Real Life Fridays: Women in Real Life

I love when my house is clean, and straightened, when my fridge is stocked and the beds are made.
I love when I feel like my ducks are all in a row and my head is above water, when I feel like the various worlds I have a hand in are fairly balanced. But usually, these moments are fleeting. As soon as I start to feel too proud of myself, the other shoe drops and I'm back to square one. It's like the universe's way of keeping me humble and on my toes.

My best defense in situations like this is a sense of humor. I am most definitely not always successful here. Sometimes I yell or curse or cry. Sometimes I do all three. But I really would much rather laugh than cry or yell, even if it's after the fact. 

A couple of weeks ago I discovered Real Simple Magazine's new Instagram Account: Women In Real Life (#womenirl). It's an Instagram account dedicated to capturing and sharing life's real, unfiltered moments. Real women like you and me share our ridiculous, imperfect photos and epic fails and tag them #womenirl. 

It's outstanding.

If Bridget Jones had an Instagram account, this is what it would look like.

The posts are hilarious, humbling and so relatable. I look forward to catching a few of them each day.

Here's one I shared earlier this week:


I believe I captioned this as:"nothing but the finest in this fridge:cookie dough, a box o'wine and leftover french fries."

We all have these moments. Getting to see them among so many perfectly filtered images  is priceless. It's a small movement with a lot of power. It reminds me that so many of us really do get it, that it's not possible to be everything to everyone all the time, that there's so much we can't control. These little moments make me stop, pause and laugh each day.

Hop on over to WomenIRL and see for yourself. You won't regret it!

What's made you laugh at yourself lately?


* I won't be posting at all next week, but I'll be back to share some exciting hellos on Monday 1/26.