9th October 2019
Our second photoshoot competition winner – Tracy’s Confidence-Boosting Photoshoot
After having a tough childhood and losing her husband at 30 she is now ready to take care of herself…
After taking care of everyone but herself, Tracy felt it was now time to look after herself. I completely agree, which is why I was happy to announce her as one of my competition winners. I wanted to give her this gift of a confidence-boosting photoshoot!
Tracy is a very brave and inspiring woman. After all the hard moments in her life, from her tough childhood to losing her husband and nursing her mum, each time she always got back up and started her life over again. It doesn’t sound like it was easy but she always got there in the end.
I love how doing this shoot has boosted Tracy’s confidence and inspired her to do other things…
“After the shoot, I’ve now committed myself to join a mindfulness group, which will help me develop more and it is time totally for me. Thank you, Ginny!” – Tracy
Tracy entered my competition to win a confidence-boosting photoshoot, which was featured in The Farnham Herald newspaper. Tracy’s story was then published the week commencing 10th October 2019.
The competition to win a Gorgeous You photoshoot at my studio in Surrey…
The competition was for women who were in real need of a confidence boost; and who wanted to celebrate themselves as they are or how far they’ve come. I also wanted the winner to be someone who was happy to share their story and wouldn’t mind being featured in the paper and on my blog etc; I was hoping that it would help others who had been through something similar. Inspired women will always inspire others!
Each and every person who entered deserved a confidence-boosting photoshoot. So I ended up choosing two winners, and I think both are such inspirational, brave, strong women. Here is Tracy the second winner, please read her story below:
Tracy’s sad but inspiring story…
“I was inspired after reading Ginny’s story in the Herald paper. I have spent my life hiding away after being tormented through school for being fat and different from others. My teenage years were very hard when my parents split. My Dad didn’t want anything to do with me… but he kept in contact with my sister. This made me think that there was something different with me again. So I used drugs and alcohol to try and make myself feel better, but it never did. I then fell pregnant at 17 but I was lucky enough however to have found the man of my dreams. And we got married.
“I nursed my husband at home… he died of a brain tumour; he was only 34”
I took the worse blow ever at the age of 29 when my husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour, I nursed him at home and only 6 months later he died. He was only 34. This completely changed mine and my daughter’s life. I went back to feeling inadequate, I used things to try and make myself feel better, but nothing ever did. My weight went up and down continuously and I had no desire to live.
I went on a ridiculous drinking spree, I just wanted to shut everything out. I neglected my oldest daughter. And did drugs.
And I remember trying to commit suicide.
One of my friends sent me a CD of the pop group REM. I listened to it, and it made me realise I did have a life.
“Honestly, the photoshoot has really boosted my confidence and I would definitely tell anyone else in my situation to just go for it.”
“Yes, it is very hard to put yourself out there, and no one wants to appear conceited, but it has really helped with my self-confidence. It can be a challenge and even a brave thing to do – but it has had so much impact on me that it has inspired me to do other things.
After the shoot, I’ve now committed myself to join a mindfulness group, which will help me develop more and it is time totally for me. Thank you, Ginny!”
Thanks so much to Tracy for entering the competition and putting her trust in me to help boost her confidence.
If you’d love to have a photoshoot like Tracy, I’d love to hear from you! Please get in touch.
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