Every week, we’re participating in #totalhonestytuesday, sharing the things we’d usually keep off of social media, and giving a little more insight into our real (and very un-perfect) lives. (And this week is particularly special, as the hashtag has been spreading, and getting some kind words in the press!)
Hopefully, in sharing these moments, we can all feel a little less pressure to appear a certain way online, and remember that everyone around us is much more than just the highlight reel we normally see.
And every Wednesday, we’re collecting stories shared on the hashtag here, so we can read them together and start our mid-week mornings with a little honesty.
assumptions. expectations. predictions. all synonyms & all things I must learn to discard. surrendering to what may be will allow heaviness to fall from me. my shoulders will lighten. I will be able to become bountiful. #totalhonestytuesday #explorekentucky #getoutkentucky | 222/365
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I have an unusually pretty picture for this #totalhonestytuesday, as I'm in Paris, which is unfortunately part of the problem. I love nothing more than my trips back here with Marc (or occasionally alone) where we can relive our lives and see our friends and frequent our favorite restaurants, essentially playing house for a week. Everyone who has lived abroad, I think, knows the feeling of being in a constant state of missing one place or the other, one community or the other. And though America is currently the place that holds our dreams and careers and the blocks to build our future, damn if it's hard not to be depressed thinking of all we are missing back here. We treasure our little moments with friends and family and this beautiful city, but enjoying them is hard in the moment when all you can remember is that you have to leave them in a week and go back to what is, for now, your "real life."
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#totalhonestytuesday I am constantly frustrated and disappointed in myself that no matter how hard I try I just cannot get myself to be a morning person. No matter what I do-register for a morning spin class, lay out my yoga mat, pick out my outfit the night before-I always end up hitting snooze and running out the door 2 minutes before my bus leaves. Trying hard to start accepting the fact that I'm just not that kind of driven person who needs an espresso and a morning run to get going. It makes me feel lazy but maybe that's not fair. Maybe I can enjoy my mornings in bed and still make the most of my days. I'm going to try that for a while instead of beating myself up every time I opt for 530 pm yoga instead of 630 am spin.
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I originally posted this to my blogs Instagram and then realized, by doing that, I was totally defeating the whole point of #totalhonestytuesday. I love everything about the financial diet and what @faganchelsea is doing for the world with her site, so here goes nothin: For the last few month I've spent my lunch breaks doing a little yoga at home (I'm lucky enough to live walking distance from work). Something very few of my friends (and even some family members) know about me is that I struggled with an eating disorder throughout all of high school, and a good chunk of college and grad school. It wasn't really until this last year that I finally started to feel comfortable in my own skin again – grateful for the amazing body that keeps me alive everyday, that allows me to run with friends and feel emotions and laugh and play and do all the amazing things it means to be human. In the spirit of total honesty Tuesday, I'm posting this photo in gratitude, that I've finally come to a place of acceptance with myself, but also as a way of recognizing there's a lot of room to grow still. ❤️ to all you folks out there, #lovethyself #bodypositive #totalhonesty #findyourstrong #loveyourbody #fitforlife (or at least I'm tryin)
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#totalhonestytuesday: I'm the only one in my family who isn't part of our family business. Being home means helping them out whenever I can. I'm torn because I sometimes find the extra chores and errands frustrating but I also know how much they deserve to have an extra hand helping out.
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I've always been really clumsy and I still feel like the kid with bruised legs to this day. Found out today that I fractured my elbow tripping over my own feet at an obstacle course race. My friends and family think I'm such a fool, but honestly, I wouldn't want to be any other way. #totalhonestytuesday
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This acquiring a visa business is no joke. Especially because at this point, it requires me to do one of my least favorite things–annoying people with frequent phone calls. I hate constantly calling people I need something from, but I have to get this taken care of. I prefer to be annoying in other ways, like telling dad jokes or tweeting High School Musical lyrics, but so far those skills haven't helped get my visa faster. Back to dialing. #totalhonestytuesday
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A picture of my hand, without my engagement ring. I lost that gorgeous ring more than 4 years ago, the day I bought my wedding dress. I bawled when I realized it was really gone, and still feel sad but never talk about it because I don't want to appear shallow or materialistic. I have other rings, and even other diamonds gifted by family when they found out, but I rarely wear them. It's my fault for not having it sized and insured, and I know the ring doesn't make the relationship. One day, when we have spare money again, it may be replaced. But still. #totalhonestytuesday #nofilter
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After a research of six months, in which you achieved the availability of copies of two rare texts (ones you got thanks to your own contacts, thank you), three national archives reviewed at it's last box and folder , hours and hours of reading and writing … And then the main researcher says "It's not enough work for what I pay for you" #historian #TotalHonestyTuesday #GoingNuts
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#totalhonestytuesday Now this is a hashtag I can get behind. Everything on Instagram is so pretty, life however, in reality, is not always pretty. So my #totalhonestytuesday is I'm freaking tired today. It's 7:48pm and I'm just finishing pasta, with jar sauce for dinner on this hideous stove. No Mom of the Year awards here folks. Or Prettiest Meal Award. Definitely Ugliest Kitchen Award though..1st place. And P.S. I really miss my old kitchen 🙁
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#TotalHonestyTuesday Middle age has honored me with THIS after being thin all my life. Unfortunately, I hate exercising and I live in a city full of narcissism. I'd prefer to look at this belly of mine with acceptance and love…like some one Rembrandt would've drawn in his study. I wish others would too.
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Ila new #totalhonestytuesday for @faganchelsea and #thefinancialdiet I always had a feeling that one day I'll write a book, or share something deeper n more meaningful with the world. Not sure what it is yet but I'm on the look out for new templates for a blog/website where I can be different kinds of creative then I am now. Words have always been my thing but I feel out of the game so I want to start practicing to write again 💓 #dreams #whynot #constantsearch
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#totalhonestytuesday I gave up on my "Book-A-Week Summer Reading Challenge" a week and a half into July. Currently reading my fourth book of the season, "Are You My Mother?" By @alisonbechdel. CC: @faganchelsea
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#totalhonestytuesday Sooo I've started writing a novel! I actually had the idea for the book in May and didn't really start until now. Like, yesterday. It's 2,500 words at this moment. And my writing is terrible. But I figure, I have years to rewrite it and edit it and rewrite it again. I just really, really love this plot idea and I want to put it down on paper, sort of just to prove to myself that I can finish something. I barely ever finish projects, so this is a big one for me. Or will be. If I finish it. Writing outside seems to be my most productive place, and NYC is beautiful tonight. @faganchelsea
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#totalhonestytuesday I've had these glasses packed in a box on my bedroom floor for about three months as I wait to find an apartment, so I can (finally) move out. The prospect of leaving overwhelmed me with excitement, but finding an apartment in NYC has taken much longer than I thought it would. Having this process be so drawn out feels a bit depressing, but I try to put it in perspective and remember it will happen soon when the time is right.
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#totalhonestytuesday aka 'How You Gonna Be Sad On Vacation?' so i'm at the shore with my family, and i'm really happy to be home in Jersey. but i've been super sad lately, like, a total fucking bummer. here is my sad, handwritten book where i put those feelings, instead of crying them Sammi Sweetheart style all over the boardwalk.
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Share your own honesty next week, and join the conversation.