the messy part: tell your story


it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful

I’m a fan of The Nester’s mantra:
It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Let’s take this layout for example.

The story behind the story, anyway.
This looks like a happy family, and then some, out in the middle of winter just enjoying the sun and unexpected warmth of a January day.
And it is! Don’t get me wrong. 

But there was a story about getting us here. There was stress and some familial strain in the works even on our way to this location. 

We’ve been seven of us living in one home again. Two adults that use to be children. Two others smack in the middle of their teenage years with all it’s angst. And a little guy just trying to find his place in this new family world that never really existed before. At times it was a hot mess and I was feeling all the feels. Cause that’s what mamas do.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because. It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

That’s life. And that is part of our story. Even on these pages.

I was not afraid to add to my journaling that this moment in time came from a stressful moment in time.
I was not afraid to be authentic in my words even if it is there for all of time to be read.
I was not afraid to write about who we are. But then to allow that to open up to who we can be.

These people here on this page spread are human. Not perfect. At times difficult. And I could not love them more.

As I have journeyed here recently to tell better stories, I am also embracing telling some of the not so perfect stories. Because it’s what makes us who we are. It’s the whole of us. It’s what will move us to wholehearted living all the while embracing our mess. 

My word to you is to think about if this is true for you. Are you wanting to tell better stories? Are you able to embrace the mess of those stories? Is it ok to create beauty in the midst of the imperfect? 

Think about a story that you have not told yet that may make you cringe even just a bit. Print the photos. Craft the layout. And tell your story.

I would love to hear how this has gone for you. Please share in the comments below.

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own. 

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