Turn those enviable social media posts to your advantage. By Stella Thng and Estelle Low
Photo: Olena Kachmar / 123rf.com
It’s not a stretch to say that we live half our lives on social media, going by how often we are logged in, scrolling through posts if not uploading one.
With everyone putting their best foot – or rather, face – forward online, it’s easy to think that the whole world has a much better life than yours. Of course, you know that’s not true.
Instead of engaging in self-pity while looking at amazing holiday or food photos, try picking up tips to improve your life. Okay, social media life.
1. Your friend always seems to organise the most amazing parties for her kids.
What to do: Pick up tips on how she does the decor or where she holds the parties for your own tyke’s next bash. However, don’t assume she did everything herself. She may have hired a great party planner and even found a caterer who did the cakes, too. Ask her for the contacts. There, next party sorted.
2. You’re absolutely envious of the fantastic holiday photos now showing up on your newsfeed.
What to do: Take a 15-minute crash course on photography by examining what and how your friends shot their photos. Then Google or Youtube “simple holiday photography” to pick up the basic concepts. Often, it only requires a couple more minutes to get that beautiful pic. Make it a habit not to click blindly, but to spend some effort framing your shot. Before you know it, you’ll be the one posting gorgeous shots.
3. The pics of the homemade bento lunches your friends make for their kids even have yours envious.
What to do: It’s really not that difficult to make kawaii bentos – if you know all the shortcuts. Ask for recipes or search online; shop at Daiso for the cutest knick-knacks; start slow. Aim to make just one bento a week for starters, and use pre-made ingredients to save time. For example, buy frozen puff pastry sheets to make sausage rolls. Wrap them around cheesy cocktail sausages and chill the night before. Pop them in the oven/ microwave the next morning and they’re done in 15 minutes. Junior gets a yummy breakfast and more rolls plus some fruit for his recess bento!
A version of this article was first published in Simply Her January 2017 issue.