so called perfection” or from behind a mask. We really never know. Another “Emily’s finest” post to ponder one’s thoughts.

    • Thank you, Michelle!! And yes- that’s exactly what I meant when I said “behind the lens.” And all of those things are okay – I think most of us aren’t going to share every single detail and therefore, we should keep that in mind when we are reading, scrolling, and viewing too.

  • Could not love this anymore. Thank you for being so gosh darn inspirational– this is why you are one of my favorite bloggers ever!

  • Praise for Emily! I absolutely have to comment on this. Anything we share on social media has to be done with some discernment. Especially when it comes to our families. One thing I have found in the past six months of blogging is the amount of "detail" that some folks give into their lives. If they are comfortable with that, like you said, that's okay. Others are not though and that's okay to. I remember writing one post of mine and it was a happy post, but what wasn't seen was the huge argument I was in the midst of with my hubs. Would I have shared that, no, because that is private and my husband would not have appreciated it. Yet, the post would think I had it all together when in fact, the furthest from the truth. Not everything is what it appears to be. My final thought, I enjoy reading a glimpse into the heart of a writer/blogger, whether it is coming from "so called perfection" or from behind a mask. We really never know. Another "Emily's finest" post to ponder one's thoughts.

  • Could not love this anymore. Thank you for being so gosh darn inspirational– this is why you are one of my favorite bloggers ever!

  • Love this! And I have to ‘fess up….I’m one of those people that tend to think others’ lives are perfect based on their pretty edited photos. I tend to forget that real life exists just as much for them as it does for me. Thanks for giving me the perspective that I was missing out on. You won’t believe this but I have a post coming later this week or next week all about “You doing You”. As always thanks for sharing such great posts! XO

    • Oh, I have been right there with you too at times, Anne – and it just does not feel good, you know? I think it takes lots of self-control until it literally does change your heart and the way you look at things.

      XO!!

  • Love this! And I have to 'fess up….I'm one of those people that tend to think others' lives are perfect based on their pretty edited photos. I tend to forget that real life exists just as much for them as it does for me. Thanks for giving me the perspective that I was missing out on. You won't believe this but I have a post coming later this week or next week all about "You doing You". As always thanks for sharing such great posts! XO

  • Life is messy. True and intentional living can not be perfect all of the time. We may have perfect moments but it take a lot to get to that moment. It’s all about perspective and how we choose to view a situation. Such a thoughtful post and a great way to start a Monday!! XO

  • Life is messy. True and intentional living can not be perfect all of the time. We may have perfect moments but it take a lot to get to that moment. It's all about perspective and how we choose to view a situation. Such a thoughtful post and a great way to start a Monday!! XO

  • Holly

    Thank you so much for this! It’s something I really struggle with – sharing my life on my blog but wanting to keep some things private. I wish I could reach through my computer monitor and hug your neck. Thank you for your words and sharing your heart today! It was just what I needed to hear!

  • This reminds me of the quote, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. I’ve recently been thinking about the balancing act of being transparent online without sharing things that my husband and/or children might not appreciate me sharing (maybe I’m crazy but I think about what they’ll read on the internet later in their lives even though they’re 2 and 2 weeks right now!). Thank you for the reminder that whatever I choose to share is ok – that I have no standards to meet except my own! And if someone else shares more than I would, that’s ok too. I hope you have a fantastic week!

    • I think about that all the time, I hear you! Thanks for this note, Jana 🙂

  • Holly

    Thank you so much for this! It's something I really struggle with – sharing my life on my blog but wanting to keep some things private. I wish I could reach through my computer monitor and hug your neck. Thank you for your words and sharing your heart today! It was just what I needed to hear!

  • This reminds me of the quote, 'Comparison is the thief of joy'. I've recently been thinking about the balancing act of being transparent online without sharing things that my husband and/or children might not appreciate me sharing (maybe I'm crazy but I think about what they'll read on the internet later in their lives even though they're 2 and 2 weeks right now!). Thank you for the reminder that whatever I choose to share is ok – that I have no standards to meet except my own! And if someone else shares more than I would, that's ok too. I hope you have a fantastic week!

