#Leapfear Day 3: Lindsey

We have started a habit of sitting down and crying after every shoot.  Some days I think we might be able to avoid it, but then it bites us on the ass and gets us. We can feel on the most visceral level that this project will change lives.  We weren’t expecting that it was our lives that were going to be changed.  Today I have the honour of featuring Lindsey, my extraordinary makeup artist.

I met Lindsey a few months ago.  A friend of a friend of a friend.  Aren’t we all just a few degrees of separation from everyone? (I’m one degree of separation from Brad Pitt.  True story.)

Anyways, Lindsey is my partner in crime in the #leapfear journey.  She is my extraordinary makeup and hair artist.  Many of the people that are featured in #leapfear chose to hire Lindsey and you can tell.

A consummate professional, her talent, skill and drive to do her best had me won over quickly.  But what has impressed me even more is her compassion, caring, and ability to connect with every client she has.  She is gentle but confident.  Highly skilled but always eager to improve and continue to learn. She is exactly my kind of person.  I feel so blessed to have her along for this crazy ride of 29 women in 29 days.

Take a moment and be sure to like her business page:  BeYOUtiful Esthetics


What changed that made you realize you were living a life of fear?
I worked hard to be accepted for a grant to go back to post secondary school. I had little faith that I was going to receive it. The day I got the phone call from my career counsellor is when I realized I am worth it and started to give my dreams my all!


Once you realized that you were living a life in fear, what stopped you from moving forward? What held you back for so long?
Other people’s happiness was always more important to me than my own. Seeing others happy is what made me happy, or so I thought! In time I realized I
am responsible for my own happiness and I really didn’t know who I was. I looked to others for affirmation but always felt like I was never enough. I had very little faith in myself and my dreams.


Once you did take the leap, what did you have to let go of?20160117-DSC00279102
Taking that leap was very hard for me. I had to put a lot of friendships on pause and even end some toxic ones. I found this very difficult because I knew I could potentially loose some friendships all together….I have always struggled with saying “goodbye” may it be on good terms or on bad.


Once you let go, what did you find on the other side that was worth taking the leap?
Once I took my leap in faith it gave me a feeling of having a purpose. A purpose that I could still make others feel good but most importantly I had my own affirmation that I was seeking. I have never felt so happy and fulfilled before in my life!


2016-02-03_0005.jpgWhat would you tell someone whose fears are still holding them back?
Please, for yourself and those who love you, just keep aiming for the stars! Like the night sky, even though you can not see the stars all the time you know that they are always there! Remember, YOU ARE WORTH IT!!