My 40 Year Old Face

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A few days ago, I was met with an unsavory decision…to photoshop or not to photoshop. 

My friend and photographer, Lupita from Images Of Rain Photography , took my headshots for me a couple of weeks ago, and I could hardly wait to get the proofs back.

I love her, and I love her work. 

When I did get the proofs, I was immediately drawn to one photo of me that I thought looked great.  And I was right…it looked so great that I didn’t even recognize myself! 

As I scanned the other photos, I became painfully aware that the photos that caught my eye, were not a real representation of me. I clicked on the unedited version of the same photos and I just sat and stared at them.  For a while.  I thought, “this is what I look like.”

Those wrinkles.

Those age spots.

That nose.

That wild hair.

This is you.

THIS is what people see when you’re standing face-to-face.

 

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This is it.  My 40 year old face. 

And I had to decide in that moment who I wanted to be.  Just a pretty face, or real and authentic? 

Considering that the Her Hippie Heart logo includes the phrase “down-to-earth,” I decided to opt for the latter. Embracing this laugh lined, sleep deprived, dehydrated, sun damaged, dessert-loving face wasn’t easy, but it was the right thing to do.

THIS is NOT me.

 

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THIS is.

 

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THIS is not.

 

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THIS is.

 

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My 40 year old face is showing, and I’m learning to be OK with that.

Peace & Love,

Carrrie

 

 

 

 

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