One of the best things about mermaiding, at whatever level you’re at, is the community. It’s one of the most welcoming & positive communities I’ve come across, and I’ve made friends around the country and around the world through being a mer.
The first part of this year has also been fairly dreary, but with the clocks changing, spring on its way and the Merfolk UK convention next weekend, I thought it was about time we all got to know each other even better, and introduced more people to the wonderful world of mermaiding.
So I made the #mymermaidmonth instagram challenge!
The idea is that you can join in at any point, do all the prompts or just some, and hopefully by following the hashtag, meet & get to know more likeminded mers from all around the world.
Here’s a quick rundown of the prompts and some ideas (though obviously take these in any direction you want – these are just suggestions in case anyone is feeling a bit stuck or uninspired, especially on rainy grey days…!)
ONE: Introduce yourself (& your biz) – introductions are always a good place to start! Tell us who you are, where you are & why you got into mermaiding. And if you have a mermaid related business or are a pro, tell us about that too!
TWO: Show us your tail! Or several of your tails. Or if you don’t have a tail, what about the tail you are saving for, your design for a tail or a tail you fell in love with & which inspired you. Don’t forget to credit if you use a pic that isn’t your own 😉
THREE: Do you have a crown? Crowns are some of my favourite accessories, so I am super excited to see what you guys all have in store! I have different ones for underwater & dry shoots, and crown making is also part of the mermaid hen parties I run, so this is one of my favourite days of the challenge!
FOUR: Tell us about your mersona and how you chose a name. Is he/she like you or different? One of my other passions is alter ego work, so again a day I’m really looking forward to – hearing all about who you are as a mer!
FIVE: Tailswimming – a photo or video of you swimming in your tail!
SIX: Glitter! No mermaid’s life is complete without glitter – preferably biodegradable & ocean friendly – let’s see yours 🙂
SEVEN: Purrmaids & other mer-pets. I have kitties, but I know you guys keep a crazy wonderful range of animals, from horses to lizards and everything in between. Let’s see your pets!
EIGHT: Your mermaid name. I know we did mersona already, but how did you choose your mermaid name? What does it mean? Tell us all about it 🙂 (Good excuse for another pic of you, too)
NINE: Jewellery/accessories: either what you wear as a mer, or what you wear on land to remind you 🙂
TEN: Makeup. What do you wear? Where do you wear it? On land, underwater, both?
ELEVEN: Your mer besties. Do you have BFFs who are also mers? Show us! And if they haven’t got the mermaid bug yet, show us your land based besties instead 🙂
TWELVE: Favourite land outfit. Sadly we can’t hang out in our tails 24/7, so what do you wear on land, with legs?
THIRTEEN: Scales. Scales on a tail, a tattoo, a top, a doodle – I’m looking forward to seeing what weird & wonderful ways scales exist in our lives today!
FOURTEEN: Fin favourites. Show us your monofin(s)! Tell us why you love them!
FIFTEEN: Nails (or talons?) – I am rubbish at remembering to paint my nails, but have a stash of beautiful sparkling nail polishes for when I do. Show us your mermaid appropriate nails… or costume talons 😉
SIXTEEN: Your dream swimming spot 🙂 (don’t forget credit if it’s not your photo!)
SEVENTEEN: Recommend a mer to follow. Hopefully we’re now far enough in that you’ve made some new friends – tell us about one of them you think other people should follow, and why 🙂
EIGHTEEN: Tailswimming again! Because that is easily the thing that I love the most about being a mermaid. And the thing that fascinates non-mers the most too!
NINETEEN: Mermaid appropriate food. What do mermaids eat? On land? Underwater? On Instagram?!
TWENTY: Favourite quote. This can be mer themed or just your general favourite life quote. Words to live by, and all that 🙂
TWENTY ONE: Home decor. Ooooh, show off your grotto. Or studio. Or your mantelpiece / duvet cover / sideboard!
TWENTY TWO: Underwater – let’s see your favourite underwater photo
TWENTY THREE: Favourite song. Doesn’t have to be mermaid themed. I’m hoping we all discover some new music today!
TWENTY FOUR: Tail closeup. Let’s see those sparkles, those scales, that fluke pattern – the shimmer in the light, the customisations you’ve made – all of it 🙂
TWENTY FIVE: Mermaid hair, don’t care – show us your mermaid hair. I want to show the world that mers have ALL KINDS of hair!
TWENTY SIX: Your talisman. What do you keep with you, or on you, to remind yourself of your true nature? Or to subtly show the world you are really a merperson?
TWENTY SEVEN: Land accessories. Mugs, hats, car accessories, notebooks – if it’s mer themed, let’s see!
TWENTY EIGHT: Show us your transformation. You as a human, you as a mer.
TWENTY NINE: Your favourite photo of you. Doesn’t have to be in your tail or as a merperson. Which photo really shows the world who you are?
THIRTY: Your mer-dreams and ambitions. What do you want to do next? What is your most secret mer dream? What can you do to make it happen?
Aaaaand as we kicked off April 1st, that’s the lot.
I AM SO EXCITED!
See you on the other side – and don’t forget to tag @mermaidinguk and #mymermaidmonth so you can get lots of new views, followers & mermaid friends through taking part!
With love & narwhals (because underwater unicorns),
Carla / Kerenza Sapphire xxx