Easy answer. Because I was asked. I would never volunteer to show off a pair of my insecurities. The leg-baring outfit was one of two looks I was to model for the Taylor’d for You Fashion show in San Antonio last summer.
However, as the event approached, I almost canceled. I repeatedly scripted in my mind how I was going to tell the talented woman who created the charitable event why I was bailing on her. I wanted to drop out because I thought to myself, I am going to be the most out of shape person on the catwalk!! I can’t do this. I will embarrass myself!
After much angst and realizing I am not a quitter, I got over myself.
So often, women and men put off living life because of self-defeating thoughts.
As humans we have tens of thousands of thoughts a day. And, most of them are the same as the day before. The repeated negative ones are like computer viruses that interrupt and destroy what makes us so special.
A common tendency is to wait to do something until reaching a goal like losing a certain amount of weight or having the right job. That is way too much time wasted! Although I had gained about 15 pounds following my job loss, I put on a spray tan, held my head high and strutted my best walk.
Guess What?? I had a lot of fun! I am writing about this because I know a lot of people miss out because they don’t think they are skinny enough, young enough, smart enough, just not enough! I have lived that mantra through out my life.
It is time to get rid of self-injuring mental messages and step out of the comfort zone with confidence and a sense of adventure. I am glad I did!
By the way, the Taylor’d For You Fashion show is scheduled for June 2020 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
Leslie Bohl is the owner of Leslie Bohl Media. She provides many services including media coaching, video storytelling, writing, emceeing and voice over work. Leslie is channeling her extensive experience of 25 Plus years as a television news anchor, reporter and lifestyle show host into helping business professionals feel and look their best in front of a camera. You will find her blog “Living Your Best Life with Leslie” on www.LeslieBohl.net