When I originally reached out to a photographer about getting my photos taken I was super nervous.
I had created this story in my head — several stories — about the whole thing. The first story was that people who had photo shoots done were narcissistic and by doing so I would be too.
The second story I created was that I wasn’t “good enough” to have my photos taken. I wasn’t “hot” or conventionally “sexy,” therefore I wasn’t the type of person who should model for photos.
Another story I created in my head was that I had to alter my physical appearance before doing the pictures. I had to wear a full face of makeup, straighten my hair and buy a whole new wardrobe before I met up with him.
I decided to journal and talk to friends and family about it before I reached out — their response? I am a new professional, why not get new photos taken to represent that career change?
I also knew deep down that it’s 2019 and in order to share my words & thoughts I need to have beautiful captivating images to reel people in...
And, finally, I realized — I could just show up as myself. The past few weeks I haven’t been wearing makeup and I’ve been wearing my hair naturally, and it’s funny how many people have asked me how old I am (because I look so young to them without makeup on) or what nationality I am.
But for me, going natural has a whole other meaning that I’ll have to explain in another post. So here I am makeup-less with bags under my eyes and a bloated PMS belly at 6am at my favorite hiking spot...
The purpose of this post is to encourage you to STOP CREATING STORIES IN YOUR HEAD! Stop trapping yourself in a box of things you can’t/can or should/shouldn’t do. You are a multidimensional being.
Additionally, you are so so so worthy of everything beautiful in this world. You are worthy of running through flower fields and taking photos if you want. You are worthy of that $6 Kombucha drink if you want. You are worthy of sitting at that table with those you look up to and if there’s no seat available, pull up a chair.
You are wholeheartedly so worthy of it all — just the way you are. Enjoy your week. 💕✨