Last year I was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the QuiltCon crew. Most of the crew (like me) are volunteers, sort of like Super Volunteers (which are volunteers who take on 16 or more hours at any QuiltCon) but on steroids: the crew officially starts with a meeting the Monday before QuiltCon and typical hours are 6:30am – 9:30pm through the Monday after QuiltCon. Oh, and for the record, volunteers at QuiltCon are amazing and we couldn’t do it without the help, so thank you to everyone who has and does volunteer! All the heart eyes!!!
One afternoon in Savannah last year, someone stopped by the registration desk (where I was working) at a quiet moment and caught my attention to let me know that “you look nothing like you do online.” And you know what? I am pretty sure she was correct.
Above are various images I have used as my social media “headshot” over the years. When I’m going to take a selfie or have my photo taken, I brush my hair. I try to have the photo taken from a nice angle. I throw away the photos where I look goofy, and I’m a pretty goofy person.
And let’s be perfectly honest, after several days of working ~16 hour days, I’m not going to be looking like my social media “best”. But I’m pretty sure I’m going to have a smile on my face or listening intently, or doing my best in that moment to make sure that I am doing what I can to help people have the experience they want at QuiltCon.
I actually tried to keep this in mind over the past year. As soon as I started wearing glasses, I updated my photograph to reflect that. And I was really uncomfortable using the photo from my Fresh Quilting taping episode because I never, ever wear makeup (I only own lip gloss).
This year, I’ll be co-running the workshops in Pasadena for QuiltCon. The workshops are in a separate building from the two that hold the quilts and vendors, so if you happen to be in the workshop area and see a frizzy haired, glasses wearing woman running around, it might be me (see above). My eyes might be bloodshot, I might have food between my teeth, my feet are probably going to be sore, and I will most certainly have armpit stains on my Crew T-Shirt… but I’m going to be having a blast, and I hope you will, too.
Social media isn’t real life. Real life is much better. I look forward to connecting with many of you over the next week, even if it is just a fleeting greeting.