Thursday, November 10, 2011

Honestly Honest

I read this post that Danielle wrote earlier this week and it got me thinking about blogging and how we portray ourselves.

I am no stranger to comparing myself to others.  I did it long before blogs and I'm sure I'll do it for the rest of my life.  Blogs are interesting because they allow us to put out only what we want, which usually ends up making ourselves look good.  That's not a comment on anyone in particular--I think it's human nature to only show our best selves, especially when you're facing so much potential criticism from the Internet.  Sadly this usually means that we end up comparing ourselves fruitlessly to a mirage, and as we all know, if we compare ourselves to perfection we will always fall short.

I'm learning more and more to not compare myself to anyone, because no one is perfect and I can only live life in the way that seems the most logical to me.

I like to think that my blog is pretty honest.  I'm pretty sure that if any of you met me in real life--as some of you have, and you can correct me if I'm wrong--you'd see that I'm pretty much the exact same person I portray on my blog.  I try not to hide my proud moments and my not-so-proud moments because my favorite blogs to read are the honest ones--the ones that remind me that we're all people, that we all have problems, and that it is our struggles that help define our lives.

That said, I decided to share some true honesty with you today, just to snap you back into reality if you had any delusions of my perfection (I have no delusions about this and assume you do not, but still, this will be fun, I promise).

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1.  Rob and I hate folding laundry and haven't folded a load in probably around 4 months.  We get our clothes from here more frequently than our own dressers:


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2. Rob and I are often too lazy to actually change a roll of toilet paper, so we end up sort of propping the new roll on top of the spent roll and call it good.  

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3. This is seriously what our bedroom looks like right now.  Note that my dog has more beds than I do.

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4. Remember the rug I so provocatively posed with in this post?  Yeah, it's still there.

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5. Our kitchen table looks like this.  Obviously we don't eat here.

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6. My muffin top is all that, whole-grain, low-fat.

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So there you go - total, unflinching honesty from yours truly.

This has to make it easier for the rest of you.  Just the pictures alone make me anxious.

37 comments:

  1. LOVE it. i think i need to do one of these posts hehehe xox.

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  2. LOVED this. I think I might have to post the toilet paper roll thing too. You made me feel completely normal today.

    I appreciate reading about honesty and realness and it's hard to want to portray myself as such when a lot of what I read is people talking about their "fabulous lives." And well, mine isn't always fabulous.

    Don't be anxious about your pictures. They rock. Mine would look exactly the same. (o;

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  3. yessss! love this.
    i know that for me personally, i choose to mostly blog about "the good stuff" because i want to be able to look back in my archives and remember good memories. i blog to document happy memories and photos.
    i love your honesty and how down-to-earth you are. i know we would get along really well in real life!
    also, totally off topic but i love the flower rug in your bedroom!

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  4. haha!! i love this. muffin top de jour. i need that show to come back!

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  5. haha I love Honest posts. and let me tell you.. I hate folding laundry too!! haha I've let it sit there for 3 months before. and Usually My room is pretty gross, yours looks clean compared to what mine usually is, but After my asthma attack I went on a cleaning spree so its actually sparkly clean now :) you actually inspire me to make a post like this lol I just might

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  6. Wanna compare muffin tops? I think I'd win... :) Loved the honesty in this post. I think the blog world needs a LOT more of this!

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  7. Girrrrl you should have seem our place before today-- it looked like every room threw up.

    Ryan @ Thismustbetheplaceryan

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  8. I loved reading this so so much! Thank you for sharing! Funny, endearing and reminds me again why your blog is one of my favorites :)

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  9. caitlin, this post was hilarious, and much-appreciated! i LOVE when bloggers are REAL about who they are, what they wear, where they live, etc. it's so refreshing to know that, like me, not everyone live a life of perfect luxury, and that laundry isn't always folded or put away!

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  10. Loved your post. You're always so honest on your blog!

