Instagram Anxiety

Social Media Anxiety

Well, I should’ve known it would hit again…the dreaded social media anxiety. I am starting to see a pattern when it comes to my love/hate relationship with social media. It’s an endless loop that goes like this:

  1. Oh look, social media is fun! I can catch up with my friends who I don’t see every day! Cute photos of kittens! Look at that awesome living room design! I need that lady’s skirt!
  2. I should probably post more often. In fact, why don’t I have an editorial calendar. I have one for my work, why not for my personal? I need to make sure my content is varied and my photos have a color theme.
  3. OMG, if I see another photo of an influencer talking about daily struggles with a beautifully lit professional image of them staring at the window of an urban coffee shop, I’m going to puke.
  4. I will never be fit enough for Instagram. I might as well give up now.
  5. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Scroll. Repeat.
  6. Ugh, I spend way too much time on my phone. I should really cut back.
  7. I apparently cannot cut back. I guess I should just delete the app completely.
  8. Wow, this break from social media has been so amazing! It’s been a few weeks, I bet I could login and just start slow.
  9. Go back to step 1. Repeat forever.

Now, I still don’t really know what the solution is for this ongoing issue, but I know it’s obviously not going away anytime soon. So I’ve been looking around to see if some of the wise women of the internet have any insight. So far, the best conversations on the topic have been via podcast. The Call Your Girlfriend Podcast did an entire episode on Instagram Anxiety, which is incredible. And the Raise Your Hand Say Yes Podcast did a series of episodes on social media breaks that were really insightful.

I’m still unsure what is next for me when it comes to my social media for this blog and personally, but I feel okay knowing I’m at least being thoughtful about the whole thing. I often wonder what I’d be able to get done if I spent less time worrying about social media, and in the last two weeks, I’ve realized how much more productive I am when when I just log off. So for now, I’m on step 7 and wondering if I will close the loop like always, or take a different path this time around.

Grammy Flowers

In the Meantime….

Grammy Flowers

Wow, friends, this has been a massive blog hiatus! But I promise, it was totally unplanned. You see, my 30 Days of Summer Photo Challenge launched at the beginning of June, and while I am so excited about all the participants (more than double what I anticipated when I started planning for this project), it’s taken up more of my time than I’d originally allotted. Paired with the fact that it’s SUMMER now, the kids are home from school, and I’m getting into my busy season for client photography, I haven’t had time to blog.

Now, listen…I know, okay! I’ve taught classes on blogging to photographers and entrepreneurs, and one of the first things I say is that in order to making blogging work, you have to make it a priority. But to be honest…right now it’s just not a priority. And that’s okay too! As a blogger, you’ll go through ebbs and flows in terms of your time, priorities and business. I’m excited to share a few of my latest photo sessions with you in the upcoming weeks, as the 30 Days of Summer Challenge winds down. I also have some fun personal posts to share (We went on a roadtrip! We had dance camp and theater camp! We got a KITTEN!).

Until then, make sure you’re following me on Instagram to get daily updates on both the challenge and life in general! I’ve have a ton of people contacting me because they wanted to join the 30 Day Challenge, but missed the sign ups. The best way to make sure you don’t miss out next time (next time?!) is to sign up for the newsletter and get all of my updates delivered directly to your inbox! Hope you’re all having a fantastic summer!

Crazy Bananas Video Blog

The Crazy Bananas Video Blog : What Do You Want to See?

First of all…keeping it real…I did one AMAZING take of this first, little video blog. I’m not a natural in front of the camera, so there were so many attempts before I got through the whole thing without flubbing. But then, it happened. The PERFECT take! Hooray! I started to do one more just to make sure, but after I started stuttering over my words again, I decided to go with perfection and be done for the day.

Which was all fine and good until I sat down to edit the video and guess what?! That perfect take? The one where I didn’t goof or say the word “maybe” one million times?

I didn’t hit record.


I have audio of the one perfect take, just to remind me of how perfect it was, but apparently I didn’t record any video. Typical!

So here is my not-perfect, flubbery, goofy second-best take. Perfection is the enemy anyway, right?! (Right.)

I’m so excited to be video blogging again! You might remember my attempt at getting the video blog going a few years ago, but I just didn’t have the time, energy or equipment to make it work. I am learning that when I enjoy doing something creative, especially when it’s different from what I usually do, it really helps me grow as an artist and content creator. So instead of worrying about making a life-altering video blog, I’m just gonna do exactly what I do here on…in video form!

