Last week I was in Baltimore (briefly) and then in Atlanta for the Type-A Conference. This was my second time going, first time speaking, and I did a session on Freelance Writing for Profit with Denene Millner. She spoke from the “I’m a thrice-NYT bestseller author and I’ve written more books than Roo’s read in her whole life” and I spoke from the copywriting POV. I was nervous, but it went really well, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Went out to dinner with some friends, and this admittedly-goofy photo was snapped.
The restaurant was playing music, we were all having a good time, and now that my session was out of the way, I could relax by way of food and dancing to Usher (but not the YMCA, clean it up, DJ) at the brand party.
I put this photo on Instagram, and a few people started saying nice things about my hair. ”How does your hair look so good every damn day?” Flattered, you guys. But it doesn’t! Right now it’s in a topknot, I’m wearing leggings and an oversized Okema Mountain Resort t-shirt (and I’ve never been there). Which I’m sort of okay with right now, but I’d never wear it to a professional conference, KWIM?
In fact, someone else blow-dried my hair using a round brush and witchcraft. It reminded me that 1) Instagram is Not Real Life and 2) I’ve been meaning to share this story with you…
MelVFitness posted this photo to Instagram, and at first glance, it looks like she lost some weight.
But then, on her blog post… “After a big breakfast one morning I chucked on my bather bottoms (that are a bit on the snug side), I stood with my feet together, pushed out my stomach, pulled out my hip phat (yes with a ph), hunched my shoulders forward, looked sad and took a few snaps. Then I underwent my transformation, using these fat loss supplements.” (Photo of hair extensions, bottle of fake tan, bronzer, black bikini bottoms that are one size larger, etc).
I opened the curtains… stood taller… stood a bit wider… adjusted my posture… pulled my shoulders back and snapped the after.. pfft, who am i kidding.. I snapped about 25 afters. And after adding a filter and playing around with the zoom, I double checked with a friend that it was believable- I then posted my efforts on Insta.. and I’ve been VERY overwhelmed with the response.”
So just another reality check… we’re all just humans being humans. Maybe we just need to cut ourselves a little slack…?
IDK, you tell me. :)