Realism: the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly.
It'd be nice to have a perfectly crafted blog and business. Colors matching, thousands of followers, and the perfect Instagram feed.
I've thought for hours, brain stormed, researched, but I feel like I just can't make it happen. There's a part of me that is super girly and frilly. I love photography, fashion, makeup, etc. The world of beauty and bloggers is appealing to a lot of us, including myself. Yet, any time I go to post a photo, it doesn’t seem to fit that genre.
Sometimes I find myself focused on less "frilly" topics, less "girly" things, and often times less "attractive" things.
My journey has also brought me to a place struggle. Hard seasons, breakdowns, valleys, and growth. Its really hard to dress this up and make it look nice.
It's the nitty gritty, hot and sweaty days, running from office to office, balancing school and traveling, internship and job opportunities, personal growth, pain, and joy.
Our culture is obsessed with perfect, and consequently I get sucked up into that.
But I'm realizing that's not actually what I want.
I WANT REAL. I WANT TO BE REAL WITH YOU.
I WANT YOU TO BE REAL WITH ME.
I WANT MY INSTAGRAM TO REFLECT THE REAL THINGS GOING ON DAY-TO-DAY IN MY LIFE, ACROSS THE STATES, IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AT UW, IN MARRIAGE, AND THROUGH WHATEVER ELSE COMES.
I want to be the same girl in the Dominican Republic serving on missions, as I am in my marriage, as I am in my work. I want to be the same person I am with my family, when I'm with my friends.
I want to speak truth over social media and not mock something up for the sake of likes or followers.
Aesthetics seam to be everything these days. But perfect aesthetics aren't reality, more often than not.
As my voice grows, and as my opinion grows, and my reach grows, I'm finding it incredibly important to stay honest and open about all things here online.
1. the attitude or practice of accepting a situation as it is and being prepared to deal with it accordingly.
synonyms: pragmatism, practicality, matter-of-factness, common sense, level-headedness, clear-sightedness
2. the quality or fact of representing a person or thing in a way that is accurate and true to life.
synonyms: authenticity, fidelity, verisimilitude, truthfulness, faithfulness, naturalism
I desire to have the quality of being true to life. I want to focus on accepting life as it comes, and dealing with it accordingly. I want to be honest in all that I do, through the hard times and the joy-filled moments.
All of this is not just a set up to complain or rant about the hard things. Because that also is not honest. That is a single perception of a place and time, moment and situation. I can't promise you that everything will be rainbows and butterflies on this blog. I can't promise you constant inspiration or pictures of beautiful moments (mostly cause my camera was stolen, but that’s a story for another time).
BUT HERE'S WHAT I CAN PROMISE;
I promise truth and honesty with where I'm at. I promise openness and transparency. I promise to strive towards growth, to learn with you and to share what I have learned in the past. I promise to tackle hard questions and topics, and to approach them with a teachable heart and mind. I promise to allow space for conversation.
I promise realism.