Recently someone asked me what this whole blog is about. I tried to explain the whole "being real" thing and they were confused because they expected "Waking Up to Real" to be more along the lines of low-maintenance, health-conscious, minimalist. The confusion was that she was looking at me, and I don't really. match the whole. low-key minimalist look. If you see me on the street, I'm the short bleach blonde, probably wearing 4 inch heels, probably do 5 things at once, and one of those 5 things is probably eating bread. My closet is the least minimalist place you will ever visit. My car is usually at all times filled with leather jackets of varying colors, shoes of many kinds, seashells, coffee cups, glitter, and bobby pins. I generally consider something healthy as long as I purchased it from Trader Joe's. I gave this girl the low-down and the sch-peel on what I actually meant by being real, and she probably thinks I'm a little bit crazy pants now, but I realized everyone has a different real. My real is trying to figure out how to be real about Christianity and getting rid of the fussiness and fluff that people add into it. My reality is filled with being so clumsy you wouldn't even believe it, loving clothes, having a blog, being an intern, starting a business, wearing high heels, shopping way too much at Target, eating more bread in a week than the average household consumes in a year, learning French, riding my skateboard [Hah just kidding. I'm actually using it as a shelf for my shoes right now.], being a student, starting a business, trying to control my obsession for the beach, water color painting one billion flowers, becoming a wedding planner, wondering who the heck is really going to actually get engaged on Bachelor in Paradise, figuring out how I can use my voice and be whatever God is calling me to be right now. Everyone's reality is something different. You might be a mom, and your days are filled with working and kids and being a wife and cooking and cleaning. You might be a student, and your days are full of tests and trying to be on time and figuring out how to pay for school and keeping track of your schedule. Maybe you're a waitress and your days are full of taking orders and keeping people happy and serving and saving up. Maybe you're the super cool minimalist blogger and you have one of those really cool little capsule wardrobes and you eat actual healthy food and you teach a hot yoga class. All of us have a different reality. Everyone has different passions and quirks and highs and lows and we're totally different, but we all have a few things in common: we all need Jesus, none of us will ever have it together, and we all need to keep it real. Also, we all wish we could eat bread all day every day, so let's just be real about that too while we're at it.
We need to keep true to whatever our realities are. You're not perfect, I'm not perfect, and there's no reason to fluff it up. The purpose of this blog is to encourage us all to get rid of the fake and the fluff and to be real about what our messy, crazy-town, Jesus-loving lives are.