Pizza, Instagram, Comparison and what I’ve learned

This past weekend I packed my bags and went to hang out with my long time friend Brandon and his family—  They live Niceville, Fl.  The change of scenery was just what I needed.  Who knew there was such a place.  Ok, Ok! I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too… “Are the people of Niceville really nice?” I mean, they not mean. LOL

During my 4-day adventure, we spent a lot of time eating— Pizza, Hibachi, seafood, and even Chick Fil A. I’m stuffed thinking about it. By the way, If you’re in the area, you have to try the buffalo chicken pizza from Domonics. SO YUMMY! We even threw in some Alabama football too (he’s a HUGE fan). Y’all know I could care less, but I watched with a smile. You’re welcome, Brandon. But I think what I loved most about my time there was our conversations. It’s always fun to catch up and reminisce on old times, but it’s also fun to meet new people.

Greyson, Brandon and Amy

While in Niceville, almost as soon as I arrived, I met this sweet gal that attends their church. The following day we met again and it was as if we had been friends for years. Ok, not years, but months. Haha. She introduced me to her group of friends, but it was the way she introduced me that made me stop and think. “This is Evan. He has 5,000 followers on Instagram and a Youtube Channel.”  At first I laughed, thought it was comical and cute, but the more I thought about it, I couldn’t help but think, “is this what our world has come too?” Living in what people call the “Millennial Generation (myself included), we too often define our lives by the number of followers we have or the amount of likes we get.

Social Media has created this idea that “it’s okay to pretend to be okay.” We post only the pretty stuff.  The stuff that makes us look good. The stuff that makes people think we’re living a perfect life, but the reality of it is, we aren’t. We’re humans. We struggle. We hurt and most days we don’t have it all together.

As most of you know, over the last few years, I have been through some pretty rough patches in life. I never in a million years thought I would see the day my parents called it quits on their marriage. It hurt and it hurt deep. I’m known as the funny guy, the guy who makes people laugh, the life of the party if you will. It was during the darkest hours of my life, I lied to people. I pretended to happy, but deep inside I was hurting. I needed someone to talk to, but instead, I turned to the internet where I pretended to be ok.

During that time period of my life, one of the most important things I learned was that “Comparison is the Enemy of Self-Worth”. I realized that I was too worried about what others thought of me. I used social media (“Likes” and “Followers”) to validate who I was. I was more focused on my image being tarnished.  I learned the hard way that comparing myself to others and their accomplishments made me feel inferior. I let the disease comparison burry itself in me.  It destroyed who I was— my self-worth and my confidence.

Comparison will eat you alive if you let it, yet so many of us do. We compare our success, talents, job titles, relationships, looks and even our cars and house.  Genesis 1:27 says, “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  No one can take this away from us. We were created in the image of God and that alone is something to be proud of. Be who God created you to be.

 

Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 4

Favorite Things is coming to a close with just one more day and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone that has subscribed to my blog and entered daily. You guys rock! Thank You!

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View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas Today’s Favorite Thing is something I use daily and I’m obsessed. If you know me, you know my hair is kind of a big deal. Patti, my stylist and owner of  Jair’s Salon and Spa in Prattville always keeps my hair looking great. I mean, my Mother and Father certainly blessed me with good hair genes, but Patti helps me take it to the next level. Like anything else, there’s a process and “Queenie” firm hold hairspray is a is a part of it. Ladies, Men… whoever you are, if you need a little extra lift this product is for you. You have to try it! View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To Enter Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post. You might even win extra points if you post on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings.

If you’re just joining in on the Favorite Things fun there’s still time to enter. Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 

Photos By: Nick Drollette

Evan’s Favorite Things– Day 2

HOLY MOLY! You guys don’t play! You came to win! So fun watching all the comments and IG posts roll in yesterday.

