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Thursday, March 14, 2013

a beautiful (hot) mess

Sometimes, I feel like I'm just waiting, waiting for life to be perfect. Until I have all my little ducks in a row. When all my laundry is done and everything on my to-do list is crossed off at the end of each day. When I go to bed on time and get up earlier than planned every day. When I read all the books on my book list and reply to all the e-mails I receive the day I get them (if you're still waiting for an email, I promise I'm workin' on it!) But maybe real life isn't about waiting for everything to be perfect, nice and tidy before we go out and pursue our dreams or smile widely with happiness. Maybe there is joy in the mess. And let's face it, sometimes our "messes" are a little uglier and a lot more serious than undone laundry. Sometimes, our messes are deep, hurtful, and scary. All the more, I want to try and embrace the mess - because that's life. We live in a broken world. But with God, we have hope. And oh how comforting that is. Friend, may your end of the week be filled with beauty, enjoying the small blessings, and living ... in the hot mess. 

Just sharing some snapshots from my life (AKA my hot mess) lately, and inspirations I've found (and shared on Instagram - find me! @erin_sweetnessitselfblog) 

Also - I've heard Google Reader is soon going to be discontinued (boo..) so make sure to follow me blog if you want to stay in touch over at my BlogLovin' Page, click here

Be inspired, be sweet, and be blessed my friends. 
 Lunch with my friend Megan (who's more like a sister) at the cutest little flower lined table.
I love dates with my main man, Jesus.

Love days spent with my sweet childhood friend Rachel & my precious sister Mandy. 
Stopped by the Ranch where I grew up. There's something so special about that place. It has my heart.
Sweet reminders, flowers on my nails, lunch & coffee with my precious friend Carmen!



(first photo above via pinterest)


  1. Beautiful post my friend. Sometimes life for me even feels like madness, trying to get ducks in a row. I know what you mean! Thanks for the sweet little reminders too~ love you sweetie.

  2. Love this friend.

    I used to hear people say "she was such a beautiful mess" and always loved that. For some odd reason, it always made me happy hearing that.
    I'm learning that very thing in life right now (seriously, my mouth drops wide open every time I stop by here and what you're talking about is somehow EXACTLY what's going on in my life) and its not very easy. You know, being okay with not being perfect, not looking perfect, not doing things perfect, life just NOT BEING PERFECT. (which is hard for me sometimes as I do lean towards perfection a lot.)
    Life is gonna be messy, but I want to be okay with that, and embrace things not being perfect.
    Thanks again for all your encouragement, dear girl.
    I so so love you.

  3. Followed you on Instagram. I'm liane_bayliss

    I love this post. It's what I needed to read this morning.

    Happy Friday!
    Liane x

  4. i so love your heart, erin.

    google reader discontinued???? does this mean no more "follower gadget" at the side bar?? (that's a very disturbing thought)


  5. I love what you said about spending time with Jesus: "I love dates with my main man, Jesus." Never thought of my times with God like that before! But now I will. :)

    I love you Erin!!


  6. You have no idea how much I needed to read this! I love how you redefined the word hot mess. Have a blessed weekend friend!

  7. Life is weird...the times when we think our ducks are all in a row the way we want them something comes along and seemingly messes things all up, and it's kinda funny because we might think things are all messed up then after a while things turn out good, but in a totally different way than what we pictured for ourselves in the first place. I think God has a plan for each of us, but it's not always the way we would picture it.

    Bummer about GFC or otherwise known as Google Reader, my husband told me not to even worry about it when I started my blog this Jan. and that it was being fazed out. I could be totally off base and wrong about this, but I think Google+ is similar in a lot of ways and one might be able to use it as a replacement...I don't know,but I know Google+ has tons of features. I'm new to blogging so haven't worried about followers much, my GFC box is empty still...I have followed a few blogs on Google Reader, but I also bookmark them too.

    By the way, your blog is always so encouraging...don't worry when Google Reader goes away, I'll still come back to read and be encouraged.


sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.


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