Things I Love

Things I Love: Pinterest

I love many things. So many things, in fact, that I have a whole page dedicated to the things. I’m going to dedicate the first instalment to my favorite time killer, Pinterest.

I mean, isn’t it amazing? I know I’m only wasting time, just sitting there pinning all the pretty things, but I also feel oddly empowered! For a few fleeting moments, I feel ultra-organized and convince myself I’ve got it together. “Oh, look at this article about de-cluttering I just pinned. Won’t I be something when I put this knowledge to action!”

But it’s lies! All dirty lies! The truth is that I probably will never open that link and that it’s just going to sit there on my board and make everyone think that I’ve read this and followed its instructions. It’s a nice thought though, right?

And then there’s all the recipes that I’ll never make and the clothes I’ll never get to wear. It’s so fun to pin them though. And to be fair, there are quite a few recipes on my boards that I actually have made! I even, during my cooking class in Culinary school, found my final project meal on Pinterest. And my teacher was super impressed.

Pinterest is also a collection of myself. I spent a lot of time pinning things that I thought were funny, places I loves, music I love, thoughts and quotes that expressed how I feel. It’s my personality all neatly organized and displayed through lovely photos. I was reading advice about starting a lifestyle website, and one piece of advice was to create a new Pinterest account instead of converting your personal account into a business profile. But I decided not to do that. There’s too much of me in there. I organized and cleaned it up a bit, but it’s still shows a lot of work I did. If it didn’t sound so cheesy, I’d tell people that if you want to know me, my Pinterest is a pretty good place to start.

All in all, Pinterest is a more visual Google. I usually start my searches there instead of Google. If you haven’t tried Pinterest yet, oh please do! Go now! Experience it’s wonders! Get ideas and use about 20% of them! Pin funny things so you can go back every once in a while and laugh! Pin recipes to plan your next fancy meal and feel like a chef! You’ll love it too!

BTW, in case you missed the link at the top of my site, here is the link to MY Pinterest, Sparrows & Arrows. I’d love for you to check it out, there’s some good stuff there.

Caregiving, Lifestyle, Mom Stuff

It’s Time To Share (And Why You Should Share Too)

Time goes by so quickly.. I blinked and suddenly I am 34. And, after nearly 15 years working in the retail world, I found myself as a stay at home mom to my beautiful son, Clark, and a caregiver to my elderly father. I always felt too busy to write down my thoughts, special moments, or some important tidbit, but I want that to change. So here I am! Finally ready to put it out there, however minuscule it may be. We are all important, we all have feelings, we all have a story to tell and Sparrows & Arrows is mine…

So, what is your story? What tiny moment do you want to remember years from now? Having a toddler around provides a million precious moments (and “pull my hair out” moments too) and I want to cherish them all. As I’m constantly reminded, this time won’t last forever. Writing things down and taking pictures are what I try to do as much as I can.

One thing my husband and I started doing on January 1st this year was to write down one favorite memory from our day. Every night before bed we write down our memory on a sticky note, fold it up and put it in a jar and on New Year’s 2018 we will read them. Saw it on Pinterest, of course. We both just thought it was a great way to remind ourselves that there’s good in every day. (Spoiler alert: Mine will be about 95% Clark moments)

I just think that everyone has a voice and we have access to so many different ways of using it. So, why not? Whether or not you think what you say matters, or if you just think sharing your feelings is silly. I believe everyone should express themselves. There are plenty of sites to start a free blog. Just go there and write what you feel! Write down the silly thing that your kids said that made you laugh. Write down how the lyrics of a song made you think about your childhood and you shed a tear or two. Just get it all out. Even if you keep it private or write it in a real physical journal, share! Someday someone will cherish those thoughts you had and they will feel like they knew you better. And that’s pretty special.