If you’re just now tuning in, It’s FAVORITE THINGS. Over the next 5 days I’ll be posting my  8 of my Favorite Things that I couldn’t live without in 2015. If you missed yesterday’s Favorite Thing’s post there’s still time to enter. Click Here. 2015-12-14_0004

 

If you were like the rest of America you were probably watching the Adele special on NBC last night. If you weren’t you can leave now. I watched it twice, it was that good. Today’s giveaway is one of the BEST things that happened in 2015. If you see me driving down the freeway, you’ll more than likely  catch me jamming out to Adele’s newest album “25”. It has been at the top of the charts for weeks and her single “Hello” broke every record possible in the music industry. It had the biggest Sales Week for a single since Elton John’s Princess Diana Tribute in 1997 and it was the first song ever to sell 1 million downloads in a week. I’m in love with every song on this album. I’ve sang my little heart out an even cried too. You won’t be disappointed. She just released tour dates for her North American tour next year. Who wants to go with me?  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas To Enter Evan’s Favorite Things is simple. Subscribe to my blog (on the right hand side of the blog homepage under the “Video” section), make sure you click the confirmation email or it doesn’t count. Once you’ve done that pop back on over here and leave a comment in the post. You might even win extra points if you post on Instagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #evangcooper #evansfavoritethings.

Photos: Nick Drollette

Evan’s Summer Camp Adventure

I know it’s December. It’s cold outside, well kind of. We do live in Alabama. The holidays are upon us so I thought what better way to remember the warm summer weather than a trip to Summer Camp. America, I Present…  2015-07-14_0001 This past June I took a trip down memory lane. Some of will know what I’m talking about, most of you won’t.  2015-08-02_0007 When I was younger I lived at Springville Camp. My Mom was the concessions and staff coordinator during Bro. Greg Kelley’s time as DYD. We grew up at camp. If my memory serves me correctly Mom started when I was about 8 0r 9? Actaully I don’t know, I could be completely wrong but who cares, that’s besides the point. No matter my age I LIVED for summer time. You couldn’t get me to camp soon enough.  2015-08-02_0010 2015-08-02_0013 Camp Springville holds many memories for me personally. I made tons of friendships and even developed a few crushes the 9 years we were there. Hey Tenly Sue, Hey!  2015-08-02_0008 2015-08-02_0004 I think one of my most favorite things about summer time was meeting and getting to know the staff. We stay in touch with a number of them still today (Thanks Facebook!). There a few that have made lasting impressions on my life, a few that a wasn’t too crazy about and a few that are no longer with us, but no matter where they are in life now, they were a part of mine once and I am forever grateful for that. From Lice check every Monday… 2015-08-02_0011 to late night waffle house runs, there was never a dull moment. 2015-08-02_0001 Oh, can we have a moment of silence for those sequin aprons? Yes America, I’m the responsible one. I sewed each and every sequin on those aprons by hand. The Springville Camp and Conference center kitchen ladies are gold. Some of the sweetest folks you’ll meet. I LOVED spending my summers with them.  2015-08-02_0002 2015-08-02_0003 Some of those staffers we see on a regular basis and are apart of our everyday life. Who would’ve thought?  2015-08-02_0016 2015-08-02_0014 2015-08-02_0009 Camp Memories are memories I will cherish forever. I don’t particularly miss the matching t-shirts and the scorching hot summer days but everything in-between…. what I would’t give somedays to go back to those times.  2015-08-02_0012 I hadn’t been back to Camp Springville since our last summer of 2008. So this past June, I figured it was time to take a field trip. I called Steve Mason (the camp director) and asked if we could come up and spend the day… without hesitation, he said “Come On”.

A LOT has changed since my time away. But if there was one thing that hadn’t changed, it was C-7. My home away from home. Oh the stories that room could tell if walls could talk.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper Campers sill hang their lake drenched clothes out to dry. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper The pavilion hill is tougher than ever, View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper and the Team Spirit is still alive and well. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper  I went to Summer Camp with the intentions of trying some of the activities that 1), I was too afraid to try as a 12 year old or 2.) weren’t there when we were. I still have yet to find the “amphitheater”. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper The river front was booming. TONS of new activities and I was ready to tackle them all. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper Clearly I wasn’t a fan of the lifejacket or the water activities in general… View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper but I was a beast on the rock wall. Well kind of. It’s actually a lot harder than it looks, but I haven’t been working on those bulging biceps for nothing. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper and most importantly it IS possible to spend the day at summer camp and look fashionable.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper As if the picture weren’t enough… you know this post wouldn’t be complete without a video of my adventurous day. Enjoy! 

Evan’s summer camp adventure from Luke Lindgren on Vimeo.

A HUGE thank you to my “Production Team” for braving the heat and spending the day with me. I couldn’t have done it without you.  2015-12-07_0001