The Hit List - Freeze Framed

The other day I was recording a little something. It wasn’t a big deal nor was it too long. I had my info ready, was well-rehearsed, and knew the info inside and out. My hair was pressed, lipstick perfect, and surroundings neat enough.

As soon as the camera rolled, the deep freeze set in. In other words, I not only froze once but many more times. I could barely choke it out without stumbling, mispronouncing words, and feeling like a loser.

How the hell did this happen? After all, I’ve spent plenty of time doing Instagram Lives. I should be a pro by now!

But the truth is, I’ve never been a fan of being in front of the camera. Unlike my gorgeous sis, who loves the camera and gets plenty of love back from it, I always say “I’d rather give birth to twins breach instead.” That is how much I hate having my picture taken.

I won’t lie: I did beat myself up a bit once the cameras were off. Why am I so stiff when it really matters? Why can’t I loosen up a bit? And: why did I agree to do this when I know I suck!?

If you’re camera-shy, you know that inward dialogue too. While I’d like to perfect my photo-taking time or avoid it altogether, there’s something humbling about revisiting those old issues you thought were handled long ago. I’ve always been self-conscious when the lens is pointed at me. Sure, I appear confident when you look at the finished product. You don’t see the 1000 pictures that needed to be taken in order to get one good shot. 

I’ll probably never be besties with the camera but you know what? I still do it. It takes a lot of guts to do something that makes you uncomfortable. 

The next time you’re facing something that makes you freeze, know you’re not alone. We all trip up at times. Many of us continue to fall flat on our faces even with all the prep in the world. Keep going anyways. 


I can do this with my eyes closed.

Other stuff:

Bon Jovi is doing good things: From rock superstar to all-star dishwasher, Jon Bon Jovi is keeping his community fed.

Good to know: Adding Three 40-Minute Walks to Your Weekly Routine Can Reduce Your Risk of Cognitive Decline.

She’s A Barbie Girl: Mattel’s Naomi Osaka Barbie Doll Sells Out Ahead Of Tokyo Olympics.

Huh? Aural Sex for Beginners.

From MindBodyGreen: What Reversals In Tarot Really Mean & How To Read Them.

For blazing trails: ‘I’m a Professional Trail Steward, and These Are the Hiking Essentials I Always Pack.’

A great read: Those Were the Days of Our Lives This generation will never know the true freedom — and neglect — of being an ’80s kid.

From Colin Bedell: Chiron Retrograde Shares a Message of Healing.

WTH: Home renovation leads to the discovery of over 150 bowling balls under a family’s porch.

20 Gorgeous Tarot Decks.

Defo want to watch this: “Roadrunner,” by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, presents Bourdain as both the hero and the villain of his own story.

From Lifehacker: Why You Should Understand Astrology, Even If You Think It’s Bullshit.

Have you checked out Tarot & Tequila: A Tarot Guide with Cocktails by Dave Ross? It’s awesome! Cheers!

Interesting: A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life.

I’m always intrigued with books about breathing: THE BREATHING CURE: Develop New Habits for a Healthier, Happier, and Longer Life.

Oooh: The Meaning in the Making: The Why and How Behind Our Human Need to Create.

There is a Disney Villians Tarot Deck!

WANT: Modern Day Magic: 8 Simple Rules to Realize your Power and Shape Your Life by Rachel Lang.

Check out the Jack O’ Lantern Tarot!

I’m slowly getting ready for the launch of this beauty: Tarot for Kids. You can pre-order it now. Yay!

Whether you’re new to tarot or old hat, you’ll find something to learn in Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading.

If you prefer to listen to your tarot lessons, I’ve got your back: Tarot: No Questions Asked: Mastering the Art of Intuitive Reading is available as an audiobook.

Ta-dah! Astrology made simple: Astrology for Real Life: A Workbook for Beginners (A No B.S. Guide for the Astro-Curious).

The Uncommon Tarot: A Contemporary Reimagining of an Ancient Oracle is a gorgeous, global deck for all tarot lovers!

Learn to master the tarot basics in a fun, playful way: The Tarot Coloring Book.

When times are tough, you need this: Tarot For Troubled Times has rituals, readings, and so much more. Make this a part of your self-care.



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What I’m Grateful For:

Patient camera people

Time to breathe

Fresh air on a warm day

Walking weather

Lemon cheesecake bars


Soundtrack for 7/17/21:

You Right by Doja Cat and The Weeknd


© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2021

images from stock photography and personal collection 


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