I have been so blessed by every comment, every “like”, and every affirmation that came out of my post earlier this week.
I am truly thankful to have a community of people who actually come around me and help build me up.
But if I’m being honest, I’m so tempted to stop there.
I want to stay in this place of comfort. I want to hover over every affirmation and just rest in it.
But the truth is there is no point being built up if you are not willing to be sent out.
I just said I don’t want to settle, right?
What does that mean for me? What does it tangibly look like?
Well, my friend Gladys got it right the other day when she said that to verbalize something is powerful. It makes it real.
I want to feel the fear and do it anyways.
I want to verbalize exactly what I want, and I want to take the steps to get there, no matter how many failures it takes to make me stronger.
I want to do more editorial photo shoots like the one I styled for John and Mia.
If I’m being honest with myself, I have a deep and abiding love for fashion. For color. For collaboration.
And if I’m being really honest, I would say that this scares me.
It scares me because so many other people I look at do this so well already. Who am I to try to jump in to this?
And it scares me because I want to work with the best in the industry but I am afraid of rejection.
Too often I think there is that voice that tells us that the dreams we have are selfish.
Gina hit this on the head this morning. It’s this lie that says: who am I to want more than I have already been given?
But dreaming you guys? This is the stuff we need to keep going. This is the stuff that gives us life. Makes us better.
So here is where I find myself. Dreaming out loud.
Verbalizing the dreams I have.
Fighting the lie that fashion or creativity should take a backseat to capturing “real” people.
You guys I love what I do. Hear that.
It’s so hard, especially where the photo industry is at right now, to believe that these other dreams are not as legitimate as the business I already have.
I want more.
I might fail.
I won’t settle.
I really want to know…. what is your dream?
Don’t rationalize it away.
Verbalize it here.
You deserve to dream it.
I want to hear it.