Fall 2012

Fall 2012
[learning to live a perfectly imperfect life]

Let The Learning Begin....

I've had a blog in my head for many months now.  But, of course, signing up with Blogger and clicking "done" would be too easy.... to "everyone else."  Instead, I have to mull it over -- think about how I want it to look, what I want it to say, and because I don't think it's just right, the blog sits.  It sits and captures no memories.  No thoughts.  Then one day, I get back to it... thinking about which photo to use, how to begin.  Hmmm.  Not sure.  And so, again it sits.  

And so there it is... beginning my blog -- a blog I intend to use as a place to capture my life and the lessons I learn along the way, teaches me Lesson #1.  

It doesn't have to be perfect.  It can be imperfect.  

But, being the Type A personality that I am, can I say that it's "perfectly imperfect?"

Thank you.

So, here is my perfectly imperfect blog.

Each day, I realize how much I have learned, and how much there still is to learn.  

About life. (You'll never get everything done on your "to-do" list, so just put your list down and go play with your kids.)

About being a mom.  (Don't pour more milk in a cup than your willing to wipe up off the floor.)

A wife. (Don't forget to kiss him goodbye before he leaves for work, even if you're changing a diaper and unloading the dishwasher simultaneously.)

A sister. (Forget about being bossed around when you were 7... those very same qualities are what gets you the good advice you get today.)  

A daughter.  (Show appreciation for everything your parents do for you... you don't get an allowance anymore but all the other things they do for your family are priceless!)

A friend.  (Stay friends with those who don't mind hearing you yell "please get your pretzel out of your nose" when you're on the phone with them.... of course, they know you well enough to know you weren't directing it at them.)

A non-profit event planner.  (Don't assign volunteers you've never met to a position you can't afford to not have someone at... who knows if they're really gonna show up.)

A writer.  (Write in a way that makes people relate to you... you know, admit you sometimes throw in a DVD so you can go to the bathroom by yourself -- with the door shut.)

A photographer.  (When there isn't much light, bump up your ISO... but not too high or your photo will have noise... and be sure your shutter speed is low.... but not too low or you will get camera shake in your photo -- but if you are photographing a busy toddler forget all of that and just do whatever you have to do to get the child in the photo.)

I hope there are some people out there that are okay with perfectly imperfect.  

Because, really.... I'm just Learning As I Go.


Anonymous said...

Carin, "Best wishes" from Belgrade, on your new "blog-venture!" Someday I will share with you, how much I have enjoyed, your grandmother's (Pat Groom) articles in the local newspaper, the "Ireton Booster", about growing up two sisters, on various farms, and their love for their (preacher) father and step mother! Until then, I have to figure out the Cyrillic writing and Serbian language on this sign in page--being in a "Southern Slavic" (literally, "Yugoslavia") country, can be a challenge! "Keep on postin'"!!!

Kelly said...

Welcome to the fabulous world of blogging! I think I'm going to borrow your term "perfectly imperfect." I've found my perfectionist tendencies have decreased with each baby I've had. The desire is still there but the capability isn't :)


Sue said...

Really enjoyed your blogs, especially this one, you will still be learning new things as each year goes on. And how special family and friends are. I think I age every time after I watch the grandkids, as there are 7 of them from ages 7 mo. to 9 years, with a set of red head twins. But do have to say that being grandparents is wonderful. Keep up the great work.

Cindy Groom-Harry said...

6-17/09 ... And speaking of Grandma Groom, she "is SO proud of you, my dear" and how you are using both of your artistic skills - writing and photography. As for me, I admire you so much... continually surprised and pleased to have given birth to two of my best friends! I love you, Jer and our precious grandkids who give Dad and me more pure joy than you can imagine. Thank you for sharing your life with us... and the world! (As Grandpa Groom would say, "Go gettum, tiger!")

Love, Mom