girl crush: day 4: Jenni from Story of My Life

I’ve got a big time girl crush on Jenni of Story of My Life.  
And it’s easy to see why.  She’s breathtakingly beautiful, hilarious, sweet as pie, a great photographer and an amazing writer.  Let me tell y’all, whenever she decides to publish a book I’ll be the first in line buying it!  
Enjoy her post below (I did!) and then head on over to Story of My Life where you’ll inevitably spend the rest of your day reading all of her hysterical, inspiring, and insightful posts.  

Hello lovely readers of Fairy Tales Are True!  What an honor it is to come chat with you today!   
First let me just say that Sarah is kind of my idol.  She’s classy, beautiful, stylish, kind, and an amazing photographer. When I started blogging, she was one of the girls I pointed at and said “ooooh!! I want to be JUST LIKE HERRR!!!”  And then I went and bought the same camera she had and tried to be cool and stylish, too, and I tried to post a lot pictures of my handsome, smiling husband, but it turns out that A) I still have a lot to learn in the photography department, B) my style will probably NEVER be as impeccable as Sarah’s, and C) my husband refuses to be photographed and becomes irate whenever I attempt to do so. 
So.  What I’m trying to say is that I am not Sarah.  I am Jenni, without that simple, breezy air about me that Sarah has and with lots of crappy pictures from vacations past. 
Still reading?  Hmmm.   Well, then let’s talk about fairy tales for a minute.  It just seems appropriate. 
It’s easy to get caught up in all the beauty and the happiness and the what-seems-like-perfection in the Blog World.  Many of the bloggers that become quite popular are very attractive and lead what seems to be very attractive lives.  Our images of those lives are further reinforced by what is, oftentimes, FANTASTIC photography.  And thanks to all this eye candy, the fairy tale theme is so VERY convincing.  And don’t get me wrong, folks, many bloggers really DO lead happy and beautiful lives (and I truly believe that Sarah and JB are two of those legitimately happy, beautiful folks).  But no one, and I mean NO ONE is without their flaws, without their skeletons in the closet, and without their problems.  And if someone is in a beautiful season of their life NOW, it doesn’t mean they haven’t ever struggled or never WILL struggle. 
So what I’m trying to say is, YES, fairy tales are true.  But fairy tales exist only in the context of each and every one of our lives… no two fairy tales are the same, and so much of how that tale unfolds is in the telling of it – in the perception of it – in the CREATION of it. We ALL have the potential to have our very own, beautiful “happily ever after.”   But we have to stop comparing OUR story to the stories of others.  We have to start taking the crappy hand that life can sometime deal us and turn it into something beautiful.
What I’m saying is, you can have your own fairytale.  Just stop expecting it to be, well… perfect.
And since all the other girl-crushes posted some pretty pics, I’ll leave you with a few of my own.  The eye candy is part of what we love about blogs, yes?
Enjoy, and thanks for having me today!

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  • Reply Megan

    i think i talked to my husband yesterday for about ten minutes about you and your hubby, Jenni. And how we were all going to be bffs.

    then I said i needed new clothes for our meet up in

    he wasnt convinced about the second part.


    March 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Yay! I love Jenni and her blog! Awesome guest posts! You def need to write a book 🙂

    March 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Sam {}

    gorgeous pictures!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Mary

    Great post and beautiful pictures!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Jenni

    Thanks Sarah!!! I heart you very much!!! <3 <3 <3

    March 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply CCH

    oh i just love love love jenni's blog!

    March 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Jello

    nice post Jenni… great pictures as well! love, Jello

    March 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Ashley Lane Hamlin

    Wow, Jenni is GORGEOUS!!! And very well spoke, I may add. Great point.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply

    Gah. I'm more and more convinced that Jenni is a genius. This was awesome to read. And I have never wanted to go to Dallas in my life but if both Jenni and Megan will be there, I may have to crash the meetup.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply jenny

    true true. and you know whats great about both you gals… Sarah and Jenni. You are living true fairy tales… not the fake ones… the REAL. good. hard work. tough love. good stuff ones.

    March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Kayla

    I couldn't love this post more. Everything about it is SO true. It is so easy to get caught up in what seems to be these perfect lives and its important to stay true to yourself.

    I am a new blogger and feel that I can really relate. Truth be told, entering the blog world and reading all these AMAZING blogs can be intimidating. Thank you Jenni and Sarah for putting this post out there. You are both awesome!

    March 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Chrissi

    i love love both of you so this is a winning post :))

    March 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply nicole

    love both you girls and this post! I'm definitely one of those who is sometimes envious of the more glamorous lives other bloggers leave, but then again, what's more glamourous than living in cleveland? I kid, although I wish there wasn't snow. We all have our own fairytales, mine just happens to be where hubby needs to be, not where I'd like to be…on a beach…drinking a margarita…where there's no snow.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:14 pm
  • Reply nicole

    Also I cannot type and eat lunch at the same time, excuse those random typos above.

    March 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm
  • Reply Kristina

    Jenni, thanks so much for this post – your words are so very true!
    And I think life is tough for everybody sometimes and somewhere!
    Have a lovely day, Kristina

    March 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Thanks for doing this series of girl crushes. I'm behind the blogging times and am now having great new blogs to read. Thanks!

    March 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm
  • Reply Maggy

    Great post and such a needed reminder! Fairy tales wouldn't be all they're cracked up to be without some dragons and what not along the way 🙂 I'm a firm believer your fairy tale is what you make it to be!

    March 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Brandi

    Great post! Your words are very very true Jenni!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:22 am
  • Reply Laura Nelson

    i think i have a crush too! I love Jennis writing, she's hilarious 🙂 Jenni, your wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous 🙂 xoxo

    March 9, 2011 at 12:55 am
  • Reply Bridget

    go jenni!

    and your wedding pics are so gorg.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Michaela

    I love Jenni! And you! Her wedding photos are beautiful.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Sonja

    Awww I love this little series!
    And I hadn't read Jenni's blog till now, so I'm really happy to be introduced to it! :o)

    March 9, 2011 at 1:59 am
  • Reply Gail

    Looks like I found two great blogs today. Yours and hers! 🙂

    March 9, 2011 at 3:18 am
  • Reply Gail

    Oh…and following!

    P.S. I'm a Florida girl, too!
    Saw the pic of your hubby fishing. Mine is a fish out of water. Scares me to death when he spearfishes!

    March 9, 2011 at 3:19 am
  • Reply jennykate77

    You are exactly right. It's all in the perception and the way we tell our story.

    I like that you said we should stop comparing our story to others…just embrace our own! That's good advice!

    However, you REALLY are beautiful…and so is your hubby…and your life seems well, beautiful. I love reading about your fairy tale.

    GORGEOUS pictures.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    jenni is pretty amazing. you've got some great girl crushes!

    March 10, 2011 at 4:16 am
  • Reply The Little Flapper

    I love all of Jenni's advice! Especially the "no two fairy tales are the same" It's easy to get caught up in the perfection of images and assume that a beautiful blogger's life is perfect. Both you and Jenni are so cute 🙂

    April 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm
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