As bloggers, we carefully curate our little corners on the internet, showcasing the things we like, learn, and are inspired by. Although content is different for everyone, we do have a choice of what we choose to share. For instance, my blog functions as an inspiration journal and journey through my life as a designer.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how blogs have the ability to portray a seemingly perfect life. I’ll admit it, there are times when I’m visiting a favorite blog of mine and jealousy creeps up. Through perfectly photographed dinners and pages of delicate content, envy is inevitable every now and then – it’s only natural. But is everything always as perfect as it seems? Of course not.

Let’s get real. I don’t live in a chic + modern white apartment or eat out every night at the tastiest of places. There are days when I’m filled to the brim with stress, eat toast for all three meals at my desk, and don’t even get dressed. But you know what? I like it that way. My life may not be perfect, but it’s a good one.

  1. Stephanie says:

    It is so refreshing to hear someone say EXACTLY what I am feeling….as I sit in my PJs envying your blog…ha. Thanks for being so honest and authentic :) much appreciated

  2. yvonne says:

    I was thinking about posting something just like this yesterday. I was a having a tough day and seemed like looking at my normally inspiring blogs were making me upset and a little jealous. Thanks for saying it for me. So refreshing to hear! And good luck wih it all.

  3. Sarah says:

    Always a good thing to hear and put out there! We all know that none of us is perfect (in fact far from it), but yet we let that jealously creep in.

    I’ve actually started taking breaks from blogs from time to time. It’s so easy getting caught up in these perfectly curated worlds (as beautiful as they are.) It’s nice to take a step away from the computer and find the beauty in the everyday and ordinary.

  4. Samantha says:

    Loved this entry bc I hear ya, girl! I live in craziness most of the time, but it’s a good kinda crazy.

  5. kelly says:

    Well said. I love this mentality and I’m loving that a lot of bloggers are starting to say it more and more. kudos to you.

  6. Kim Senn says:

    AMEN! It’s like answering the question, “How do you do it all?” and the answer is always… “I don’t!” Dishes in the sink, laundry piled high, toys EVERYWHERE, beds unmade… but it’s all okay, we’re all imperfect, in the best kind of way.

  7. Megan says:

    That’s the truth if i ever heard it. Love this!!!

  8. kendall says:

    AMEN!
    sometimes the exact same thing happens when I visit a blog.

    I know not everyone on the interweb is an open book, but it is very daunting when a blogger shares so much of their life and neglects their reader to other parts – it’s a bit misleading and takes away from their transparency. I wonder if in fact, a reader has the right to say so?

    it’s interesting that blogging has opened doors into the world of sharing, yet we (the bloggers) are in control of how our life is perceived.

    with bloggers buying designer bags every-other-day eating at the best restaurants – it’s easy to believe they must make $80k a year.

    but since this post, I’d like to believe they are just like me – buying that item and eating KD while watching re-runs of mad men on a Friday night.

    • bre says:

      Yes, I think more people are “just like me” more than we know. And that makes me feel better, too. Plus, watching re-runs of mad men on a Friday night sounds absolutely perfect!

  9. kelly ann says:

    I’ve stayed in my pj’s for the past two days. Not even ashamed. Sometimes designing all day long earns us that right. ;)

    Thanks for always being transparent, Bre! It’s refreshing.

  10. Alex says:

    such a great post – I saw this quote last week & it resonated in the sense of blogging:

    “the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

  11. Ranu says:

    This is so true Bre, thanks for affirming! I think we all do struggle with the envy a bit, but I also love how this community is so positive and open, so you can post things like this, and I’m sure everyone agrees! Including me! :)

    Nothing wrong with PJ’s + toast, in fact, it sounds quite nice.

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  13. Leanda says:

    Hi Breanna! It’s funny you should say that! A lot of people have been feeling exactly the same way lately. I wonder if you’ve seen this little campaign circulating around blogland: http://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/home/2012/5/3/things-im-afraid-to-tell-you.html
    Anyway, your blogs and work are particularly inspiring to me and envy-inducing at the same time! Glad to know we all feel the same insecurities deep down :)

    • bre says:

      Yeah, that’s actually what inspired me to write this post! I didn’t call it “things i’m afraid to tell you” because I still may do that. :) This was just a topic I felt like sharing more about! Thanks for mentioning it again – such a cool little thing people are doing!

  14. josefin says:

    bre, that’s what i like about you. you are honest, and i think that makes your blog even more inspiring! we all know that a blogger’s life isn’t as perfect as it may show in photos, however, its refreshing to hear someone actually say it.

    you are the only blog that i keep getting back to, because you don’t get stuck in old paths, you do try on things new, you write about interesting things and share inspiration. and it’s much appreciated!

    love from sweden

  15. lauren says:

    I stumbled across this (http://www.jenericgeneration.blogspot.com/) blog recently. As a purely visual person, I love reading her stories and the way she puts her thoughts into words in a way I could never do. (She is a wonderful writer!) I think that we creatives can get really caught up in looking only at “designy” blogs. However, this blog made me realize that there’s much more out there. The author has some really interesting thoughts on the love/hate relationship she has with blogging that I’m sure, coming from a different medium, you’d love to read just as much as I did.

    And just FYI…. I totally didn’t get dressed today. Thanks for not being perfect.

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