What a Beautiful Mess

Here I am again,
with another vulnerable post…
and it seems like there’s a theme developing,
revolving around MESSes!
{ SEE my other “MESS” post HERE }

I feel like I may have turned a corner
in my struggle to accept where I am in life right now,
my desire to live a balanced life with
my photography business, homeschooling,
being a wife, mother, friend
and everything that comes with running a household.
I have always thought of myself as an organized person,
even prided myself on it… but my idea of
what that LOOKS LIKE has been going through
a metamorphosis over the past few years.
I function better, think clearer, talk sweeter,
and am generally a better person when my house is clean… haha.

BUT… here’s the reality…
I’ve got a LOT of things that I am balancing…
and in order to do ‘some’ of them well,
the others sometimes get put on the shelf for later.
And guess what… LIFE GOES ON!

So… after a particularly busy weekend,
I took a look around my house and I decided
that I was going to document
that beautiful mess…
the result of a weekend of fun family activities
that took us away from the house
and left us with no time to finish laundry,
do the dishes, clean the floor, etc…

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
Our Back Entrance

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer
Our Big, Beautiful Kitchen
What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
My Work Space ❤
What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer
Our Dining Room/Homeschool Classroom
What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
The landing outside of the Boy’s Bedroom

I meant to take a picture of the laundry room,
but somehow missed it in the chaos…
Let’s be honest though,
there’s a pile of laundry there
that’s taller than the twins
( I mean, they are 11 and small for their age,
but still… that’s a big pile of laundry).
ANYWAY… my point in sharing all of this
is to show you that it’s totally OK
to embrace the chaos.
It’s OK to skip the dishes
and go for a hike with the kids.
It’s OK to leave the laundry
and sit on the couch with a book.
It’s OK to turn a blind eye to the
piles of things that need to be sorted…
and go LIVE IN THE MOMENT ❤
The mess will get cleaned up eventually,
even if the house is never all clean at once.
It is OK

I debated whether I would share the
images of AFTER the cleanup…
And finally decided that I would… haha.
I mean, after all… this is what the house
looks like when I’m a better person!

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
Our Back Entrance

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer

What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
My cleaned & organized Work Space ❤
What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
Our Dining Room/Homeschool Classroom
What a Beautiful Mess | Sally-Ann Taylor, Photographer | Alberta Photographer
The landing outside of the Boy’s Bedroom

If you’ve read this far,
I really want to thank you…
It was really hard for me to share,
but I feel that it’s IMPORTANT
for us all to be OK
with our perfectly imperfect lives
and for us to know that
there’s no such thing as
“HAVING IT ALL TOGETHER”
I want to look back and know
that I’ve focused on the important things
and the cleaning will happen when it happens.

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