This is a role that tends to take a back seat for me. I’m too busy being a mom and wife.
With the encouragement of my best friend, I did something that was completely out of the norm for me…something that helped me reconnect to the woman in me…something that my husband also totally appreciated when I surprised him…
I had pictures taken.
If you know me, you know that I HATE having pictures taken. I don’t like to be center of attention. I’m more comfortable being BEHIND the camera.
Well, I wanted to give my husband a gift that he could take back to Afghanistan for the rest of his deployment. Turns out I actually gave a gift to myself.
I was nervous.
I briefly considered drinking beforehand. I didn’t.
I met my photographer at a gorgeous location. I already had a vision in my head of what I was looking for. I had shared the vision with my photographer a few months prior. She helped bring it to reality.
She spent the first few minutes just chatting with me. She made me feel totally comfortable…at ease.
Then we started the photoshoot.
The water was freezing…a fish bit my toe…mud was all over me. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!! SERIOUSLY!!!!! 😀
It wasn’t, however, until I saw the proofs that I really reconnected with the woman in me. Who WAS this woman staring back at me from the photos? It felt surreal. This was ME?!?!?!?! My husband had been telling me this all along during our 19 years together, but I don’t think that I believed him…no, I KNOW that I didn’t believe him. He was my husband. He had to say that.
It was an incredibly liberating experience…I’m thankful to have done it and have actually already scheduled another shoot.
Ladies, don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone. DO something a bit crazy. Have fun. We are MORE than moms and wives…we are WOMEN! OWN IT!
Oh, btw, he LOVED my gift. 😉