I’ve been thinking a lot about the image I portray on my blog. My goal is and always has been to keep this a positive place for both myself and my readers. However, life isn’t perfect and neither am I. I have lots of flaws just like everyone else – I can be super impulsive, I tend to get upset easily, I often have a super short attention span, etc. I’m human!
It’s true – I’m naturally very outgoing and bubbly. I have been all my life. I love laughing and getting to know people. However, no one can be that way 100% of the time. It’s just not possible!
With that being said, I’m coming to realize that blogs can be a bit deceiving. I’m not saying that all bloggers purposefully try to paint a rosy picture of their lives. There are lots of bloggers who are very honest and genuine, and I really appreciate that. Personally, I feel like I’m somewhere in between. I just figure that no one wants to hear about my crappy days or moments, but I’m slowly realizing that if I want my blog to be a true reflection of who I am, I have to show all sides of myself.
I’m going to kick this “being real” thing off by sharing the 3 things I am not. I figure I’m not the only one out there who isn’t perfect!
1. I am not patient. In fact, I am whatever is the very opposite of patient. My mom was actually joking about my lack of patience this weekend. She said that she could totally see me rushing everyone and everything at my wedding ceremonies because they won’t be moving fast enough for me. You are so right, mom! It’s sad, but I can totally see that too.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not proud of the fact that I get a burning desire to yell at people who walk slow, talk slow, drive slow, etc. Or that I can’t stand it when people have to tell me every last detail of their story before getting to the point. I lack patience in many areas of my life, but I’m working on it. I promise.
2. I am not always positive. Gasp! If you are a regular or semi-regular reader, you may not believe me, but it’s true. I actually have to work at not being negative.
In the past, my gut instinct was to automatically think about the worse case or what if scenarios. Vishnu is actually the one who showed me that that is no way to live. He made me realize that I wasn’t fully appreciating all of the great things in my life because I was constantly waiting for the next bad thing to happen.
One of the reasons I even started a blog was to show others that we can choose to be positive and happy – it’s all about your mindset. And again, I’m not a super positive person all the time, but I have come to learn that 95% of the time there’s a silver lining. Sometimes you just have to work really hard to find it.
3. I am not always a healthy eater. I do not, I repeat do not, blog about everything I eat. It’s not my style. And while it’s true that I post recipes and make food that is on the healthy side, I also don’t hide the fact that I love chocolate, cheese, cookies, ice cream, etc. I try to stick to the 90/10 rule during the week and the 80/20 rule during the weekend.
A lot of people assume that spinach is my favorite food. Um…no way! I love creating and eating nutritious and healthy meals because of the way they make me feel. But I also love Coffee Oreo ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies, and cheesy enchiladas. It’s all about balance, people!
It’s a beautiful thing to see yourself as a great person and to try to help others see themselves in the same way. But it’s equally as important to own up to the things you aren’t and to be honest about them. After all, perfect is boring!