You guys who hang out with me know I’ve been feeling a little bit worn out lately. For the past couple of months I’ve been examining all the things I pour my time into and testing them to see if I’ll continue to do the same things.
Things like my social media because I spend time there and time spent is gone forever ya know? Today I wanted to talk about Pinterest and the perfection trap. Do you have a minute?
When I started using Pinterest I used it as an online inspiration board. Before Pinterest I had cork board covering a double closet door and I tacked up fabric samples, magazine photos, bits of ribbon, paint chips…you get the picture. Those closet doors were the jumping off point for my creativity. I loved adding color combos and pictures of rooms and projects. When Pinterest came along I jumped in making boards full of things that inspire me.
But last year I heard a couple of people say this: “Their house is a Pinterest house it’s perfect” and “they had a Pinterest party for their 2 year old.” It kinda made me sad because peeps, doesn’t that make you tired…trying to have a perfect house, throwing perfect parties…doing things that are Pinterest worthy?
Just the thought of it makes me exhausted.
I think at some point after Pinterest started getting enormous, it went from being a source of inspiration to being a gold standard for a lot of women. If there have been times you’ve been on Pinterest and felt less-than about your own home or clothes or figure you may be one of those women. I’ve been one and I suspect most of us have at one time or another but I also suspect that we’re weary of it. Life is not perfect and joy comes when we find contentment right where we are.
As I thought about this I came to the conclusion that using it all depends on our mindset. If it causes me to strive for perfection then it’s a poor use of my time but if I use it for inspiration, Pinterest can be a springboard for creativity. Here’s what I mean…My board All Things Winter, gives me so much joy and a sense season looking at those icy winter images…
The pins are for the most part images, ideas and recipes that inspire. With the exception of recipes, I rarely do the exact thing I see on Pinterest. I don’t put that much pressure on myself to have the perfect party, the perfect house, the perfect DIY project. I simply use my Pinterest boards to give me a bit of a jump start. I can look at a kitchen like this one (here) and appreciate it while sometimes taking away a small idea. In this case I made an ivy topiary. It was inexpensive and made me so happy last winter …
For me, Pinterest is a whisper of inspiration and I’ll continue to spend a bit of my time there as long as I don’t fall into the “Perfect Pinterest” trap.
How about you…are you on Pinterest? Tell me what you think about it~
Sending love my sweet friends