Impromptu Photoshoot

Hello Friends!

I’ve been scheduling out some new content, and I hope you are as excited for it as I am! I’ve been writing a lot lately about some big trips that I’ve been on (and I’ve got more big trips coming your way shortly), but I wanted to revisit my mission statement, which emphasises adventure both far and near. You don’t have to break the bank to have a great time.

Something that I am really trying to do in my own life is get out of my own way. It’s something that I have utilized in my professional life, and something that I focused a lot on in college as a theatre student, but the concept itself is extremely simple. Polite society tells us to act a certain way at all times, especially in the public eye, and for a generation of perpetually anxious people (such as myself) I find it hard to want to stray from my comfort zone, even when pursuing the creative outlet that I so badly need. That filter that I’ve built up keeps me from doing anything that could potentially embarrass me, but the truth is, who cares? Everyone else is so focused on not embarrassing themselves that they probably aren’t looking at you anyway.

I challenge you to adopt the same policy for yourself. We can’t afford to be polite anymore, especially not now in this political climate. Start small, and focus on yourself. Be the person who brings their camera into a restaurant to take photos of their food. Share your sketchbook with your friends, or paint in public. Dress-up and take yourself out for coffee, or dinner, or a movie. Whatever your thing is, take that step.

For me, that small step happened to be an impromptu photo shoot with my friends inside a craft store. We weren’t disruptive or raucous, and no one yelled at us or gave us dirty looks, and we had a great time. You may think it’s silly, and to be honest, I think it’s silly too. But I don’t care. I had a lot of fun with a couple of my closest friends, and that’s what really matters. So I’m sharing those photos with you, in hopes that you’ll take a step of your own.

Until Next Time,

Nikki.

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