Keeping Up With the Joneses?

We feel the pressure all the time because of social media. Everyone updated their kitchens, remodeling bathrooms, buying dream homes, fancy cars, new wardrobe, etc. it’s everywhere all the time. The holidays? Bring it on even thicker. Look at this sale. Look at my Christmas decorations. Wow my husband got me this for Christmas. Oh wow we went on a crazy trip for Christmas. It goes on and on, and seriously I feel it getting more and more in our faces every day. Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good remodel, I love seeing what other people buy, what gifts they received, the new car excitement, and the beautiful home decor. But one thing I don’t do is let it make me feel any certain way about what I have, and you shouldn’t either. If your favorite blogger is remodeling her home and showing you all the cute outfits that are on sale this season it can be so easy to feel like you need to have all of that stuff too. You don’t, and don’t feel pressured to purchase the things she shares either.

This probably sounds so confusing, because I am one of those bloggers that shares my favorites. Let’s you know about sales, and makes tons of product recommendations. So when you do choose to shop through my links it literally means the world to me. Something about you trusting my opinion and using your money to back that trust. It’s really cool, and it does not go unthanked. So when you do see products shared by your favorite blogger and you go to buy said item, shopping through their link is a way to show that you appreciate what they’re doing. We earn a teeny tiny commission from that purchase and it helps us be able to keep doing what we’re doing, support our families, and be a blogger it’s really amazing and something I didn’t understand before I started either. The support you all give is amazing, and so appreciated. All of that being said though, don’t feel pressured to buy every single thing I share.

Especially this year we have all learned that less is more, time is so valuable, and family is the most important thing. Everything else is extra. Sending a nice gift to family is awesome, but when we have to get ourselves in financial trouble to do it, just don’t. Those amazing Vince Camuto boots that are on sale right now at Nordstrom? So cute and such a great deal, but not a need, and if you can’t get them don’t let that make you feel any type of way about not sporting them through the winter season. Your worth is not tied to the things you have or what you think other people think about you. Your worth is who you are, how you see yourself, and the heart you have. None of that can be bought. None of that can be told through a designer bag, a new bathroom, the perfect man cave, or a big fancy house.

This holiday season, don’t let the pressure of what everyone else is doing and showing on social media make you feel like you have to have and do more. Enjoy the time with your family, and if you’re fortunate enough to shop your little heart out do it; don’t let anyone make you feel any type of way for that either.

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