Funny thing happened to me when I walked into my new blog….I took a wrong turn! Yesterday I posted in the ‘wrong’ part of my blog and I got a message from my friend about it. For all the hard work she did I couldn’t figure it out.
But when I caught myself, it was too late; I was already published and didn’t have time to go back. But slowly I’m getting there. I try to tell people that concepts sift into my brain slowly…..sometimes it takes a bad example to prove I’m write….right…….. LOL
So, this week I have a very fun and unique opportunity. I get to go shoot a Red Carpet event!!
It was a random offering and at first I thought it was a joke. But it’s looking pretty real, so I’m excited.
I went to Pro Photo yesterday to talk to Richard – a fellow photographer, and pick his brain about what I should expect. His advice was simple….”Sharpen your elbows”. Ughhhh……. if anyone knows how I am in crowds, this could be scary. I’m not very assertive and crowds really set off my anxiety so I’m not really happy about that.
I told Richard, I’ll do my best, but I’m not sure how much I’m going to assert myself if it’s packed an crazy. And he looked at me and said, “Hey….go BIG, or go HOME!” He literally gave me a verbal slapping. And one, I needed to hear, thankyouverymuch!!!
He said, “You should do something EVERY day that puts you out of your comfort zone”. And he’s right! We all get so complacent in our lives that we don’t want to be uncomfortable. I realized while losing weight that most of that journey was putting myself in a situation I wasn’t used to, and then talking myself through it.
If I was complacent, I would still be holding on to my 50 plus pounds.
But last Sunday when I ran my ‘under 12 min/mile’, I was pushing myself the whole way. And it was VERY uncomfortable. But I had to remind myself I wasn’t going to Die on the trail. And I didn’t. And when I got home, I was absolutely elated at my success. I’m not a strong runner and my best times are in the 11s. I love that number, I don’t have to achieve 9s and 8s like my crazy sister who runs marathons all over Europe. And even if I did run marathons all over Europe, I’m pretty sure my time wouldn’t improve that much. And I wouldn’t care.
I’m just happy to be able to do what I can do!
So this week, when I go to this Red Carpet event, I will be assertive and put myself OUT of my comfort zone and sharpen my elbows and I will go BIG….. and then I will go home! (thank you Richard)
Yeah to this being in the right place and I completely agree with Richard. Go BIG or GO HOME! More importantly though it you have always had the tendency to not give yourself enough credit… so stop and another slap for you :).
1) You take amazing photos so you are going to have to put yourself in a position to get those amazing photos.
2) YOU don’t need to be friends with everyone, and everyone doesn’t need to like you. YOU come first! So the elbows are just that “just elbows” don’t think about who is attached to them.
3) Russell pushed himself and look at him now. YOU have the same potential!!!!!
4) I love you!