I purchased new blog templates last week so I can start a separate blog that talks only about the nitty-gritty, not-always-pretty stuff. I don't plan on it being a negative space, although I'll guarantee there will be some unhappiness there. It's life. It's not always fair. No one said it would be.
I haven't had the energy to work with the designer this week, so you'll hopefully bear with me writing yet another post like this. But guess what? It doesn't end negatively.
So I post my thoughts on Facebook. I'm in a ton of pain, but I'm determined to pick up my son from school and give Rick a much-deserved break, although he swears he doesn't need it. I'm in agony, but I'm also exhausted and I'm trying to stay awake a few more hours. I scan the Facebook feed with half an eye.... and then this happened.
Dove has had several campaigns meant to empower women and make them understand they are indeed worthy of being called beautiful, that society puts an unfair spin on what beauty is, and shames what it feels is not.
After I watched the video, I thought how I could view "beautiful" as "it's OK to be yourself, even if being yourself means a good cry, days in bed, and feeling stuck, and then writing about it when you want to".
There should be no shame in that.
I viewed "average" as "you can be safe and never write another sad word again, only post silliness and happiness, and no one will ever know how you really feel, but you at least didn't make them roll their eyes".
Average isn't bad. But I don't want to be average.
I have great hope that the upcoming new blog will be a place of reflection, healing, occasional screaming when necessary, and safety. I will be happy to bring THIS blog back to Pretty Things -- jewelry, beads, stories about Zack, books, and all things that make me smile.
Everyone has a story.
This is mine.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking on the right side bar of this blog (please and thank you!). She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book "Bead Soup" via Kalmbach Publishing.