Friendship is what has carried me through some of the darkest moments of my life as well as some of the brightest. I truly do not know where I would be today without a few constant, hard-loving friends that have stood by my side. Yesterday I was reminded, once again, of this as one of my best friends came over to literally help me clean up my mess. Sometimes my mess is figurative but yesterday it was literal. In therapy this week, my therapist encouraged me to reach out to an organized friend who could come help me get my house a bit more organized. For those who know me well, you know I am messy. It's one of those things I wish no one could see. The thing that Shame constantly whispers in my ear: "if only others could see this about you, they wouldn't love you." That Shame is deep and heavy. It weighs me down on a daily basis whispering that I am not good enough. That I am just a mess. Yet somehow those that know me in this intimate way (you know who you are), still LOVE me. They walk in my messy house or ride in my messy car, and see ME.
So this brings me to the idea of this contest. I asked one of my best friends (who happens to love organizing and cleaning) if she would help me get organized. She was over within a day sweeping, hanging hooks on my walls, and bringing peace to my chaos. But the real miracle was that she saw the depth of my messiness and still had breakfast with me this morning. She didn't leave. She loved me through it. That's what true friends are for: to love you even in the midst of your shameful, dark places. But, not only to love you through them, but also to come in and help you get out of them. We don't have to stay there. And we can ask for help. After this moment of experiencing friendship in this beautiful, vulnerable way, I knew that I wanted to give back. So I had the idea of this contest. And, let's be honest, it also helps me gain more followers and possibly more business. But the true heart behind it is that I want to celebrate friendship.
SO IF YOU NEED TO SKIP ALL THE ABOVE, HERE IS THE CONTEST RULES. (haha)
1) Follow me.
2) Post a photo of a friend that has shown up for you in a hard place or time in your life. One that has shown love to you when you didn't feel like you deserved it. You don't have to tell the full story but if you feel comfortable, I would love to hear it! And social media would be a better place if you showed that kind of vulnerability. Make sure to tag them too, obviously.
3). Use hashtag: #tronephotographyfriends this helps me find all of the entries
4) You may also cross post to Facebook (or instagram) for an extra entry.
You and your friend will receive a free mini session, valued at $250.
The contest ends Friday, September 14 at midnight. The winner will be chosen by a random drawing. This contest is not affiliated with Instagram.
I can't wait to see your posts!
Here's to friendship!