I have basically used the same photo of myself online for the last 6 years. Why? I don’t know…because I looked better five years ago?

I still had all my hair (surgery two years ago to remove a couple of benign tumors left me with two huge hairless patches of scalp — right in front of my head).

I wasn’t as heavy (too many hours spent doing web design at a desk, snacking and not getting enough exercise has wrecked me).

I was just….cuter.

Now I’m pre-menopausal and half-bald thanks to the dermatologist who shall remain unnamed. But I’m still me. I still have the same warped sense of humor I’ve always had – just with less hair and more flesh. 🙂

So why come clean now? Why not hide behind the facade of my 5-1/2 year old photo? Funny you should ask. I’ll tell you.

I’ve agreed to do an online LIVE seminar (my skin crawls everytime I type the word “live”) on blog and graphic design for my friends Amy Bayliss and Lisa Boyd of DIY Ministry.  I really wasn’t  planning on the LIVE part, but after much consideration, I decided I would. I mean, if I were paying for a seminar, I’d want to see the actual speaker — to connect. Besides, this is who I am now.

And it ain’t always this pretty:

3 Comments on The real me…it ain’t always pretty

  1. Liz Gossom
    September 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I put sunglasses on for my last profile pic shot because I’m so ashamed of the dark circles under my eyes – the mark of sleep deprivation from two toddlers and a surprise 3rd pregnancy. Isn’t it funny, the lengths we go to to make sure no one knows we don’t always look perfect?

  2. Karen
    September 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Liz – I so understand that. It’s hard for me to post photos of myself…so hard. 🙂 But I really want to LIVE the transparency I’ve talked about for so long. It just seems like the right thing to do. 🙂

  3. Melanie Dorsey
    October 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm (6 years ago)

    I enjoyed the online workshop today. Thanks so much and you look GREAT!

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