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. Hopefully, in doing this, 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.
My first #totalhonestytuesday ! I absolutely love plants and flowers but do not possess the skill or interest to keep them alive for more than a week. My garden is completely overgrown with the weeds stifling out the produce's ability to grow. I have purchased plants that "you'll never be able to kill" from the greenhouse and they did not last long with me. I currently use my busy schedule as my excuse but it is something I hope to improve on this year. Disclaimer: the plants featured in this post are from the front of my house but I don't touch them for fear that I will kill them.
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#totalhonestytuesday Lauren made (amazing) blueberry muffins for the office today, and it made me think of how "being almost physically incapable of baking" is still a huge insecurity. That might sound silly, but baking is really just a distillation of every quality I don't have: patience, ability to follow direction to the letter, measurement, attention to detail. I'm a bit of a chaotic person, and being impatient is my biggest flaw, professionally and personally. This means that baking is always a disaster for me, and even savory dishes that I know how to make by heart I will barely salt because I'm so afraid of overdoing it and not finding out until I'm serving it. Being bad at baking means, for me, that I'm still impatient, and still too lazy to do things like measure out seasonings. If I can't wing it, I don't want to do it, and that's something I have to get over.
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Got to spend the day with my wonderful sister in Amsterdam ❤️ #totalhonestytuesday I didn't want to post this picture because I didnt feel I looked my "best". But I felt wonderful in that moment this picture was taken. I was happy, just had some wonderful snacks and I got to spend time with my sister after months of being apart. So what if my middle is a little mushy and my pants are a little tight. They got that way through lovely dinners with friends and romantic date nights with my love and I wouldn't change any of those moments. So here's to mushy middles, sibling reunions and posting the pictures anyway because life can be wonderful ❤️ #netherlands #maysinams #amsterdam #ownit
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#totalhonestytuesday: I come from a family of renters, used car buyers, and casserole-makers. I have grown up thinking that to struggle is to live. After getting my masters and starting my career, my wife has had to tell me repeatedly that it's okay for us to have nice things; to furnish our home in a way that's inviting; to want more for ourselves than what we had growing up. I am still getting used to the idea and it makes me feel uncomfortable and greedy and very privileged in comparison to my beginnings. But, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't overjoyed with the knowledge that each of our guests will have a bed when they visit in October! (That's you, @phelpster/@seizure_chavez, @katieaffhollaaa/@mikeaffholder, and @rossshellie!) #startedfromthebottom #🛌
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Travel is the time for me to splurge on the little things: nice dinner at posh restaurant, pretty pastries and desserts, that floppy hat I wouldn't have bought if I were at home. I tell myself it's ok since I'm traveling – it's not like I travel everyday! I can afford them, and I save all my money for travels anyway. But that's not exactly true. I spend on these little treats when I'm at home too. Nice meal and fancy teas for birthdays and celebrations and 'just because', little online purchases that do add up over time. I'm not as frugal as I let myself believe and definitely should be saving more. #totalhonestytuesday #travelstories #onthetable
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"He giving tree'd me out of existence" #totallyhonesttuesday. I cannot figure out dating for the life of me, or relationships. From the time I was 16, I was someone's something. It took me until I was 22 to realize that I didn't even know who I was. It took me another two years to figure out that the way to fix that wasn't to be someone else's something. This quote? It hits me so close to home because the men I fell for, loved, cared about, lusted after? They probably meant well, maybe, but they didn't care. I gave, and gave, and gave until I had nothing left. The chase was over, and I still hadn't figured out who I was. Being with them? It hadn't solved the issue. So now I'm 25, and on the way to gaining my life back, and falling in love with me, and I can't help but see this and feel the same. I don't want to share me. I'm afraid to share me. I fear still being the girl who's used, who allows herself to be used. I don't want to giving tree myself. I don't blame the men I've had relationships and not relationships with; they didn't know they were with someone who didn't love herself at the time. All the same, dating terrifies me still, and that's my totally honest Tuesday.
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#totalhonestytuesday A gift to help me de-stress after a long few weeks on a big project at work. It's important to learn to balance the details with the bigger picture. I worry I am too picky and detail-oriented, and the back and forth over small things can feel like going through a cheese grater. Sometimes your boss brining you fresh lavender helps to remind you to chill out and savor the good work you do by being so detailed. Not pictured: dirty office dishes 🙄
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Just casually making #bcaas for the crew in the hotel bathroom before #morningcardio #totalhonestytuesday today: we cardio so we can go to brunch. #healthyvacation #vacation #vegas #cardio #supplements #glutamine #squadgoals #pinklemonade #bartending? @stancesupplements @nutrishopglendora_westcovina @nutrishopusa
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Im not what you would call a natural traveller. I don't find it easy and this list may not compare to other peoples. But each of these places was a win, the vast majority i visited by myself. And I look forward to ticking some more off the list, at my own pace. #bulletjournal #totalhonestytuesday (a bit early)
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Share your own honesty next week, and join the conversation.