Do you have your St. Patrick’s Day menu planned? Maybe you’ve created a spry leprechaun to sit on your mantle or a rainbow in a can surprise for your kids to discover.
I don’t mean to poke fun or discount the importance of celebrations and decorating our homes for holidays. I simply wish to acknowledge the pressure I place on myself when I check out Pinterest and see all of the cute projects every “perfect mom” is doing.
There are a billion wonderful ideas that creative types are posting on the Internet, and by the time you’re done reading this it may a billion and 20. I want to craft, buy and bake them all. But I’ve discovered even the idea of the constant creating, organizing and baking stresses me out. I wish I could return to an unaware bliss — a time when I didn’t know such ideas existed and when I lived in a more simple reality. And no, I’m not talking about the simple life that requires me to spend hours online figuring out how to live simply.
From an isolated vantage point, it seems like everyone is doing and buying and creating, while I struggle to get my kids fed, dressed and to school on time.
Guilt. Covetousness. Loneliness. These feelings hang on my back after a session of poking around online. And yet that lust for more of what my life could be pushes me to log on again for more torture. Maybe it’s time to set some guidelines for Pinterest usage. What do you think? Would it help if we:
w View Pinterest as a tool? Have an idea (such as the need to make a birthday cake). Set a time limit for the search (15 minutes), then set accountability to ensure there is an end in sight to the browsing session (start looking 15 minutes before you need to leave the house).
w Counter the spirit of covetousness with one of gratefulness? Start a gratitude journal or counter time spent online with time helping out a friend.
w Ask for accountability? Partner with a friend for regular reality checks. Remind each other that we are not alone in forgetting to celebrate Groundhog Day.
w Schedule time offline? Once a week? Once a month? Once a day? Setting a break from online temptations usually reminds me that I do love my life, even though I don’t have the cutest pillows on my couch.
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