I am a little tired this morning, but for a great cause. We have out of town family here and we are having lots of fun. Last night I got to hear David Platt, author of Radical, speak. I have not read his books yet, have you? It was excellent, so now I want to read it!
I love Pinterest, and I love blogs. I have learned so much from people through blogs, tried many new recipes, gotten lots of ideas, etc. But sometimes there is a negative. Isn’t that always the case? With every positive there is also the negative.
When you look at your Pinterest boards, or you surf from blog to blog it is easy to start feeling things that are not true.
I wish I were creative like that person. I wish I had the money to buy all those resources. I wish I were as smart. I wish I could cook like that. I wish I could write like that. I wish, I wish, I wish.
You have your own likes, interests, talents, and gifts. Don’t wish you were someone else.
With every new pin on a Pinterest board comes the feeling of another idea I want to try. It can get overwhelming. I want to try everything, even the things I am not really that interested it. When I see those amazing pictures, I feel the need to try it.
So many ideas. Limited time and resources. Without even realizing it I have created a mental to-do list of things I need to try. It becomes mental clutter and it can be stressful.
It is easy to get overwhelmed with the wealth of information and ideas.
This is the spirit I try to have when I look at blogs. Just not reading or looking at Pinterest is not a good solution. That is like saying that you have nothing to learn, and that you don’t need other people’s ideas. There is so much to learn, and I benefit a lot from other people being willing to share their ideas.
I don’t want to be jealous of the person behind the blog. I don’t want to be overwhelmed thinking I need to try every new idea I see. I want to be inspired. To take an idea and make it my own. To be sparked with a flicker of curiosity and turn it into a flame. To find encouragement that others think similarly to me. Or differently from me.
And in your inspiration, be yourself. I am not a very crafty person, and right now purchasing craft supplies and finding a place to store them are not high on my priority list. Someday, perhaps? So when I see neat crafts, I think about the fact that they are cute, but I move on. I don’t stress myself thinking I need to try it.
I am, however, trying to learn how to decorate my home better. I am not especially gifted in that, but I realize that, like most anything, it is an art that can be practiced. So when I see an idea that I can make my own fairly inexpensively, I am probably going to consider trying it.
Learn from people and be inspried and motivated to try something new. But don’t be jealous and overwhelmed. And, please, never let this blog be that for you. I can’t speak for all blogs and Pinterest boards, but I do know that the person behind this blog only wants to share and inspire. I would never want to overwhelm.
Let your Pinterest boards and blog reader reflect you. Pin things and read blogs that reflect you and your interests. There are a lot of blogs I don’t read, but if it is on simplifying, reading, home decorating, photography, etc I will probably at least check them out. I am interested in them (simplifying, reading), or am trying to work on it (decorating, photography).
Allow others to inspire you, but never try to be that other person.
I would love to hear from you! What do you do to keep yourself feeling inspired, and not jealous or overwhelmed with the wealth of ideas?