I’ve been hesitating to write this post for quite a while. Frankly, I think I am probably the least interesting person on the planet..and yet, almost every day I spend the evening replying to at least 10 messages between Facebook, Instagram & email from people asking me about my life, my travels, my dress, earrings, marriage, job….I could go on and on.

It’s no secret that I am an avid social media user – I truly don’t recall a time in which I didn’t have a status, blog, top 8 (RIP Myspace), profile picture, etc. to update. On top of that, I’m a sharer – I like sharing stories, selfies, photos of my family, vacation memories – I treat my social media like a sort of digital scrapbook that I can look back on one day and smile, laugh or, in some cases, hurt a little bit. Because of my social media behavior I have made lots of “digital friends” – people all over the country (some all over the world) that laugh with me, reply to my stories and just connect with me on some level.

The number one request I have gotten is to PLEASE start updating my blog regularly again. That is an insanely flattering request but also overwhelming…because, again, I find myself wildly uninteresting…so whenever I sit down to post something I find myself forfeiting halfway through..certain that no one is going to want to read it, but maybe I’m wrong?

Considering the fact that I adore writing and that people actually want to read what I write I’ve decided to make a promise to myself to check in on here once a week!

That being said, I decided to answer 5 of the questions I most frequently get asked in response to my little “social media life”. And I am going to be brutally, embarrassingly honest.

1. You’re soooo pretty! What’s your secret to such smooth skin? What products do you use?
Filters. Most of the time more than one! With access to such fun, amazing & flattering photo apps its so hard not to take advantage of all of the pretty ways I can improve a photo and my face! As for products – I use Purity cleanser at night, Dove sensitive skin in the shower in the morning followed by IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream every morning & each night. I use at least one mask a week – but those are always changing and I don’t have a favorite. As for foundation, I don’t use one – I stick to Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and if for any reason I need additional coverage I just mix a little liquid concealer in the tinted moisturizer..super simple! Also, there may or may not be a little Botox in my forehead….just saying. Bottom line…thank YOU for all of the compliments but I’m not as pretty in person as I appear to be in carefully doctored photos! Lol!

2. What are your favorite photo editing apps?
On that note, what apps do I use to achieve the picture perfect selfies?
These are my top 5:
YouCam Perfect/YouCam Makeup
Camera+
Facetune
PICSPLAY
PicTapGo
….Have fun with those!

3. What exactly do you do for a living? Do you work?
I can see how it would appear in my social media world that I don’t actually have a “job”. Ha! I actually have several! My parents own a transportation company that spans most of the midwest region – I do the online marketing, social media & SEO for their company. In addition to that I have a small online marketing company called Clever Click Marketing – I do online marketing & social media for a number of small businesses throughout Omaha. Also, my mom & I just opened a small boutique in Elkhorn, NE called Dreamcatcher – I work out of there most of the week helping run the business, buying, IT, marketing side of things while my mom & her sister handle the creative, staging, decorating aspect of the store. AND, I’m a part-time assistant for my husband. So, you could say I stay busy. 😉

4. Do you have kids? Is it hard being a step-mom? Are you trying to have kids?
I’m combining these questions all into one to keep it simple. I have a step-son/bonus son – he’s 12-years-old! It’s not hard being a step-mom, there are challenges and days in which I can’t believe how different my life is from the way it was before but its truly amazing and I love the experience. I don’t take how lucky I am for granted, he’s an exceptional kid and treats me like gold and his dad & I have a great relationship with his mom and her husband…I know that not all people have it that easy and some really struggle and while I sympathize for them I just can’t relate! Yes, my husband and I are trying to have a baby…but it’s proving more difficult than anticipated but that’s a story for another time!

5. “Your life looks perfect!” “You get to travel so much!” “You and your husband seem so in love!” “I wish I had your life!”
These are just a handful of the statements that get flung at me every day. Yes, my social media life looks pretty perfect and lots of days are perfection but just as many days are mediocre at best and some straight up suck. I do get to travel a lot but my husband & I work hard to do so and we sacrifice & save to make those trips happen. My husband and I are in love – maybe even annoyingly so but we have our issues. To give you some perspective…I was ugly crying in the HyVee parking lot less than 3 hours before this photo was taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…you know…take everything with a grain of salt. 😉

I’ll be around more now, I promise! And keep the questions coming – at least that way I’ll always have something to blog about!

xo,Hayley