This is it. My very last Keeping It Real Challenge post. Every week for an entire year I’ve written about what’s going on in my life. The real stuff, not the nicely polished version that makes me look good.
Keeping It Real Challenge Week 52: It’s All Over (Sort Of)
Some weeks’ posts have been ridiculously boring; even I didn’t feel like reading them. Some were funny. Some were born out of a sense that I am totally failing at everything. Some were realizations I made.
As I looked back through all the posts yesterday, I noticed some themes emerging. Things like:
- Even in my most infuriating or stressful parenting moments, there is humor to be found.
- These years with my kids are fleeting.
- In the moments when I’m at my weakest, there is always someone to come alongside and offer encouragement.
Have these been my most popular posts? Not by a long shot. Did it get annoying to figure out something to write about week after week? Sometimes. Do I regret doing it? Not for a minute.
I took a chance at being real and it has paid off in ways that I didn’t expect. This has been a huge year of growth for me and, although the Keeping It Real Challenge is over, I promise to keep sharing the real stuff with you, pretty or not.
As a ‘grand finale’ to this challenge, I’m putting together a free download of what happens when you stop pretending and get real. I hope it will encourage some of you to step out from behind the masks you wear (perfect mom? gourmet cook? all-around, have it all together person?) and show your true identity to those around you. It’s scary, but you won’t regret it.
I’ll let you know when the download is ready. Until then, have a great week and remember to keep it real!
I hope you don’t end it – because I love these posts! Well done- you made it!
I’ll still write similar things, just not be tied down to the weekly updates. I’m glad you enjoyed them 🙂
I agree, please do not stop. You are one of the few people that we can look at and say that is totally my life. I LOL with the butt dialing post I had to share that with a few mommies.
Oh gosh, I definitely won’t stop writing those types of posts! It’s just this particular challenge (where I wrote each week what was going on) is over. I’m glad you enjoyed the butt dial one, lol. That was quite a day.
Congrats on making it all the way through! I love what you learned from it. That is awesome!
Thanks Echo! I’m looking forward to writing up the full post on what I learned. It’s been a fun experience.
Wow, 52 weeks! I love reading your Keeping it Real series. I totally feel like I know you!
Thanks Michelle! And yeah, I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking with it the whole year. I’m usually one who starts strong, then peters out. Not this time!! Woot woot 😉
Amanda @ queenofthelandoftwigsnberries says
So glad that you aren’t focused on being one of those Pinterest perfect moms and instead choosing to enjoy life–however messy it may be. Congrats on a successful year long challenge!
Thanks Amanda! I’m excited that I was able to complete it!!
I found this series after you ended it, but I love it! I can’t wait to have time reading through the different posts. What an awesome challenge you gave yourself. I am so thankful when other mamas get real. I am sure this whole series has been encouraging to a lot of moms.
Thanks Meaghan! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed what you read so far!