Lets talk CONFIDENCE.
I've been talking a lot lately with a friend about confidence, healing, personal growth and how important sharing our stories is to help others.
I've thought back a few times to an experience I had in high school. I was on drill team, dance company, dancing at a studio and taking in as many dance classes as I could but I struggled with confidence. I did not like to do 'across the floors' (small dance or movement combos that you do with 2 or 3 other girls) because I was so scared of the better dancers judging me. I wouldn't go full out, I played it careful and safe so I didn't mess up, fall over or look like a bad dancer. Hindering my progress, my abilities and my success as a dancer.
The 'better dancers', they approached across the floors and any dance combo like a lion. They were fierce, driven and powerful. They fell on their butts, they jumped too high and missed the next step and did improv.. and THAT is what made them better!! They were pushing their limits, giving 100% so that their 100% could grow and expand! 💯
One day while standing in class waiting for my turn, I was looking around and realized NOBODY CARED what I did! They were too involved with their sequence, their turn and remembering the steps!! They did not care what I did, of I messed up or what anyone else did! As soon as I realized this I felt a rush of excitement and was ready to go for it! Now, did I magically become the best dancer? No, but it gave me the confidence to try. Its given me confidence all these years later to just do it, to go for it and to be proud of myself! To approach life like a lion! 🦁
So how do I apply a high school thought to life now? People don't care about the small mistakes you make, the small mess ups. Do what you want to do, go for it and don't be scared of who is watching because I can promise you, they won't notice that small stumble in the dance, they don't care, they are focusing on their self and their improvement.
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Haystack Rock is a 235-foot sea stack in Cannon Beach, Oregon.
We drove to the Oregon coast.
There were dogs playing, people surfing, kites flying, and not a cloud in sight. So thankful for this gorgeous PNW Fall weather.
We’ve been married a week, so we watched the sunrise in Pacific City over a haystack rock after sleeping in an airstream. Currently trying to work up the nerve to shower in the outdoor shower in this 45 degree weather...|
We watched a pretty sunset, touched the Pacific Ocean and took too many pictures of Haystack Rock.
No words - just enjoying 😊☀️🏖
Sitting with Ellie, Cannon Beach Edition.
Went on a quick, semi-spontaneous trip to Portland to visit some dear friends of mine. I took care of Dianne’s husband when I worked as a homecare CNA in St. George and they became like family to me. It’s been so nice visiting with them and enjoying Portland’s fall colors! •••Something I’ve learned while traveling...always direct the person taking your picture as to what you want in it, or else it will end up getting cropped out (like the top of haystack rock) 😂
#heyyyouguyyys #portland #haystackrock
“Why is the haystack pointy?”
“That’s where the needle is”
captures one of our favorite spots with his #promasterphoto
HGX Prime Circular Polarizing Filter. Where are you headed to shoot this weekend? 🗺
In Italy, during the summer, people flock to the beach after work and on the weekends. They spend hours baking in the hot sun, working on a tan I could never even come close to achieving. They eat fresh seafood pasta, admiring yachts in the distance. At night, you can take a stroll along the shore, passing open-air clubs and woman wearing beautiful dresses and a multitude of bangles.
This beach culture is quite different from the one in Oregon. I’m used to grey skies, thick fog, and rockier beaches. To me, the beach is about chasing your friends with long pieces of bull kelp, trying to whip them with the wet, salty, plant. It’s about watching the sea lions on the rocks or hiking up to a lighthouse, sporting rubber rain boots and a windbreaker.
I don’t judge the Italian way of life, it’s just different. It can be hard to fit in when your new lifestyle is fundamentally different than your old one. But every day is a chance to explore something different and do something new. I’m grateful that this world of ours can be so diverse.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be back in Michigan, but jeez Oregon was so amazing! Went straight to the coast on day one. That makes 2 oceans 🌊 in 2 months for me, which is super cool. The beach out at the Haystack is so beautiful 🏖 and almost totally devoid of trash. I was impressed but also sad thinking about the state of our natural areas out here. 😦