For years, I gave my power to others. I gauged my self-worth through the appraising eyes of everyone else but myself and I hid my potential, so that I wouldn't stand out and get attention. I thought it was safer to be in the shadows. I was convinced that I would be some unloved thing for the rest of my life.
Until… I made a decision. I decided that it was time for a change and that I was going to take control. Only I knew my own self worth. No one else. No one else could make me feel less than or not enough. I would not be some unloved thing, because I had the power to love myself.
This realization allowed me to embrace my self-confidence. I didn't shy away from the things that interested me. I didn't fear what others would say about me. I learned to play the hand I was dealt and by accepting myself, I opened the door to many great opportunities. (Also, puberty helped fill things out and make me look less like a bobble head.)
In fairy tales, the hero vanquishes the enemy. They slay the monster and everyone lives happily ever after. In "real life" though, the demons we face don't die… we just outgrow them or learn to live with them.
When I talked with Katie about doing the show, I was my self-affirmed self. I was the teacher. I was the salesperson. I was the person who could talk the ear off of almost anyone.
But… in the night, that awkward preteen emerged from the shadows. He's sneaky like that.
Even though friends and peers told me not worry, I couldn't help it. Even I told myself not to fret too much. But there I was, tossing and turning.
As the time grew closer, I became increasingly more agitated.
After a stressful, white knuckle drive through the snow and traffic, I made it. I saw my friends and we went out to dinner. It was a lot of fun, but by the end of the night, I found myself shaking. I told myself that it was the cold, but I could feel that former self laughing at me.
When I finally settled into my hotel room and discovered that some very important things were missing, I made a decision: What will be, will be.
Here's a behind the scenes shot of the Beads, Baubles and Jewels taping. During the course of the preparation for the filming, I joked about my apprehensions, but it wasn't coming from a place of insecurity, but a place of just wanting to do a good job. It also helped that I was surrounded by such wonderful people. It was a true pleasure to be with Candie Cooper, Kristal Wick, Patti Bullard, and Katie Hacker. They were well versed in the ways of TV and were happy to help answer questions or powder my extra shiny face. The staff at KS Productions was also extremely helpful and very easy to work with. I didn't know what to expect, but they were a kind and friendly bunch.
Of course, in hindsight, I wish that I could have said things a little bit differently and maybe smiled a little more, but the crew said that I did a good job and that we didn't have to do any additional retakes, so… I think it was a success!
The whole way back home, I was thinking of ways that I might consider doing more filming. I'd love to be able to share more of the things that I've learned along the way. Maybe a series of short YouTube videos? You never know! Hopefully they'll have me back on Beads, Baubles and Jewels!