  • Em you’re speaking my love language, child! It’s so easy to get caught up in the comparison game. Sometimes I feel like I’m the weird one because I really don’t care if my room is as pretty as hers. Or if my house is as chic as hers. Or is my hair looks as coif as hers. So sometimes I feel weird because I’m not trying to share only the good. I feel like I tend to share a little too much real stuff lol!! Love you so much and I’m so grateful that you’re all about that bad hair day, dirty laundry, and sharing the good/bad/ugly with us 🙂

    • Details are fun, as is dreaming, but I think when we start to try and define someone else’s life vs. simply love them, that’s when we make it messy. (We totally do it to ourselves! Obviously the media doesn’t help – that’s a whole other post – but we still have control over our own minds and what we spend our time focusing on.)

  • Em you're speaking my love language, child! It's so easy to get caught up in the comparison game. Sometimes I feel like I'm the weird one because I really don't care if my room is as pretty as hers. Or if my house is as chic as hers. Or is my hair looks as coif as hers. So sometimes I feel weird because I'm not trying to share only the good. I feel like I tend to share a little too much real stuff lol!! Love you so much and I'm so grateful that you're all about that bad hair day, dirty laundry, and sharing the good/bad/ugly with us 🙂

  • Ashley Spykerman

    Hello! I found your blog through Michelle at Grammie Time and I so love reading your posts. This is a great post and it applies to anyone who is on social media. Most of us don’t want to share the ugly parts of our life (which is fine!) , but it is worth remembering that others are doing the same thing. I agree that it is such a blessing to be content with all that we have been given. No need to worry about how “perfect” anyone else’s life looks, because everyone has struggles. You are a lovely blogger and I look forward to reading more from you!

  • Ashley Spykerman

    Hello! I found your blog through Michelle at Grammie Time and I so love reading your posts. This is a great post and it applies to anyone who is on social media. Most of us don't want to share the ugly parts of our life (which is fine!) , but it is worth remembering that others are doing the same thing. I agree that it is such a blessing to be content with all that we have been given. No need to worry about how "perfect" anyone else's life looks, because everyone has struggles. You are a lovely blogger and I look forward to reading more from you!

  • I really like your point of view here, Emily. In the past I found myself comparing other people’s relationships, jobs, vacations, etc. to myself and I was miserable. I try not to “brag” on social media or keep up with the Jones, but at the same time I refuse to silence our victories or fun times! Definitely something to keep in mind going forward in this social media-motivated world 🙂

    • Thanks, Audrey. I think focusing on loving others vs. trying to dissect parts of their lives is the key. At least, that’s what has helped me 🙂

  • I really like your point of view here, Emily. In the past I found myself comparing other people's relationships, jobs, vacations, etc. to myself and I was miserable. I try not to "brag" on social media or keep up with the Jones, but at the same time I refuse to silence our victories or fun times! Definitely something to keep in mind going forward in this social media-motivated world 🙂

  • I absolutely love[d] this post. I read something yesterday that was very negative about how people share things online and their overall perceptions in general of pinterest and instagram posters. Your post hit the nail on the head. Comparisons can be a nasty game of chasing something that is just not worth it. Easier to be the critic than the fan? No idea. But this was just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you!

    • Love what you said, Ann!! It’s in those times I stop reading for awhile and just get back to writing 😉

  • I absolutely love[d] this post. I read something yesterday that was very negative about how people share things online and their overall perceptions in general of pinterest and instagram posters. Your post hit the nail on the head. Comparisons can be a nasty game of chasing something that is just not worth it. Easier to be the critic than the fan? No idea. But this was just what I needed to read this morning. Thank you!

  • I so agree with this!! I like to think I am very authentic and transparent in my postings, but I also know that I don’t want to share every little nitty gritty detail of my life, and sometimes that means editing out certain things, it doesn’t make me any less honest, it’s just me having a line I won’t cross in my online presence 🙂

  • I so agree with this!! I like to think I am very authentic and transparent in my postings, but I also know that I don't want to share every little nitty gritty detail of my life, and sometimes that means editing out certain things, it doesn't make me any less honest, it's just me having a line I won't cross in my online presence 🙂

  • Emily, I call myself a recovering perfectionist! I left a comment on someone’s blog right before this using that term! Haha. I love this post because I needed it (because I am a recovering perfectionist). I sometimes worry about what I share…I can’t share everything for a few reasons so sometimes I have to be vague. I had someone get upset with me for that so since then I have tried to continue to be myself and share (with boundaries) but I have fallen into the trap over explaining and worrying. I have felt misunderstood and it is always, always, always a good thing when I am reminded that everyone has a story that is layered and complicated. It is sometimes scary to me to consider how much we put on the internet because the more a person talks or writes, the more likely it is that one can make a mistake (and I know I have made them). I don’t want to want to hurt anyone. I love the idea of celebrating with others when things are happy and grieving when they aren’t.

