We had the good fortune of connecting with Sally Gilles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sally, how have you been affected by Covid-19?
My full time job is in the entertainment industry. I am a freelancer and spend most of my time on gameshows. Since most of these shows cannot function without an audience, I am out of work until the Covid-19 Crisis ends (or some restrictions are lifted). I am living off of unemployment like most of my colleagues and working hard to fill my days with productive activities. I have been able to spend a lot more time creating content for my blog and developing more ideas. Being home all day has a way of forcing you to be more creative and I have really enjoyed finding out what the more artistic side of my brain is capable of. I have also participated in the new Tie Dye trend…A LOT.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Within the past year, I made the decision to talk about my body journey with my followers. I have struggles with body image issues for years and I was never really honest about it. The one photo I post is not representative of the process it took to get me there. I was posing my body just right in hundreds of other photos, chose one, then edited and filtered and finally it ends up on Instagram. It is unfair to post unrealistic photos with no explanation. So I started talking about it. I started posting the “cute” photo along with the ones that could be considered “ugly” or “unflattering.” I write long captions about how I’m feeling that day and why I look the way I do in a photo. I talk on my Instagram stories and share more of my daily life. It has made me feel more confident in my contend and really proud of what I am putting into the world. I don’t have a massive following. I know that my audience is small. But if ONE person sees my honest content and even THINKS about changing something in their life for the better, then it’s all worth it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
With the stay home order in Los Angeles right now I think a visit would look a little different. But while I’ve stayed at home, I’ve been thinking about the things that I miss so this question is easier to answer. Huntington Gardens in Pasadena is a beautiful place that can take hours to walk around with a delicious dumpling house right in the middle of their Chinese Garden. And if you make a reservation ahead of time, you can have a proper afternoon tea, with amazing sandwiches and snacks and a rose tea made from the roses in the gardens outside. I also love the many breweries that LA has to offer. Angel City Brewery and Arts District Brewery are right down the block from one another. Both offer incredible brews as well as snacks and games. In-between the two breweries, is an incredible restaurant called Wurstküche. Breweries + Friends + German Sausage = A Perfect Afternoon.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Right now, I am feeling very connected to 2 Instagram influencers. The first is Chessie King (@chessieking). She is a British woman who preaches self love and universal acceptance. She is such a refreshing thing to see on my social media feed daily. The second is Sarah Landry (@thebirdspapaya). Another champion of women rights and body positivity, she has greatly encouraged me to be more honest about my struggles (with my body and mind) on my platforms. She has been an inspiration for years but especially during this time. That being said, I can dedicate a lot of my encouragement to my core group of friends. The ones who have ALWAYS encouraged me to be bolder and try new things. They comment on every Instagram post and every blog article. Even if I don’t always tell every one of them, they are the backbone of my confidence. They know who they are 🙂
Annie Boulding (for the love yourself image) All others were taken by me with a self timer