Hi, this is me.
I was trying to edit my “About” page for this blog and I realized that I’ve been hiding. I can tell all kinds of stories about heartache and empowerment and rebuilding, but I have been afraid to just show ME. So today I am coming out of the photo booth.
Most of y’all have known me since I wiped my nose on my sleeve, but some of you are strangers. Hello to all. My name is Ashley and I am the Baddest Mother Ever!
This picture was emailed to me yesterday from a photo booth that I sat in last weekend. It was Alumnae Weekend at my alma mater (Kathy Bradley, author of “Breathing and Walking Around” taught me that the phrase means “nourishing mother”). I had a fantastic weekend, filled with stomach-lurching challenges (like leading a formal meeting with 1000 people, fire, and an organist) and breathtaking successes (that meeting, even with a couple of glitches). I made new friends who graduated before I was born. I hugged necks of friends I hadn’t seen in 20 years. I met our oldest graduate, 106 and there for her 85th reunion. My spirit was nourished. I challenged myself, rewarded myself, believed in myself.
And look at how it shows on my face! Normally, pictures of me make me see wrinkles and gray and extra chins, but this picture…I can’t help but smile at myself. I LOOK LIKE MYSELF.
Five Things I Love About This Picture
- My whole face is smiling, even behind my ears.
- I am wearing something colorful that says, “Hey, look at me!” instead of something drab that says, “Nothing to see here, move along.”
- I went into the photo booth wearing a pair of ridiculously huge, bedazzled sunglasses but I put them on my head so I could see myself.
- That necklace is made from my late husband’s wedding ring. I don’t wear it often because I have a toddler who likes to grab things.
- My gray hair looks kind of like highlights.
How long has it been since you posted a picture of yourself on Facebook? Yesterday, I saw Nicki making a muscle she’s worked hard to earn. Today, Alice was having breakfast with her son. Lucy had some cute hair going on. Kimberly’s son is taller than she is. Felicia is at the paddock. What are the rest of you doing?
Your babies are adorable. Your cats couldn’t be cuter. And that lunch you had yesterday…yum! But let’s see more pictures of you! It’s my challenge to you today. Post that pic of YOU.