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  11. Love this and love you!!! You are truly wonderful, little lady. And I bet my muffin top could give yours a run for its money:)

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  12. Caitlin, this post is amazing! You are such a wonderful woman. I didn't really realize how much this post would put me at ease before I finished it, and now I feel really comforted knowing you are just like me. Once again, thank you for your honesty. You are one of my favorite bloggers and one of my favorite people <3

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  13. Haha...great post! At least you laundry looks to have made it out of the dryer! I just grab clothes out of the dryer...if I'm up earlier enough I hit the button for wrinkle release. Then the next weekend if there are still clothes in the dryer...the new batch of just washed clothes goes right in on top of them....I'm lazy when it comes to laundry!

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  14. I like what you guys have going on in your room! It looks a lot like mine on any given day, except I can't have much on the floor because of my pets shedding ridiculous amounts. It's just all heaped on my bed and my desks. I WISH I was a cleaner person. Thankfully I still live with my mom who is slightly more OCD than I am about these things, so she keeps the rest of the house pretty tidy while I'm in school (and not wanting to clean, basically, at all)

    Anyway, honesty is a HARD thing to blog about, and it's nice to put your best self forward online. Whenever I write posts that make me look vulnerable or not the person I want everyone to see me as, I get super anxious. It's kind of liberating too though. Thanks for sharing little bits of the you we don't always get to see:)

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  15. haha! stuff like this makes me love you even more. and i WISH i knew you in real life. :)

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  16. I love this post! =] Everything you posted is exactly what I do and what my house looks like! Nice to know I am not alone in my imperfections. hehe

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  17. LOVE THIS! :) Hey my bedroom looks so similar! That's the one place I let get super messy...it just feels comfier that way. lol

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  18. Lol you're so cute. I think you're great just the way you are!!

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  19. Great post! I haven't really shared enough of my personal life on my blog (photos especially!). I fully intend to, but I've been telling myself to wait until I get cuter clothes, or when I have my place decorated the way I want, or until I move. The list goes on and it's definitely because I'm comparing myself to others. I really enjoyed your honest post and it's inspired me to do the same. I'll post it sometime next week and leave a comment so you can check it out if you want :) Right now I'm looking at a pile of dirty clothes and carefresh pet bedding on my floor from my pet skunk. It's pretty gross in here.

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  20. This is the best blog post I've read all month. I should send you a picture of my dining room table right now! Thanks for your honesty, Caitlin. <3

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  21. Haha you are SO awesome! =] I admire you for doing this post.

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  22. Haha Will and I do the exact same thing with the toilet paper! I'm happy to know we aren't the only ones :)

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  23. I've only just recently stumbled on to your blog (& it's awesome!).

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for a realistic post. I love looking at pretty things but it does get pretty depressing knowing my home is never ever at that stage. This was such a refreshing post!

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  24. Amazing!

    I love you even more, and think you are even MORE perfect after this post. : )

    xo,

    Sarah

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  25. Oh I love this! You really are a gem. <3 I feel so lucky to have met you in PERSON...and yes, you are exactly the same (if not better!). xoxo

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  26. This has probably been one of my favorite blog posts ive seen yet! (im new to the blog scene) but with that being said I ABSOLUTELY loved this :) so raw, relatable, and refreshing!

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  27. haha that's about right. I never put the tp on the roll thing. It's just gonna run out in like 2 days so why bother? Utter laziness :p

    Arielle
    www.humblepievintage.com

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  28. High five to you, lady. Seriously.

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  29. Hey Caitlin, I just wanted to let you know that I did a post like this as promised: here's the link if you'd like to check it out!
    http://mindianna.typepad.com/mindianna/2011/11/honest-to-blog.html

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  30. i'm a new reader here but you had me at #1 (our dog has 4 beds!) and #5 (we dont use our table much, we just eat in the living room on the ottoman!) i enjoy blogs that aren't all about sunshine and rainbows too :)

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