Pinterest is a wonderful tool.
It was irreplaceable in coming up with my wedding theme, décor ideas, chalkboard inspiration, and for finding wedding planning tips and checklists (you can see the results of some of my Pinterest inspired pretties here– and check out my wedding board here!). I added my mom and sister to a board so we could all share ideas, then pinned the best ideas to a final board. I really can’t imagine planning my wedding without Pinterest. It also is so helpful in coming up with gluten-free dinners and keeping my favorite tried & true recipes easy to access (most of the meals I make for me and my love come from Pinterest- check out my board here). With my blogs, Pinterest has been the best source to find tips, tricks, formats, and themes from people I am more inclined to trust than simply the results of a Google search.
I really love Pinterest. It has become an integral part in different areas of my life. But sometimes, it does more harm than good. Other than the high possibility of becoming a time-waster, I’ve come to realize that…
Sometimes Pinterest leads to pining over what I don’t have and discontentment about what I do.
I get frustrated that my attempt at something does not look as perfect as the picture in the tutorial- especially true when I worked at making my own wedding décor.
I feel inadequate when I read articles about life topics- why does everyone have it all together except for me?
I grow discontent with my closet and feel frumpy in my style after seeing so many pictures of gorgeous outfits on beautiful models.
I feel incompetent when I read blog-advice with intelligent authors and their attractive images and immense knowledge. Why can’t I figure out this little part of my blog when others can do sooooo much more?
The negative feelings stemming from an array of subjects goes on. Maybe you have felt the same way. Sometimes I catch myself and dispel the lies I find myself believing. Other times I fail to realize my deception and it negatively affects my mood.
When I was planning out wedding, I knew that it would never look like the pictures I was pinning. My location and budget just didn’t allow for all of that. But I still hoped it would. I would be disappointed and dissatisfied with the fact that my wedding would never be on that level of Pinterest-worthiness. Every time a craft I tried didn’t go exactly as I had planned or was far harder than the pin made it seem, I would get frustrated. Discontent. Angry. I would have a little temper tantrum of “why can’t I do anything right? Why does it have to be like this? Why is it so hard? Why am I failing?”. My mom was sweet enough to frequently remind me of reality and of what really mattered. I was making these things for my wedding! The things I crafted were special because I put the work into it myself. And the most important parts of the day weren’t the decorations, the displays, the tablescapes; I was marrying my best friend, committing our life together to Christ, and celebrating it with our friends and family.
Ultimately, when I looked over the reception hall that Friday evening before the wedding, I was so thankful and elated with the results! My family, fiancé, and best friend helped me pull it all together and I had the satisfaction of knowing I had dreamed/designed/crafted/completed my vision on a low budget. I forgot about the Pinterest standard, the perfect pictures, all the pining I did for perfectionistic expectations.
I was content- because I realized and decided that sometimes,
Pinterest breeds unrealistic standards and discontentment.
The purpose and process mattered more than the product.
I still find myself battling the discontentment war with my reality and the Perfect land of Pinterest. But I have learned firsthand that perfection isn’t always best. Personalization is best 🙂 . I am still going to use the amazing tool of Pinterest. But sometimes, I have to shut down my computer, put down my phone, and clear my head of the expectations I have- and remember to have fun!
Have you pined over Pinterest and discovered discontentment? I would love to hear how you battle it!