Wednesday, February 22, 2012

... Nothing like the Sun

Believe in yourself. This is the easiest lesson to teach, yet the hardest lesson to learn. We are our own worst enemies. We are our own worst critics. We find flaws that no one else would ever notice. We nitpick and tear down. How are we ever to trust ourselves and believe in ourselves?



I spend a lot of time writing about self-confidence and self-esteem because it's something always on my mind. I don't know if it's working with teenagers all day or my own self-esteem issues or a combination of the two, but it's always there. I feel like I have to push any self-esteem issues I may have down for the sake of my students with their own burgeoning self-esteem issues. They need to see someone who exudes confidence and self-assurance.



I am constantly self-deprecating, and while in some people that can be really charming and precocious, for the most part it's just low self-esteem disguised as humor. Look at these pictures. They are beautiful, right? I'm not just talking about that totally hot model. Look at the composition. Look at the setting. Look at the background. Look at the lighting. Beautiful, right?



My friend Tricia took them, and while she said she was excited (well, as excited as you can be about taking an overweight, over-aged woman's photos for a fashion blog- see self-deprecation: not so charming now, huh?), she doubted her ability. She was afraid the pictures wouldn't be as good as pictures other people have taken. She doubted herself. And she totally shouldn't have. I didn't crop and of these photos. I didn't filter or edit any of them. They were perfect just as they were. Just like we are.








18 comments:

Feathers & Freckles said...

Great post, and Tricia did a fantastic job with your photos :) I agree, we are definitely our own worst critics... and it's a shame we live in a world where confidence is often associated with being conceited or "bitchy". There is nothing wrong with feeling good about yourself.

Annie said...

Love the floral skirt with the navy! You look great (and confident) :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

Mindiehilton said...

Your pictures are so fun. Cute outfit too. Love your hair. I would love for you to strut your stuff at my weekly friday-monday anything goes linky.

Mindiehilton said...

Oops forgot to leave ya the link to my site
http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

Thetinyheart said...

These photos are gorgeous and so are you! Love the floral skirt with the white tights! I think everyone has things we criticize about ourselves. I absolutely hate my nose from the profile (and won't take photos from that angle!) yet my hubby thinks I'm nuts and tells me I have the cutest nose. But no matter what he tells me, I still am self conscious about it!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

Melaina25 said...

We should never doubt ourselves; if you don't believe in yourself who will?

Love the ruffle detail on the top!

Tairalyn said...

Wow what a fantastic location!
Well said by Melaina... believe believe believe!

Come by today and see what you think of "what I wore" Sailor Blue.
http://www.littlemissmama.com/2012/02/what-i-wore-sailor-blue.html


PS: Don't forget to come by tomorrow and tune in on the EXCITEMENT. Tomorrow I will be interviewing Style Agent, Stylist, Janette Ewen. So Fabulous... It will be my first vlog and up on Little Miss Mama next week.

XO
Tairalyn

http://www.littlemissmama.com

Mary said...

She did a great job! I love the background of all the photos, too!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

I agree- these pictures are beautiful!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Exactly! I couldn't agree more. Instead of being our worst critics, we need to be our biggest fans!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

We definitely all have things we are self-conscious about. I hate my "baby belly", but I know it is proof that I carried and cared for my son for 39 weeks, and i should embrace it....

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank yo Mindie! Going to check it out now!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

It's people like you and your support that make me confident! Thanks Annie!!

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

AMEN!!! There's no good in-between. If I say I look good, then I am being cocky! It's ridiculous!

Chandra said...

I spy some boots and a sweater that I would love to have! Love how your carefree spirit translates in the photos...amazing shoot! New to your blog and glad I found your creative space on the web:D

Marissa said...

She did a great job and the hot model looks great too! I am LOVING that pleated skirt! Recent purchase?

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

The skirt was one of the very first thing I blogged about, so I got it back in September or October.... it may still be online?

Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie said...

Thank you so much! I am so glad you found me and I hope you will visit often :)

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