“The grass is always greener.” - Mark Manson, paraphrased.
What are you working on OUTSIDE of work this week? — I took this snap two years ago and was super proud of myself for finally figuring out a low f-stop. The ISO is still a little high, but hey, I’ll take it 😂
Two years ago, when this picture was taken, I wanted to be somebody so bad. — I was so hopeful, trying many different avenues and outlets to catch my “big break.” — In many ways, it wasn’t the big break that worked out so well, but the serendipitous meetings that happened as a result. — Ironically it was in the trying to get a big break that I never caught one, but instead, many smaller ones. Stop looking for Oprah to save you—💁🏻♀️you got friends that’ll do that for you instead. — Photo by @shelbyraephotographs
Tell me if you’ve done anything scary this year. Did it turn out well? — Tomorrow I have an opportunity I’ve dreamed of since I lost an attorney friend 2.5 years ago: to speak to lawyers about marketing well in a way that’s fun for them and ethically sound for the public. — I’m nervous, yes. But that’s good- it means I care. There’s only one HUGE problem. I have no voice. Literally. — I’ve spent the past 3 days nursing my vocal chords back to health. I’ve drank all the lemon-chamomile-honey teas that exist. I’ve avoided talking, to the point where I brought a notepad and sharpie to a restaurant last night to communicate. — I tested my voice this morning and it’s getting better, but not quite there. The internet, which is always true🧐😝, says these acute bouts only last 2-3 days. — Well, INTERNET. It’s day 3. So you better be right. Dun dun dun... I’ll let you know how the talk goes. (To be continued...) — Photo by @mojoephotos
Double tap the ‘rons above if you’ve ever had a funny failure. Just remember that once upon a time, I tried to be a fashion blogger 😂 It seemed like the good life- wear cute clothes, eat the leftover cupcakes that you used as “props” and twirl around abandoned houses with kick-ass porches. — Thank goodness I did it though. Blogging (unsuccessfully) taught me how to design my own graphics in a pinch, introduced me to the world of modern calligraphy (because calligraphy workshops go hand-in-hand with ever blogger workshop ever), and I’ve had enough pictures from 4 shoots to last for two years!! — It also took me a long time to figure out that there’s Bloggers, and then there’s websites with a blog. Now that I’m not a blogger but @thecontractshop merely HAS a blog, aka the latter camp, it’s been great. I don’t feel the pressure to keep up as much (though we still have 2 new articles out every week), and I still get to write. I guess the difference really is I get to use it for fun now to do what I love most— supporting you guys!! — What topics should I cover next?