Alrighty. Let’s stop what we’re doing and take a big, collective deep breath.
There’s something in the air right now that is poised, waiting to send everyone into a perfection-seeking frenzy. Or maybe the frenzy has already got you? (Like it got us??).
Whether you realise it or not, it’s all around you. Subtle (and sometimes not-so subtle) messages oozing from your TV, magazines, social media, even our friends and family.
There’s all this pressure to be something better than you are right now. We’re feeling it. And we sort of thought it might not just be us, so this is a bit of a non-skincare-related outpouring to let you know you’re not alone!
Buy natural. Buy organic. Exercise more. Look better. Be more interesting. Get your kids to eat more vegetables. Host unforgettable parties.
Time to give ourselves a break :)
Beware the Natural and Organic police
It used to be “niche” to be a natural and organic brand, but now it’s far from it. Natural and organic products are becoming the norm (we think this is amazing, by the way!!).
We’re becoming more and more aware of what we’re putting on and in our sometimes-less-than-perfect bodies. Yay us :) But while this is fabulous from a health point of view, there’s a heck of a lot of marketing being thrown your way.
If you listen to all of that pushy marketing, you may just go insane in your quest to be the healthiest, glowiest person, with the healthiest, glowiest family, and the healthiest, glowiest pets (not to mention the greenest organic veggie patch).
It’s awesome that you’re making healthy choices, but please be wary. Watch out for scare mongering and toxic ingredient shaming. Watch out for unfounded warnings that you’ll get cancer. Don’t let anyone bully you into buying products you don’t want. Don’t get all carried away with the hype.
It’s OK to indulge in an “unhealthy” sugary treat (in moderation). Or to use your favourite hair styling product that’s not 100% natural. It’s OK if you aren’t perfect. Neither are we :)
Insta-perfect? It’s not real.
The pressure on you to be generally amazing doesn’t just come from brands. If you have an Instagram account you probably know what we’re talking about.
Gorgeous, perfect people float through our Instagram feed every day, with their thousands of followers and glamourous, picturesque lives making us feel a tad envious. Then you have to remember to check in with yourself (and reality). Most of this stuff is NOT REAL :)
These pics are carefully curated and staged, to capture a fleeting moment in time when everything in the world looked perfect. But even the beautiful people in your Insta feed aren’t really perfect.
This week we had a bit of fun up in Brisbane being part of our first video shoot. It was a thrill seeing what goes on behind the scenes, and the best thing of all? Getting to hang out with our very real models. They look incredible on camera because of an uber talented makeup and film crew, but these lovely ladies have their ups and downs, sadness and tears, just like you.
Our takings from the experience? Don’t strive to live an Insta-perfect life. Just be you.
Last week was a bit momentous - it was decided that for the first time ever we would host Christmas at our house. And the more we thought about it, the more super-critical we’ve become of our home.
What would everyone think of my screen door that doesn’t close? My wonky kitchen? And (the worst yet!) the hole in the wall made by Mr 7-year-old’s foot!? The weeds in the garden? (we could go on, and on, and on…!).
More than any time of the year, Christmas seems to bring so much pressure with it to be perfect. Pressure to buy the best presents. To host the best parties. To cook the most perfect banquet.
But you know what we’re doing this year when everyone descends on the Happy house? We’re embracing our imperfections. We’re just doing to take a deep breath, and have a good ol’ time with our family.
There might be a few too many chocolates consumed, maybe a slice too many of (sugar-and-gluten-filled) Christmas pudding, and probably a glass too many of bubbles. But that’s TOTALLY OK.
Let yourself be less than perfect. Being perfect is overrated anyway :) A wise lass once said to me….strive for PROGRESS, not PERFECTION. And we couldn’t agree more.
Now hold that thought for the next 2 months…!