Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inspiring or Intimidating?

I believe that Instagram has become a huge source of inspiration for many
people. Just this week as I was scrolling through the feeds, look at the
Christmas inspiration that I found. The trees and decor are like something
that we could once only find in magazines.

(I left the names of the sources on the photos so if you have an Instagram account,
you can go and check out more of the photos posted by each person.)

Each photo is creative, cozy and beautiful.

After admiring all of these exquisitely decorating rooms, I was feeling inspired
to pull out my Christmas decor.

Until, out of nowhere, a tiny voice popped into my head and said, "Your Christmas 
decor will never be this beautiful. Why would anyone want to see photos
on your blog of your Christmas decor? This is what you are competing

And suddenly the beautiful images that I was enjoying and being inspired by, 
were intimidating me and making me feel less that good enough.

What in the world?

Thankfully these quotes came to mind...

This one is great too...

And then I remembered my purpose in sharing my life through this blog and
on my YouTube channel is to be real and share real life experiences, real life 
struggles, and real life emotions. And I remind myself that everyone's story is
unique and beautiful in its own way.

I think it works best for me to enjoy social media on a limited basis.
If I immerse myself in picture perfect images like these for too long, I start
to feel like my own life does not measure up. God certainly did not create me
to feel this way. He loves me and knows how many hairs are on my head! I
am fearfully and wonderfully made whether I have a $1000 camera to take
perfect pictures or whether I do the best I can with the camera on my iPhone.

Christmas is about more that how your decorations look and whether or not
you are able to post drool-worthy photos.

Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and about the love of friends and family.
Take photos if you want to, decorate how you want to, but remember the
Christmas season and our lives are about so much more that what we post

Just remember...

We are all unique and we are all worthy! So use social media to feed your
inspiration, but guard your heart and your mind and don't let it feed your
insecurities or fears. Live your life without comparing it to others!

I hope this post made sense to someone other than me, and maybe even
helped anyone that has ever had to fight that little voice of negativity
in their own head.

With Miss S coming home tomorrow (and bringing a friend) I will be
running around at about 100 miles an hour. Therefore, I will see you
back here on Monday!

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Very well said Kristian! I know my house will never be Instagram worthy but it is my home and I am thankful for what I have. It is not about what our house looks like but it is about the people who are gathered there:) Enjoy your time with Miss S!

    1. Beautifully said Wendy! Thank you so much for your comment!


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