So, because I am a writer, something that I never imagined would happen, happened.
No, I did not suddenly learn how to fly.
This is Super Girl. She can fly, and rock a cape.
No, Grover did not propose.
Grover: Some day I will, Cawwie.
Wow. I hope so, Grover, I’ve been waiting on that since first grade.
It wasn’t learning to fly or a Grover proposal.
Instead, I was in a real photo shoot with a real make-up artist and real stylist and real photo shoot coordinator and real photographer with assistant.
Yes, seriously. Glamour Magazine.
And I wore make-up. And it was cold, but I still managed to not fall down or turn into an ice cube.
If you know me, you know that I am not a person who wears make-up.
Look. Proof. The photo of myself that I tend to post is make-up free AND my hair is wet. That is how un-glam I am.
So… why? Why was I doing this? Why was I totally stepping outside of my comfort zone?
It was for the Dear Bully anthology that Megan Kelley Hall and I were doing with Harper Collins, so I couldn’t cop out or claim social anxiety disorder because it was for a good cause.
I am a sucker for good.
Anyway, I was totally out of my previously-mentioned comfort zone and the whole time that I was panicking and thinking, “Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I have to wear make-up. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. People are going to see my picture. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. I have to wear clothes that do not belong to me.”
Really, it’s true. You wear clothes that are not yours at these things. So, I was kind of thinking I’d get to wear something glammy because it is GLAMOUR MAGAZINE, and it was basically my one shot to be actually glamorous.
That didn’t happen.
Since they did the shoot in Maine, they wanted it to reflect Maine culture and I guess holding dead lobsters in our hands and swigging Allen’s Coffee Brandy while wearing moose hats was out of the question.
So the next best thing they could think of was…
Yeah, it was basically …. um….
Someday, I swear, I’ll be glammy. Really. I will. It’s on my bucket list.
Grover: I am on a cow. That was on the bucket list of me, Grover, and I managed to do it fabulously and glamorously, don’t I?
Yes, I know Grover. You did.
But the point here is that if you are brave and you say ‘yes’ to things that are TOTALLY OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE? Well, good things could happen. You can wear make-up and random clothes from L.L. Bean. Or you can be on the radio at WERU like I was this week. I got to talk to the amazing Brook Mining, who is a rock star librarian and radio host. The hour-long show is archived here if you feel like listening to it.
AND IF YOU EVER have to do a photo shoot with Glamour, do NOT be scared because the people are so awesome and nice and kind and patient. It’s amazing. I fell in love with all of them. They were just that cool.
To find out more about DEAR BULLY check it out here.
And since it’s Mother’s Day in the U.S. this weekend and I am without a mother, here’s a quick shout-out to my mom who tried so hard in a world that was always pushing her down. She was amazing. I miss her.
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