The first post for Curvy in Kansas City went live on February 27, 2013. But few know that the IDEA for Curvy in Kansas actually popped into my head three days before Valentine’s Day of the same year. Haywood and I were preparing to head out for a cruise to The Bahamas, and in the midst of my pre-cruise shopping spree, I had this little nagging thought. Why didn’t I try blogging again?
I was already blogging for other people, boutiques, and marketing companies in my work as a freelance writer, why couldn’t I start my own? A few hours later, BOOM…Curvy in Kansas City. I looked at my husband and asked, “What do you think?”
He told me to go for it…and so I did.
The last year has been one of discovery, a journey of unprecedented proportions. I had no idea that Curvy in Kansas City would become what it is today. I could never have imagined the things that I would do, the people I would meet, or the impact that I would have on other women’s lives.
But the truth is, Curvy in Kansas City has impacted my life in a way that I can only say I am extremely grateful for. I have seen myself grow, I have seen myself change. Maybe I have morphed into the woman I was always supposed to be, when the circumstances that had forced me to be someone different were a thing of the past. Or maybe I’ve just experienced a true metamorphosis. I will never really know. The one thing that I do know is that I am more confident and happier in my own skin than I ever have been in my entire life.
Don’t get me wrong, though, I am human…I do have to tell you that I still have my insecurities. I still have my doubts. Some days I look at my mirror and I think, “Good God, let’s not leave the house today!” And trust and believe, you’ve never met another person who obsesses about the double chin the way I do!
For this anniversary, I wanted to really celebrate. I wanted to look at myself and see myself as the vibrant, sexy, and confident woman that I am. This was hard for me, to say the very least. I know what you’re thinking, “But you post photos of yourself every week!”
Yes, I am in front of the camera on a regular basis, but the one thing that I’ve always struggled with is feeling sexy. I can do cute all day, but really feeling sexy has always been an issue for me. Of course, this is the worst in head games. It’s the nagging voice of insecurity ringing through my mind saying, “Sexy, no way!”
So, on Valentine’s Day, and the most fabulous first anniversary of Curvy in Kansas City, I want you all to join me in telling insecurity to “Suck it!” Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mad props have to go out to Derrick Yule, the master photographer who took these AH-mazing photos. A big thank you also has to go out to Jennifer Cassidy, who simply did a fabulous job on my hair and makeup. To the 6 foot tall goddess featured in the last photo with me…Miss Kendra Beagle, you are not only one hot plus model, stylist, and coach, but you’re also an inspiration and a true friend. And it wouldn’t be right for me to not also thank Mr. Corie Henry. You all will learn more about Corie here soon, but needless to say he has been vital in my work towards better health and fitness! Thank you, thank you, thank you all!!!!!
Last, and certainly not least, I want you all to know how much I appreciate you, my dear fans. Thank you so much for taking this journey with me, and I promise you, the next year will be one to remember!
For more of my photos from this fabulous shoot, be sure to head over to the Curvy in KC Facebook page!!
(Outfit Deets: All items with the exception of the cross necklace and the sunglasses were purchased from Torrid. The cross necklace is an LB Glam original hand-made piece. Be sure to check out more of Luis & Brayan’s work this season at Kansas City Fashion Week! The sunglasses are by Ray-Ban.)