Pinterest is a tricky little devil isn't she? She pulls you in with all the pretty pictures of things you should be cooking, making and decorating. You close out your Pinterest session feeling rejuvinated and full of creativity - things around your house and in your life are going to change! Voila! The house is organized, the dinners are delicious and why yes - I took those beautiful portraits of my children, framed them with homemade frames of birch from the trees in my backyard AND hung them attractively in my foyer, which of course is impeccably decorated and ready for Architectual Digest to photograph at a moment's notice.
It's not really like that, is it?
I usually leave Pinterest feeling lazy. Look at all the plans I have, all the things that I've added onto my To-Do list....and then when none of it happens, I feel worthless. Pinterest will not make me a better wife, a better homemaker nor a better mother. I am not ensuring Natalie's eventual success in life because I decoupaged Halloween pumpkins or upcycled her a dress from her Daddy's shirt. Craig will not love me more if every cabinet is labeled (although many of them are - one of the upsides of OCD) or the house is perfectly decorated using all organic and homemade objects. Natalie will become successful because I show her love, give her boundaries and hold her to high expectations all the while treating her with grace, dignity and compassion. Craig will love me because I make him laugh, I support him in (almost) everything that he does and because I am honest and loyal.
There's always a "but" isn't there.
I like a challenge. And Pinterest most certainly does pose a challenge to me. I am not crafty, I am not patient and I am not comfortable stepping out of my comfort zone.
So I'm setting a challenge for myself. ONCE VOLLEYBALL SEASON IS OVER I will set myself to accomplishing ONE Pinterest task or activity, whether it is creating a holiday project with Natalie or cooking something delightful for dinner. I'm going to make my "pins" a reality. And I'm putting it out there on the blogosphere for people to hold me accountable.
Maybe this can be one of those "link-up" things - where everyone (okay, all 4) people that read my blog and have a Pinterest account can share what "pins" they've created in their own lives?! Who can tell me how to do that?
I know that I'm not the only person out there that has a general sense of Pinterest guilt, maybe if we work together we can get that monkey off our back?