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Putting Myself Out There

Throughout the years of sharing about my life on social media I think the hardest part has been sharing who I am without the fear of judgement.  I can NOT just smile at the camera and say cheese… it is not in my nature.  So through the last year as I have ventured into working with companies I know and love in the fashion industry, putting myself out there, all by myself, has been necessary.
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Working with brands that I love and use has always been a dream for me on this little space on the Internet.  Now putting that into fruition with actually getting contracts, working on creating a concept, and then doing my best at strutting down a sidewalk where there ARE people staring?  Well, it hurts my stomach to think about it now as I type- BUT it is a long goal realized.

I would say honestly that MOST of the photos are of me talking… cause look at that car that stopped to look… or AHH almost tripped on a rock… or I actually start singing… and yes I am working on this- BUT goodness does it feel all sorts of unnatural to put yourself out there sometimes.

I am grateful for this journey and the moments and memories that are the direct result of hard work.  Dreams I never thought possible have come from this space, the space I frequent every night once the kids go to bed.

I want to tell you that IT IS worth it to put yourself out there.  That while I do get negative comments (don’t we all?) that the good far outweighs the bad.  That being comfortable in my skin, in my scars, in my role is important to me and most importantly to those two little souls that watch me day in and day out.

When the days get long you must recall the little victories.  The simplest of moments matter and can help us through the darkest of circumstances.  I am beyond grateful for social media and the direct positive impact it has had on my life throughout the recent changes this past year.  There are no words to express how amazing this community is and I will never forget how even through the Internet- kindness rules.

So cheers friends to putting yourselves out there.  Be it through work, making new friends, or just surviving the day.  Take a moment to relish the here and now.  Pause a moment.

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Guess what ended up in my cart on #WineWednesday ? This fabulous bottle of Wente Wine Morning Fog Chardonnay which is a clear, crisp winner for when you need to slow down.  Make sure to take time for yourself.  Invite that friend over, scroll through Pinterest, turn on that old, sappy movie that gets you right in the feels.  Make sure that you recognize that putting yourself out there is HARD.  Life is HARD.  But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth it.

Over the past 130 years Wente Vineyards’ Chardonnay is consistently recognized as being the best-selling varietal in the country. Their wines are 100% estate grown and sustainably farmed in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Secco.  Told you, CRISP-CLEAR-WINNER.

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It is WORTH the struggle.

Goodness the road here has been ROUGH.  But I will continue to count my blessings and realize that I am doing the very best that I can.  That putting myself out there is worth it.  It just is.

Now if I can just stop trying to get that jump shot- especially in heels-yah that would be smart.

What is your little victory?

How are you working on putting yourself out there?

Would love to hear from you!

 

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