Pinterest – Ridiculous or Resourceful?

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Given my Type A personality when I discovered Pinterest I truly believed that I had died and gone to heaven. The first few weeks I could NOT STOP! I spent hours “pinning”. Well first, I set up my boards, then organized them, then reorganized them, then re-reorganized them (seriously Type A!). Then….once I was organized and ready to go I let myself loose on Pinterest. I was obsessed.

About two weeks later I came up for air….and that’s when the panic set in. I had all this AMAZING stuff pinned…..when, how and where am I going to get all of this done!!!! (Pause panic to set up a board for completed projects) Ok, resume panic….

So I have given it a lot of thought and I cannot answer the internal debate that I have with myself every day. Is Pinterest ridiculous or resourceful?

As a busy mom it is very nice to have a place to clip all of the valuable information that I come across, all those useful organization ideas and helpful cleaning tips. I mean now that my jewelry is hanging from shower hooks on towel racks in my closet I save at least a minute each morning NOT opening my jewelry box and NOT digging through mounds of other pieces to find exactly the piece I want. And let’s face it – those minutes add up! Right?

Right! I cannot be convinced that Pinterest is all bad. I believe that if used properly it can add a lot of organizational value and resourcefulness to your life.

So in the spirit of ensuring that I am using Pinterest resourcefully  and not ridiculously I am going board by board to analyze…ridiculous or resourceful?

Board #1 – Books and Movies: Definitely resourceful!! It’s a place for me keep ideas of books that I wish I had time to read on childless vacations I might take one day. Keeper.

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Board #2 – Yum yum: With an obviously oh so clever name it has to be resourceful right? Hmmm…206 pins and I have made 9 of these recipes. That’s approximately 4%. I have to admit that when I was counting I was extremely shocked and secretly proud of myself that I had made 9 things AND I have at some point in time bought ingredient’s to make 3 more so if you count good intentions – which I do because it’s my blog and I can– that’s actually 12 things and brings me to 6% (I also round up). That is clearly an acceptable percentage so I deem this board resourceful!

I am 2 for 2 for those keeping score.

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Oh, on a side note…shame on me for this treasure not being #10 of things I have made. A dirty girl scout??!! What am I waiting for?

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Board #3 – Party and Dinner Ideas: I just love this board where I post amazing ideas like after a dinner party everyone gets their own terra cotta pot filled with charcoal. I light these and we all have our own individual fires for making smores, afterwards we hold hands and sing kumbaya. Sigh.

Yeah ok….it’s ridiculous. When I counted up all of the “dinner parties” we have thrown in the past 6 years I came up with…zero. So then when I expanded and said what about pre kids so in the previous 10 years I came up with a whopping…zero.

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Board #4 – Dream Home and Home Décor: Well this is a tricky one. I mean the title alone says that it’s a “dream” so probably ridiculous but isn’t it good to have dreams? I think so. Resourceful.

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Board #5 – My Style: Um….yeah. So first of all, the title. “My” style might be a tad of a stretch. I mean maybe if it was titled “My Wannabe Style” or the “Style I do not have” or “The outfits I am incapable of putting together”….but who I am kidding with this one. As of late my style choices are – black or gray yoga pants today? Period. So as painful as it is I am going to have to say, Ridiculous.

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Board #6 – Supports My OCD: Not even up for debate. Resourceful!

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If it was not for this board I would have bobby pins EVERYWHERE and nothing to do with my empty tic-tac containers. Thank you pinterest!!!!!

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Board #7 – Gift Ideas: In all seriousness this might be the most resourceful reason for having a Pinterest account. I saved all sorts of things last year and started my Christmas shopping here. So for the busy person that finds gift ideas throughout the year but does not have the mental capacity to remember any of them (that’s me!), pin it. Resourceful.

Now what I cannot figure out is why this board is not private J Hey everybody, wanna know what you’re getting for Christmas, check it out! Not smart.

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Board #8 – Tats: Because I’m too cool to say tattoos….

If I ever get up the courage to actually get a tattoo then I will deem this board resourceful.

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Board #9 – Kids!!!: Well, with not one or two but three exclamation points in the title, it is obviously important. How else would I know how to entertain and discipline my children? Resourceful.

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Board #10 – Must go!: This board secretly makes me sad, I feel like I am pinning all of the places I will never have the time or money to make it to. However, as previously used reasoning…it is good to dream so I deem it resourceful.

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Board #11 – Artsy: Considering I have pinned exactly 5 pins it is evident that I am not as I self-declared “Artsy” 🙂 Ridiculous.

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Board # 12 – I need…want??: Who are we kidding with this? It is a shopping list for our spouse. I have to admit when pinterest took off I was a happy, happy woman when Christmas, birthday and anniversary rolled around. I think he forgot this existed though given the latest gift encounters. (reminder…) 😉 RESOURCEFUL!!!!

