Monday, October 18, 2010

Life Is Good. But It Ain't Perfect, That's for Sure

It has recently come to my attention that one of my readers thinks my life is perfect. I try to keep it real around here. I apologize if my writing has presented a false image of perfection around here. We are the SANATORIUM, after all. Things are always crazy and never perfect.

I yell too much. I sleep in too often. I neglect exercise too frequently. I occasionally spank and repeatedly send offenders to the corner. Piano practice is a challenge, fixing dinner an ever-present grind.

I do try to dwell on the positive—who would want to dwell on the negative all the time? My kids truly are brilliant, funny and beautiful. My family is the center of my life, and my life is good. Good, yes. Perfect, no.

Tomorrow, I challenge you to post a real day. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Images appreciated but not required. I’d love to see what you really look like at the grocery store. I’d like to know your real-life discipline. Do you go crazy every afternoon like I do and devour every carb in sight? Or are you a “hide in the bathroom till the chaos passes” kind?

I’m not talking about divulging deep dark flaws here. We really don’t want to know those things. But those things that make you real. Not Barbie-of-the-Blogs. Not Crafty-Queen. Not Fashionista-du-jour. The real you. The one that draws us back to your blog again and again. I’m prepared to let down my guard a bit. And I’ll show you the real Sanatorium. Messes, arguments, imperfection and all.

Ready to join me in this revolution? Link your post Wednesday.

We’re all anxious to meet the real you.

See you tomorrow.



  1. What a great idea! If I have time I will definitely try to post something real!

    Best wishes,

  2. Love it. I have a birthday post for my sister I'm going to try and do this today. Hmmm....need a picture of the holey sweatshirt my fingers are poking through as I sit here and type! :)

  3. Sounds like fun! I wore my PJ pants in the car line I'll start with that! haha!

  4. What a great idea Jen!

    I hope you didn't think I was talking about you. . .I read your blog because you do keep it real. Reminding us that it takes work to be a good mom, wife and friend! But that in the midst of that work is a lot of joy. . .

    We are in the throes of the stomach flu, so who knows what tomorrow might bring:)

  5. Sounds like an interesting idea. Of course, I lead a very mundane life so I'm not sure you'd find it very interesting. Still going to link up though!

  6. All I know is you used to have 2 comments a day and now you get 40. I should start calling you cJen. Popular!

    and now you want me to show all my flaws? why not!


  7. I think it's a good thing that you focus on your positives- gratitude and graciousness are very becoming, especially on you!

  8. I'm in! I don't know if I have the courage to post a picture of the mountain of laundry, but I will try to be real. Thanks for the challenge!

  9. WHAAAAAAT? Your life isn't perfect? How ridiculous! How did you have me fooled allll this time!

    Ok fine, I can attest people...her house gets messy, the kids fight, there is A LOT of noise associated with their sanitorium. It's true. But, they're all so lovable and great, it's OK!

  10. Oops! I'm logged in at my sister in laws. This is Allyson. Woopsy!

    Let it be on record that at least my hair is perfect, right now, this instant, but shall never be perfect again...until I get it done the next time.

  11. Hahaha! You are a brave woman to request such a thing from us all :) Question: Why are we bugged when someone thinks our life is perfect? I think it is because we work so hard to get it how it is and we don't want that to be disregarded. It is so ok to be who we are... no perfect pretenses here! I do think you are amazing :)

  12. I love this!
    Please feel free to stop by my blog :)

  13. I love this idea! I can't wait to share too!

  14. Done, my dear. I'm afraid it involved doo-doo. My days usually doo. (get it? doo?)

  15. A frightening challenge. This could get really really ugly.

  16. I just posted my day. I'll try in the morning to see if I'm smart enough to leave a link.