The Thing About Blogging...

Blogging is a funny thing. Especially on days like today. How does one go from tears in the morning to photographing something as silly as shower oil in the afternoon?

My new favorite product...Almond Shower Oil from L'Occitane.
{Given to me as a birthday gift by a dear friend.}

How is it I can wade through deep layers in counseling one day and post frivolous things the next? That used to bug me because it seemed so inauthentic...like I'm only willing to show you the pretty and perfect side of life while there's a mess underneath.

Sometimes I feel conflicted about whether to blog at all, because on any given day, I can choose to show you this...

{My perfectly made bed on a sunshiny day.}

...or I can choose to show you this:

{My unmade bed today.}

I can choose to reveal myself like this...

{A little heavy and emotional as I deal with weighty things.}

...or I can put my smile on and give you this:

{A little overexposed with shorter hair than I've had in awhile, but it's the same me.}

I can choose to not reveal myself to you at all.

There are many days when I skip the blogging
and pour my heart out in my journal instead. 
{I love those days.}

If I wrote about all that I've been working through in counseling since November, you'd see real fast that my life is anything but perfect. It's as messy as yours. And you know what surprises me? At 37 years old, I'm not ashamed of my mess. In fact, I'm learning to love myself even more as I sort through it. What a gift!

But while I'm not afraid or ashamed of my mess, it's capturing beauty in everyday life that feeds my soul and makes the messy parts of life a little more bearable. That's why I returned to this little ol' blog after four months away. The process of writing and photographing small and simple things forces me to see beauty where I might have otherwise missed it.

So as funny as it sounds, on this rainy, overcast day, I'm as thankful for the tears I shed in the morning as I am for photographs of simple things around my house in the afternoon. Both are the real me today.

How about you? What are you thankful for today?

P.S. Alongside counseling, I'm using this book to sort through the broken places of my life. I'm working through it slowly and prayerfully, but it's been a tremendous blessing to me, so I wanted to share it with you in case it might bless you, too.


  1. awesome post! you are so "real" and beautiful. thanks for sharing. blessing to you for a wonderful weekend.

  2. I am thankful for you. I adore your blog. I appreciate that you feel comfortable enough to share your true emotions, and a true vision of your life. You see such beauty and help me to see it too. And I am thankful for that.

  3. blogging is like david in the psalms!
    i'm glad you're back.
    some days are all neat & crisp and all tucked in.
    some days are messy and behind and emotional...
    it's our life.

    i thought of you today when i was at world market & scored the LAST three ( one of each) of those awesome candle jars thingies!!!
    see, if you hadn't blog about such frivolty i would have certainly missed out

  4. Such a beautiful post. I found so much of myself in it it was scary. I'm so going to check out that book. Thank you for sharing it.

    ♥ sécia

    P.S. I think unmade beds photograph better than made ones... ;)

  5. My bed today is like your 2nd picture. :) And, I had to smile when I saw your hair because I just got mine cut short last Friday and it looks very much like yours! I'm forever thankful that I'm able to stay home and be a wife and mom and spend time creating in my studio. (Or taking a much needed nap in my unmade bed - as I did today!) Your post was heartfelt and I'm thankful to have discovered your blog this past year.

  6. Love your blog... so please keep at it, no matter what you choose to share :)


  7. Linsey, I have missed this kind of truthfulness and your sincere authenticity since you took your blogging break....I too have been moving through painful but beautiful understanding these past few months. So amazing how God continues to unfold my life in struggles and joys....and how I am learning and LOVING to be right where I am with whatever I am feeling....and can feel and truly know that He's loves me and is helping me the whole time. His total acceptance of who I am RIGHT NOW is such a source of strength and it is never ending...and all I have to do is be willing to ask for His help....Love and hugs to you and hopefully we can share our cup of tea soon...and share tears and smiles too!! Lisa

  8. Sweet Linsey -- your authenticity, your faith, and your grace inspires me -- thank you for revealing yourself to us today -- you're a blessing! :) PS...I love the short hair! xo

  9. A lovely post--the messy and the pristine.



  10. Thank you for your encouragement, sweet blog friends. I love that you "get me" whether I share the shallow or the deep. :) XO!

