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Good Enough

Good enough.  This is something that I have struggled with since I was a little girl.  I wanted to make sure I was a good daughter, sister, friend.  I always wanted that reassurance that I was doing a good job.

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I think when you are a perfectionist it is really hard to feel like you are doing a good job in roles that don’t have black and white grades/achievements.  I think that is why it is so hard for us to not sit and compare ourselves.  You see how “great” others are doing but have to remind your self that is just a snippet of the whole picture. This perfectionism has carried into my marriage, motherhood and I even still struggle wondering if I am a good daughter, sister and friend.

I always want to make sure I am a good listener, providing the right affirmations to what my friends and family crave. I struggle balancing being a good listener but also giving out advice and not taking over conversation.

All of these struggles seem to be on steroids now that I am blogger/influencer and have the “perfect lifestyle” pictures going around on my feeds day after day. Honestly,  it can really eat at my spirit and passion.  I question myself daily if I am a “good enough” blogger. I have to take a step back and remember that I am doing this influencer thing to bring myself and others joy and if that isn’t happening I need to reevaluate.  I want to make sure I am painting a true picture of my life in both it’s perfections and imperfections.  I don’t want to be the sugar coated blogger.  I want to be real and raw but still show how proud I am of the life I get to live.

With that being said; March is a new month, spring is upon us and I want to take this time to stop and realize my perfect imperfections. Realize that I won’t do it the right way every time but know that I am trying my best and that is what is good enough for my family, friends and myself.

We have to remember those snapshots we see into other peoples lives are just that, snapshots.  The bigger picture is that you define your perfect.  I was reading something the other day that said something along the lines of “Stop wishing for the future (like having more kids, potty trained kids, or the perfect house). Start living in the present.”  You can’t live your life dreaming constantly about the future because you will miss out on those sweet moments in everyday life.

I am reminding myself of the challenge of #yayineveryday and I hope you can join me in remembering the perfections and achievements in your day are what we should charish and don’t harp on the areas you didn’t feel were “perfect”.

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XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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If you have read my Facts About Me post you know that I am a true red head! November 5th is National Love your Red Hair Day and because of that I’ve partnered with Meg over at Gingy Love and we are chatting about our experiences with being red headed.

Growing up I hated my hair.  I think it was mostly because it brought attention to me when I just wanted to “blend in”.  In high school I started highlighting my hair blonde and by college you could hardly tell I even had red hair.

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As I have grown older and gotten used to the skin I am in I have learned to embrace my hair for the unique quality it has.  I not longer color it and I am not embarrassed when people compliment it.  I actually enjoy when people say something nice about it! I have learned to love when people call me a ginger… I mean my blog is named after it even!

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As a women we are so self critical of our bodies and appearance and I love that I can finally start to feel confident in my skin and proudly say I LOVE my red hair.  Growing up it wasn’t easy but now I realize that so many people struggle with different parts of themselves everyday and that we should all try to LOVE how different we all really are.

Also, can I just say we need a RED HEAD emoji like yesterday?!?!

If you are red headed or love someone red headed give them a big ole hug today and say I love you AND your red hair!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger