Today I’m the perfect example of what “not” to do when it comes to building a brand presence. It’s been 2 days since my last social media post (between scheduling apps at the time, suggestions needed for great free/low cost apps) but I do have one ready for tomorrow. Ish. Need to add hashtags and set a reminded to post it.
This blog post? Literally writing a post about how I’m not doing what I know I need to do. Here is the thing though. Here. Is. The. Thing. If you follow my social media you know I experience both depression and anxiety regularly - lovely, lovely symptoms of C-PTSD. My depression typically hits in short waves and the last few days were one of those waves. I was barely able to do enough to keep my bills paid, the work-work that I have to do. I didn’t walk my dogs (they run around the tiny back yard, but walks are ALWAYS preferred by them).
And before I knew it - it was Tuesday night. The point is I have no branding themed blog post ready. Several posts in outline form, or half written, but nothing ready. This situation would have completely thrown my week off a few years ago, negative-self-talk, not believe that I would ever be able to be more than depression in human form. I’ve been working very hard on seeing how my mental health effects the small, subtle, not-so-obvious-to-me ways and simply accepting it for what it is. Yes, I experience depression and yes, sometimes it really keeps me from doing things. I also know that if I mentally beat myself up about that then it seriously prolongs the effects of depression. So today, instead of beating myself up I’m simply noting that the week foggily flew by and I didn’t realize I had no branding blog posts ready until tonight.
I going to finish drinking a beer, going through images from a recent shoot (the images I’m sharing in this post) and listening to a science fiction audio-book. Here is to not beating myself up in an unhelpful manner - and to remembering to focus on having blog posts written and scheduled ahead of time.
ABOUT THE IMAGES IN THIS POST
These images are from a recent photoshoot with Dani Rodriguez at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. She did her own makeup, and provided the wardrobe.