Facebook Can Do One!
I'm not going to lie, I was a bit pee'd off when Facebook enticed me into the whole avatar thing with a profile pic of a friend's looking gorgeous and a 'try me' button next to it. I clicked on it hoping for a 'snapchatesque' transformation to appear, only to find that Facebook had been spying on me! Data protection must be out of the window because this daddy of social media knew that I had put on 8lbs during lockdown and aged three years in 7 weeks. Whilst everyone else emerged flawless and looking amazing, my pre-formed (zero editing by me) avatar looked like I had the shortest legs, a huge ass and and wrinkles in all the places I do actually have wrinkles, I can only assume that FB have scanned by pictures and come up with their own conclusion that I've given up on myself! I was quite pleased with my hair though so the accuracy there was hopefully spot on (always a silver lining).
So despite being disgusted with my even more rounded figure and face of lines, I had to hand it to FB, I HAD let myself go somewhat recently and they knew it. When you're in lockdown with two young children there isn't much motivation to impress, and with a house full of more food than ever before it's easy to give in to temptation. The issue is further compounded by the fact that I am still writing my book. I'm now on Chapter 10 and even though the book is quite short in relative terms to others out there, to me the writing process is taking an age. I am finding that I am working in the business all day, looking after my children, trying to keep them entertained and fed and organising their digital social lives ( you would not believe the zoom calls a seven year old can have in a week), so I'm not getting down to any writing until 9pm at the earliest and of course when I hit a wall, usually at midnight....I like to hit the fridge too! It's a sad state of affairs after getting on top of my diet and reaching a good weight for me, I can only hope that once I'm done, I can get back into my usual healthier routine and improve that avatar of mine.
It'll be interesting to see how people have changed post lockdown, particularly with beauty salons and hairdressers being closed. I know its only been 7 weeks but as my own experience has told me, that's a long time if you usually get 'groomed' every couple of weeks. Perhaps we will realise that none of that really matters, our eyebrows and nails.....who is all that for? The man in our life or our own self worth. I had my first EVER salon hair colour just before lockdown after doing it myself for years (hence why I was at least pleased that the FB Avatar got my hair looking swell at least). Sods law that now I will have to do it myself again to cover the grey roots....or maybe I won't bother. I may not be the only one to emerge heavier and a bit rougher looking than before.
The main thing is, is that we are all OK. I have taken this time to really plough into all the business ideas and routes I've been trying to go along for a long time, the time away from walking has given me a little window of opportunity to really bare down on those things that I really must get done, writing the book being one of them. The list is long, but I am determined to make this time count, and even though my grey hairs show, my wrinkles have deepened and my ass has grown....I'm making progress and am ticking off the to-do's and right now I feel that that is what really matters. If you have achieved any goals during this time, give yourself a high five and congratulate yourself.....it's tough to keep going when you feel like hibernating under the duvet some days. And if like me, the odd snack or treat keeps your chin up, well that's not such a bad thing either......just don't expect your FB Avatar not to notice!!
Until next time, keep snacking....I mean smiling.
Writing A Book Makes Me Dog Tired....especially as I've only given myself 2 months!!
As you can tell by the date, I'm writing this post during lockdown in the UK. I should infact be writing my book as I've put myself under a bit of pressure. I have been wanting to write a book for ages and thought I may have time to finally get one under my belt whilst the world stood still. With this is mind, when I was interviewed by Woman and Home magazine a couple of weeks ago, they were asking me about my business journey. They were doing an article about how women of my age have launched successful pet businesses in the last five years. My story was about how I launched my dog walking business with very little investment and what it has now become within three years. During the interview they said my story was inspirational (which was lovely to hear) and when asked what my next steps were, I proclaimed that I was writing a book. As I say, the idea had been in my head a while and I thought this was the ideal time to put it in motion, after all the magazine was coming out in July 2020.....I had plenty of time right and anyone reading the interview would perhaps go on to buy the book if they too were inspired?!
As I hung up from the interview, I felt excited that I had given myself some accountability at last, to get my ass into gear and start churning out the chapters. I'd also put myself under immense pressure to get it done in 60 days. When I say done, I mean drafted, re-drafted, proof read, edited, formatted, cover designed, printed! Not only did I now need to write the bloody thing, but I had to learn all that stuff too.
It was a bit of a reckless decision considering that in lockdown I am still running my business (even though we are not actually walking), I have other projects that need my attention, and more importantly I am home schooling my two primary school aged children (aged 6 and 7).
So I'm posting this blog as a bit of a marker of an experiment: Will the accountability make me get to this goal in record time (in time for the magazine feature), or will the pressure get me down, add to the gloom and stress of the situation and cause me to fail (with me finishing after the magazine deadline).
Time will tell, but time is the enemy and yet time is what I've been given as lockdown continues.
I'm excited to see if I reach the goal post and anxious to see myself fail. Let's see how this strange time pans out. I'll be back to update myself (and therefore you) through regular posts but in the meantime rejoice in the fact that at least I have a working title: From Poor To Paw ( and then a bit more ......that I've not decided on yet)!!
Ps. Additional pressure loaded on by offering you a chance to win a copy in the ......no pressure! ( and GOOD LUCK) xx