Artificial sweetener
Hair color

Chemically processed food

Fake things are all around us, and in this day and age we’re so used to them we barely realize the difference.  Some of them are okay, and some of them are very bad.  Artificial sweetener?  More and more research proves that it is no good.   Food that starts real is quickly processed until it is closer to plastic than food, and on it goes.

And then there are….

White lies
Plastered smiles
Boastful stories
Passing “how are you’s”

We consume these without a problem, as we hear and see them as often as the real.  But even worse, we give them out to be consumed, rather than the truth.  It’s so much easier than the truth, so much less messy for us and for others.  We put up our fake smiles and we accept others without questioning, and we all go on.

It’s no wonder that we often have a hard time finding joy in life and living life to the full potential that God meant for us to.  He gave us real tangible things, and souls of emotion and passion.  We found ways to manufacture these things.  But they don’t come close to the real thing.

I’m tired of fake.  About six weeks ago I started cutting out the fake food- no artificial anything, nothing processed with chemicals, nothing I ate most of the time.  What a change.  Now I taste food for what it really is- salty or sweet, crunchy or soft, all as it was meant to be.  I’m seeing a change in my health too, and I feel good.

I’m making some changes personally too, still holding back when I should, but working on not being fake either.  It’s tough.

But I’m reminded time and time again, that it’s how we were designed, how our world was designed.  So getting back to that, is the real deal.

Real, not faked, Joy

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers and sisters, keep your thoughts on whatever is right or deserves praise: things that are true, honorable, fair, pure, acceptable, or commendable.

Real Life

I love inspirational quotes, blog posts that uplift and empower, special moments with my kids, family vacations, and backyard camping. I love Hallmark moments.

I like to look back at photos from happy days, with my smiling boys and fun yet educational outings. I love to plan those rare days, where I leave the hated blackberry at home and focus on what matters. On those days I dream of my future with a flexible work schedule on my terms where I have more days like this.

But sometimes I put so much pressure on myself and our family to have all days be like that. I’m on vacation this week, and despite lack of finances to go away, I wanted to plan a fun and memorable stay-cation. I made a Pinterest board, I posted on Facebook, I made notes and did research. I emailed the schedule out, and told everyone it would be like vacation except we’d sleep at home. But it didn’t really turn out that way.

My husband got sick, which happens way too often, which ended much of our plans. So I sat home and sulked while letting the boys watch all the TV they wanted. I’m sulking over vacation days wasted and plans ruined and what I think I deserve on my rare free days.

Reality check. Life doesn’t always go to plan, people get sick, things happen. And today I’m not even going to remind myself of all I know, that these days can be just as good (or better) than the planned days, that I have much to be thankful for.

Today, I’m sharing a photo of reality. Not the pretty happy photos we all usually post, but the gritty real life we share with those we love.

We too often put up a front that all is well and life is grand. Then others wish their life was like that. We all do it sometimes, either faking it or wishing for a life we don’t even realize is faked. But we all have these days, not every moment is Hallmark.

Sharing life is sharing it all.

And I’ll start saving money to plan a real vacation soon!

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