I recently caught myself in a serious spin. It was a social media wormhole spin. Follow me for a moment: I was convinced everything about my life was somehow *less* than what I was seeing online. I was the worst designer that ever was. We had the ugliest shop in Portland. We had the worst house, the worst taste, the worst clothes, etc etc etc, pit, hole, desperation, ugliness, blah! And what's worse?? I realized I'd only just wasted a heck of a lot of time, while I could have been doing something productive--or at least finding inspiration in the images and ideas that I paddled through. As if that wasn't enough, I spent the next bit of time wondering what was wrong with me, why I would allow myself down this path when there's so much I love about my life. Yeah: straight up wormhole.
But then, I felt comfort in knowing that I couldn't be the only one who experiences this. Things like Instagram and Facebook are filled with the edited versions of our lives, the things we find beautiful or want to share with the world. It makes sense that a passenger through that, may occasionally feel anxiety--like their life isn't quite stacking up compared to those they follow. When in reality, I think we all have our not-so-pretty sides---and ultimately, isn't that what makes us beautiful in the end?
That's when I thought of it: The Rough Edges Project. Here's my idea: we embrace and expose. All the parts of our lives that we generally wouldn't want people to see or that we're not as proud of--the parts that make us real. Add a pretty filter if you like, but no staging, no editing. Let's see each others' Rough Edges. Perhaps in exposing these things we'll feel a sense of relief, we'll try to improve the things we consider our faults, we'll find comfort in our peers "flaws", or maybe it will just inspire laughs. Whatever the case, I hope it's a good feeling and not a bad one. I hope it makes you smile. And I hope you'll join in!
[caption id="attachment_8614" align="aligncenter" width="850"] OH NO!! Look at those toes!! There's nothing like overworked, red, swollen little tootsies. I thought this 3 month old toe-nail polish project would be a nice one to highlight, too.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8612" align="aligncenter" width="560"] This is the state in which I usually find our car's main console. It drives me crazy every time I see it.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_8615" align="aligncenter" width="850"] I have a very bad habit of picking my thumbs when I'm nervous.[/caption]
We will be posting pictures of imperfect things through our Instagram account whenever we feel compelled. We will compile project collections for the blog, so check back to get your dose of our rough edges.
If you feel like joining in, add this to your posts: #roughedgesproject. I really hope you guys join in and that you find some joy in this!
In the meantime, sail into the weekend with a lot of love in your hearts; and I will too!
***Song of the moment: The Good Life (is wasted), by Lambchop***