  11. Welcome back. I have always enjoyed your truthfulness. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing (and great pics) with us!

  12. Very refreshing post. Sometimes when I read blogs where they post constant photos of their beautiful selves, perfect kids, perfect home....you have to wonder....no one is perfect.....

    I and I hear you on posting....my mom has been in and out of the hospital doing chemo and dealing with its side effects. Some days I think....who the heck cares about a fabric or what chair I choose for my kitchen table when there are "real" issues to deal with....but I do find blogging to be an escape I enjoy. I have trouble finding the balance between how much I want (or think people would want) to share of real life vs. the pretties.

    Thanks for keeping it real.

  13. Beautiful post and love the new hair. Just remember, when all else fails, you have a friend down the street who loves to drink wine AND loves you. I'm just a text away~ we need to catch up.
    Big hugs and happy weekend.

  14. This is a great post! I know exactly what you mean about what you choose to share on your blog. This week we have dealt with the suicide of my husband's long time assistant's DIL. She left a husband and 3 children behind. I can not imagine the pain she must have been in to do what she did. I am praying that God would allow me to see behind people's smiles and be able to offer a life giving word of encouragement.
    Thank you for being so transparent and real.

  15. Hugs to you today! Honesty and humility are great traits and you have shared that today.

    We all wear masks. There is a fine balance in blogging.You have a way of expressing what we all feel.

  16. Thanks for sharing this great post. In a world that can be upside down....I can find perfect peace looking at your pretty pictures. Nothing wrong with a little escape whenever, however we can find it!

  17. I love how real you are and honest. Blessings and big hugs, always.


  18. It is real story..real life. It is how God takes broken things and makes new..makes whole
    And that my friend is what He is doing through you and in you so that as you share all of the bits and pieces we connect and see ourselves in you.
    I can't make any sense right now..I just woke up from a nap:) felt SO good
    but I see me in you. And I am lifted..like His work in you can also be in me.
    We connect this way..in vulnerability. His grace is found only in truth. I LOVE you and all that He is doing in your life. Oh girl - it is happening!
    big hugs..

  19. love that. love truth, transparency. i think we're called to share our journey. i believe it can be in a journal, or over the phone, or with your husband, or even on a blog. but i think vulnerability breeds strength. thank you for being real. he will carry you, the whole journey, you're in his hands.

  20. Honestly, thank you. I have been lurking for awhile, and this post made me come out of hiding. Thank you for your transparency and vulnerability. I find it so refreshing in this picture perfect world. And your pictures are beautiful :) So are you- in the beauty and the mess.

  21. What a wonderfully honest post! Thank you for being true and sharing the perfect and not so perfect parts of life! Love your blog! Prayers for you friend!

  22. Linsey you are beautiful inside and out!
    The wonderful thing about blogging is you can share just what you want. We all have trials and tribulations, and blogging can give us a respite from what we have to deal with in our real lives. It certainly has for me.

    Art by Karena

  23. What a beautiful post!! You inspire me daily with your lovely words and photos. I love your blog!! I love your cross necklace. Where did you purchase it?? It is so pretty.

  24. You know... I was just thinking this same thing the other day. Such heavy emotions to writing a fun blog post. Funny how that works. I am so grateful to be able to connect here through your beautiful spot. Praying for you friend... hope you are well. ♥

  25. This is really beautiful, and so heartfelt! It takes a lot of courage to pour your heart out anonymously, but even more so to show your face to us all, just so we can see you pull through! And fairplay its amazing! Hope you're well and welcome back to the blogosphere!

  26. I resonate with learning to love the parts of myself that are broken....

    it is in seeing the brokenness and the mess in ourselves that we recognize a real need for God.

    so grateful for the shallow and the deep!!

  27. We all have mess in our life.....and hardship....and angst. It is what we do with it...and how we choose to cope with it that makes us who we are. The hardest thing to learn is not to sweat it too bad. Unfortunately I only learned that with age.....dang...wish I knew it when I was younger....welcome back


"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one." ~ C.S. Lewis

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