While my backyard was spiffed up (for our tour), I snapped a few photographs of our patio area. It all started when we moved in, beginning with our diy patio. Much has evolved over time but currently our space looks like this:
For kicks, let us peek at what this space looked like three years ago.
Obviously, we've crafted this space to feel like our own and it's now a highlight of living in our little bungalow. By sectioning off the yard into different areas, we feel like we actually have more space on the lot.
We love entertaing outdoors, and often have movie nights and bbq's throughout the summer. Even just my husband and myself relaxing after a long work day is wonderful.
Another (hopefully) short note. My insecurities too often prevent me from posting images like these. I fall prey to the expectations that my life "should" look a West Elm catalog. Partly because I believe I COULD style a West Elm catalog (don't kill my dream!), but mostly because it's human nature. Especially in our post Pinterest/Instagram world. CLEARLY I do not have a West Elm budget (or home or photographer), so why the unrealistic standards!?
A quote I find super helpful, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick
I'm being intentional to do better. To not let comparison stifle my own creative sharing. How about you? Do you find you hold back because of expectations?