I am…glad I did this


I participated in something last week I think is pretty cool.

It’s The ‘I Am’ Project started by Alli Worthington – a collection of self-portraits taken by women from across the web.

More than just submitting a photo, Alli asked women to finish the sentence, “I am ____” with whatever comes to mind.

The outcome is a photo collection celebrating the unique stories, identities, funny and not-so-funny moments of a phenomenal community of women.

Today, Catherine Connors challenged readers to finish the “I am ___” sentence, something we should all consider doing on a frequent basis.

It’s a nice tie back to what Catherine challenged  attendees of last month’s Blissdom Canada conference to do. To interrogate our knowledge of ourselves. Because self-knowledge and a no-holds scrutiny of our identity helps us to define our voice.

I’ve been working on that self-interrogation. Haven’t finished yet but I’m learning to recognize a few things. Like that I can sometimes be really bossy to my husband. And that while I don’t think my writing style is as funny or pithy as I’d like it to be, it’s my own. That even when I do bad mother things (like getting distracted by Instagram instead of colouring with DD, or giving in to her requests for a second glass of chocolate milk), I’m still a good mother.

Yes, I am a great mother.

Oh another thing I’ve learned? I am a really slow knitter. Like snail slow.

Here’s a confession for you though – while I think the ‘I Am’ Project is super cool, I almost didn’t submit a self-portrait. Why? Because I didn’t think my self-portrait would be of interest. I was letting self-doubt blind me to the whole point of Alli’s project.

Instead of interrogating my self-knowledge, I was questioning my value.

How silly.

So I clamped that thinking down and made a submission. And I’m glad I did.

If this project intrigues you, read Alli’s article to view the full gallery of self-portraits, then leave a comment on the post letting her know you’d like to participate. Help Alli keep this movement going!

My submission for the 'I Am' Project

8 Responses to “I am…glad I did this”

  1. Candace

    Love this blog! I think we’re all guilty of questioning our value, glad you were able to see through that. 🙂

  2. Susan Ovington

    Yes you are sincere! You are a great lady! Love this project!

  3. Alli

    Good for you for not letting self-doubt stop you. This makes me crazy happy.

    Love, Love, Love!


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