Today I turn 24. Instead of a party or some sort of celebration all I want is to introduce something I hold very close to heart.
Growing up I was always petrified of vulnerability. In fact, I ran from it. I never wanted to feel anything because lets be real…it fucking hurts. But, to my surprise and as most of you may know, over the last year I have continued to share my story with the intention of helping others.
Sharing my story helped me realize the power that it holds to help others. I believe that it shows people that it is okay to be vulnerable and you are never alone on your journey. I also hope it shows people that no matter what you are going through you will heal and you will move forward.
Although, I have come to a point where I can share my story openly and without fear. I have realized that there is still part of me that is holding back.
Sharing your story is a huge step in overcoming the fear of vulnerability. However, it is being vulnerable in each moment and pushing yourself everyday that is the real challenge.
I mentioned that I have been holding back. Here’s how…
I have been vulnerable and open about my past but not fully in this present moment.
What I have realized is that I have been afraid of success. I have been afraid to let myself feel anything other than guilt and fear and have been holding onto some of my past.
I think sometimes we become so comfortable with a feeling that we are afraid to feel anything else. Or, in my case afraid to let myself be completely open to feeling something other than guilt and fear. Success in my opinion in not how rich or famous you are but the ability to be completely open and help others.
In short, I have been afraid to truly launch Picture the Difference in the way that I hold close to heart.
Picture the Difference is more than just my photography. Actually, my intention has never been about making Picture the Difference my brand or my photography at all. My intention with Picture the Difference is to be a platform where creatives can be themselves, push past the fear of vulnerability, share our stories, inspire others, and start projects that have a deeper meaning. I want it to be a community of individuals who come together to really make a change for the greater good.
I hold Picture the Difference so close to heart because it has allowed me to connect with people in a way I never thought possible.
Yes, I have taken the images. But, it is not about me nor has it ever been. It is about you and your journey. Picture the Difference is a community that pushes you to be your better self and offers you the opportunity to help others.
This started as a project but has turned into a community and I am incredibly grateful for the individuals that have shared their stories thus far.
If you have a moment please visit picturethedifferenceco.com and read/connect with people who may have experienced what you are going through now.
I hope Picture the Difference helps you in some way and I encourage you to join the movement.
Please reach out and don't be afraid! I would love to learn more about you and work together.
Thank you for reading.
Now, here is Picture the Difference