Soooo last night while literally running out of the office, I hit my eye on a metal robe hanger and sliced my skin open.  😦  It didn’t bleed too much, but it was a pretty deep cut.  I actually had to pause for a minute after I hit it because I thought I was going to pass out.  Today I am sporting an attractive bandage over my left eye socket.  Fortunately we had a pre-med student on hand at work who patched me up pretty nicely.  I may even get some skin glue today if I am lucky.  😀

Our work photo shoot went really great yesterday, even though it rained for most of it.  The extra water on the ground ended up working in our favor though since we were shooting to promote an event called “Every Drop” benefiting the Cahaba River Society.  We shot two months worth of editorial images with eleven different looks.  The photos are going to be just gorgeous, so it was well worth the effort.

Do you know what I love?  People who ask you to push your limits.   I am being pushed in all sorts of ways these days… both at and outside of work.  I am currently working on a pretty significant personal goal (separate of my book), and last night I submitted some of the things I had put together to make it happened.  This morning I got an email back from someone saying that I could do better, and that I was basically selling myself short.  My first thought was frustration, but I quickly realized that it was a blessing to be challenged in such a way by someone who actually cares.  This person believes in me, and knows what I am capable of.  That was the sole purpose of their message, and I absorbed it to the core.  Honesty is everything… honesty from others, as well as honesty with yourself.  That is the only way you can ever have the information you need to move forward.

There is a phrase that has been stuck in my head for the past few weeks – you get what you put into it.  It takes a lot of work to see big results.  It’s like riding a bike up a steep hill…it hurts like hell and you feel like you will never get to the top.  Sometimes there are curves in the road that prohibit you from even seeing the peak, which can make your effort seem hopeless at times.  But if you try, you will always reach the top.  And do you know what happens after you reach the summit?  You get to fly.

Shelby, the style monster.