Monday, January 23, 2012

Real Talk

{grizzly bear wool socks today. but at least my legs are shaved.
no big deal.}

Don't get me wrong.

That would be my disclaimer for this blog post.
Remember it. You might occasionally pull those four words out every so often in your mind.


Beautiful and pretty things are everywhere. And I'm a big fan of those things.
I'm inspired by those things.
I dream. long. ache. for them on a daily basis.
The stuff of true beauty, mind you. Forget what the world has to say about beauty.
Hey, World! Yeah, I'm talking to you, you big ol' marble in the sky. You know what? Sometimes you can be a real nincompoop when it comes to your version of what's true and beautiful.

{insert my disclaimer here}

I love blogging.
The writing. The creative freedom. The people. It's a beautiful beautiful astonishingly beautiful community.

If you've been a reader of The Whim Wham Life for any amount of time, I bet {hope} you'll realize that things are a little different around here.
Here's my secret:
something about going against the flow, being different, has always lit a fire in me.

My favorite color for the past 18 years has been green, because all the girls in kindergarten were picking pink and purple. Even at 5 years of age, I couldn't stomach the thought of doing something because everyone else was doing it.

A part of me hopes Baby Bean feels the same way someday... {not necessarily having a passionate picking his favorite color-"I have a dreammmm"- moment that his dramatically stubborn mama did} but a feeling of something and doing something nonetheless.

Yes. My posts might normally have pretty fluffy things. Summarizing sweet rain-soaked Portland weekends. A fancy-shmancy recipe or two. The celebration of a good hair day.
The dirt. the nitty-gritty stuff. That's always here too. Drizzly days full of old sweatpants, frizzy hair, cold cereal meals, and awkward moments.

Is this real life?
And it's kind of the most beautiful thing.


{Bon Bon}


Mish Lovin' Life said...

True that sista.
I love your blogging as well.
It puts a smile on my face :)


Gail @ Sophisticated Steps said...

Amen. Hallelujah.
'Nuf said.


Songbook said...

I love blogging because it is like a fantasy world of beauty and perfection- where everyone puts thought into what they are going to say and makes sure that the images they display are their best. I honestly think it helps showcase the most beautiful things the world has to offer.

Kate said...

Couldn't have said it better myself :) Love this!

Kimberly said...

Ditto on the green-fav-color-thang, re:
We just may be the same person.

Michaela said...

Love this. You're right...people get caught up in the world's idea of beauty...and I am first to admit I do! (What can I say...making things beautiful will be my job one day!) BUT I love the raw, awkward, messy moments, too. Thanks for reminding me to share those also! xoxo M

modern Suburbanites said...

great post!! :)

Madeline Grace said...

Your blog always makes me smile! I know Baby Bean will turn out as awesome as you !

So Truly Lovely said...

"and it's kind of the most beautiful thing..." I love that line!!! I am glad that there are 7 billion people and all of us are different and beauty captivates each of us in unique ways. Keep being awesome. Ridiculously awesome with a wee one.
xoxo, Anna

Allison said...

I love a beautiful mess! Good reminder my friend. :) I tagged you on my blog if you want to check it out!

Jessica Holly said...

I love this! It's true, lots of real life over here!

Taylor said...

Thanks for your truthful words. It is good to be different. It is good to be beautiful.

You say some things that really resonate with me and make me think we are kindred spirits. I claimed I was a "brown girl" among "pink girls" when I went to college and didn't know what to do. So I made friends with the pink girls and kept being brown. And that statement, almost 8 years later has continued to be a common statement in my family. It is good to be brown. And green. And even pink.

xo Taylor

laurenjeanallece said...

And all God's people said AMEN!

I love this. Reality IS the true beauty of the human condition.

And I think we're really lucky to live in a city like Portland that embraces that :)

Brooke said...
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Brooke said...

If there's one thing I love, it's HONESTY. Thank you thank you for painting real pictures of life! Most of my days are spent being a frizzy-haired, sweatpants wearing, sleep deprived, G-D striving gal... And that's how it is! Thanks for being you. It's nice to have more against-the-grainers in the world :)

Much love to ya,


LaynahRose said...

blogs are so much better RAW.
it really is "kind of the most beautiful thing."

Holly said...

aaaaand that is why I like your blog. :)

Chloe Deverill said...

That's why I love reading your blog!!
It's different, fun, and I love your writing!

Jenna said...

The fact that you are different is what initially drew me to your blog. I always love your unique outlook and optimism.

Different is good!


elz said...

what a great first post, as a new reader. thanks so much for commenting on my blog, it's what brought me over here to your space. and i have to say, im looking forward to checking back already. :)

the everyday & the ordinary are what makes one able to enjoy the extraordinary.

ciaobella said...

well you did just that this morning. inspire.

the thing that bums me out... is liking something and then it becomes popular. like for me- the color yellow... now everyone loves it and is decorating w/ it...

Stephanie said...


Amanda said...

From the little boy on YouTube "Thumbs up everybody and rock 'n' roll."

And that's how I feel happy about your post.

Jodi Ann said...

If I knew you in person I would high five you for this post. Love.

Rachel said...

Love it!You go girl!

SymbioticLife said...

I could literally hug you for this post. The shiny, fluffy, sparkly things in life are great but the nit and grit of the daily grind holds its own beautiful which is all too often overlooked. Thank you for pointing that out!

Alexis Kaye said...

agreed. that's why i love your blog so much. it feels so real to me :)

Ana said...

I love that your blog is real! Loved this post.

Tatiana said...

First, I gotta say..
YOU STILL SHAVE YOUR LEGS!!?!?!? I'm impresses. I think it took me a few months to get there again after Giada was born.
Second. I love your honest, crazy, different self.

Britney said...

Hahaha my favorite color was totally blue since every one else's was pink, lilac, princess purple, blahblahblah.
And I'm glad that you find beauty in rain-soaked Portland weekends. I'm becoming quite bitter. You might need to send me some tips on how to stay sane during these rainy months :)

Brooke said...

What a great post! My legs aren't shaved right now.. I should probably get on that ;)

Katie @ My Darling Days said...

Welp, after a few short minutes, I'm hooked. *New follower :)

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