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Board #13 – Oily: Ok, so at the end of the day I am becoming as hippy as they come. My husband asks me for my voodoo oils and I happily supply. I love this board because it keeps me organized and reminds me of my hippy oil recipes. Peace and love y’all! Resourceful.

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I have more boards but I think with this score: 10 Resourceful, 3 Ridiculous it is evident that Pinterest is in fact our friend and can be used in a resourceful manner. So the next time your husband rolls his eyes and asks if you are on pinterest…again. You can proudly say yes and then offer to make him a handmade macramé coffee cup cozy from the pattern you just pinned.

Pinning is winning ladies!!

Mommyhood

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My first post is about something near and dear to my heart and that is mommy hood and how very, very challenging it is. If you talk to any honest mommy they will admit that it is hard to juggle everything and having any interest outside of the kids is doable but makes it even tougher to manage.

Let me start by saying that it is not all bad…I am in constant awe of women. I am amazed when I see a mom go from kissing a boo-boo to taking a call from their boss or a haphazard mom covered in baby vomit that transforms into a little black dress wearing goddess for date night with daddy. I was amazed the first time I was home with a sick little boy and the nurturing that just oozed out of me one minute, then the sound of my tone as I was verbally spanking a vendor the next minute. The ability we have to turn off our June Cleaver and then turn it back on when we need her. Amazing .

So let me kick this off with my story, how I started this incredible journey that is both wonderful and wacky!

So to start…I was born….and raised….and those awkward years….and drank too much in college…(blah blah).

…..now I’m a wife and a working mommy of two.

I had spent my entire adult life pushing hard for success in my career. It was my primary focus and number one priority. I have worked unimaginable long hours, spent countless days on the road, lived in hotels for months at a time because my company needed me to…all to get to where I am today. I was proud of the accomplishments I had, the respect I had gained, the money I made, the promotions I had received and the titles I had earned. I was a confident, strong female in the workplace. I was going places and nothing was going to stop me.

And then I had kids…

Don’t get me wrong – we were ready – they weren’t accidental! In fact we enjoyed conceiving them both greatly *wink wink*.  Honest though, we were extremely blessed and had a fairly stress free time getting pregnant with both of our children and they were both planned.

I never had any doubt I would continue working after kids. I believed that being a strong working mom would set a good example for my children. I was not naïve to think that I would not struggle with competing priorities. I was however naïve to think that I would always know the right priority to set and it would be easy to manage. I thought, how hard could kids be? I was not going to allow myself to feel pressured by helicopter moms and breastfeeding Nazis. I was going to do what worked for me, my body and my baby.

Oh boy, and then I had kids…

In an age of facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, blogging, the list goes on and on. The amount of input and data thrown in your face on a daily basis is enough to make you want to crawl in a hole and never come out! It was not simple enough to just have kids and do what I “thought” I knew was the right thing. Now there was ALL this information and experiences from other moms, doing and having it all. I felt pressured to keep up. I could not just continue focusing on my career while also being a good mom and raising some little’s that could contribute to society one day.

That was apparently no longer good enough!

Now I had to focus on my career, be a good mom AND breastfeed for years, get my baby sleeping 12 hours a night, make homemade baby food, use cloth diapers, decorate the perfect nursery, hire the perfect nanny, find the best preschool, throw the biggest and best birthday parties, lavishly decorate my house every holiday, take lots of pictures, catalog these pictures, share pictures with world on a daily basis, have my children reading by 3, if they are not reading by 3 have really good excuse for why they are not, dress my children in the latest cutest fashion, oh and when that’s not enough, etsy some homemade clothes to step it up a notch ….really??? Am I alone here finding this exhausting?!?!

So far all I’ve touched on is the work and mommy aspect, what about fitting in everything else….like daddy (sex!!), and friends, and other family, and cleaning house, and paying bills, and exercise, and eating right and last but certainly shouldn’t be least, some me time!

I have so many strong female friends that are exactly the same way and I watch as we all plow forward with similar struggles. I watch us all wanting to “do it all” and still asking ourselves daily if we are covering all of our bases!  (notice I said wanting to DO it all and not HAVE it all….that is a topic for another day but has a completely different meaning)

Where does one find the time for all of this and how do we know what the appropriate balance of each is? I don’t have the answer that’s for sure but I am on a mission to find it or at a minimum find others searching for the same!

I hope this blog opens up doors for mommy’s to unite, share in the truth that we cannot always DO it all and its ok to let our kids run around in clothes that may or may not be dirty because you don’t remember if you did laundry yet this week….or feed them fast food because you are just too tired to cook a fully organic meal complete with fruit and veggies….or throw a mediocre birthday party that is not in the least bit “pinteresting” because this year, well it just wasn’t your year to have it together! Note to moms…..our kids don’t care about any of those things, this is not pressure coming from them. They care about having fun and being loved, that about sums it up.