The tagline on my site is “Be authentic, be unapologetic, be wholly you.” While I do my best to live that tagline on a daily basis, moment by moment, sometimes on those days that just aren’t turning out the way I thought, I find myself sliding dangerously into comparison and templates that don’t serve me or my business. In those moments, I’m anything but my tagline. So at the end of 2015, I decided to take a huge leap of faith and follow my heart in EVERYTHING.
Yes, this impacted my business and I’m ok with that. I changed my focus from helping others build out their businesses to something truly personal and heart-centered – helping others find true energetic alignment, empowerment and holistic “soul” wealth where they connect with their Divine spark to create not only a life they love, but one they can feel free in and experience their version of success, whatever that may be for them. Now back to this photoshoot…
When I scheduled it, I decided to approach it differently. I approached it with my tagline in mind and let one of my gifts guide me – my intuition or as I sometime’s call it, my soul’s unique expression. And ultimately when the day of the shoot came, I almost backed out because I had full intention of going into this from a place of authenticity. It was freaking me out a bit. I felt so vulnerable! I elected to go in with only one outfit and a casual one too. I elected to go in without the posing and to just have fun. In other words, I broke all the “rules” of a typical coach’s photoshoot. I gave up the typical in favor of the authentic. And this happened…
Full disclosure: there was no filter applied to this picture or the others below and no photoshopping either. These are the real deal. And God blessed me with some seriously amazing natural lighting and a photographer who is gifted (and happens to be my little brother!) Here’s the thing, though, I had so much fun! I felt alive, lit up and happy! There was no nervousness about looking or being or presenting as a perfect person who has ALL her shit together. ‘Cuz, let’s be real… I don’t have all my shit together because I am a work in progress – all of us are.
Yes, I have nice things and expensive clothes and a gorgeous car, but I’d rather show you me and my soul’s expression than those “things” these days. Because things are just things – that’s all they are.
Could I have dressed up for this shoot? Of course. I did that in the past. Could I have posed more professionally? Probably. I’ve done that in the past too. But that wouldn’t be the authentic me. And these days authentic and transparent is how I’m doing things. If it’s jarring to you that I’m not appearing as the perfect, polished, uber professional success and empowerment coach, then I’m probably not for you.
If you’re looking for a life filled with fun, freedom, inspiration and embracing the unexpected to your advantage, then I’m probably more of a fit. When I went into this shoot today, I had only one intention – to have fun with it. To feel free to be exactly who I am in every moment. I achieved that and more. It looked like lots of laughter, fun, goofball moments and impromptu yoga poses.
And this lyric has been ringing out in my mind so much lately because it’s probably where I’m at and I felt compelled to share because it’s so relevant:
“So will ‘The Real Slim Shady’ please stand up?
And put one of those fingers on each hand up?
And be proud to be outta your mind and outta control.”
This photoshoot of mine was me being my version of The Real Slim Shady. I stood up today. I got into my power and had the time of my life. Alignment is where it’s at, lovelies. And this is me being in alignment.
Be Classy and stay sassy.
Much love & lotsa sparkles,