    • Lady, you just send that someone over here to this post! 😉 It’s okay to be misunderstood by people who don’t take the time to understand, or for anyone who might not agree with what you say. And that’s the thing that I think we ‘recovering perfectionists’ struggle with – accepting the fact that not everyone will understand what we’re trying to say, and not everyone will like us. (*raising hand*) The more I let go though and “do me” – the easier it gets 🙂 XO

  • Emily, I call myself a recovering perfectionist! I left a comment on someone's blog right before this using that term! Haha. I love this post because I needed it (because I am a recovering perfectionist). I sometimes worry about what I share…I can't share everything for a few reasons so sometimes I have to be vague. I had someone get upset with me for that so since then I have tried to continue to be myself and share (with boundaries) but I have fallen into the trap over explaining and worrying. I have felt misunderstood and it is always, always, always a good thing when I am reminded that everyone has a story that is layered and complicated. It is sometimes scary to me to consider how much we put on the internet because the more a person talks or writes, the more likely it is that one can make a mistake (and I know I have made them). I don't want to want to hurt anyone. I love the idea of celebrating with others when things are happy and grieving when they aren't.

  • This. This is sooooo good. While I am all about the #nofilter I love what you have to say. It is about how we are looking at things. If people really think my life is perfect they are the ones that are cray cray. {Not that I have ever been one of those cray cray people myself.} You are one of my most favorites – messy life and all! Xo!

  • This. This is sooooo good. While I am all about the #nofilter I love what you have to say. It is about how we are looking at things. If people really think my life is perfect they are the ones that are cray cray. {Not that I have ever been one of those cray cray people myself.} You are one of my most favorites – messy life and all! Xo!

  • Beautiful post and I completely agree – I don’t think the writers of posts intend to ‘mislead’ the readers to think that their lives are perfect, I think that as readers we sometimes feel envious of the little parts of someone’s life we see and make big assumptions, which only makes us feel like our lives are lacking something. You said it better than I could have!

  • Beautiful post and I completely agree – I don't think the writers of posts intend to 'mislead' the readers to think that their lives are perfect, I think that as readers we sometimes feel envious of the little parts of someone's life we see and make big assumptions, which only makes us feel like our lives are lacking something. You said it better than I could have!

  • This is a beautiful post. It’s so important that we don’t compare our “worst” to somebody else’s “best”. It’s not healthy.

  • This is a beautiful post. It's so important that we don't compare our "worst" to somebody else's "best". It's not healthy.

  • 1. This picture is hilarious and awesome and I love you for sharing it.
    2. Yes!! I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately — how it seems like the social media world swings from flawless to messy and back again without ever just letting life be life. Sometimes there are beautiful moments, and sometimes messy ones, and sometimes terrible/mundane/boring/fun moments. It doesn’t always have to be one or the other.

    • It’s so hard to “share it all” (even when we want to) with a few pictures or recaps! Our lives are much more complex than that 🙂 (And in the best way.)

  • 1. This picture is hilarious and awesome and I love you for sharing it.
    2. Yes!! I've been thinking about this a lot lately — how it seems like the social media world swings from flawless to messy and back again without ever just letting life be life. Sometimes there are beautiful moments, and sometimes messy ones, and sometimes terrible/mundane/boring/fun moments. It doesn't always have to be one or the other.

  • Jae

    Cheers to one of the most genuine persons I know.

  • Jae

    Cheers to one of the most genuine persons I know.

  • YESSSSS. 🙌 This is so good.

  • YESSSSS. 🙌 This is so good.

  • Yes. Yes. Yes. Love this. While I try to be vulnerable and real, we all need to remember that there is a difference between social media and real life. No matter how vulnerable we are.

  • Yes. Yes. Yes. Love this. While I try to be vulnerable and real, we all need to remember that there is a difference between social media and real life. No matter how vulnerable we are.

  • “Do You.” That’s really everything. The comparison game is so dumb yet so easy to get sucked in to. 100% agree with everything you said!

    • Yes! So easy to get sucked into if we’re not present about what we’re allowing ourselves to think about all day.

