You are stronger than you think – And I speak from personal experience when I say that.
Flashback 10-years ago, and you would have found me questioning everything about my life. I was in a corporate job that I liked but was not feeling passion or drive for. I was in a marriage that was no longer providing mutual happiness, and if I must say, I was feeling completely unmotivated with my life in the midwest. I needed to make some BIG changes soon but I was scared shitless. I was scared that I would fail. I was scared that I had already failed.
It took a lot of phone calls with my best girlfriends, hugs from family, and a little bit of therapy mixed in there to realize that the only one that could control my happiness was me and as scary as it was going to be to make some big changes in my life, I couldn’t let fear rule my thoughts. So I took a gigantic leap of faith, told my then-husband that this just wasn’t working anymore, and I packed my bags and left. Little did I know that this decision would create the ripple effect that I needed to change my life forever for the better…
I remember that first night standing in my own apartment after splitting with my ex feeling…just free. There was no other way I know how to describe it. I was free to do whatever the heck I wanted and it felt glorious! I felt like I had overcome a huge obstacle in my life that was holding me back and that now I could do anything that I put my heart and soul into and knew I could make big things happen. I had broken through to the other side. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel. I had survived what I felt was giving in to failure, but I had come out stronger. So with that motivation, I continued to make big things happen. I cut down my hours at my day job so I had more time to focus on my passion for photography. Then a year later, I walked into my boss’s office and gave my 2-weeks notice, and life as a full-time entrepreneur began. Damn! I was feeling like a badass! haha. Then 2-years later, I photographed a wedding in Siesta Key, Florida, and knew what my next move was going to be…relocating myself and my business to Florida!
So what does this all mean for you?
I get your struggles. I understand your hurdles, girl. But YOU are so much stronger than you think. Life will try pretty damn hard at times to knock you down. But for 99 times you get knocked down, stand up 100 times. I’m a firm believer that life’s idiosyncrasies and the times that you allow yourself to be the most vulnerable, honest and real with yourself…those are where you will find happiness, love, and strength.
So as the wise Seth Godin once said,
Own your dreams. There is no better way to make them happen!
If you want to make some bold moves and build up your confidence, know that I’m here for you. I’d love to help you feel empowered in your own skin with a boudoir session, grow a stronger bond with your love with a couples session, help you achieve the next level of success with your business with some mentoring, or even just be the friend and confidant you lean on when you need some encouragement.
Photos of me by Aurélie Slagers