So, you may have heard that my blog friend “the Nester” has written a book, and it comes out today! Her real name is Myquillyn, but I don’t know if I could ever call her anything but the Nester. . . She says she can only call me Emily “A.” Clark, so I guess it’s all good.
She asked me to write a post about how I’ve embraced imperfection in my home (I’m really trying!) to go along with the book release today. But, I decided to write about why I think the Nester is ‘da bomb instead. (Do people still say that?!) From the beginning, her blog has been built around a concept that I love:
And, that’s the reason her site gets a gazillion page views a month. People love to hear that. Women, especially, need to hear that. There’s so much freedom in realizing that perfection isn’t really attainable when it comes to our homes, our bodies, our hairdos, our relationships, etc. Enjoying things the way they are now instead of the way you hope/want/expect them to be someday is the best way to combat this Instagram/Pinterest/Facebook pretend-perfect world that surrounds—and sometimes suffocates—us.
The Nester is kind of the “anti-blogger” by today’s standards, and I love her for that. You won’t see her taking 1001 selfies of the perfect outfit, the perfectly set table, the perfect night out on the town, the perfect pedicure, the perfectly perfect home. Her realness shines through, and I believe it rubs off on lots of us who strive to make a happy home more than a picture-perfect one.
I sat down with this book Saturday night after the kids went to bed and didn’t get up until I’d finished the whole thing. I learned so much about who the Nester is and why she is the way she is, which only made me love her more. (Did you know her family has moved 14 times in 18 years?!) There’s some great decorating advice for our homes in there, for sure, but there’s so much more that can be gained from this book. Lessons learned about contentment and hospitality and gaining confidence in our decisions.
I just loved it. And, I’m not just saying that. If I hadn’t loved it, I would just say the Nester wrote a book about imperfections and I’m giving three away. (There is actually a giveaway. Keep reading.) I really did love every page, and the fact that she talks about sweaty pits, Anna Nicole Smith and why loving your home is like wearing a bikini. All in a “decorating” book.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO:
Sara, Laurianne and Angela Ira (Check your inbox!)
If you’d like to order a copy, it’s available here.
(I highly recommend it.)