I Am Not Fake—I Am Creating A Brand

I Am Not Fake—I Am Creating A Brand

As a millennial, it is hard to find the perfect balance.

As I am sitting outside a coffee shop in the beautiful city of Glasgow, I am able to reflect on amazing experiences and memories that I have created thus far. But I frequently have been in the mindset and thinking to myself...what is too much? How can I share my experiences while staying present?

A couple of articles ago, I wrote about my tips on staying present and being the best version of you for today, not tomorrow—I try to live by those tips, but it can be hard.

While I am in a fashion program here, I have talked to several women who have some of the same aspirations as mine and we seem to have similar problems.

What is the difference between creating a brand for ourselves and being fake? Am I sharing too much of my life with others? What is the balance?

Or, do you forget about it all and say FU to the judgemental people out there and live your own life?

As a millennial, it is hard to find the perfect balance. Society is telling me to shut up, shut the phone, and be present. While my hope-to-be-career path is telling me to promote yourself, share your fashion, share your lifestyle, share your writing, and let people in. I can say this has become a struggle.

As a writer, I want others to be able to see and hear my voice through my writing and I hope that people are able to relate my photos to the personality that is in my stories and what I am sharing to the world. When I share my fashion and my lifestyle I feel others are able to connect to the writing I am putting out there.

Conclusion...even though I do not have it ALL figured out:

If you are someone just like me trying to create something in the media world, but want others to know that you are portraying the REAL you, not anything fake, I have a couple of tips.

1. Take photos, sure, but put your phone down

I am like the next girl—I love traveling and I love fashion and a good photo is always fun. But DO NOT be the person who sits on their phone and edits pictures at lunch or edits pictures for "fun." There is a time and a place to have your social media time.

Put it down, and enjoy the moment, enjoy the people because before you know it, the day will be over. I have recently been around some eye-opening people who have been so consumed in portraying the "perfect" person online they missed out on quality time. That is my first tip.

2. Portray the best version of you

I really don't understand the reason to put up a "fake you." I feel like it's a trend. Let's pretend to be world travelers, have a lot of money, and have amazing style...I think no.

What a way to get your self-esteem down. I see a lot of people who are creating a virtual new personality and people are intrigued online. Create your brand, but don't be fake. The only version that will sell is if you're being honest.

3. Connect to your audience by making yourself vulnerable, and share REAL things

Write, paint, vlog, be creative, do whatever scares you most, and put it out there. I am trying to create a brand and not be fake. My writing comes from the heart, the real me. How can that be faked? Show people what you are thinking, feeling, and believing. Not a fake image.

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9 Reasons You're Still In Love With Tim Riggins In 2019

Clear eyes. Full hearts.

If you're a Friday Night Lights fan, you know very well who Tim Riggins is. And if you've never seen the show, he's basically just the bad boy football star and sensitive hottie of your dreams, all wrapped into one heart-throbbing package. If you haven't already fallen under the Tim Riggins spell, you're about to...

1. He's the star running back of the Dillon Panthers.

Basically every girl who has walked this earth has fantasized about having that cliche football relationship. No shame. #33 on the field, #1 in my heart.

2. He's actually really sensitive.

Tim Riggins may seem hard and dysfunctional on the outside, but he's really just a big softie. He's no JD McCoy, who grew up lavishly and extremely fortunate; Tim had a rough upbringing. He and his brother, Billy, had to work hard all by themselves just to stay above water, which is most likely what keeps him so grounded and humbled.

3. He loves kids.

Tim didn't even think twice about taking his neighbor under his wing when he moved in next door. And for some reason, there's just somethin' about cute boys holding babies that makes us girls swoon.

4. He's genuine and honest.

Sure, maybe he took advantage of his football-star status and slept with most of the rally girls, but once he fell in love with Lyla we saw his compassionate side. (You probably envied Lyla and maybe even hated her for a while because of it...I know I did.)

5. He knows how to have a good time.

It's 5 o'clock somewhere.

6. He's a family man.

Tim took the blame for his brother's crime and went to prison for it...if that's not loyalty then I don't know what is.

7. He's affectionate.

If you either hate Lyla or you want to be Lyla or a combination of the both, you are not alone.

8. He's protective.

Probably the only time you've ever wanted to be in a tornado was when you watched the episode where he shielded Julie from flying debris.

9. He's beautiful.

You're welcome for blessing you with this GIF.

May you all find your own Tim Riggins. Amen.

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