I decided to join my brother in doing a “picture a day” post to Facebook in 2012. This was a big departure for me for two reasons – one, I never take a picture and two, because I am a Facebook reader but rarely a Facebook poster.
But I’m in Kristi 2.0!! I’m no longer a corporate wonk, I’m my own woman!! I’m exploring!! I’m saying “yes” to challenges, instead of “no”!! I’m getting out of my comfort zone, outside the box and into the world!! I’m putting my money where my mouth is, walking the talk!! Do you feel me?!? Are you with me?!?
So I figured, why not!
And only 23 days in, it’s been a real eye opener. The simple act of looking for a picture each day has made me so much more aware of my surroundings. And another interesting observation is that I am seeing things not only through the lens of what I like, but also through the lens of what might resonante to others. And man, what a great perspective that is!!
But probably the most unexpected thing is that it’s giving me a feeling of vulnerability. Do I have the courage to put myself out there and tell the story of who I am through the pictures I share with you? Will you like my picture – and, what happens if you don’t? Will I be interesting and not boring? Do you connect with my picture? Am I good enough? For great perspective on vulnerability and wholeheartedness watch Brene Brown’s video.
And as is often the case lately, these ah-hah’s translate to observations I want to share with you, dear reader:
- Think about how your frame might look and feel to others. Does the picture tell the story or do you need to provide some context?
- Can you share your perspective/viewpoint without fear of criticism?
- Can you embrace the feedback you get to make a better picture?
- Can you see the beauty in the everyday?
- Can you change your frame, or see things through a different lens?
Put yourself out there – be authentic and real! It’s damn scary, but, fun too!
Kristi Erickson is a Partner at PeopleResults. You can follow her on Twitter @KMErickson.