The extensions are out.
The eyelashes are off.
The filters are cut and I don't have flowers or leaves naturally stuck to my head... Let's be honest for a second: we all follow someone on Social Media and think, "Wow! They're living the life!" or "They always look so beautiful!" ...I do the same! I follow lots of people who I look up to but what I forget sometimes is that no one (➡NO ONE⬅) posts a bad picture.
The pictures on the left are from this past weekend at the Toronto Pro Show. Make up done and filter game is strong. In reality my feet and lower back were killing me and I was so exhausted from traveling, walking around in heels and major lack of sleep. But that wouldn't make the cut on social media or in person so the smile gets pasted on and those dark circles under my eyes get faded out with golden sun rays and perfectly adjusted angles.
Pictures on the right are reality. These are the ones no one likes to post. Little to no make up or the 2 day old make up that I continue to re-layer, hair thrown up on top of my head, light provided by the dust-covered lamp in the bedroom vs natural light, the mess from my luggage that I still haven't cleaned up, and sweats... ALWAYS wearing sweats! Not to mention everything else going on in life that isn't shared online! There is not one person who shares every aspect of their life online, including myself. We filter our lives for others to look a different way either physically or in life situations.
What doesn't make it to social media is that I have an insanely huge support system behind me helping me all the way. Adam is constantly helping me with business, client messages, helping with my training, watching the kids, cleaning the house, organizing, doing finances etc. Without him there is no business. Both mine and Adam's family are watching the kids every time we have posing practice or a show weekend. Without these people, I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I love you all so much and owe you everything!
Social Media has it's pros and cons but remember it doesn't always speak the truth. We become who we want to be online in the eyes of others but you don't see everything; you see the filtered version.