Will 2022 Be The Year You Invest In Yourself?

by Linda McCarthy

When you sit down to go over your yearly goals, do you include investing in yourself?

We all know that eating right and exercising is usually at the top of the list (and most often the goals are rarely reached), but that is not what I am talking about. 2021 taught me a lot about women through boudoir sessions:  all women want is to accept and love themselves just the way they are — right here, right now.

Can you resonate? Do you find yourself thinking more about what it is that you don’t like about yourself rather than what you do like. If so, here is your one and only goal for 2022:

“I accept, love and honor myself.”

I accept who I am, I love who I have become, and I will honor myself all the rest of my days. That is my 2022 goal.  Write it out. Paste it on the mirror, your computer, dashboard — wherever you will see it and say it over and over again.

Investing in a boudoir session is the next step to seeing your awesomeness.  Every woman by design is absolutely beautiful. We have the most amazing soft skin, we have curves, we are sensuous, and we are mysterious. We are strong, we are resilient, we are caretakers, we are the center of our family’s universe. We are a freaking amazing species!!! 

Let’s collectively rise up and celebrate being a woman!!  When you experience a boudoir session you will experience falling in love with yourself.  You will  experience greeting the world with confidence and you will experience letting your light shine brightly as it should. 2022 is YOUR year!!!

Make the absolute best of it. It is yours for the taking.

Want to see what I mean?  Check out Susan’s testimonial with some of her beautiful photos:

I am a repeat client of Linda’s. I did my first boudoir shoot with her 2 years ago, just when she was starting her boudoir photo business. I remember being so timid and unsure of myself, lacking confidence, feeling ugly. But a mutual friend had posted about Linda’s photos and how amazing they made her feel, and how Linda boosted her confidence.  Shortly after, Linda put out a call for people to model boudoir pics so she could build her boudoir portfolio and I decided to take the plunge. I very badly needed the confidence boost, as I didn’t like my body. I had been married for almost 40 years and divorced for 2 years at that time and was still healing. I thought maybe doing a photo shoot with her would help me to accept myself and my body, and learn to love both. So at the age of 59, I took the plunge. And it changed my life. It changed me. When Linda started photographing me, I was so nervous and uncomfortable, and feeling very insecure. But Linda is not only an amazing photographer, she is also a woman’s cheerleader, champion, supporter, and encourager. As the shoot wore on, and as she repeatedly told me how beautiful and sexy I was, and as she repeatedly lifted me up, my confidence grew, and I started owning it. By the end of the shoot, I was feeling stronger and empowered. It’s amazing how words can affect you. But I still had that doubt, that insecurity and was nervous about how my photos would turn out. Weeks later, I went back to Linda’s studio to review my photos. It’s hard to put into words how I felt seeing them for the first time. I cried and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t believe it was me in those photos. Who was that beautiful, confident, sexy 59 year old woman in those photos? Where had she been all my life? Linda brought out in me what I could never see in myself. I saw myself through her eyes and it forever changed how I felt about myself. I am so grateful to have Linda in my life and to have this experience with her. And I couldn’t wait to do it again with her some day! I just completed my second shoot with her at the age of 61 – a Wet & Wild shoot! And once again, Linda has lifted me up and brought out the sexy in me, the beautiful in me. As I age, my skin and body show it. Though I love my age, I see the wrinkles, and cellulite and sagging body parts, and sometimes it still bothers me. But Linda is there to remind me how beautiful and sexy I am, no matter the age. She has absolutely changed my life and I am so very thankful for her.

The poem “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson has gotten me through a very dark period in my life. I hope it resonates with you as it did me. Enjoy!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel

insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission

to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Here’s to a fabulous 2022 for YOU!!

Linda McCarthy is a professional boudoir photographer in the Greater Annapolis area serving Baltimore, Washington, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.  To schedule your complimentary consultation, click the button below:

ANNAPOLIS BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

3272 Davidsonville Road

Davidsonville, MD 21035

410-353-3702