It’s always hard to put yourself out there. My immediate thought was, “who am I to think that my stuff could be in a magazine?” Why are we always our own worst critics? To a friend in the same situation, I would be building her up and telling her that her stuff is great and just go for it. But to myself, I am slower to lend praise and always proceed nervously in these types of endeavors. With the support of my friends and family, though, I e-mailed the editor and inquired about being included in the next issue. She was really sweet and told me to send in some pictures. Awesome sauce.
The next hurdle was to get those pictures taken. I wanted something artsy with a cool backdrop. I had the vision, but the hubster had to execute. It took a lot of cajoling and whining on my part to get him to take some photos. I was frustrated because they weren’t turning out like what I had envisioned (and had seen on other blogs), and he was frustrated because I wasn’t satisfied with the pictures he was taking. Well, after we got over the embarrassment of taking the photos in front of the brick on the front of our house with strangers passing by, I think some of them turned out really well. He did an outstanding job.
So then I submitted my pictures and waited. Months passed. Finally, the first quarter issue was out in March. I flipped to page 5, and there I was! Life goal--check. I don’t know if anyone will see it, but I’m telling myself to feel proud of it and enjoy the moment. And now I’m telling you to “go for it!” (the “it” being anything that you’ve been putting off or too hesitant to do.) I’ll be here cheering you on.