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When I first started blogging, I didn’t have a clue what my “voice” was. I’d been doing technical writing for almost 5 years and had no idea how let my real, actual personality show in my writing.
One of the things that helped me get through that weird, identity-less time was to identify another blogger whose blog I loved and whose personality was somewhat similar to mine. Then, in those confusing, directionless moments, like when I wasn’t sure whether I should be talking about pee or menstrual cycles on the internet, I’d stop and
wiggle wit it think…
Over time, I leaned on my star blogger less and less, and even started contradicting her. “I don’t think she’d say this, but dangit, I’m sayin’ it.”
What made me think of this was reading this post by Elizabeth at Rose Gold Buttercream. She has a friend she relies on to (unknowingly) help her avoid overcommitting herself, so when new opportunities pop up, she thinks, “What would Tammy say?”
I’ve actually used this approach in lots of areas of life besides blogging. I have a friend who has no idea that she’s secretly my fashion icon, and whenever I’m at the store torn about whether to get something, I think, “would SHE wear something like this?” It’s honestly saved me from making a lot of stupid choices. And again, over time, I’ve been more and more comfortable saying things like, “No, she wouldn’t wear this, but she doesn’t like pink as much as I do.”
I have someone I think of when I need help making food-related decisions, someone else for big life decisions, and someone for little social things, like Facebook posts and replies. Would SHE post that?
And yes, I do ask myself what Jesus would do sometimes. It’s just a little harder to picture Jesus’s Facebook behaviors, and—I’ll just say it—He’s not that helpful in the dressing room at the Loft.
Why this works for me: there are certain things that I admire about each of these people in my life. They’re things that I want to reflect and nurture in my own personality. It’s not that I’m trying to become these people—I’m just using them, for lack of a better word, to become the best version of myself.
So I have to echo Elizabeth’s advice: Find your Tammy. Or Tammies.
Also, know that you might just be someone else’s Tammy. No pressure or anything.
In other news, I recently took on possibly one of the most intimidating housecleaning chores ever: reorganizing my Pinterest boards.
When I first started using Pinterest, I didn’t really know what it was for. And I (obviously) didn’t have a clue how I’d end up using it.
Case in point: I had a board called “Recipes.” That’s like having one category in a cookbook, called “Food.”
99.8% of the things I pin on Pinterest are recipes. I was doomed from the start.
Anyway, after a long, super tedious reorg process, I was able to split everything up like this:
The “Entrees and such” board is still kind of out of control (“and such”=biggest cop-out ever), but at least I got all the salads and desserts out of there.
I also started special boards devoted to allergy-friendly eating and clean eating. (My interpretation of “clean eating,” for the sake of the board, is super strict: no dairy, no sugar, no pasta…it’s specifically for times when I want to do like a random, week-long cleanse.)
And why did I rename my Projects board with its Spanish alternative? No idea. That’s just the kind of weird mood you get into after reorganizing pins for an hour.
Anyway, SPEAKING OF PINTEREST.
The only reason I told you all that is because I was hoping to casually transition into telling you about the August Pinterest Challenge I’m participating in. (Fail.)
Katie at Running4Cupcakes posted this challenge on her blog the other day, and I was all over it, because who doesn’t pin a ton of crap on Pinterest and never touch it again?
The challenge is to make/do 8 things from Pinterest in the month of August. These can be recipes, workouts, crafts, random good ideas, whatever.
Here’s what I’ll be trying out:
I’ve been wanting to make these ever since Lindsay first posted them IN JANUARY.
Looks seriously hard. I almost never use the incline on the treadmill, unless I’m walking, so this will be an awesome challenge for me.
Another one I’ve been wanting to make foreeeeever. (You might remember it being featured in this post, thanks to all the crazy comments people left on it.)
5. This workout
I haven’t done one of these in awhile. I’m probably due for another burpee, or 7. (X 3-5…)
I got a version of this pre-made from the store recently, and it was amaaazing. I can’t decide if I’m going to make this recipe exactly or try to recreate the store-bought version, but something like this will happen this month.
This is kind of cheating, since I was already planning on making this and have the ingredients…
I was looking specifically for a nice, girly cocktail to make on our ladies-only beach vacay next week and remembered seeing this on Giselle’s blog.
This is Smirnoff Sorbet Light Raspberry Pomegranate Vodka, diet ginger ale, and cranberry juice. Does a 3-ingredient cocktail count towards the challenge?
Who else is in for the challenge??
Thanks for suggesting it, Katie!
Do you have “Tammies” in your life?