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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Things I’m Afraid To Tell You

When Meg emailed me about participating in a challenge started by Ez and inspired by Jess about things we may be afraid to share with our readers, I was immediately intrigued. As Jess states so well, sometimes it’s easy to get “swept up in the beautiful images” online and their “promises of perfection,” and forget that the real world is rarely so put together. I know I’ve done this. So I jumped at the chance to share a few things that aren’t easy for me to admit. And so did all the wonderful and inspiring bloggers below. Continue reading for the things I’m afraid to tell you, and be sure to check out the other participating blogs today for a healthy does of reality.

Cassie: Coco + Kelley / Christine: Court & Hudson / Caitlin: Sacramento Street / Roxy: My Cup of Te / Crystal: Blog / Meg: MIMI+MEG / Ashlina: The Decorista / Katie: Modern Eve / Erin: Apartment 34 / Erica: Design Blahg / Victoria: Vmac & Cheese / Christine: Miles to Style / Franki: Life in a Venti Cup / Sue: The Zhush / Erika: Radiant Republic / Gabrielle: Savvy Home / Monika: The Doctor’s Closet / Naomi: Design Manifest /Tobe: Because It’s Awesome / Becca: {extra}ordinary wonders / Lynzy: Sparkling Footsteps / Hitha: Hitha On The Go / Sarah: Note To Self / Liz: So Much To Smile About / Sarah: Blogstar / Alissa: The Goods Design / Jessie: Style & Pepper / Erika: Small Shop Studio / AV: Long Distance Loving / Maggie: Maggie Rose Blog / Nicole: The City Girl In Me / Priscilla: The Best Laid Plans / Jen: Concrete Jungle DC / Janelle: Food Fashion Fitness / Natalie: East Coast Chic

Things I’m Afraid To Tell You:

1. I’m not always smiling. It’s funny how people assume things about you based on what they read from your blog. Now don’t get me wrong – I’m definitely a happy, optimistic person most of the time. But sometimes, life is really, really hard. Sometimes, I struggle with feeling nothing I do is good enough, or not knowing what I’m doing, or feeling alone, or too much pressure (from myself and others)… sometimes I am self-conscious about my body shape or fashion choices or whether I “fit in” anywhere – I once cried while trying to take outfit shots I was so unhappy about how I looked (see #3 below). And sometimes, I have to deal with things outside of my control that aren’t easy – like career (I still work a full-time job in government relations), family or health issues. Still, at the end of the day, I never forget how lucky I am and this blog will always be a way for me to share the things that are making me smile. We all need a happy place to escape to, and luckily for me, this blog makes me happier than I ever would have imagined.

2. When I started this blog, I was looking for inspiration to help me feel more fashionable. I didn’t actually think of myself as a stylish person – just someone interested in fashion, beauty, shopping, and dressing well. And even though I’ve come a long way in just a couple years, I’m still learning. Sometimes, I forget and pronounce “chic” like “chick” or “haute” like “hot.” When I have an event, I still try on a million outfits and run each of them by my roommates. But I’m learning.

3. I don’t think I’m very photogenic. My head tilts to one side, my eyes close more than I’d like, and I’m curvier than the majority of style bloggers I follow. I also have bad hair days, and sometimes, really don’t care about what I’m wearing (see #5 below).

4. I’m not crafty, I don’t enjoy cooking (but I really wish I did), and I’m pretty clueless about home decorating. My favorite food is Kraft Macaroni & Cheese and I eat it for dinner way more often that I’d like to admit.

5. I commute in flats.

Thanks again to Jess for her initial post, and to Ez for starting the movement. For more, here are the bloggers that previously participated in Ez’s Things I’m Afraid To Tell You:

Design for Mankind | Little Brown Pen | Beautiful Hello | Curating Style | Sweet Fine Day | The Jealous Curator | Happy Days | Sage & Berries | Really Handmade | Peck Life | Satsuma Press | Rena Tom | For the Easily Distracted | The Hemborg Wife | Vitamini Handmade | Courtney Khail Stationery and Design | Meg in Progress | Dando Photography Blog |Widdershins22 | Alison Citron | Pink Moon Daily | Just Pretty Things | From China Village | Tea with Me | The Darling Ewe |Not Your Average Ordinary | The Electric Typewriter | Elleby Design | Parsimonia {Secondhand With Style} | Life as an Artistpreneur | Hello Cupcake | Dellie | The A & B Stories | Pretty Little Things | Feistyelle | Nib & Zed | Well and Cheaply | I Ripple. I Dance. | Whitfield Awesome Blog | Foxtrot Press | Dry As Toast | The List of Now | Apple Blue | For the Love of | Four Flights of Fancy | Miss Modish | Snapshots & Secrets | Dirty Laundry | Bubby & Bean |Penelope’s Press | Little Nostalgia | Vale Design | Pikaland | Fleurishing | Print Pretty | Vespa Tales | Hazel & Agnes |Amanda’s Musings | Mo’ Funk Designs | Ordinary Mommy | Camp 1899 | In Honor of Design | Liberty’s Yarn | Love, Life & Pictures | Stacey Winters | Owl in the Rain | Living Life Creatively | Emma Elizabeth Clease | I Live in Vacouver Now | British Cream Tea

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