Monday, November 10, 2014

My adventure part 1

Dear blog,

It has been an eventful past week here for me and I wanted some time to capture my thoughts as I still feel emotionally somewhere in-between states today.  Really that is not a foreign location for me, but today the tug of the two worlds seems more of a struggle than usual.

Last week was the infamous out of town business meeting for which I got the chance to live and enjoy life as Jaclyn more than I had let myself before.  And what a totally fun time it was, shopping, clubs, modeling, meeting new friends I had such a  great time.  And now, I feel that emptiness that the vacuum of leaving that behind creates.

I started off the first evening like oh so many by taking some time to relax and pamper myself with a nice warm bath to clear my head. Afterwards I applied a fresh set of makeup and through on a pair of my favorite jeans and decided to hit some local shops to look for something new.  It was really a rush taking those first few steps out of the safety of the hotel room but I was determined that this time I would not chicken out here.

So the first shop I came to was a crowded Dress Barn in a suburban strip mall.  After taking a few deep breaths, I stepped out and walked towards the store.  Coming around a corner was a group of young adults hanging out, and I looked straight at one boy as I heard them giggling.  While I was not sure it was directed at me, it felt like a shot in the gut of my new confidence and I hurried inside the store.  Then panic totally set in, and I felt as though everyone in the crowded place was looking at me. I totally freaked out and walked with my head down to the back of store, pretended to browse a few racks, and then briskly ran out of the store.  I don't even remember if I saw the group of kids hanging out as I launched myself back into my car, and I drove away to a distant lot to hyperventilate and cry for a few minutes.  While I was sitting there in the car wallowing in the midst of my self-pity, somewhere inside I decided that I was not going to be ashamed and to enjoy myself.  I had looked up a resale shop not far away and before I knew it I had touched up my makeup and headed into that store.  This time I didn't really care about feeling out of place and spent a good long time looking and trying on different outfits.  While I didn't find the cute winter dress I was looking for, I felt so proud leaving the store having made several purchases of some practical items.

Yet, this wasn't the biggest adventure of my trip.  The next evening I had gone out on a lark and scheduled a make-over and photo shoot with a local to the area and what a fun time that turned out to be.  I will write more about that tomorrow but sufficient to say it was one of the best nights in a very long time.

Hugs, Jaclyn  

1 comment:

  1. Good luck for your new adventure, Jaclyn. I'know that is pretty hard, but you can do it ;)