As we're getting into the holiday season, I'm reminded more & more about what I can't spend my money, time, effort (etc.) on. I begin to realize not all of the DIYs, recipes and outfits that I see around me on the web are going to happen -- and slowly but surely, Pinterest becomes a place of total despair instead of a place of inspiration.
I call this the "holiday blogging blues".
Because blog-land is one of showing off the best side of yourself, and that seems to increase ten-fold around the holidays. Handmade gifts, trips of going to Paris/NYC/Miami for Christmas, and buying all these awesomely cute designer gifts for friends & loved ones are popping up on my RSS feed in droves.
And for the briefest of moments, I get jealous. And I yearn to be a part of "that world" ... And I don't think that I'm the only one who feels that way.
We all compare ourselves to others. But the jealously and the envy has to stop. Those feelings and emotions eventually lead to resentment - and why would I want to resent somebody who's just showing me the best parts of their daily life? (And am I making somebody resentful of me?!)
So this holiday season, I'm vowing to share in others' joy, and take inspiration from the parts of their life that they care to share. I'm not going to allow myself to be brought down by my own envious nature. Instead I'm going to praise them, leave sweet comments & genuinely be happy for these virtual friends and acquaintances.
And I think you should do the same.
Remember to be happy with what you have - we can't all have exactly the same thing. And sharing kind words and high fives is rewarding. The holidays should be about cheer and love and being a part of a community - and that's what I intend to make it about.
I started Blogging: A Turorial as a way to celebrate my blog's second birthday. If there's ever a topic you want covered - or if you want to contribute - let me know! I'd love to talk to you ♥
To see all posts in this series, check out the blogging tutorial page.