“Authenticity ranks terribly high on Jesus’s list of required attributes. It’s not how good we are that counts but how truthful we are about how good we’re not.” – Jen Hatmaker
So I am going to start this post by just simply letting you (and myself) bask in the glory that is this statement. Authenticity is something I want to champion on my blog and in my life. I don’t know about you (and maybe I’m operating under a tinge of jealousy these days, if we’re being real), but when I scroll through my Instagram feed these days, I often ask myself, does the woman with a six pack telling me that I, too, can have a six pack after two babies ever just want to go to Dairy Queen? Or just eat because eating is fun? Does the woman who just ran ten miles and got her leg day lifting in on the same day ever have an air compressor crisis that calls her husband away from the home and to Menard’s three different times in one day? I love refreshing social media posts, and I gravitate toward authentic people. I want to be an authentic person. Friends, this mama has been riding the struggle bus trying to find a routine post-the big move. And then whose great idea was it to sign up for a half marathon in the midst of all of this madness? Yep, that would be me.
Truth? I haven’t even wanted to write a blog post in a while. Even more truth? Because I really haven’t worn much of anything besides tees and running shorts for about a month. Oh yeah, there was one time I dressed up for my sister’s bridal shower . . .
|Dress from Twirl Boutique in Cedar Falls. Cute baby by Jordan and Heather.|
|Sisters minus one plus the angel baby (again). One in the middle is Mallory, the one getting hitched. The one of the right is Ashley, my co-maid of honor.|
and another time I dressed up for the one date night I’ve been on in the past two months. Want even more truth? I planned a post on pairing a blazer with denim cut-off shorts, and I could not bring myself to post the pictures. In my eyes, the pictures were horrid. And no, I’m not fishing for compliments – I’m just telling you my truth.
So, though I don’t have anything fashion-related to say at the moment, I have been working on my style. My home decor style. I took a quiz on Pinterest a while ago, and the style I got was “rustic glam.” In other words, I like woodsy, rough accents and glittery objects, too. Kind of different, but I would say the quiz was pretty accurate. In talking with some friends lately, I realized that decorating your home is a lot like planning an outfit. You want pieces to match, and you want an outfit and decor scheme that are unique to your style just like you want cohesiveness in the pieces you choose to put in your living room. There needs to be harmony in an outfit just like in your living room decor. So here’s what I’ve been styling lately.
Here is the “before” picture of my main living room wall before we moved in.
|Still trying to decide what to put in the floor vase (see fake plants on the couch). Pay no attention to the creepy dog… Laziest dog you’ll ever meet, but when there’s picture taking involved, he perks up for some reason!|