When I decided a few years ago to have my professional photos redone, it was my first time to work with a professional photographer.
She really knew her stuff and we busted out all the stops - hair, clothes, makeup, tiaras.
You know, all the essentials.
I was looking at her crazy. “You want me to do what?”
For any of you who have met me in person, you know I am not lacking in the bust department. It’s a fact.
I couldn’t figure out why we would want to draw more attention to that part of my body.
She said, “Yeah, stuff a roll of paper towels in that large bra. It will make your chest look bigger which will make your waist look smaller.”
Another fact is that I have no waist. I have what experts call an apple shape.
I nodded slowly, and I went to find a roll of paper towels and change bras.
With my new larger chest, and with me trying to keep from laughing out loud, I stood with my shoulders back as she began taking photos.
As we continued to shoot, I forgot about how ridiculous I felt with the paper towels shoved in my bra.
They see me as though nothing weird or uncomfortable (or itchy) is going on.
Sometime after this photoshoot, it occurred to me that the way I initially felt with that roll of paper towels in my shirt was the way I felt when I left my corporate job and started out on my own.
It was such a new and uncomfortable experience to not be showing up to “the office” or relying on someone else to pay me; to be starting a business from scratch, to working at home; to be proving to clients my value and explain my services. I mean, at the time, almost no one had heard of Virtual Assistants.
Except that was all in my head.
No one knew just how many emotions or questions were running through me.
They only saw someone determined to succeed and showing up with a smile on her face to do the work she promised she would.
And with every flash of success, my doubt, my nerves, my questions drifted a little further away until I couldn’t feel them anymore. Until what I was showing on the outside was reflected inward.
But most of the time, what we know and feel inside isn’t at all what anyone can see.
We keep moving. We keep taking another step. Smiling for another picture. Gaining one more win. Eventually, our inside catches up with what our outside is doing.
If you’re ever feeling like you’ve got a roll of paper towels in your shirt, just keep smiling. Eventually, you won’t even notice them.
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