Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Keeping it Real

Oh my goodness....After looking at Pinterest  I sometimes walk away thinking my stuff sucks.  With all the pretty things- beautiful homes, perfect bodies (despite all the fattening treats shown!), perfect makeup and nails (which I could never have time for in my wildest dreams), creativity and projects- I feel like what I have is crap!  Has that ever happened to you?
dramatic gray
(My master bedroom has not been this clean and put together since...ever.  LOL)
(I had my nails done professionally and found it was a waste of money. I couldn't do a thing with those long nails! It's a pretty look but I am far to practical a person to keep up with something like this.  For a holiday or special occasion only in my life)

And that's a terrible way to think because I have a nice home in a beautiful historic circle, a good job, a wonderful, talented, super sweet, sexy, funny,supportive husband who also happens to be my best friend (who also has a good job and is hard working), a grown son whom I could not be more proud of (taking after his father in all the best ways as mentioned above), 2 beautiful dogs who are my little fur-babies (keeping me warm on cold days and  SUCH a joy to cuddle have in my life), not to mention family and friends who love me!  I generally have an optimistic attitude and am a positive person.

So what is it about that make-believe land called Pinterest that is SO captivating?  I think it's like the ideal world in my head.  The one that will never happen because this is real life and there are bills to pay, deadlines to make, people that are sick and needy in my job (which is a good job that I am lucky to have but can also be draining and stressful just like any other).  Quite frankly there are bad moods to be dealt with, days when I wish I could stay in my pajamas but can't, click link: (Today I don't feel like doing anything) sleepless nights over this or that.  There's dinner to be made when your missing that one ingredient, days when you can't find your car keys and days when your dog poops on the floor, you forgot to pick up your prescription, the car breaks, I could go on.

(always in the middle of nowhere!)

I love Pinterest.  I love reading blogs.  I'm not going to stop because it really is a fun past time.  I've learned a lot from reading others blogs and for the most part they do motivate me in a positive, uplifting way.

But today I am reminded that it's not all the materialistic things that make one happy in life.  I'm not going to make a perfect meal every night.

Sometimes it's going to be (vegetarian) sloppy joes  and potato chips.  Money and things do not buy happiness.  I've had jobs where I made quite a lot of money and was stressed out to the max.  I chose to live a simpler life, make less money and do a job I feel really good about in home health nursing.  I'm blessed to know my patients as people and not just room numbers.  I'm lucky to have them let me into their homes and lives and allow me to be a part of their fears and share an intimate part of their world in the end of their days (I am a hospice nurse). I'm not just working.  I'm making memories.  I'm touching peoples lives and they are touching mine.  There's no such thing as having your cake and eating it too.  Even celebrities and rich people have to work for their money and at what cost?

I'm going to start reflecting on finding happiness in the little things in my Pinterest posts a little more.  I do hope you will continue to follow me and that you will find a little inspiration the best ways.  Because it's all about making the best of what you've got and being appreciative for the blessings that have been bestowed upon you every single day.

From my heart to yours,

We should all listen to the wise words of Mr. Rogers and change our ideas of the word "success."  The world would be such a happier place.

“The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others.” 

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