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In my life I have encountered many the awkward situation.

For example:
  • The one time a kid rolled up on his bicycle and asked for my phone number. Cause I was DEFINITELY his age (or not)...
  • The many times I waved/spoke to someone who clearly wasn't waving/talking to me...
  • The one time I farted in class. (7th grade... I was mortified)
  • The many times I've met new people but couldn't remember their names...
  • The one time I went on a date-- but didn't think it was a date-- so I brought along a friend.
  • The one time a friend brought me (and at least 3 other girls) on a date with her.
  • The one time I forgot to pull the labels off my new jeans. My pant size was broadcast to the world.
  • The one time I had a zit and applied too much zit cream. And in class my face started peeling. Making the zit even more obvious.
  • The one time I tried a "College and Career" Sunday School class-- only to discover it was full of ONLY married couples. And I was the only single person. Who didn't know anyone. And had nobody talk to me.
If you are human, then you have surely encountered the awkward situation.

In times of awkwardness, I have created some tips may help:

1. In case of any awkward situation: Master the "awkward turtle" hand motion (or turkey... or squid... whatever you like)
2. Learn to turn it into a joke.
3. Play with your phone... (aka: text friends to inform them of your current awkward situation)
4. If you are in an uncomfortable situation where you don't know anyone, simply stare at the ceiling-- like you see something intriguing or like you are thinking deeply. Or doodle on a paper. Like you are solving an algebra problem.
5. In case of awkward human interaction: Just smile and nod.
6. Run away.
7. In case of awkward party or social situations: Hide in the closest bathroom.

I am partial to #6... but I can never get up the courage to do it. Let's just say that #3 & 4 are my go to plans. I am a master at staring thoughtfully at a wall.

How do you handle awkward?


  1. Wow.. I feel like my name was subtly dropped alllll over this post. I am the friend who brought 4 friends on a date! Right? And you texted me during your awkward SS experience!
    I'm pretty sure that my strongest move in awkward situations is to laugh if they are the funny kind of awkward, or bolt if they are the bad kind. Like this one time when Stephen and I were in downtown Ft. Worth and we were looking for a place for dinner, we accidentally went into this SUPER ritzy steak house. We were both so freaked out by the prices that we laid the menus down on the table and high-tailed it out of there. We then found a cheap burger place. Cause that is how we roll.
    I would love to go to a really awkward social situation and hide in the bathroom. Usually I just stand in a corner and look interested in the wall. Sometimes I carry a book in my purse but I've only gotten the courage to pull it out in awkward situations once or twice.
    I feel like you and I have lived a lot of awkward together. a lot.
    And I love you!

  2. Aaaaand now I know why every time I'm around you, you're staring at the wall.


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