21 Days of Gorgeous
When I first embarked on this project I knew I was in for it. I haven’t really blogged before. I am, as many of you know, a procrastinator. I think I may have gained five pounds just deciding how to approach this first installment! Think…snack…write…delete…snack…check Facebook….snack….well, you get the point! I used to be a pretty good writer in school. Wow! Was that actually 18 years ago??!! (I wasn’t great at math, so I used a calculator to get that fun fact!) The problem is that I haven’t written in years, even though I have plenty to say! So, of course, I plunged in full steam ahead.
Linda was one of the first women to respond to my ad. I simply offered women a complimentary shoot and a couple of photos to celebrate their beauty. I wanted to show women how gorgeous they are, and that they don’t have to lose ten pounds to show that beauty. Linda is a cool chick. She loves herself, and her body (That’s rare in my business.) but it never seemed to translate into photographs. She thought she simply wasn’t photogenic.
We met at a coffee shop for a consultation about her shoot. I wanted to get an idea of what she was looking for, how she wanted to be photographed. What makes this woman tick? Well, it was an awesome meeting. We talked about everything under the sun, but one story really resonated with me:
The Semi-colon project is an interesting phenomenon. It gives hope to people struggling with depression, mental health issues, ans suicide, but it translates to many other struggles as well. The idea is simple. Linda says, "a semi-colon is when a sentence could have ended- but didn't." The period is the end, but the semi-colon is saying, "wait! There's more." When you come to the end of the sentence, the author gets to decide how it's going to end. Linda’s husband died a few years ago, leaving her at a standstill. She was at a sudden crossroad, and had some big choices to make. Marriage is a long series of compromises, negotiations, and sacrifices. Sometimes the dreams of the girl slip away in the everyday workings of life. You build new dreams and goals together. You sacrifice yours for his; he does the same for you.
How do you regain those lost dreams of who you wanted to be?
You start putting one foot in front of the other. You get together with girlfriends; go see a movie your husband would have hated! Hang out with the kids. Maybe you get a tattoo. Maybe. Linda is traveling to new places, and has plans to go home to Michigan eventually. She left her home to start a new one with her husband here in Missouri. It was really tough- another crossroad in life. She has had a hole in her life without her family being close. She is laughing a lot! She is feeling a lot. She is growing, changing, and becoming closer to who she was born to be. She is gorgeous! And she deserves a beautiful photo of herself!
When she came in for her reveal, she was amazed at her photos. She was stunning, and she could finally see it for herself. She looked amazing and she felt amazing.
She is beautiful! She is a Woman!