December 9, 2019
Word of the Week: Bold
One of the overarching themes I decided I wanted to embody for my branding photoshoot was to be bold. I wanted to be bold enough to let the “real me” shine through. Not the safe version of me. Not the most likable version of me. Not the corporate version of me. Not the spiritual version of me. Just me.
Me doing things I would normally do. Me reading things I would normally read. Me wearing clothes I would normally wear. Me not trying to impress anyone, convince anyone, be “professional” for anyone, be a guru for anyone. Because at the end of the day, I want people to hire me for me, not for who they want me to be. I wanted to show people that you can be spiritual and professional AND yourself. You don’t need a yoga mat to meditate. You don’t have to wear high heels to be taken seriously. You don’t always need to be waving sage to be spiritual.
As part of my mission to be more bold, I decided to buy bright red lipstick, added pops of glitter to my nails, and went barefoot for most of my photos. It felt fun and edgy for this “good girl” and I didn’t think much about it until I got the photos back. The minute I saw the bright red lipstick I thought to myself:
Omg is it too much???
Am I trying too hard?
How could I be dumb enough to think I could pull this off?
I take it back!! I don’t want to be bold!!
It was fascinating to notice how much resistance I had seeing myself in this new way. It was as if I completely forgot that the entire point of wearing the red lipstick was to make a statement. To get outside my comfort zone. To have the world view me in a different light than before.
That’s the thing with quantum leaps. They are never comfortable. You are never ready. It takes a certain amount of boldness along the way to fully step into what’s next. The beauty is, once you are there, it’s like you’ve always known that’s where you are meant to be.
Ask Yourself: How often do you live your life according to someone else’s rules? In order to fully step into your true self, what rules would you have to break?
Weekly Mantra: There are no rules.