True beauty project
by Dannielle Cresp on November 12, 2012
There was a time, not too long ago, where I was miserable. It was pretty awful and I was not so fun to be around. I wanted to break the cycle, but I was struggling to find a way. I was lost and things didn’t seem to be working out as I had planned. I wanted something more. So I applied for some jobs and I made a decision: I want to live an intentional life, finding what makes me happy and making sure that I feel alive.
It was then that I decided that I would try to live by this saying: Do something that scares you everyday.
Then a series of things happened. I got a full time job. I decided that I was going to do what ever it took to make my dream of moving to Canada come true and I found my focus and lost that miserable feeling.
Fast forward to now, I don’t really manage to do something that scares me everyday, but I do try to take the opportunities that I would otherwise shy away from. So I went to Problogger and to the $100 Startup Meetup and when the opportunity for me to participate in Ulyana’s True Beauty Project came up, I put my hand up and said yes.
Now, this was definitely on the scary list. I don’t like to be photographed much. It makes me nervous. I do try to be in photos sometimes. But I am more your jeans and a tshirt and messy hair than dressed up. I’ve never really felt all that pretty, even at 5 I knew that I was going to be more of the brains. The photographer called all the other girls in my Prep class “Princess” but he called me “Pumpkin”. Why I remember that, I don’t know.
But this was a challenge that I set for myself. Do it even though it scares you. It will be ok. And it was. I was really nervous, but Ulyana was so kind. I could see she was struggling with this girl that didn’t want to look at the camera (sorry, Ulyana!!). But she managed some amazing shots. All her magic!
Here a just a few:
It was as nerve wracking to do as it was to share them, but people were lovely and kind, and most seemed to understand how hard it is to put yourself out there, or maybe some didn’t even realise what a challenge it was for me. But never-the-less, people were awesome when I first shared them on facebook and twitter, and while I don’t see myself becoming fancy any day soon (haha), I’m so glad that I took that challenge and have some nice photos to show for it.
My favourite photo of all of them is now my image for this blog and for my social media sites. I love it because I’m 2 seconds from bursting out laughing and that’s just so me!
Thank you, Ulyana, for taking such wonderful photos and for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself. I am very thankful for your generosity and for the chance to be part of something so awesome.