When Tristan sat down on the couch for her consultation several months ago, I asked her what prompted her to book a Luxe Portrait shoot for herself. She laughed, "I'm just... crazy!"
But like with everyone, I quickly learned there was a story. As we talked she told me her strong, healthy, grown son had a stroke the previous year. "I watched him for days. He wasn't waking up. That experience made me real... It's not until you experience pain that you find out who you are."
Last month, she opened a boutique in downtown Webb City (Twisted Oak) and after rescheduling once, finally did her Luxe Portrait Shoot.
"I almost cancelled my shoot. I was just so tired... It was the week we opened our new Boutique. But I thought, if I don't do it now I'll never do it. And I'm so glad I did. If I hadn't done this I would never have thought I could look this way - at age 62. You know, there's beauty in having lived."
"When everything happened with my son, I changed. I say yes now! I don't shy away and say no anymore. I think, If I don't do it now, I never will."
Isn't that just the thing with time (or any resource?) We feel like we don't have enough time... for ourselves. Because the thing is, everyone gets 24 hours in their day. What is your time filled with? Remember: put your own oxygen mask on before assisting others. Spend some time on yourself so you can be the best friend/coworker/mother/wife/sister/daughter/spouse/human being you can be.
When's the last time you did something for yourself? We spend our resources (time, money, etc.) on what we value. Do you value yourself? I invite you to my studio. Let me plan a photo shoot with you, then return for a half-day makeover and portrait session. Dress up, be pampered, laugh and enjoy having the attention on YOU for a change. Sure, you'll go out of your comfort zone. Like Tristan, you may describe the experience as "terrifyingly wonderful." But then you'll return to see your portraits on the wall and stand in awe of yourself for (likely) the first time.
I promise that when you leave, you will be changed. You will honor yourself and the ripple effect will be unstoppable. After all, there is beauty in having lived.