With the start of the new year and a fresh perspective in tow, I recently perused the magazine aisle at work for some new inspiration. Of course, I had to grab the new issue of Real Simple among some others.
Laying aside the age-old warning of judging a book by its cover, I generally base my decision largely on just that- the cover design. And I must say, the current issue delivers before even opening its pages. As previously mentioned here, the color of 2014 is Radiant Orchid. As you can see below, the editors of Real Simple have so cleverly already introduced it.
I am telling you, these things are not an accident.
Anyway.. the articles within speak to resolutions, organization, and fresh starts. While it will take me a while [as it always does] to really dig in and glean inspiration from the wealth of advice in its pages, I was struck by the editor’s note.
Van Ogtrop writes about the seemingly unending quest for balance in our lives. As an aside, she begs the question, “Who hasn’t felt lousy after browsing a friend’s too-good-to-be-true Facebook page?” . This leads to a challenge- one I feel compelled to tackle.
They call it Get Real on the Internet Week. From January 13- 17 everyone is encouraged to forget the froufrou status updates and filtered instagram posts to be REAL on social media. That isn’t to say I don’t appreciate seeing the joy of life and the beauty all around, but allow me to be honest. There are “pictures” around my daily life that are not allowed on my social media outlets. They are the grimy, gritty, cause-me-to-pull-my-hair-out moments that I try to sleep away day in and day out. Do you feel me? I feel confident I’m not the only one out there- surely I’m not the only type A personality stuck in a type B body.
So uh, let’s embrace the less attractive side of this life together and find the beauty in the honesty of it all. You can follow along on twitter [@realsimple, @h_barcus] and instagram [hbarcus] with the hashtag #rsgetreal. And if you would like to sign up to get the daily prompts, go here to submit your email.
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