Welcome to day 1 of this blog’s grand re-opening/2 year anniversary party!!! (be sure to check back tomorrow for the HUGE blog-birthday giveaway!) As you may already know, I transitioned the blog to self-hosted wordpress at the first of the year. Along with that change came a new design (thanks Jessica at Southtown Creative!) and a new name! The blog used to be called Hopeful Future, and while I love that name, I thought Beauty Through Imperfection was a better reflection of the blog’s purpose, so I switched it up! Today I will be talking a little bit more about what the name means, and the reason why I blog.
I love to write, it’s been a passion of mine for a long time, so blogging has been a hobby for me since I was fifteen. I started this particular blog 2 years ago, in February of 2011. My son was 3 months old, and it was a perfect outlet for me as a stay at home mom. The blog has grown a lot over the past 2 years and is now much more than just an “outlet” for me. I do still write because I love to do it, but I also write to encourage. If there is one thing that I hope you walk away from my blog with it’s encouragement!
If you’ve been around for awhile, you know that I talk a lot about imperfection on this blog. I’ve even created an ongoing series called Confessions of an Imperfect Mother. I write a lot about my own shortcomings and mistakes as a mother, and I even have guest bloggers to come in and share theirs. Click the image below for more about that series.
Because of that “imperfections” focus, I’m guessing there aren’t a whole lot of questions about why I chose the blog name “Beauty Through Imperfection”, but I still wanted to take a little time and explain the full meaning of the title, and share a little bit of my heart in writing this blog.
So, why the name Beauty Through Imperfection? There are two reasons:
1. To show that there is no such thing as a perfect mama/wife/woman. I have struggled with insecurity a lot in my life because I felt like I needed to be perfect. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself, and to fix your shortcomings, but when you are constantly feeling bad because you aren’t perfect, well, that’s just not healthy. As a new mom, I would get discouraged because I always looked around and saw people that seemed perfect, blogs I would read, people I would meet, every one was acting like they had it all together, and it made me feel inadequate. My hubby would constantly encourage me that there’s no such thing as a perfect mom, and that I was doing great because I love my kids and I take care of them, but I still felt unsure. Sometime in the past couple of years I just stopped worrying about it. I realized that we are all imperfect but that God’s grace is greater than our imperfections. Which brings me to the second reason for the name of this blog:
2. I chose the name Beauty Through Imperfection because I think it is an awe-inspiring thing when people stop for a moment, acknowledge their imperfections and are able to see the beauty of God’s grace through their own shortcomings, and mistakes; through their imperfections. It’s been incredible for me over the past year or so, as I’ve been learning more about God’s grace, and seeing Him work in my everyday life. Seeing the way He offers grace to me, and my family when I have a bad day. To see how He gives me peace in the middle of crazy hard times, to see the awesomeness of His love as evidenced by the very life he gives us every day. I have been amazed by it, and I want you to see it too. If that means I share my shortcomings and imperfections so that you can see His grace in it, so be it.
I pray that this blog encourages you. I pray that you might read it and not feel so alone, I pray that it inspires you to be an awesome mom, not a expert one; a loving person, not a perfect one.
I hope you feel the love with which these words are written, and I hope that they bring you peace and encouragement whether today is a good one or a hard one. I hope you find joy in Christ as you read these posts.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 1 Corinthians 12:9-10