Creating A PIN-TERESTING Life

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My heartfelt thanks goes out to Danielle at Today’s The Best Day for helping me out with today’s blog post while I am in Washington, DC for the United Nations Foundation Global Issues Fellowship & Shot@Life Champion Summit. I’m back later today! YAY!!

This post has some great tips for how to keep things in perspective. :-) Take it away Danielle……..

 

Pinterest is one of my FAVORITE websites! I love going on to get ideas and to see the next fun thing that I can do for my family. For me, it is a place I can go to get my creative juices flowing and to get that little push to make me do better.

For those of you who do not know what Pinterest is, allow me to explain. Pinterest is a website where you create “boards” of different subjects that interest you. For example, if you like to cook you would create a Cooking Board. Or if you like to travel, you would create a Travel Board. On these boards you “pin” different visual ideas that interest you. It’s a lot like what we used to do with bulletin boards and magazine clippings. For example, if you see a yummy recipe that you HAVE to try, you would pin the recipe to your Cooking Board so you could save it. It’s an easy way to organize what inspires you.

 

 

I have heard from a few friends that they don’t go on Pinterest anymore because it makes them feel “not good enough” or it is full of “unrealistic ideas.” To them I reply, Pinterest isn’t about what we can or can’t do and it isn’t about how great of a cook we are or how many fun things we do with our children. It is about challenging ourselves and making us better. Often, in my own life, I feel like I plateau. I am happy, content and feel like I don’t need to improve myself. Pinterest has helped me recognize there is always room for improvement. We can have dreams, goals and things we want to become or achieve one day.

Recently I had the thought – what if my life had it’s own Pinterest board? What if someone logged into my life and saw all of my memories as boards? Would it be interesting? Or would they just exit out and think my life was boring? What if with each chapter in our lives, a new board was created? A wedding board for when you tie the knot, a pregnancy board for when you feel that baby kick for the first time, a kids board for when you have a family of your own.

What do YOU want on your board of life? You may want a board for your husband with pins of love and devotion. You may want a board for your baby with pins of play times, laughs and memories. You may want a board of service with pins of things you do to help your family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. You may want a board for your religion with pins of moments that you were comforted and felt peace. You may want a board for your house with pins of cleanliness and happiness. You may want a board of world travels with pins of experiences and other cultures. Or you may want a board of love with pins that have simply made you happy.

 

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I have come up with three things to help each of us create a PIN-teresting life:

 

1. SET GOALS

Set realistic goals – big and small. You can think about things you would like to achieve today and things you would like to achieve in ten years! There is always room for improvement and growth. We should always be working towards becoming better.

2. GET ORGANIZED

Pinterest boards are very organized. You have your topics and then you have your ideas. Do just that. If you would like to focus on being a better wife, make a list of ideas on how to date your husband or fun things to do to show him that you love him. If you would like to focus on becoming a better cook, gather recipes that sound delicious to you and put them in a safe place. Being organized will not only help you achieve your goals, but will help you SEE your goals. When our goals are right in front of us, we are more apt to work towards them.

3. WORK HARD

Anything is possible. We can’t do everything, but we can do anything. Don’t get distracted and always remember your passion. I have learned that if I am working on something that I truly want to accomplish, I can do it. As long as I focus. Oh and don’t forget to have fun while doing it! :)

I wanted a way to keep track of my “pins” of life without taking up too much space in my home, so I made A Pinteresting Life Bowl. Every day I look back on the things that I have accomplished and write down at least one thing that I was proud of that day. Sometimes they are small things like, “I read a book to Laila.” I would pin that under my board for my baby. Or “I went on a date with Tyson and we tried Indian food for the very first time and loved it!” (This really happened this past weekend!) I would pin that under my board for my husband. I keep the bowl by my bed and I am reminded every time I wake up and go to sleep of the life that I am creating.

 

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May we all create a PINteresting life. One day we will look back and see the boards that we have created in our own lives. We will see boards of challenges and trials. Possibly boards that brought us sadness and heartache. We will see boards that make us smile and probably see boards that make us laugh.

