Over the years I’ve realized that having a 24-hour Walgreens less than two minutes from where I live is both a gift and a curse. A gift because I can refill my inhaler (I only need them when it’s either really cold or really hot out or if I’m working out overtime, but when I need them I NEED them), grab some shaving cream, body wash, see what new mascaras are out, and then casually stroll down the snack aisle at any time of day. A curse because I can stroll in there at any given time of day…lol. On one very recent occasion I had my arms filled with random beauty necessities (because I swore I didn’t need a basket SMH) and because the checkout line was really long, the cashier at the photo waived me over.
I haven’t been to Photo by Walgreens in ages—probably since the last time I had to develop pictures on a 35mm more than a decade ago. But while the cashier was ringing up my mascara, body wash, and random snacks I kept eyeing behind him looking at all the cool things you can get your photos printed on (i.e. daily planner notebooks, wood panels, mugs, cards, 5×7 birthday card template, etc.). Then I started to think about what I’d potentially get printed now that I have a ton of cool pics of myself. Then that got me to thinking about how I used to HATE having my photo taken. Like you’d quicker see me getting a root canal than posing for a photo just a few years ago. But I was standing there checking out my Walgreens loot and all of a sudden I wanted a notebook with my picture on it. And a daily planner.
Looking back it’s really silly that I was avoiding the camera because I missed documenting some really happy moments in life. Like a random picture of me at age 26 may or may not exist. The outfit I wore on my last day at my corporate job in 2010, what I did when I turned 21, my face when I had my very first magazine article I’d written in my hands for the first time (which I ran out and bought at my local Walgreen)—none of that plus SO many more moments captured. So now I’m trying to get in front of a camera as often as possible. I do photo shoots whenever possible (thanks, Nas). My storage is filled with selfies I refuse to erase…lol. Shoot, I need to celebrate that I feel so much more comfortable with myself that I can pose in front of a camera so freely. SO happy I’ve reached this point.
Yep. All of those happy feelings just from initially only wanting a new tube of mascara…lol.
This post isn’t all about my mushiness—there’s something in it for you…lol. I’ve teamed up with Walgreens who wants you to #ShareLifesHappy by giving FIVE of you $25 Photo by Walgreens gift cards for you to print out all those photos that make you happy—and yep, selfies totally count…lol.
To enter leave a comment telling me what you’d print at your local Photo by Walgreens if you won. Then fill out the giveaway widget below making sure to follow all instructions and abide by all regulations. Contest ends Thursday, April 23, 2015 at midnight EST. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #ShareLifesHappy campaign sponsored by Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.