#keepingITreal ::: Stopping the Highlight Reel

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My IG biffle posted this today:

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It got me thinking.

Yes, I show the fun stuff. And I still show the real stuff. *maybe with an added filter.

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But Ashley’s post goes deeper than that. Although my IG feed does show you my real pictures, it does not show you every aspect of my life. I am definitely not hiding secrets, but my road to success as an entrepreneur (with this little space on the inter-webs & my goals of working for myself), my social media does not show it all. So therefore, I’m laying it all out there. It’s seldom that I have a #keepingITreal post, but do include that hashtag often. But here it is, my effort to #StoptheHighlightReel, a peak into me as I #keepITreal.

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i use my social events as time with friends. Sometimes way too often. But thank god for awesome friends…who like fun events just like I do! It is not always that I wait for these events to see my amazing peeps, but if one is coming up, I do invite a friend I want to catch up with or hang with.

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or my time with friends is spent working. Thank god for Ali. This chica… Majority of the time we get together, we meet at our local Starbucks to blog work, or she studies, or I sometimes help create her workouts, or we work off each other for social media posts. You get the picture…we meet up for coffee, chats, and blog work. #NoShameinOurWorkGame

my ‘me’ time is paid. I wish my ‘me’ was really paid time…but what I mean is that the time I take for myself (i.e. putting the d@am phone down) is while I’m getting a mani or pedi, thus I’m paying for it. Should I really be saving myself this money? Yes. But do I realize that taking this time is necessary and sometimes the only way to get me to stop? Yes. So yeah, my nails are always pretty. And….OH MAN…would I be a mess if it weren’t for movie theaters?! Some people read for inspiration to write or to get themselves outta that writing slump ::: for me, it’s seeing a movie. I would much rather sit in a big theater and get lost in another story line, another universe, another year in time than stick my nose in a book.

no, I do not suffer from FOMO, but I rarely say no. I really am my mother’s daughter, not only in looks, but in the fact that I rarely say no. As my blog has grown, I have gotten better saying no to opportunities that have been presented. As for my Fear Of Missing Out (in case you didn’t know FOMO), it’s there, but honestly, sometimes I am happier blogging in my corner at Starbucks than out on the town with drinks.

i’m so single. like really single. I would be lying if I said it didn’t bother me. Whether you believe me or not, I’m ok with it. A relationship takes a lot of work! I’ve only had a few, but dammit, I know it takes work, patience & a little sacrifice. Of course, I’m always told to get from behind this computer screen and get out there. Or friends suggest taking time for myself to go out and maybe meet someone…  blah. blah. blah. I do go out, I go to events, my walls are down. I promise. And I honestly believe that if I was reeeeally meant to meet someone, the universe would have pushed them in front of my path. I really do. But, my last boyfriend was almost four years ago. My most recent date was about a year ago. And it seems that guys I dig, don’t dig me back.  Thus, my blog has become my boyfriend. Whatevs, my boyfriend is cute, has an adorable little skull, is full of water color, pinks & purples. I guess it could be worse.

i’m always working. like always. I come home from my big girl job — I work — social media for three clients — I work — this pretty little blog. You get it. Would I like more free time? Yes. But then would not be where I’m at? No. #EntrepreneurProblems The fact that I am always working in 100% inherited, both of my parents are the same way, so it is what I have always known. But I also know that the work you put in reaps what you receive. And #keepingITreal, let’s just say I’m not the best at time management. I am constantly working to be better.

So there you go. That’s Caitlyn…that’s me. I make daily sacrifices to get where I am at today with my blog and who trusts me with their social media. I would not change a thing. And although I do not always show eeeeeverything on my social media, if I had a boyfriend, well then, my IG wouldn’t get so many selfies! 😛

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Caitlyn
Caitlyn
Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for all things food, fitness, travel & Disney. Currently:
▪️Social Media content creator & photographer with Social Media Squared
▪️Lifestyle Blogger & Social Influencer
▪️Foodie, Queen of tequila & coffee (sometimes combined, mostly enjoyed separately), villain-lover, movie aficionado, #joblove-r & owner of way too many sugar skulls
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Caitlyn

Caitlyn is a Tampa native with a love for all things food, fitness, travel & Disney. Currently: ▪️Social Media content creator & photographer with Social Media Squared ▪️Lifestyle Blogger & Social Influencer ▪️Foodie, Queen of tequila & coffee (sometimes combined, mostly enjoyed separately), villain-lover, movie aficionado, #joblove-r & owner of way too many sugar skulls

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    Famous Ashley Grant

    July 6, 2016

    I love that you showed your readers a peek behind the curtain. It’s easy to look at someone’s social media and be jealous assuming you’re ALWAYS doing something fun, but what people don’t see is how hard we work to make the awesomeness happen. And, on a side not, I hope that the Universe sends you someone so freaking amazing whose crazy matches your crazy 😉

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      Caitlyn

      July 6, 2016

      Haha, thank you Ashley! And of course I appreciate the Deadpool reference 😉

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