#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.

myamazinglife.png

 #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.

Cheers to One Year of Becoming Marketable

Image

Happy Birthday to my blog, well really my grandmother and I’s blog! What a fun year it has been documenting the funny moments in the kitchen, life and everything in between.

To recap the year, we put together the most popular posts for those who missed them and those who’d like to read them again:

1. Grandma’s Know How to Party, Too

2. Don’t Knock It Till You TRI It

3. 10 Things I Have Learned From My Grandmother

4. Manic Monday

Hope you enjoy the posts and we can’t wait for another full year of fun 🙂

Life’s Moments Captured

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but I think a painting may be more.

One of my best friends, Joe, was recently in town and surprised me with a gift.

After quickly unwrapping, I saw the beautiful painting. This photo means so much to me, not only is it one of my favorites, but we took this the day my grandfather passed away.  Mema told me we needed to be happy even through the tough times. She said that he is in a better place, and we that we are blessed to have each other to lean on.

When I saw the painting, it took me right back to that moment two and a half years ago.

It means the world to me that Joe had this painted for me, but also because our friend P.J. painted it.  He is extremely talented and I’m sure put extra love into it.
I am obsessed with the details on Mema’s face and the way he made the photo come to life.

To view the whole progress of the painting, click the image below (Thank you PJ!):