Have you ever trusted the wrong person? Ate that third slice of pizza you shouldn’t have? Or just simply overcomplicated a thing because it seemed like the right thing to do? Yes? Then you know what I’m talking about.
You live and learn, right?
And don’t pretend you’ve never been there! Nobody likes a show-off 😛 . Well, this will come as no surprise to you (given the title and all), but I’ve made my share of mistakes. I’m here to talk about one specifically, but I’ll give you a few others first because . . . why not? Yes, I’m aware I may regret oversharing someday, but today is not that day.
1- Using a pen name.
Say whahhhh? Yeah, there’s a confusing conundrum here. A while back I wrote ALL about the pros and cons of using a pen name and explained my situation. I’m a private person and didn’t want family and friends to know I was out in the world writing books, but now they know. Did it affect me in the way I thought it would? Yes. I wasn’t wrong about that. I’m too caught up in my head to not feel pressured or judged. That’s a whole other issue.
Today, however, I feel like sticking to my own name would have been easier. Shanny Seewald is pretty darn unique . . . I think. But also? There’s another S.K. Anthony out there
who stole my name and I don’t really think she’s doing me any favors. Either way, not an entirely huge deal, I just kinda sort of feel if I was going to “come out as an author” anyway, why keep it a secret? We have a whole official intro on our podcast Wit Without Wisdom that makes a big deal about S.K. Anthony, but then we go onto the whole show with me being called Shanny. Sometimes it makes me lose sleep at night, because issues.
2- The way I drink water.
Now, I don’t know if this is true or not, but I read it and it’s messing with my head. I drink a lot of water. A LOT. And I pride myself in being super-hydrated all day long. Well, I read a thing that says that drinking too much in one shot doesn’t actually help the body as much as you think, because it goes right through and you end up peeing most of the benefits out.
Great. The last thing I needed was to feel like I’m peeing out all my hydration. I don’t overdrink in one shot, but I do drink a big glass at a time. What I read is probably not true . . . and I certainly don’t try to fit all my water in one shot, but still. I kinda regret reading that article because now I feel weird drinking my water and feel even weirder when I have to say goodbye to it.
3- I dyed my hair purple.
Well, I got purple highlights. Did it look awesome and did I feel sassy? YES.
But I didn’t know it would bleed purple every time my hair got wet. It was “fun” in the rain though. I mean . . . I now have some extra house clothes that match each other in purple, but okay.
Did I learn from this mistake? I don’t know. I almost did it again yesterday, but remembered the nightmare . . .
And finally, what we’re actually here for:
4- The podcast.
The podcast itself isn’t the mistake, but the way we wanted to keep it “all in one basket” because “brand this and brand that.” I’m going back to what I said at the top . . . Raymond and I simply overcomplicated a thing because it seemed like the right thing to do.
Here’s what happened: we have our podcast on the hosting site that does everything a podcast hosting site should do. Then, we decided to post there (because it has to go there), and then create a whole other post on our site (this one) and embed the file here for our followers.
Well, that was dumb.
We aren’t doing anyone any favors. Yes it works, but there’s nothing wrong with our actual podcast site either, especially since we were paying extra here to embed the episodes. Also, the saddest part, maybe? Is that we gained a lot of followers yes, but we gained them here (I mean that’s awesome), but now that site looks lonely and sad. In honor of simplifying our to-dos and honoring the sites for what they are, we’re not double posting going forward. We’ll probably still share some links here, but the podcast stays there. So if you’d like to follow it (I’ll love you if you do), please do so on Spreaker:
And don’t panic if you don’t see any new episodes in the next few weeks, I’m going away on vacation. Because all work and no play is also a big mistake!
Now it’s your turn:
Are you also peeing out all your hydration?
What are some mistakes you’ve made?