Seeing this photo for the first time (back in ’02 we had to wait for the film to be developed, so there was no instant view and re-taking) was a pivotal moment for me.

It was the moment I decided to shift my posture. I was SO embarrassed of being tall during my growing years (I was 5’10” in 8th grade) and this was the first time I could tangibly see how my embarrassment was reflected outwardly.

If your inner most insecurities were showing outwardly (hint: they very likely ARE, whether you’re aware of it or not), how would they show up? And what can you do outwardly to help you shift inwardly? While I believe that true beauty shines from within, I’m an advocate of giving yourself a jump start, and sometimes that’s adjusting something outwardly to build confidence. As soon as I saw this picture, I made a conscious decision to improve my posture, and as a result, my confidence grew, as did my appreciation of my height. And now? I frequently get comments from people about how good my posture is, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with several individuals to improve theirs!

Sometimes we need a visual to prompt us. So here’s one! Take from it what you will ? And if nothing else, please enjoy this awkward high school memory!