Monday, May 7, 2018

The Uncurated Life is a podcast from Cindy Guentert-Baldo of Llamas Love Lettering. I've been a fan of Cindy for many years after my experience with her in the Planners Gone Wild Facebook group. She's a straight-forward, tell it like it is, uncensored woman. I love that.

She recently started a podcast that has resonated with me so much, I wanted to share it with you today.

I've been meaning to take a listen since the podcast went live, but I didn't get a chance to until yesterday. I listened to all 4 of her episodes in one sitting (at work). It's that good.

Above, you can see an image taken from my blog dashboard where on the 24th I wrote a post titled "Struggles with authenticity". I never published it and it's sitting as a draft because I felt weird about posting something so personal. Then I listened to Cindy's podcast and the entire theme of the podcast is exactly what that post was about.

This is the show notes from The Uncurated Life, Episode 1:
Social media has brought people closer together. We interact each day using Instagram, Facebook, etc... but the lives we see online only tell part of the story. It can be extremely difficult to remember that what you see has been carefully chosen by the person posting. I want to know the WHOLE story. As I start this journey into exploring the lives people live beyond social media, I thought I'd take a little time and tell you about MY life outside of the algorithm. 
I'll take this a bit further... my unpublished blog post talked about this along with only doing/showing things that are popular regardless of your own style.

Here's an excerpt from my unpublished post:
I went shopping last weekend with a gift card I had to Michael's. I told my girlfriend I wanted to find "props" for photos and videos. She asked, "What do you have in mind?" I stopped and said, "I have no idea". I knew what everyone else was doing and what their aesthetics were, but it wasn't me. I had fallen into this rut of keeping up with what the trends are, whether I liked it or not. I love to eat pineapple but I don't need pineapples on everything I own. Yet, I almost picked up a pineapple trinket dish because that's what's "in". Which is actually super funny because if you saw my home you'd really understand. I live in an industrial style apartment. There's exposed brick, corrugated aluminum, drop duct work, etc. It's not pink pineapples & unicorns. It's industrial and rustic. My style is industrial and rustic. So why the hell was I going to purchase a pink pineapple trinket dish just for a couple of photos? We wandered about for awhile and I went to one part of the store and she another. She finally found me again, I had nothing in my cart. She said, "come with me". So we went to a section of the store where if I was going to shop for my apartment, I would've loved the pieces that were displayed there. She showed me several things and gave me ideas. The first thing out of my mouth was, "Thank you". In THAT exact moment, I realized that I wasn't being 100% authentic online.
Cindy talks about this a lot in her podcast. For her it's succulents that are super popular but they aren't a representation of "her". If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have noticed a 180 in my aesthetic. I previously had tried too hard to have these bright colorful "glam" feminine pictures. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy some glam & femininity but it's not my style personally. I wear black/gray 90% of the time. I love neutral colors and earthy rustic styles. That is now being represented on my Instagram, and let me tell you... I'm enjoying creating that content more than ever.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Uncurated Life and I highly recommend it. I think the universe was really speaking to me in April with my Michael's epiphany and Cindy's podcast. This doesn't mean that I won't have staged photos or videos anymore. It just means that the carefully chosen content will be in MY style, and my content across the board will show real life too. The good, the bad, and the messy!

Have you listened to this podcast? What are your thoughts on the topic?

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