The Real Women Project… Sam’s Story
“And the beauty of a woman, with passing years only grows!”
― Audrey Hepburn
I don’t know how it happened …..but we started a project it seem’s
A celebration …of life…of love…and of loving the skin we are in…
we are women…and we ARE all beautiful…
I am just blown away by the messages of support we have been getting and am simply thrilled that Sam ( who is a bloody amazing photographer) stepped in front of my lens to help pathe the way…
This is Sam’s story… and SHE is beautiful
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren
SO..IT happened this year I turned 40…an age when traditionally people expect you to get depressed, go into denial & possibly start lying about their age, however for me it actually had the opposite effect.
As the BIG date loomed ever closer I started to think about my life…
My 20’s.. A manic..frenetic whirlwind…I got married….divorced… and finally married again..this time to the man of my dreams
I gave birth to two gorgeous and amazing boys ….then… with toddlers in tow we moved abroad so I could follow a job opportunity to be a singer… wow….a lot to pack into a decade!!!
My 20’s were a time when physically I felt I looked my best too, I was slim … confident and to be honest pretty happy with myself.
My 30’s … less manic but still hugely significant..
We packed up and moved back to the UK and then had a beautiful baby girl and I also found a new passion in photography …a life changing thing for me
but deep down inside…I knew I wasn’t truly contented…not with myself anyway
I had piled on a few pounds… and it showed.. I became less outgoing and could feel my confidence ebbing away …
When we lived abroad singing for a living I loved nothing more than jumping on a stage to entertain the crowds… so to feel my confidence slipping away was just soul destroying
Singing had been my life and I missed it terribly… always wishing I’d done more… followed up more opportunities.
Like most women I started to blame myself… focusing on the parts of myself I hated rather than focusing on the good bits (tbh I could rarely see any good bits)!
And then… with my 40’s ( a milestone age) fast approaching
IT happened…. suddenly… as if someone had simply flicked a switch inside my head…
I began to see myself differently…yes… I am a few pounds heavier… so what!
I have wobbly bits.. some wrinkles and a few grey hairs… who cares !
when I look back at what I have done in my life….
the things I have achieved… a wonderful Husband who is also my best friend.. 3 beautiful healthy children and a successful business…
It felt as if I had somehow earned my right of passage and it felt ok… I was ok
My life is good right now… really good
My body may be ageing and slightly more battered than before
BUT.. it’s MY body…
it’s been to hell and back with me over the years
It may have been 40 years coming…but… I FINALLY have total respect and admiration for it!!!!
and I can stand tall and say
I am Sam… and I am happy with ME