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2014 Blog Project: Week 5

February 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Blog Project Week 5: To Thine Own Self Be True

Well hello Shakespeare! Looks like Hamlet is making an appearance for Week 5!

The idea for the picture for this card came pretty quickly to me, even though it's not the picture I ended up using in the end...yeah that's confusing -- let me back up a little so I can explain that and why this blog post is two weeks late.

A few weeks ago when I pulled this card, my immediate interpretation was showcasing "being yourself" and not putting up a front to pretend you're someone you're not. I had an elaborate plan for a self-portrait including all the different facets of my personality that society tells us don't belong in one person (my Nerd HQ t-shirt, a football, my knitting, my targets from going to the shooting range, some bake ware, a Led Zeppelin poster, etc) however having just used a picture of myself in week 3 I didn't the blog project to turn into a series of self-portraits (maybe a blog project for 2015? hmmm....)

While I contemplated gathering my belongings to represent the same thing -- I came down with the flu. THE FLU! I've never had the flu in my life! After over 103 degree fever, a trip to the doctor's and a week to recover, I then spent the following week trying to catch up on everything else that had to be put on hold.  So then it was back to figuring out how to do week 5 without doing a self portrait.

I suddenly then remembered a picture I had taken on my phone of my friend Sarah's daughter Madison, chilling out in the trunk of Sarah's call on a warm fall day and laughed at how perfect that picture would be.  So I texted Sarah and we decided to recreate the picture in Madison's bedroom (too cold for the back of the car this time!)

After a few bribes (because kids never want to recreate something they already did once when you actually want them to) we were able to get this picture:

The original photo was of Madison chilling out in the back of the car with the helmet on holding a Barbie doll, and was such a great shot of this super funky kid who likes what she likes not because anyone tells her to, but because that's what she likes. She gasps as the sight of women dressed up with a whisper of "so boo-tee-ful!", but requested to be Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas for Halloween this past October.

Madison is adorable, and spunky, and does her own thing. Sarah and her husband Randy are doing an excellent job at making sure their daughter is exposed to many different things. They encourage her to choose what she likes instead of what little girls "should" like, but also allow her to like the girlie princess things too. There is no pigeonholing in either direction, they let her be herself which is pretty awesome.

Stay you Madison! Because you are one super special funky little chick in progress!


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