My {un} Perfect Life

The other day I was thinking about life. My thoughts were drawn to just how regular and mundane daily life can be for me {and probably for most people}. I don’t have a fancy life nor does my life look at like a Pinterest pin. Truth be told I’m just sorta ordinary. My ordinary typically includes…an early morning workout followed by Shakeology.

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Off to work where I try to keep the ball rolling in terms of office supplies, lunches, copy machines, travel arrangements, paying invoices, monitoring calendars while smiling pretty and bantering with whoever lobs the joke my way.

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As I continued to think about life, my thoughts then traveled down the path of  my daughter’s third grade teacher. Random, I know but bear with me. My mom always refereed to her as a “meat and potatoes” teacher. She wasn’t fancy but she provided the bones with which Lindsay would have a great stepping off point in her learning. That teacher has always held a special place in my heart because she was down to earth and she taught so well.

Well, back to the ultimate Pinterest pin life. It’s so easy to get caught up in a comparison game through blogging. It’s easy to compare your ordinary life to the beautiful ones. I’ve done this so often and I know firsthand that “comparison is the thief of joy”. I know as women it is SUPER easy to get caught on that roller coaster. I also think as I age I am less apt to compare myself to others but it still happens.

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And if I only remember this:

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. ~ Nehemiah 8:10

My joy is not from a perfect life but my life in Him.

No, I don’t live an exciting life. I’m not shopaholic with a new outfit for every Monday morning to post on this little blog {only some Monday mornings}. BIG smile when that actually happens though! I don’t drive a fancy car or live in a big house. Actually, right now I’m living in a 1 bed/1 bath 842 sq. ft. town home. BUT we are in the middle of trying to build a house…thankfully! I’m not a world traveler and probably never will be because I’m just not a good traveler at all. I’m a 40-hour a week girl with some dear friends. I’m a homebody but if the hubby is driving I’ll go anywhere with him. Not exciting…just meat and potatoes but I’m okay with that and quite happy actually. I’ll always be a basic down to earth small town girl from the Mid-West. I love my hometown!

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I thought I would share a few pictures of my recent ordinary everyday life from last week.

A co-worker told me about Hurts Donuts. We went, we ate, we conquered the donuts. Then we went back for a cinnamon roll (on a different day, of course). A massive cinnamon roll which didn’t not get finished until the next day.

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Oh, no! Forgot to snap a pic before I started eating. Saturday breakfast at our favorite cafe and sharing  pancakes with my hubby.

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After breakfast on Saturday we drove around looking at houses and trying to make some decisions.

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Although I have had dreams of being a minimalist and saving the world from over consumption I am over that dream. Living in 842 sq. ft. has cured me. I mean when you’re a homebody you just need a little more room so you don’t go crazy. For example, right now from where I’m sitting, beating this laptop to death I have about five steps to get to the bathroom. How in the world is a girl going to get 10,000 steps a day like that?! LOL Anyway, in my quest to be minimalist I (we) let go of our dresser while downsizing. We were keeping various clothing items in bins. That bin idea was about to bring about the death of someone or maybe a divorce and since neither of those were good options we headed to IKEA and picked up this dresser.

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I love it! My hubby loves it! He should because he grew especially fond of it after five hours of putting it together and taking it apart to get the final product. He conquered. We are happy to again have a dresser. Life is beautiful!

So all joking aside there was sadness this week too. On Friday, I received a text from my mom that her brother’s wife had died. We knew she wasn’t good but she also wasn’t expected to go that soon. The last time I saw Aunt Adoline was in November 2015. We flew my daughter to Texas for a visit. My parents were in Branson with friends so we drove there so we could all spend time together. Thankfully, my aunt and uncle were there with another group of tourists and we all met up.

IMG_2243L to R ~ Dad / Mom / Uncle Dale / A Classmate / Aunt Adoline

IMG_2249The whole gang at at lunch.

IMG_2256These are my people being crazy as we were waiting for a show

My daughter Lindsay / Dad / Mom / Dale / Me

Life is precious. Perfect or {un}perfect it is a gift to be unwrapped, explored and lived. Our days are numbered and we never know how long we have. We never know what each day holds.

Love your life, friends! Whether it is big and bold or small and simple it’s yours to live. You only get one!

