A couple weeks ago my friend sent me a viral video on Instagram. A man recording his reaction to the finale of The Undoing. Dramatic, ridiculous and completely captivating. A total stranger, yet I was drawn to his personality off this 10-or-so second clip. I wanted to be his friend. His energy projected through the screen and uplifted my own. Sharing with the world as if everyone was his best friend. Vulnerable and holding nothing back.
It was then I realized I have thousands of followers who have never seen my personality. Who have been supporters of what I do, and what I write, but have yet to actually meet me. While I have formed relationships with some of these people though messaging, only the followers who know me in real life actually know how I am. How I moan when I like what I’m eating, cry at the opening credits to The OC, dance with my dog and sing not just the lyrics of songs, but the background beats too. Only my friends and family know just how weird I am. So while I felt I have been vulnerable, with my thoughts and my feelings, my experiences, challenges and triumphs, I have been holding back. I have been sharing through a filtered scope of reality without even realizing. My entire brand revolves around open authenticity and while I haven’t been inauthentic, I have stayed behind the lens.
On my Instagram, I share my day to day doings. What I eat, my workouts, my dog, my scenery, even my diary entries. I have purposely exposed my truths in order to be relatable. For those struggling to see transformation as a possibility. I have admitted to my flaws, revealed my struggles and discussed my dreams. But if I have been doing all of this behind the camera, how much of an impact can I make? How much can we trust someone we don’t even really know?
A person’s personality can tell a whole story. I am not shy. I probably talk too much. I have reactions for just about everything. My friends call me funny. My parents call me crazy. I let my emotions out when I feel them and that is something I am proud of. A LOT goes on in my head, and most of that makes its way out. I definitely over share and it’s rare someone wouldn’t know what I am thinking. I am truly one-of-a-kind, and honestly a perfect contender for this crazy world of social media. I can’t believe it took me so long to realize.
I can’t wait to show the world my weird. To capture raw moments of goofy, crazy, bubbly, dramatic, emotional, ludicrous Lindsay. Because if you can get to know me not just from my stories but from who I am, my truths might connect differently and my efforts to inspire might make a stronger impact.
I have gotten incredible feedback on how my light shines through. How my adventures lend second-hand joy, and my workouts motivate activity and personal growth. How my recipes come to life in your kitchens and how my stories touch your heart. Of course my dog, Slim, blesses anyone who catches a glimpse. I hope this new layer of sharing projects new light. A different kind of energy, like when I watched the video my friend shared. There is a reason social media videos got so popular. It’s entertaining watching snippets of other people’s personality, especially during quarantine. I have started posting more videos with myself in front of the camera on my TikTok and Instagram Reels @linzybinzy120, so I look forward to seeing who sticks around as well as building new, real friendships. Hey, maybe more of you will decide to show off your personalities too! It’s nice to finally meet you.