But before we really get started, I need to know what YOU want to see? Last time around I got a ton of requests for photography tutorials, style tips, and in-depth discussions about my favorite Doctor Who actor. I definitely plan to share all of that, but what else sounds fun? Lately I’ve been writing more about healthy living and recovery, so I’d love to cover that in the vlog. I’m also down for sharing tips and tricks for B+ moms like myself. What else sounds good?! I want to hear what YOU want! You can leave your comments and ideas below, or head on over to my YouTube channel or my social media profiles and leave me a note there!

Here’s to many imperfect video blogs in the future!

Giving Instead of Receiving with the KC Pet Project

KC Pet Project Kittens

This year for Lucy’s birthday, we decided to change things up a bit. While we are so grateful to our friends and family for all the amazing gifts they bestow upon our kids, we are full to the brim with stuff. My kids don’t need anything, really. So instead of asking people to bring gifts to Lulu’s birthday party, we asked them to bring donations for the animals of the KC Pet Project!

KC Pet Project

We are a family of animal-lovers, and are proud that all of our pets, both past and present, have been adopted through local shelters. We love the KC Pet Project, because it’s the largest no-kill animal shelter in the area. The shelter cares for over 9,000 animals a year! I contacted the KC Pet Project and told them about Lucy’s donations, and they were kind enough to give the kids and I a tour of their facility. We brought along a friend of Lucy’s who is also a big animal fan (especially kittens!), and we were able to see the cat and kitten room, the veterinary recovery wing and the dog area. The entire operation is so amazing, and we are super grateful we were able to help out in our small way. Lucy’s friends and family really stepped up, and we were able to donate a couple bags of dog and cat food and toys!

To learn more about the KC Pet Project, and to learn how you can help, please visit their website or follow them on Facebook!

When Life Is Crazy (Fun)

When life is so fun and busy and silly that you don’t have time to blog, all you can do is post a few snaps from your phone and hope the joy shines through! I’m supposedly getting a new iPhone soon to replace my old iPhone 4, and I CANNOT WAIT to use it’s fancy new camera. The Crazybananas Instagram is about to get even busier! But before I say goodbye, here are some snaps with my old buddy from the last few weeks. Life is good, you guys!

They decided to make Halloween decorations #halloween #october #crafty #kids

Teddy does fall. #teddygram #instateddy #puppy #rottie #dog #fall #autumn #leaves

No schooooolllll!!!! So we went to the zoooooo!!!! #kczoo #buddies #bridge #microfashion #lovethem

The view from my bike ❤️ #bike #family #sundayfunday #together #love

Batter up!!! #tateandkel #baseball #boys #buddies

Not following the safety instructions...thank goodness. #kids #fun #swing #upsidedown #peace #daredevils

It's rodeo field trip day at school! Lulu is so pumped! #cowgirl #boots #rodeo #americanroyal #kc #smsd

Uncle Scott AND Papa Lee are here?! Well these kids are having a pretty good day, aren't they? #family #love #grindersstonewall

They got me an ice cream cake ❤️ #happybirthday

Scouted around for mini shoot locations today, and we have a winner!!! #shawneemissionpark #fall #photographer #kcphotographer #kc #kansascity

Early morning foggy bike ride with the boy in the red striped jammies. #toofast #blur #bike #tater

Guess who surprised us at Lulu's soccer game! Brooklyn!!! Hooray! #cousins #love #family

This has been a three year process with our sensitive girl, but we're getting soooo close! #dad #daughter #bike #ride #yay

She speaks penguin  #kc #kczoo #penguin #penguinpower #futurezookeeper

No school today, a nearly empty zoo and someone's favorite carousel animal was free! I'd give today an A+! #kc #kczoo #carousel #elephant #tater

They just dumped a giant crate of apples into the mill and it was AMAZING! #louisburgcidermill #kansas #fall #apples

I cannot believe my little nuggets are 14 today!!! Happy golden birthday to three of the most awesome people I've had the pleasure of knowing! I am so lucky to be your Aunt ❤️❤️❤️ Thanks for always pretending to laugh at my bad jokes  I love you! #goldenb

On the trail with my favorite little man ❤️ #love #fall #bike

I get to share my birthday with my puppy! Fun, huh? Theodore Roosevelt Peters turned 1 year old today! He likes eating Lucy's stuffed animals, digging holes in the backyard, and long belly rubs. We're so lucky he's part of our crazy family! We waited a lo

Spying on my boys at the bookstore... ❤️ #love #reading

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