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Tuesday
Oct252011

Tip of the Week: It's Okay if You're Not Martha

Alright everyone,

So the tip of the week is coming a day late & a dollar short, but I'm hoping you'll forgive me since I'm posting it today (and Tuesday is technically my "day off).

But if I haven't softened your heart to forgiveness already, perhaps my tip of the week will cause you to reconsider...

This week's tip is all about embracing the skills and ideas you have, even if you don't feel they're quite at the level of Mrs. Martha Stewart!

Let's face it folks...Martha is great and all, but I could be super-human too if I had the crew of helpers she's got at her side--and so could you.  In a way, it's almost like she cheats a little bit.  Sure, she's got great ideas and is super talented...and don't get me wrong, I absolutely love her!  But do you remember when you used to look at magazines that showed skinny little models that made you feel fat?  Didn't your mom always tell you that real girls don't look like that?

Well, that's what I'm telling you now!

As much as we'd like to live in a world filled with amazing projects that were always finished (and finished without trial-and-error), kitchens that were always baking something, gardens that were always full of flowers, and homes that were always perfectly decorated for each season...real life doesn't look like that.  

I've talked to so many people who tell me they're not creative, artsy, or whatever else--but really, I think a lot of people are just afraid to try because they've got the wrong expectations about what it means to be creative, artsy, and whatever else.

So here's the deal, we all need to stop comparing ourselves to people like Martha Stewart...

...because we're each talented in our own ways.

This post was inspired by this image that I found on Pinterest this evening.  Honestly, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I have going on this week.  I wasn't sure how I was going to get everything in, and I was struggling to find words to write tonight.

Thankfully, little messages find us in the times we least expect them to.  They can pick us up, and remind us that there really is value in the things we do.

I'm sure I'm not alone in sometimes feeling like I've got my priorities all backwards, but I'm gradually learning that it's okay to make mistakes, fall short, and even fail all-together, because without life's short-comings, success could never be recognized.

 

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