  • "Do You." That's really everything. The comparison game is so dumb yet so easy to get sucked in to. 100% agree with everything you said!

  • YES YES YES. This is awesome Emily. And so true. I too, believe that we are in control of our own perceptions. Besides that, if another blogger irritates you with their perceived ‘perfection’, stop reading their blog! These are all choices we make. Too often it seems like personal accountability has gone down the proverbial toilet.

    I’m all for owning our own thoughts and actions, good or bad.

    There are HUGE parts of my life that I don’t share on my website. It’s intentional of course. But that’s okay, because we all create spaces the way we want. There’s nothing wrong with that.

    Brilliant post.

    xx
    V

    • Thank you, V!! Yes, I agree with you- I have always thought that as well: if I’m not enjoying a blog or social media account, I have the power to not visit it anymore. Choices – ones WE are in control of, no one else. I’m not surprised you and I are on the same page here! 😉

  • YES YES YES. This is awesome Emily. And so true. I too, believe that we are in control of our own perceptions. Besides that, if another blogger irritates you with their perceived 'perfection', stop reading their blog! These are all choices we make. Too often it seems like personal accountability has gone down the proverbial toilet.

    I'm all for owning our own thoughts and actions, good or bad.

    There are HUGE parts of my life that I don't share on my website. It's intentional of course. But that's okay, because we all create spaces the way we want. There's nothing wrong with that.

    Brilliant post.

    xx
    V

  • Perfectly put :o)

  • This is all so spot on! I feel like sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with my blog because there’s this pressure to only post positive, happy life stuff. But what about the bad stuff, or the things that make me cry and feel awful? I never post about that stuff. Facebook is the same way. It’s so strange, isn’t it? Thanks for this post, lady. I had a rough night and it’s just what I needed to read this morning!

    • I’m so sorry for your rough night! Glad you found this reminder just when you needed it 🙂 xoxo

  • This is all so spot on! I feel like sometimes I have a hard time keeping up with my blog because there's this pressure to only post positive, happy life stuff. But what about the bad stuff, or the things that make me cry and feel awful? I never post about that stuff. Facebook is the same way. It's so strange, isn't it? Thanks for this post, lady. I had a rough night and it's just what I needed to read this morning!

  • Yes. This is exactly how I am feeling today. You write what needs to be on all our hearts. XO

  • Yes. This is exactly how I am feeling today. You write what needs to be on all our hearts. XO

  • What a great perspective and a reminder! Just because all we see are positive moments from someone doesn’t mean they don’t have bad ones too, and maybe we need to tell ourselves that more often than judge the “perfect” blogger/Instagrammer. #nailedit

  • What a great perspective and a reminder! Just because all we see are positive moments from someone doesn't mean they don't have bad ones too, and maybe we need to tell ourselves that more often than judge the "perfect" blogger/Instagrammer. #nailedit

  • I’m a recovering perfectionist too. Actually I just realized I was a perfectionist about 6 months ago. It has helped me understand how to move past it. In fact, my blog was started all because my life is sooooo not perfect and I was tired of pretending that it was.

    I do think that some times it’s emotionally hard to separate the fantasy from reality when it comes to social media. Even though we know those people’s lives aren’t perfect, it’s hard to not have an immediate emotional reaction when seeing a perfectly poised picture or story about someone else on the internet.

    • I know what you’re saying – I think our reaction can be one of taking notice of something we like or being inspired by someone’s design or ideas vs. comparing them to our own lives. Changing our thoughts though when we view those things can be done! 🙂

  • I'm a recovering perfectionist too. Actually I just realized I was a perfectionist about 6 months ago. It has helped me understand how to move past it. In fact, my blog was started all because my life is sooooo not perfect and I was tired of pretending that it was.

    I do think that some times it's emotionally hard to separate the fantasy from reality when it comes to social media. Even though we know those people's lives aren't perfect, it's hard to not have an immediate emotional reaction when seeing a perfectly poised picture or story about someone else on the internet.

  • I know what you're saying – I think our reaction can be one of taking notice of something we like or being inspired by someone's design or ideas vs. comparing them to our own lives. Changing our thoughts though when we view those things can be done! 🙂

  • Exactly! 🙂 Thanks, lady!!

