“Both of us can’t look good at the same time. It’s either me or the house.” – Mumprobems101
When you scroll through your Instagram, what are some of the pictures you come across? Perfectly made beds. Kids dressed and matching head to toe. White and neutral colors everywhere. Beautiful flowers in every vase and not a toy in sight. Sound familiar?
Over the years, I have found myself both drawn to these picturesque accounts and completely envious of their life. My mom life has never looked like this and I don’t know if it ever will!
Beds are halfway made, if at all. The living room stays clean for .5 seconds, the exact seconds after I have cleaned it. Our furniture doesn’t all match and almost nothing is neutral. My daughter doesn’t always match because you have to pick your battles. We haven’t taken a vacation in 10 years. And guess what? I am okay with it.
When I started this blog, one of my main goals was to be honest about motherhood from my experiences. It isn’t always rainbows and sunshine. In fact, a lot of the time it is filled with time outs, the TV and a happy meal.
See, if you had asked me a few months ago if this made me feel inadequate I would have 100% said yes. I have had more days than I care to admit where I have felt not good enough because I do not have beautiful white photos of my little family.
Most of the time, our crafts from Pinterest look nothing like what they are supposed to. But you know what? My daughter loves doing crafts with me and doesn’t care one bit what they look like.
2018 for me has been all about embracing my journey in motherhood and loving where I am at in my life. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” I am learning that just because my life may not look like the picture perfect Instagram posts we see everyday, it’s okay because I am doing the best that I can in this moment.
Mamas, we need to stop comparing ourselves to others! Seriously, just stop. It’s okay if you have toys all over the place. It’s okay if you have dishes in the sink. It’s okay if you let your children watch a TV show so you can read your book in peace. Embrace who you are and stop feeling bad for not being “perfect”. Let’s face it, there is no such thing.
Everyone has messy moments in motherhood and in life, some people just choose not to show the world those moments. You are doing a great job Mama. Go love on those babies and know you are worthy and you are enough!
Do you ever find yourself feeling bad when you see those picture perfect Instagram accounts? I would love to hear from you! XOXO