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.
#totalhonestytuesday I walked home after picking up my CSA yesterday with a haul that included FOUR (4!) melons, and I thought, "what the hell am I going to do with this all??" I've found that, over the course of the summer, it's been difficult to meal plan around such a massive amount of vegetables, it's time consuming, and much more food has gone to waste than I ever thought…and there's nothing I hate more than wasted food 😞
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#totalhonestytuesday I got rejected from two job opportunities in one day: one aimed for professional development and helping pay the expensive DC bills; the other to just pay the bills. I have a final project for a class that I have been peripherally giving my attention to and I've barely started the project and it feels like I've not done grad school the right way. Previously I've shared my successes (academic, professional and personal) and what scares me is sharing the parts of my life on which I call out myself for being inadequate…now there's a lot of stuff here that I'm processing, have processed and acknowledged (including misfired associations of what success means and the relationship it has to feelings of inadequacy). When the general consensus is: you're a great candidate…someone was just a little better/more fitting – it's very difficult (personally) to allow and acknowledge the experience. It's like in a romantic relationship or friendship when the partner/friend says "it's not you, it's me". So in these moments I go to my "toolkit" and reach out to friends to be assured that I am indeed qualified and I show myself all that I have accomplished….but it still falls flat. Total honesty, it's really challenging to be kind to yourself in these situations but I've learned and keep learning it's the most important thing to do. So I responded to each rejection with a sincere thank you (after waiting for a while and watching some cat videos and reading some Rumi) and a how could I improve? Not improve because I'm not qualified but improve in terms of growth, learning that different situations require different responses. My #gristforthemill Failure is necessary – but it is difficult to share that failure (that may be perceived only by you). So this is my experiment to see if by sharing I can extend the kindness to myself. With love, light and peace 💙🌍🙏🏽 #theuniverseishandpickingmethebest #ontothenext
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#totalhonestytuesday I really like my kitchen and am overall very happy with what I've been able to do with a not-ideal space, but one of the most prominent features is my pretty little cookbook collection in the window that I've actually cooked out of a grand total of… Three times, maybe? In two years? It's probably one of the things about my apartment that makes me feel the most fake, and it's especially bad that it's in the kitchen, where I always go on about how "everything should serve a purpose." I'm a fraud!!!
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For TFD's #TotalHonestyTuesday, I give you my giant pile of PMP study materials (not pictured: 7 GB of stuff on my computer) and the mantra that's helping me get through. Trying to make such a drastic career change is hard and scary, and I have infinite respect for those who have pulled it off. It is an awfully big adventure!
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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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Share your own honesty next week, and join the conversation.