Look at your board of life on this day…at this very moment. Is it what you want it to look like? Maybe you want to delete a board and create a new one. It is never too late to change. We can always start over again. Start pinning today and experience your life, so you can look back and be proud of the boards and pins of memories that you have made.

 

 


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Comments

  1. Carol says

    I agree with your comments about why to have a pin board, but I don’t know exactly how to physically create one. Can you someday post a step by step how to do it?id love to create one.Thank you.

    • Lisa says

      Carol,
      In the upper right corner of Pinterest’s webpage, there should be a square box with a plus sign in it ( + ). Click on that plus sign and three options should pull down: Upload a pin, Add from a website, and create a board. Click on Create a Board and your options for naming the board and what category it belongs in will pop up. Hit save and you are good to go!

  2. Susan D says

    I’m with Carol….I’ve seen people’s pin boards, and I understand the concept, but WHERE do these things that you’ve pinned COME from??? I don’t get it! Do they have to be re-pinned from other people’s boards? Can you pin anything from any web site? There’s like a bazillion web sites to get ideas from! Sigh. Maybe I’ll just keep doing things the old fashioned way- I have different folders of ideas (Crafts, Holidays, Outdoor, Decorating etc etc). I like holding the piece of paper in my hand. I subscribe to a lot of magazines and when I see something I like I rip it out and put it in the appropriate file. I guess I’m just a “paper” girl.

    I like the idea of making lists of what you’d like to achieve, goals, etc. I have a saying on my fridge:

    “When’s the last time you did something for the first time?”

    • says

      I used to clip magazine articles too. I drove my husband insane, especially since we moved all the time. LOL I find Pinterest SOOO much easier! You can repin anything you see on the Pinterest website. To pin things from a website, go to your Pinterest homepage. In the right hand corner it says “more”, mouse over it & find where it says SHORTCUTS Get the Pin It Button. Click on that & it will give you instructions on how to add a Pin It button to your toolbar. Then when you see something anywhere on the web (except Facebook :( ) you just click the Pin It button & it will bring up all the pinnable pictures to choose from. It makes it simple to pin from anywhere! Hope this helps!

  3. Kim says

    I used to be such a Pinterest addict, but then I think I became overwhelmed with everything I had pinned and had not done. Now I just get on Pinterest when I need something. With that being said, I have found tons of new dinner recipes for my family, snack ideas for my kids, crafts for my preschool class, cleaning tips, and even crafts/decorating ideas for my home, and I’m not crafty in the least bit. Pinterest is an awesome tool. Thanks for the reminder to keep things in perspective!

  4. SK says

    Interesting idea…. unlike as mentioned by another reader above, it is NOT depressing. Just gives you another prospective, rather than feeling inadequate, which I must agree pinterest makes me feel when I look at all the wonderful things people can do or have done…. but rather than feeling unaccomplished or under accomplished, I have started incorporating ideas from the boards, be it recipes, crafting ideas or organization. Life is too short, why waste it by thinking what you could have done, rather focus on what can be done and do it, even if the idea is not yours. I have finally accepted the fact I am not a genius (sigh! Alas!) but that doesn’t mean I cannot learn things from others and do it myself. :-) setting realistic goals is what is most important and figuring out what your priorities are …. dont get bogged down by what others are saying or doing. Happy day everyone!

  5. Crystle says

    I really enjoy Pinterest and have found some awesome recipes. The corndog casserole is great for potluck at church. There is also an out of this world no knead bread recipe, not to mention your mom’s English muffin bread. My family LOVES the English muffin bread.

  6. Sheryl Adkins says

    Sounds wonderful. I can’t seem to find the app anywhere. On my phone it says to download now, but not on my ipad. Can you explain how I get this on my ipad? Can’t wait to try it!

  7. says

    I have always been a “clipper” but after years of this had been drowning in paper , despite using notebooks . Pinterest has solved this, BUT they really need to offer the ability to get to the BOTTOM of pages instead of just going up. Many boards have thousands of entries and if you find a good one, you like to get into the older entries.

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