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Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back

Alright, so I’m no spring chicken. I’m also not exactly fit. And when I need an excuse for why I can’t do something, those are two excellent options.

So, I’d been dreaming of the re-purposing of this travel blog into a brand new travel-inspired project for weeks. Maybe even a few months…

I’d already had it all planned out. Knew what I need to change. Had copy mostly written…but I needed pictures.

I absolutely could NOT launch without new pics.

First I kept thinking I needed to lose weight before I took them…because I can’t do much about my age, but I could lose a few lbs.

I talked myself through that – because I mean, yeah, I lost five, but it’s not melting off, so, let it go.

Then my preferred photographer was unavailable (it’s fall, so yeah, of course she is).

I could have just waited, but I realize inspiration is fleeting, and you have to strike while the iron is hot…

I could have just waited, but I know very well that I have ADHD like nobody’s business, and if I wait too long, my attention will be elsewhere.

I could have just waited, but I just couldn’t, ya know?

So one day I got up, put on a cute outfit, packed some other stuff to change in to, grabbed a tripod and my cell phone and headed out to get the pictures my own damn self.

Everyone that I’ve told this story to is like, “You did what?!?!”

Seriously, I did.

And they might be my favorite pics of me ever!

I paid a crap ton of money for this cell phone and it’s got a hella good camera…so why the hell not?!

The second question I got was how I got pics that show so much life?

The answer to that is it took about 300 shots to get five good ones. I had to just act like I would have if a real photographer was there…and it actually might have been a little easier to do by myself, because I was out in the middle of nowhere for most of them – I wasn’t worried what anyone thought. I just wanted pics that looked like the real me.

My point in telling you all of this is that you can’t let pictures or weight or age or anything else keep you from driving ahead and doing the stuff you need to do.

There are always going to be valid excuses, but there are also always going to be creative solutions.

And, the good news is, the creative solution usually ends up being the better one in the end.

What are you dragging your feet on? How can you get it done anyway?

18 Comments

  1. Toni says:

    I love this! I always feel self conscious when taking photos. You go girl!

  2. GiGi Eats says:

    I never have and I never will. I have always wanted to do – well not necessarily what I am doing right now because what I do did not exist back when I was conjuring up my dreams, but work for myself, yes, I have ALWAYS wanted to do that and I am making it happen and not letting anyone or thing get in my way!

  3. Kansas Bonanno says:

    I love it! Embracing yourself started the key to success! You look amazing.

  4. Alexis says:

    I put off taking pictures far too often, thank you for this encouragement. It’s time to just break out the camera!

  5. What an inspirational piece. I often find myself wondering whether or not there’s something I should let go of. As a mom and business owner, I often find myself juggling more than I feel I should.

  6. This is definitely the inspiration that I need as I look to pursue my dreams of working for my self. Thanks for the article.

  7. What an inspirational post! I think you did an amazing job with your captures and you look amazing! Good for you girl! x

  8. Kevin says:

    Self-acceptance is key, especially when the evil man in our head starts to get you to doubt who you are and what you want, don’t let him!

  9. Very inspirational post! Definitely agree with you! 🙂

  10. Ironically I’ve been dragging my feet on doing my next photoshoot. I’m too busy. I should save the money for Christmas…blah blah blah. Thanks for the inspiration..

  11. Sondra Barker says:

    So inspiring and positive, I love the message. You definitely have to go out there and make things happen for yourself.

  12. Oh my gosh, you wouldn’t have known these were taken with a cellphone! You look great and confident in these photos!

    I’m trying to push myself out of my comfort zone as well, and really not worry too much about what people think and do things for myself! It’s easier said than done but I’m sure the rewards would make it worth it!

  13. Rachael Eberhardt says:

    I love reading your article it so inspiring. As a mother of two I have a lot of things that I need to consider before doing what I want.

  14. “I’m no spring chicken. I’m also not exactly fit”, “300 shots to get 5 good once”; you got me cracking up.

    I am glad you didn’t create excuses that will eventually stop you from doing what you want. As funny as this post is to me, it is very inspiring.

  15. Clare Minall says:

    This is something I need to remember every single day! I love the topic. It shows how we are being formed in our daily living.

  16. Preet says:

    Definitely needed this today!!! Thank you for posting and allowing us to start our day right

  17. I agree that it’s beneficial to strike whilst the iron is hot! Fab post!

  18. Bindu Thomas says:

    Its really inspiring! I definitely agree with you. You look great and confident in these photos!

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