I am Luggage Girl.
Behind the Scenes.
I just finished a marketing photo session. I loved hanging out with Megan at DivineSkye Photography as she captured the essence of things. Megan has colorful hair, artistic tatts, and a hilarious way about her. As a freshman art student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, she is already super good at what she does.
This photo session was an act of faith. About six months ago, I laid out my own business plan for work as a writer/author. It felt like laying the first slats on a bridge out into the unknown. Month by month, my calendar has held benchmarks and goals like:
- build the website/blog,
- publish (5) posts at Burnside (and one a month elsewhere),
- build my writer Facebook page followers to 500,
- get in a writer’s group,
- do a photo shoot for future marketing.
Little by little. One step out over the chasm. One goal at a time.
On discouraged or defeated days, I am tempted to doubt whether or not to proceed with this writer ‘pipe dream.’ The last couple of weeks, my mean inner critic has been working overtime to get me to quit, or at least ask the question, “What was I thinking?” But small goals help keep the larger vision in sight. One little piece at a time …
Megan set up the shot to match. Yes, that’s me holding up the pile. It was great fun even though empty luggage from the 1960′s weighs as much as a small couch.
There’s a reason it’s called luggage.
Laying it Down
I chose to recreate this shot as a brand photo because it captures something we all feel … the lugging weight of too much to carry. For example, in an earlier season of life, the heaviest part of my stack was the rumpus of being a mom to four very small boys while thinking I could be a ‘perfect’ wife. Your luggage may be different. Maybe it’s trying to care for parents, or juggling work and kids in school, or attempting to graduate, or addiction, or inescapable shame. Whatever is packed into your life and stacked up in a tall heap, that’s what I’m talking about.
I think one of the hardest parts in my faith as a Jesus Follower is the idea of dependance — of laying down my burdens in trade for peace, rest, and grace. I am excellent at choosing to carry all my issues all by myself. For the record, I don’t get great results with this mode of operation. A few years back I had a doctor tell me that I needed to do something, ASAP, about the fact that my body was overstressed and my mind was in constant streaming rush of adrenalin Fight or Flight mode. Turns out, ‘handling’ everything on my own didn’t work very well. But it is a core competency … maybe even a reflex.
In contrast, this quote from Jesus is pretty inviting:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
We can look downright silly trying to manage all the things we do. It can be dangerously exhausting to hold things we were never meant to carry. Sometimes we just need help to internally set it all down, right? Yes. Exactly.
That’s why I chose Luggage Girl. She’s me. She’s us. But, after a long season of healing — and some practice laying down what isn’t mine to carry — I do believe there is real Hope for a lighter way of life. I guess that’s my writing point of view in a nutshell.
What about you?
Do you relate to the pressing need to lay down certain burdens?
What are your thoughts about Luggage Girl?
Let me know. I’d love to hear.
Many thanks to Megan Lunsford for helping me visually capture frumpy Luggage Girl.
And many thanks to you, for stopping by!