The Highlight reel

Friday, July 17, 2015

I went to one of those painting classes where they show you a painting and then proceed to have you remake it, but obviously with your own flair. I had a blast, and my painting turned out pretty awesome If I do say so myself.

 My women's group at church hosted and we were all sitting around chatting, and I got one of the sweetest compliments ever.
I had been talking about how hard this summer had been, and for me it just hasn't been much fun yet. I didn't go into much detail, and the subject changed and a little while later is when I got my compliment.
She told me she didn't know how I did it all, that I always had pretty hair and my kids are always so well behaved. I graciously accepted the compliment and for the past few days it has been stuck in my head.
Here's just what I wish I had told her-
Y'all I don't do it all. Not even close. I am a hot mess a lot of the time. I sometimes yell at my kids. I get frustrated with my husband occasionally. I have a messy house a lot of the time. I always have laundry to do. Something always needs to be cleaned. I don't shower some days because sleep trumps showering. My kids fight, and I lose my cool. That's just real life.
 I don't ever want it to seem like my life is fake or it's something I've staged. I want it to be real, genuine. I want this blog to show you about my life- all of it.
The good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly.
Do I want to show my highlight reel? ABSOLUTELY.
But I also don't want my life to seem all sunshine and roses because life is hard. Being a mama is hard, and being a stay at home mama is incredibly hard.

I think social media has made it so easy for us to believe that people have better lives, when the fact is everybody is showing their highlight reel. Is that awesome? Totally! I want to see the highlights, but I also don't want staged and fake.


#reallife




10 comments:

  1. This is why you are one of the few military spouses I love. I can feel the honesty and realness in your posts. No one is perfect. I've rode the hot mess express for years and the stories are pretty funny but not pretty lol. People can suck it if they don't like it tho!! Keep being you doll!! Thank god you're normal and around the blogging world!!! Xxooo

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    1. You are awesome. :) Yep- I'm all about telling it like it really is! The "hot mess express" ha ha soooo good!

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  2. Yes!!! I want to see real people and that includes the good and the bad times.

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  3. Hey, it's ok!! And don't be so hard on yourself...! I can't imagine raising 4 kids, you're doing a great job, even if your house is messy and laundry needs to be done...! Hugs xxx

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    1. Ha ha laundry all day every day :) lol

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  4. I love this post Alia, and I don't think people can be reminded enough that all we usually see is the highlight reel of people's lives. I think it's super important to remember that if you're going to use social media you have to keep in mind that everyone has their own issues on different days, even if we're only seeing the good stuff.

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    1. Thanks Erica! I love seeing the good stuff, I just want to see the real stuff too :)

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  5. Yes, being real is important to me. Hence my blog name. I'll air my laundry, good AND bad.

    And I love your painting.

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    1. THANK YOU! I was so stinking proud of that painting! lol

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