In Response to Reality Reframed

In Response to Reality Reframed

When it comes to blogging (or almost anything else for that matter) you never know when something you put out there might resonate with people. Beauty, joy, excitement, adventure? Resources, contacts, discounts, giveaways? Lessons, insights, advice, inspiration? Different things speak to different people. There’s no telling what exactly might catch someone’s eye, spark action, or deeply move someone but I can say (from experience) that authenticity is a good start. Brené Brown says that “Authenticity…is about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” (From The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are) And this is exactly what made me choose to share my first Reality Reframed post with words AND pictures. I just wanted to tell/show the truth.

So, if it’s about truth, then why not just show the reality? Why bother with the reframed? For me, the reframed is just as true and authentic as the reality because it captures how I choose to see my life and then use my camera lens to transform something that might seem unsightly into something beautiful. It’s a process that has become a practice and it keeps me hopeful and grateful. So, in a way, I can’t really show one without the other.

But, even with the reframe, hitting publish wasn’t/isn’t exactly easy. It’s never easy to share, let alone publish, something that makes you feel vulnerable. Admitting my clutter trouble here and there has been pretty  liberating, but it still doesn’t mean I don’t struggle with feeling overly-exposed. Never the less, the response I’ve gotten from sharing my reality and my reframe has been so positive (encouraging, comforting, kind, supportive) it is actually helping diminish the shame I’ve carried around with all my other “stuff”. I hope that by continuing to be honest, I might help others feel free to do the same. When it comes to this crazy, messy, cluttered (aka authentic) life, it’s always nice to know we’re not alone.

Reality Reframed boxed to beauty

Reality Reframed a tipping point

Reality Reframed table top tray


I would love to hear your thoughts. Please feel to share (post links, pictures, etc). Here’s to more truth telling!

  • Karyn S
    Posted at 23:44h, 13 May Reply

    I LOVED this post & seeing your life ‘reframed’. I am surrounded also by clutter…something I dearly wish I could change but truly think it is pre-programmed into my DNA! Thanks Mum 🙂 Thanks for being vulnerable & sharing.

    • Tracey
      Posted at 08:56h, 14 May Reply

      Thanks Karyn! I know all about the DNA thing. Me too. : )

  • Mel
    Posted at 02:18h, 14 May Reply

    You are so eloquent. I was trilled to see your Day in the Life photos, so inspiring. And the reframed is a great idea photos are thought provoking. Seeing beauty in amongst the stuff of life.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Tracey
      Posted at 08:57h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you Mel, that’s so kind of you to say.

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 16:45h, 14 May Reply

    I love this post and how you said you’ve chosen how to frame what you see. I think that is so true about our mindset too. Thinking positively rather than dwell on the negative.

    • Tracey
      Posted at 08:53h, 15 May Reply

      Thanks Anna!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 17:40h, 14 May Reply

    I loved your first Reality Reframed post. I could totally relate. I needed to be reminded of it today as I go about organizing my house (and getting overwhelmed/disheartened/tired). So thank you for posting. Good to know we’re in this together!

    • Tracey
      Posted at 08:54h, 15 May Reply

      Wishing you good luck and lots of patience. Be extra kind to yourself. : )

  • kybarb
    Posted at 20:08h, 14 May Reply

    You know I’m with you Tracey. Still hoping my clutter will be conquered. Thanks so much for keeping it real. I will forever be grateful to you for all the lessons I have learned and continue to learn from you. I am enough–and so many more!

    • Tracey
      Posted at 08:54h, 15 May Reply

      So good to hear from you Kybarb! Thank you.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 06:39h, 15 May Reply

    I love these posts!

    • Tracey
      Posted at 06:47h, 23 May Reply

      Thank you Jessica!

  • Kyla Hunziger
    Posted at 20:37h, 15 May Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this part of yourself with us. I suffer from continual and constant clutter, but I try to do my best in keeping on top of things. (I’m the only neat freak in a house full of slobs and it’s just easy to get sucked into the “If you can’t beat them, JOIN them.” club.) I LOVE how you’ve shared your reality and reframed. What a super project! Maybe I need to try this as well. It would probably be theraputic for me . . . 😉

    • Tracey
      Posted at 06:48h, 23 May Reply

      Wow Kyla, sounds like you do have a challenge! I can feel ya! Keep fighting the good fight. : )

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