Have a beautiful day and wonderful life!

Carrie  ~ xoxo

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  • I just love this Carrie!! Comparison is absolutely the thief of joy. I've been caught up in it a time or two and have to remind myself to just be me, to love the life I live and remember that other people's blogs/social media are their highlight reel. They to have a lot of ordinary about them too. Brooke Pumps and Push-Ups
    • Thank you, Brooke! Whenever I write posts like this, I feel more true to myself. It is so encouraging when others can identify with it. Hope you have a great week!
  • Carrie, I am very sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose a family memeber and to watch the ones you love grapple with the loss. This post really resonated with me today, probably because I just wrote on the blog about the pressure we women, me specifically, put on ourselves. Your life may not be fancy but it sounds lovely. From what little glimpses I have of who you are through your blog, it seems to me that you are someone who embraces life and loves her family. Happy Monday.
  • Living on Cloud Nine
    Happy Monday girl! Getting ready to head to the airport but checking in first with my faves. I'm a homebody too and we had a good time, but Vegas'ed out, lol. I love this so much, your heart speaks such truths and love and relatability! Have a great start to your week gorgeous!! xoxo
    • Thank you, sweetheart! Always encouraging to share my heart and have it relate to others. Hope you have a wonderful time in Vegas! :)
  • Bri
    I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt! I feel the same way about my day to day life. I love reading about other people's lives, & am actually going to do a day in the life post for myself this week, but I still feel like mine is pretty mundane. Wake up, go to work, do school work/chill at home, go to bed.
    • Many days are mundane for sure but the people in those days make them better! Hope you have a great week!
  • Loved this little glimpse into your everyday life. Spending time on comparison is such a waste, because we all have our own beautiful life to live. But it's so hard to remember sometimes! So exciting that you're building a new home!
    • Yep, love our own life! I'm so trying to embrace that everyday!
  • Lori
    I love this post. I love all of your posts, but this is especially awesome today! So much of it rings true to me. My life is pretty routine and mundane, busy too, however I do enjoy traveling if it is with my family. :) You are a great example of such a wonderful woman to so many and a great example of working on a great marriage and life. Thanks!!
    • Thank you, Lori! This was super encouraging to me to read. You made my day. Hope you have a beautiful week!
  • A
    I have never commented before but I really enjoy reading your blog. This post was beautiful, sometimes it's hard to not feel jealous of bloggers and what appears to be a glamorous life. Thanks for being so real, and I'm very sorry for your family's loss.
    • A
      I just have to say that for some reason a photo appeared next to my comment and it's definitely not me! This is why I don't comment, haha
    • Thank you so much for reading my blog! I'm so encouraged to be real when others can relate. Hope you have a great week!
  • Katie Mitchell
    Carrie!! Beautiful post...You always make me stop and think!! Love you sweet lady!!
    • Yay! That makes me so happy! Hope you have a great week, friend!
  • Love this post, Carrie. I love your beautiful heart and you always speak right to mine.
    • Thank you, Abbie! Your words are very encouraging! Hope you have a great week!
  • aw, I love this ....I can just hear you speaking it with your kind heart!
    • You are too kind, my friend!
  • I love posts about everyday life! They're my favorite kind!
    • Thank you! That really encourages me!
  • I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. It's true too, life is never as perfect as social media can make it out to be - and that's okay! It's the everyday that makes us special. We don't always know the story behind things and we don't always share all our own stories, it can be tricky sometimes but good to remember that when we start to feel jealous. Like it says in one of the toddler's books, sometimes the same people I'm feeling jealous about may even be feeling jealous of me! We all have our own things to cherish. Hope you are having a really good week so far. Away From The Blue Blog
    • Thank you! Your comment was super encouraging!
  • Oh, Carrie, thank you for this important public service message. I do love my life and need to love it even when things are less than perfect.
    • I think we don't learn to love our own life we will be super unhappy!
  • Love this! I think we all feel this way sometimes. I felt so great having such fancy pictures from my trip last week but this week just looks so mundane in comparison...but that's okay because it's real life! I'm also sorry to hear about your aunt! My thoughts are with your family.
  • I'm sorry to hear about your aunt :( But yay for unperfect lives and honest, transparent posts!