It has been awhile since we talked! So much has been happening around here. BIG BIG THINGS!!!
My word of the year for 2014 was Intention. I thought it was going to mean one thing to me when I selected that word, and it turned out that the Universe? Well, the Universe had completely different plans. Funny how that works out sometimes, isn’t it?
I spent the last quarter of the year thinking a lot about what my Intentions truly were. What did I want my life to look like? Where did I want it to go? It was like being in a giant department store, full of choices. I could do this … or I could do that … so many options. I tried on a few things, but nothing seemed to fit just right.
Right when I thought I had a plan, and I was ready to dive in, I came down with both the Flu AND Pneumonia on December 27th. Seriously? I mean… I finally have a plan! I had hit my Upper Limit though, and I was stopped in my tracks by my body.
Soar – My Word for 2015
I chose SOAR for my word of the year for 2015. I believe that the Universe decided to stop me so I could look around one last time. Really think about it. As the result of having a 102-degree fever, I found some clarity – at least enough to get me on the right path. The confidence to lead me to SOAR.
Over the past two weeks, I’ve worked a lot with Stephanie, who founded Vivid & Brave with me. She is also a coach for Universe Denters. She helps people who want to change the world, and I’ve known for years now that that is what I want to do that as an Avenger of Sexiness. Perfect match!
Confidence is at the Core
As we worked through the Avenger of Sexiness manifesto (which I’ll be sharing publicly soon!) I noticed one thing. All of it was about confidence and things that tie in to making us feel confident. Finding your sanctuary, loving your body, self-care. None of it was directly about business, which is what I’ve spent the last quarter of 2014 writing about here. Everything on the manifesto is things that I truly believe in, and topics that light me up the most when I talk about them.
It was only then that I realized it was time, at last, to do what I first started talking about last year. It is time to set down my camera as a professional photographer. (Yes, I will still be taking photos. I don’t know that I could EVER stop doing that. But it is time to take it back for myself.) It is time to leave the “safe” zone of talking about running a business. I have bigger things I need to go and do.
My camera and the hundreds of women I have photographed over the past 7 years have taught me SO MUCH about how women think. They have given me an insight that I might not have otherwise, and they helped me heal myself in the process. I’ve wanted, desperately, to share this with the world. To help women know all the things that I know. As a photographer, I was limited — I could only reach 80-100 women a year.
The camera which had brought me so much, had become my barrier that was keeping me from reaching so many more women.
My Ambitious Goal as an Avenger of Sexiness
And now we reach where we are today. I’m focusing all of my energy on writing, speaking, sharing my Avenger of Sexiness mission in ANY way possible. I’m going to be launching my first class in the next few days. I’m starting my outline to write my a book. I’ve launched the Avengers of Sexiness Facebook Community which I would love to have you join.
My ambitious goal for this year is to reach 10,000 women, to help them grow their confidence and rediscover their beauty. My mission that I set out on in 2010 has not changed at all; my plans for how to accomplish have completely shifted.
The Trust Promise
There is just one bit of unfinished business. I’ve been worried for the past week about all of you. I’ve worried about how you will receive this change. I feel as though when you come to my blog or when you sign up for my email list, we have a sort of trust promise between the two of us. You likely have signed up for lots of business information. Many of you have sent me emails answering my first question to you when you join my list, “What is the biggest problem you have in your business right now?” While some of you were not so direct about it, at the root of it for most of you? Your answers were a matter of CONFIDENCE.
It was reinforced last week on Facebook. I shared that I was talking about blogging and wanted to know what questions you had about it. An overwhelming 75% or so of you said you wanted to know how to open up on your blog without feeling like a fraud, a poser, an imposter, or worrying that no one would read it. Again, all of that comes down to CONFIDENCE.
Moving Forward – All About You
My main focus on the blog from here on out? Exactly that. Helping you have more confidence in yourself. If there is one thing I’ve learned in the past 7 years, it is that confidence is at the CORE of everything. How you feel about yourself, how you show up in your relationships, how you show up at work, how you take care of yourself, and really – how you feel at the end of the day about it all.
If you signed up for my previous email offer, don’t worry. You’ll still be receiving it. It is no longer available other than on my blog archives; I’ll be putting together an easy to read ebook as well so you don’t have to click through posts or emails. I truly hope you will stay on my email list, but that said? I understand if you want to unsubscribe. I get it if you don’t stay.
My future posts won’t be all about business. They will be all about YOU.
No matter what, 2015 is going to be our year to Soar.
I truly hope you will stay with me for the adventure that lies ahead.
11 replies on “The Confidence to Become Who I Need to Be…”
RT @christinebpc: With this, I retire as a boudoir photographer. It is time to SOAR! The Avenger of Sexiness mission begins! http://t.co/GY…
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Hi Christine, I came across “Avengers of Sexiness” and I am having trouble with what that means. Doesn’t avenge mean to get revenge? So are you getting revenge on sexy? I get that there are the Avengers superheros. So maybe its a reference to being a superhero of sexy? I thought I would clarify! Thanks!
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Hi Amanda! Thanks for the question. Perhaps the story behind it might help; a client sent me a thank you note after her session, and in it she said, “The world needs more Avengers of Sexiness. Thank you for being mine.” I took on the title and have worn it with pride ever since. An avenger is about vengeance; retaliating for something that is harmful. I believe that society’s definition of sexiness is harmful to all of us; it isn’t attainable, and it causes a lot of misery. As is the Perfection Culture that we live in. So I am taking them on. I’ll be sharing the Manifesto tomorrow here, and hopefully that will help clear things up.
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