In Defense of Pinterest {My Son’s First Birthday}


Over the past several years, I’ve read countless Facebook posts and Mom’s forums critiquing how much pressure Pinterest puts on women to have the picture-perfect life–the perfect house, the perfect sense of style, the perfect workout regime; the naysayers’ list goes on and on. I get it; you feel like pressure’s already being thrown at you from a million different avenues and that Pinterest is intimidating and paralyzing. Well, I have a secret: I find Pinterest empowering.

It’s nice to find an outlet for my overly imaginative, over-achiever personality. I’ve used Pinterest to plan my wedding, my wardrobe, my house, my organization techniques, trips I’ve taken, gifts I’ve given, family photo shoots, holidays, the food I eat, and even the parties I plan.

And here’s another secret, I don’t “Pinterest” my life so that other moms can hold me up as an example of comparison. In fact, when I make the decisions about how to use Pinterest in my life, I don’t think at all about other women stacking themselves up against me. I think about what I like and what works for my life, and my thought process ends there. The pressure women feel is something they evoke upon themselves. You want to throw a baby shower in which you buy all the decorations from a local party store the day before? Go for it! You’d rather wear leggings and an oversized sweatshirt every day? Great! You do you.

In the meantime, I’m going to continue to Pinterest my life because I’m doing me. This whole Pinterest perfect “front” you think I’m hiding behind isn’t a facade, it’s really me, and I guarantee the second you stop measuring your life against my mine is the moment you find peace. Your unhappiness or negative opinion isn’t stemming from wanting what I have, it’s being unhappy with what you have.

Pinterest was created as a collaboration tool to share and save ideas, and in the spirit of inspiring, I’m sharing my son’s Pinterest-inspired first birthday party photos. If you’re interested in following more of my Pinterest-inspired life, feel free to follow me here.


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Katie Q
Katie is a Butler University graduate, who was lucky enough to meet her husband the third day of college. After graduating as one of Butler’s top 10 women, she went on to do Teach for America; South Carolina. She was a second grade teacher in a school with a high Hispanic population and loved every second of it. Never intending to be a stay-at-home parent, she worked until the day before she gave birth, took one look into her son’s eyes, and decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom after all. After re-prioritizing upon the birth of their son, Katie and her husband decided to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in education. She loves to cook, celebrate holidays, watch movies, party plan, travel the world, take walks, and play with her Border Collie. You will likely find her seeking adventure, hunting for bargains, helping others get healthy through her passion as a health coach, or cuddling on the couch with her hubby, baby, and puppy. If you’re interested in reading more about her crazy adventures, check out her personal blog, A Quinning Love.