We like life // an ordinary utopia launch

Sunday, February 5, 2012

I scroll through the page. "life is wonderful. Life is lovely." It screams out at me. Sometimes I don't feel this way though. Sometimes, I look at these posts and desperately wish for a life like theirs. I don't always have perfect days. I don't always do the right thing. I don't always take the perfect picture. My life will never measure up to that. My life looks into the mirror and I convince myself that I'm doing something wrong. They're better than me. They are perfect. I can never have that. I can never be as good as they are. 

When I started to get the idea for a collab blog around four months ago, I really had no ideas. But then, I received an email from Miss Jocee. We had vague ideas for a collaboration blog with four other girls. It took a lot of brainstorming and a lot of work, but eventually we pulled it all together. One of the biggest things that all six of us had realized was the cloak of perfectness everyone seemed to put on life. We all found ourselves in a pit of dissatisfaction when we read posts on popular blogs. We just wanted to have a perfect life, too. And that's when the fire started.

What if we took the cloak away? What if we stopped taking only the perfect and started being honest? What if we started posting about real life? What if we could show people how wonderful ordinary life is? What if we could do this together? And this was when An Ordinary Utopia began.

After a bit of work, we pulled together a fabulous team (abby, hayley, lindsey, gracie, jocee, and myself). From excited screams via email and hasty last minute preparations, the project we had been working on for over a month is finally ready to be revealed. An Ordinary Utopia isn't just a place to show off our wonderful lives. AOU is a place to show the beauty of Ordinary; to discover ordinary in our own lives, but also help others discover it in theirs. And honestly? I don't know if we've ever been this excited.

Care for a visit? // VISIT AN ORDINARY UTOPIA //


p.s. the February design is up. Thoughts?


  1. This is AWESOME!! What a great idea, Megan!

  2. This is lovely. I feel so amazed by what we, as teenagers, can do. There's been a surge of amazing material recently. This project of yours, Fernweh, which we started at the beginning of the year, and of course Rookie; I don't know if you read it but it's amazing. And seeing what we can do, despite being so young, and how we can work together, is wonderful. The creativity is amazing. And I like that we can balance each other out--sometimes I think, there are too many people doing something. But then, we can play off each other's strengths and draw inspiration and support one another.
    Basically, I'm impressed.

  3. On my way to your new collab blog right now! :)

  4. YES. so, so, so happy. i love you, megan!
    -jocee <3

  5. So awesome :) A collaborative blog has been a dream of mine for a while. I should totally make it happen :) I agree about the cloak of perfectness. And I think I've been trying to break free from that on my blog, too, in the way that I write about life. I've been trying to portray both joy and pain because they are both very real parts of life. And I love the way you do that here, Megan.


    Abbie /// XOXX

  6. This was a super lovely post Megs! I love those kinds of blogs, the real ones. The ones that show life how it real is- imperfect, yet wonderful at the same time. I'm really excited for all the things to come with this and I'm all kinds of proud of you and your amazing ides. :)

  7. SO incrediably excited! You did such a great job blog designing and orginizing AOU, Megan. Many rounds of applause go to you! :)


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