Long overdue for this edition of Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 06.2019. Had originally planned to write one of these posts at the end of every month. And then things took a turn for the worse for a bit this spring with my mom and I just didn’t get these posts written. Oh, and there was that pesky red security warning message I was getting on my blog, too. Remember that? Fun times! And I kind of got discouraged about blogging while that was going on.
But mom is doing great! And my sweet brother-in-law John worked with my dear PC to get rid of that warning. So life is good. And here I am, once again, with Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 06.2019. That whole spring season was a stretch outside my comfort zone but I survived!!
Today I want to share an activity I participated in that was…you guessed it, completely outside of my comfort zone. Let me explain.
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone, 06.2019
One of the activities I didn’t accomplish on my spring bucket list was taking a course or class. Had hoped to take line dancing with PC but that didn’t get off the ground. So, I brought that item forward onto my summer bucket list, knowing that when I shared my bucket list on 06.21.2019, I was registered for a photography class the very next day.
However, what do they say about best laid plans?? What do they say about best laid plans? All I have ever heard is “the best laid plans of mice and men…” Had to stop right now to look up this Robert Burn’s quote to find out what comes after the … (the ellipsis). The full quote is:
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
And my plans to take a photography class were no exception. My Purrsimmony disappeared just before I was to leave for the class. I looked for that little devil all over the place to no avail. She was nowhere to be found, inside or out. Finally left for the class but arrived after it had begun and felt bad about class crashing! I noticed another class was about to begin, a pin up photo shoot, in the same place, so opted to do that instead. Which was light years outta my comfort zone.
Pin Up Photo Shoot
Both the portrait photography class and the pin up photo shoot were hosted by the great folks at the Resiliency Through Art branch of Morale Welfare Recreation (MWR) at Ft. Bliss. For the $60 registration fee, participants were given demonstrations on how to apply cat eye makeup, create the perfect cupid’s bow lip, and a pompadour hairdo. Then we were invited to change into rockabilly/pin-up inspired clothing (of our own) for a photo shoot by a professional photographer. For a gal who barely combs her hair and considers lipstick and mascara a full-face, this was an almost overwhelming possibility!
Enter the Ladies of Sephora
Wish I had written down the names of all the great gals from Sephora but I didn’t. Think I was still in shock that I was participating in this class! I did take voluminous notes as these ladies demonstrated how we would apply our makeup and fix our hair for an authentic pin up look. This gal had never before worn false eyelashes or this much hair spray!! You know I was way out of my comfort zone.
My hands were shaking so badly, it is truly I wonder I was able to get my make up on at all. The fact that I did, just goes to show how well the girls from Sephora guided and helped us.
Look how hard I had to concentrate just to apply mascara on my fake eyelashes.
And lip liner, which I had never worn before either.
Then came teasing my hair and loads and loads of hairspray.
And my final look.
I ran home during our lunch break to change clothes. Had not known what the day had in store when I planned what I would wear. But wound up keeping my Simply September custom graphic tee on and adding some rolled up boyfriend jeans and floral heels. Oh, and guess who was in the house asleep? Purrsimmony!
So fun. We posed beside 2 vintage vehicles…a Falcon and an old Chevy truck. Just call me Porky Pig because I turned out to be quite the ham in front of the camera. Oink, oink.
The professional photographer who took our photos is going to be sending us some of the polished pictures she shot. I cannot wait to see them! Was thankful that the other gals who participated in the pin up photo shoot took photos of me with my phone and I reciprocated for them.
I had such fun doing this. The make up, the hair, the hamming it up were all a stretch for me. But the gals from Sephora, the wonderful women who organize the Resiliency Through Art program, and the photographer all helped me to feel comfortable in front of the mirror and in front of the camera.
Best part of the whole day was when I met my Prince in full regalia for lunch after his ball game. I think he kinda liked the way I looked, too! He had that twinkle in his eye. You know the one.
I am looking forward to finding new ways to stretch with MWR and Resiliency Through Art again in the near future.
What did you find yourself doing in June that was a departure from your same ole same ole? Didn’t it feel good to stretch yourself, to enjoy a new experience? The older I get, the easier it is to try something new. Not especially more confident but just figure at 61 years old, why not? Why not try a pompadour and prissy around a vintage car? Why not protest our pool company? Why not eat dinner alone at a restaurant or treat myself to a movie? Why not!!
Didn’t create a link-up for this edition of Stepping Up but would like to invite you to write up a post about how you stepped outside your comfort zone this month. Or leave a comment below.
Thank you for stopping by, sweet friends. Hope you are enjoying a restful last weekend of June. Triple digits here. It is HOT!
Hugs and kisses,