4.10.2014

The Girl Behind "Living In Yellow"

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It's easy to only see one side of a person through blogging. We are able to edit our lives in this space...it's entirely up to us if we want to share the hard // ugly // lonely // messy times among the happy // exciting // rainbows and unicorn times. Recently I read something here that really resonated with me -- "I hope you don't compare real life to an edited one" and I thought yes...so yes. While I choose to write this blog, I also choose to only share what I want. Ultimately this space is built around happiness. The title alone reflects this as living in yellow is a direct comparison to living with joy. It is not my goal or intention to show up here and complain about everything that isn't going right in my life. It's not a space to spread negative thoughts or feelings. However, I do want this to be a real place. I want you to know that what you struggle with, I most likely do too. I am not ashamed to say that I mess up often, I deal with all sorts of temptations, I feel lonely several times a week, I am learning how to live with anxiety, I get jealous of other's peoples successes on occasion, I am selfish, I question if I am truly happy with where I am at in life right now, I get frustrated with my lack of motivation sometimes, I wish my hair would stop breaking off like crazy, and the list goes on...and on..and on. 

But on the reverse side to all of that, I am loved by a heck of a lot of people. I dance in the kitchen just because, I compliment people often because I think it's one of those beautiful things to do for one another, I laugh at nearly everything I say, I am proud of what I have accomplished and I get excited about my future, I love my eyes, I don't embarrass easy, I believe in generosity, and I believe in Jesus. At my very core there is a tremendous amount of joy that I choose to tap into daily. It's not always easy but it's always worth it. 

You may not ever hear all parts of my story but it doesn't mean those parts don't exist. 

Welcome to my edited life. 



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32 comments:

  1. This. I couldn't have said it better myself. :)

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  2. Love this. love love love. It's so true that WE get to completely control what goes on our blog. And while I certainly don't want to sugar-coat anything or make my life seem perfect (because it most definitely is not) I want my blog to be a happy place.

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  3. i love this. thank you so much.

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  4. Erin, I just love this! Thank you for sharing it.

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  5. Please let me know if you figure out how to solve that hair breakage problem... ;)

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  6. If you ask me, there's enough crap in this world. Why not focus on the positive? Highlight the high points? An online presence can never match real life...which is a very good thing...

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  7. I definitely need to remember this more often!

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  8. love this! thanks girl! it would not be more true ;)

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  9. Amen! You are so right...some of the perceived profiles of bloggers definitely make you think all of their days are full of sunshine and roses....thanks for your honesty, and for being "human" :)

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  10. Yes! Good times...Good times. xo

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  11. I can't tell you how much I loved this. It's true for every single blogger. Some more than others. But we edit our lives. We show people what we are comfortable sharing. It's good to remind people of that sometimes. Thank you!

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  12. so true. and so obvious but also so easy to forget.

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  13. Very well put.. we are all human... we all have our daily struggles and things weighing heavy on our hearts. However, our blogs are our personal space that we choose what to do with. It's our decision to keep certain things private and showcase things we're happy about and are proud of :)

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  14. So well said!!! Just like what you said, I started my blog to be a place of happiness. While the majority of my material is upbeat, I do try to be honest about my life and show that I too am NOT perfect. Though I so wish I was! The internet definitely has enough negativity floating around, I'm just trying to add a little bit more happiness. And Living in Yellow is one of my favorite places to find happiness. So well said Erin! On this and so many other things!

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  15. So true! When I do put in the not as happy stuff it tends to get a reaction that I wasn't really looking for so I find myself editing my life more often to avoid this. But happy thoughts are always the best:)

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  16. Amen Amen Amen... I love everything about what you've said. I think Kendi from Kendi Everyday also once said something about remembering to perceive blogs/social media as a "highlight reel." It's so true.

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  17. Well said!!! I try to always keep this is in mind when I find myself comparing myself to other bloggers..we all go through things and we are all HUMAN. This post came right on time for me Erin Thank You!

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  18. Love this! I think you are super sweet, and I was so glad to have the chance to chat with you 2 years ago at Influence. Thanks for being SO honest! :)

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  19. Well said! I tend to over share a lot on my blog, but I also don't say a ton of stuff that is truly private because, well, my husband would KILL me;) I think we all want to show the better parts of our lives and I'm hoping readers realize this as they read and know that we share what we choose to for a specific reason. Great post!

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  20. You said it girl. Its a tricky thing especially for a new blogger to determine how much to share and what to share. But you are right it is an edited version that we share. Lovely post!

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  21. Perfectly brilliant. It's easy to forget that you don't actually know every aspect of someones life just because you read their blog or follow them on social media!

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  22. I think that this is wonderfully said. Your blog is a place of happiness and I think it's good that people focus on the positive and not on the negative.

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  23. I completely agree, blogs are where you show your good and your bad and your only sort-of ugly!

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  24. I think your blog is a perfect balance. I think you have pretty eyes too and I don't embarrass easy either,. (although, sometimes I wish I did.) And, I am right there with you when it comes to Jesus. Keep being you Erin!! :)

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  25. Exactly. Ignoring the tough side of life makes things seem a bit too peachy, but dwelling on it is a major downer. I think you balance it really well.

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  26. Awesome post I love reading your bubbly personality though :)

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  27. Selecting the LOVE button for this one please. Love who are and how something edited can also be real and relatable ;)

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  28. I have the same objective with my blog. I like to keep things light and positive whenever I can!

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  29. Ok so I read you always, but comment not so much, although I really should because comments are the best. This is pretty true. My blog is all roses and puppy dogs and chocolate cake. Only the positive, not the real life stuff... =)

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)