I love Pinterest and if you were to look at my page http://www.pinterest.com/sclochie/, you’d agree and you might think, ‘wow, this gal is so creative, fashionable, has great taste in food, super organized’. Oh how I love that it can appear so! I have to admit, I’ve done/accomplished a fraction of a fraction of what I’ve actually posted… I’m sure this is the case for most. And yes, I know… “pinning” isn’t proof or validation of my creativity, but it does something to the creative soul. It has now become an inspiration for me to actually be creative, fashionable (to a very tiny degree), slightly food savvy, and organized (when I make the time). I get this strange buzz of excitement when I “pin” and think “oh, I can’t wait to do this and that”… But realistically most of what I pin is just a tiny piece of hope that I will do one of the 2,000 + pins. I’d love to know how other mom’s out there find motivation to do all the great freezer meals, craft beautiful and cheap artwork, reorganize their entire house to look like it should be on the pages of Martha Stewart Living. Please tell me!
With my girls, I think about the future a lot. Sometimes too much. My husband reminds me that I need to just enjoy the moment more – they are only little for so long. He is right. But still I find myself daydreaming about tea parties, coloring books full of scribbles, barbies on the floor, princess gowns in the closet, broken-in and “loved” books, bins full of construction paper and stickers on the wall… It’s so lovely to think about. But I am enjoying every moment of snuggle I can get with my 17 and 20 pound peanuts. I blame Pinterest for inspiring my daydreams. I have a folder labeled ‘for the kiddos’, containing not only things for my 16 month olds, but ‘best books for beginner readers’, ‘how to communicate with teenagers’, and so much more that is really not necessary at this stage of motherhood. So, I’m obviously relying on Pinterest to be around for many more years.
I believe that some day I’ll be able to accomplish maybe a little more of a fraction of a fraction of the clever, crafty, delicious and orderly ideas that sit, collecting virtual dust. Until then, I will keep pinning – holding onto hope that I will have that kind of time someday… Until then, I will be patient and live in the now. Ok, I may still sneak off into a crafty little daydream to add more ideas to my “boards”, which I’m sure would have collapsed months ago if these were tangible ideas hanging from my old dinky cork board that I recently “freshened up” with new paint (thank you pinterest)!
“Be gentle with yourself, you’re doing the best you can”. -Unknown, via Pinterest