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So there was this girl - the one in the first image. She had recently just left her entire world and everyone she knew to start a new chapter. She was a freshman in college and trying to do anything and everything to just fit in- she even changed her name(well sort of). She met so many people but still no matter what she did, she could never fit in. She got good grades, went to the occasional party, joined clubs and honor societies, attended numerous football, gymnastics and baseball games, but at the end of the day she still wasn’t happy.

She didn’t think her clothes were right, or her frizzy, thick hair ever looked good. Not even halfway through her first semester in college she had to switch roommates(but that’s another story). She went through the motions, dyed her hair, got new clothes (and a job to pay for it all), stopped paying attention to certain classes and switched majors. At this point she was a Junior in college, had absolutely no idea still what to do with her life, and only had 2 real friends. Thank goodness at this point her Knight in shining armor (yes, she was a hopeless romantic too) showed up, and showed her that none of that mattered.

Fast forward to present day, that girl now has purple hair, almost never wears makeup, Is one half of a successful boudoir business, and regularly posts nude photos of herself to a large group of amazing women. The best part is that she has let go of the fear of what other people think.

Why does this matter? Well, I’ve worked on this for years and years. It’s been a struggle my entire life and throughout our marriage. It ALMOST kept this business from ever happening and that’s a scary thought. My point is that other people’s opinions DO NOT FUCKING MATTER. Don’t let fear of what others will say or think dictate your life. I let it control everything about me and I almost missed out on what I believe to be my(our) purpose.

The girl in that first photo could never in a million years have imagined she’d be the girl in the second photo. You never know where life will take you and what your true potential is.

For me boudoir was the game changer. It was stepping so far outside of my comfort zone that I couldn’t find my way back even if I tried. You could never have convinced me that I would be here typing out this post and putting it out there in a group of 6,000 women.

I love you all and I am so grateful to be able to be a part of this. I hope that if you read this post and take anything away from it that it’s to live your life, and do so with conviction. You can do ANYTHING you want and never let ANYONE tell you that you can’t.

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