  • XO! 🙂

  • I'm so sorry for your rough night! Glad you found this reminder just when you needed it 🙂 xoxo

  • Thank you, V!! Yes, I agree with you- I have always thought that as well: if I'm not enjoying a blog or social media account, I have the power to not visit it anymore. Choices – ones WE are in control of, no one else. I'm not surprised you and I are on the same page here! 😉

  • Yes! So easy to get sucked into if we're not present about what we're allowing ourselves to think about all day.

  • Thanks, lady! 🙂 So glad others "get this" too

  • oh, Jae. Your comments always make me smile! Thank you!

  • It's so hard to "share it all" (even when we want to) with a few pictures or recaps! Our lives are much more complex than that 🙂 (And in the best way.)

  • Amen, lady!

  • You said it perfectly!! AGREED! 🙂

  • haha! Ditto, Jamie!! 🙂

  • Lady, you just send that someone over here to this post! 😉 It's okay to be misunderstood by people who don't take the time to understand, or for anyone who might not agree with what you say. And that's the thing that I think we 'recovering perfectionists' struggle with – accepting the fact that not everyone will understand what we're trying to say, and not everyone will like us. (*raising hand*) The more I let go though and "do me" – the easier it gets 🙂 XO

  • Exactly, Meghan!

  • Love what you said, Ann!! It's in those times I stop reading for awhile and just get back to writing 😉

  • Thanks, Audrey. I think focusing on loving others vs. trying to dissect parts of their lives is the key. At least, that's what has helped me 🙂

  • Hi Ashley! I'm so glad you stopped by; thank you for this note!! 🙂

  • Details are fun, as is dreaming, but I think when we start to try and define someone else's life vs. simply love them, that's when we make it messy. (We totally do it to ourselves! Obviously the media doesn't help – that's a whole other post – but we still have control over our own minds and what we spend our time focusing on.)

  • I think about that all the time, I hear you! Thanks for this note, Jana 🙂

  • aw!! 🙂 So glad you stopped by, Holly!!

  • Oh, I have been right there with you too at times, Anne – and it just does not feel good, you know? I think it takes lots of self-control until it literally does change your heart and the way you look at things.

    XO!!

  • Wonderfully said! (Although I'm not surprised!) 🙂 XO!

  • Make my day, lady. XOXO. Thank you!

  • Thank you, Michelle!! And yes- that's exactly what I meant when I said "behind the lens." And all of those things are okay – I think most of us aren't going to share every single detail and therefore, we should keep that in mind when we are reading, scrolling, and viewing too.

  • Jae

    You know I ain't talking crap. 🙂 <3

  • ha! I know it! 😉

  • So good, Emily! It’s challenging at times to decide what to share and what to keep private…what to stage and when it’s okay to leave laundry in the background.

  • So good, Emily! It's challenging at times to decide what to share and what to keep private…what to stage and when it's okay to leave laundry in the background.

  • ha! Totally 🙂 You gotta mix it up a bit, right?!

  • I thought I commented on this! OOPS. I agree with what Catherine said- it can be a challenge to find the balance of what we should and should not share. It’s so key to appreciate all the moments and just ride the wave of life even when it isn’t perfect

  • I thought I commented on this! OOPS. I agree with what Catherine said- it can be a challenge to find the balance of what we should and should not share. It's so key to appreciate all the moments and just ride the wave of life even when it isn't perfect

  • Agreed! 🙂

  • Hey, Emily!
    I LOVE linking up with this link-up, but I have recently started doing my own series on Mondays. They would fit in ok with this link-up, but I didn’t know if it was ok to link-up still, since its not an exact “grateful heart” post. Know what I mean? It’s ok if you’d rather me not link up. Just let me know.

    • Hey Kristin! 🙂 There are only two “rules” to the Grateful Heart linkup- the topic must be about something you’re grateful for (in so many words) and you must make mention of/link back to this linkup in your post (so that others can be introduced and join too) – that’s it! 🙂

  • Hey, Emily!
    I LOVE linking up with this link-up, but I have recently started doing my own series on Mondays. They would fit in ok with this link-up, but I didn't know if it was ok to link-up still, since its not an exact "grateful heart" post. Know what I mean? It's ok if you'd rather me not link up. Just let me know.

  • Hey Kristin! 🙂 There are only two "rules" to the Grateful Heart linkup- the topic must be about something you're grateful for (in so many words) and you must make mention of/link back to this linkup in your post (so that others can be introduced and join too) – that's it! 🙂