#myamazinglife

One of my coworkers and friends recently posted the below on his blog and I just had to re-blog it.
Try out this social media experiment and rejoice in the imperfections of life.

My “Amazing” Life: The Accidental Lie of Social Media

Social Media is making a lot of us sad. That’s a trend I’ve had an intuitive sense about for some time, but a study released in August put data behind it.  I couldn’t help but think of Brené Brown’s excellent work on shame and vulnerability as I read various summaries and ultimately the original work. People hide those things we fear will separate us from others and that drives us to share the very best parts of our lives via social media. Others see these idealized versions of life and their own shame is amplified as they compare themselves to a life that doesn’t exist.

From this springs a culture of envy, bitterness, sadness, loneliness, and cynicism. Even genuine posts regarding significant life events can be viewed with cynical detachment, as illustrated by this comic from The Oatmeal. Cynicism and deconstruction can be useful, but I’d rather think about steps we can take to make people less sad by our attempts to share our life experience.

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 #myamazinglife

This week I’m going to use a hashtag a lot in my social posts: #myamazinglife. None of these posts are going to be glamorous. I’m going to share the sorts of things we usually hide from people. This is not a cry for help–I’m quite happy with my life and who I am. Instead, this is an intentional counter to the posturing we all do naturally. This is an experiment to see what happens when our social media projections more accurately represent our full life experience.

My first post will be about my old, run-down car. One of the back doors won’t open because I’ve locked my keys in my car so often the lock is broken. Do you get the idea? I’d love for you to join me. Here’s how:

  1. Write a post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social platforms about something that is embarrassing, mundane, routine, or uninteresting about your life.
  2. Add #myamazinglife to the post.

I can’t wait to hear about your amazing life.

Experimenting with overnight oats

I love waking up on a Saturday and having a homemade breakfast ready for me in my refrigerator.

At first I was skeptical of overnight oats because I wasn’t sure it would taste good etc… I tried it once last week in a bowl and that did NOT work! It’s all about a jar with a lid!

I’d love to find more recipes for overnight oats, so if you have some– please share!

For now, I’m sticking to this tasty concoction.

1/2 cup rolled oats
Greek yogurt
Dollop of almond butter
Flax seed
Milk
Dash of brown sugar (why not?)

Just let sit overnight for a night, or two, and enjoy 🙂

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