Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Self-Portrait Tuesday

It's time again for Lelly's self-portrait challenge. Our assignment this week was to take a picture of ourself in a mirror and tell us what others see by looking at us.

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...

Who's the shyiest one of all?



That would be me!!

This self-portrait challenge was exactly that for me, a challenge! I literally took fifty pictures. Some blurry, some with my head cutoff, some had a glare, some made me look a little chubby through the middle, some were just overall terrible. Only a few I thought were okay enough to post. What could I see from a picture of myself? Nothing extraordinary stands out about me. So this post will just have to describe a little bit of my personality.

This is me. A 34 year old native Texan. A daughter, granddaughter, sister, wife, and mom. As I looked at my picture, it was hard to pick things out that others might notice about me. One thing I think is very obvious about me is my eye color. They are hazel. They change from day to day, and depending on the color I wear, that determines how blue or how green they are. Hopefully my smile stands out. I love to smile, but have noticed, that I am beginning to show my age with the wrinkles I am begininng to own. Smiling not only magnifies my wrinkles, but makes my eyes stand out. So I guess that is okay. I love wearing t-shirts, jeans and flip-flops, but of course, like to had accessories so I don't look too casual. Even though I'm knocking on middle-age's door I find I still dress like someone in their twenties. I don't want to fress like my mom, but i don't want to look like I'm trying to remain too young. I haven't found a happy medium, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing for now.

My shyness has always been a weakness of mine. I never like to draw attention to myself, and will do anything to camaflouge or hide myself. I don't like to make an "entrance" anywhere. When I meet someone for the first time, I don't talk alot. I tend to let the other person talk, and I just stand back and take everything in. One reason I'm not a talker is because of my southern accent. I try my hardest to hide it. Not because I don't like it, but it draws attention to me, so I try and steer clear of that whenever possible. Even when I concentrate extremely hard on my talking, my "drawl" still seeps through, most likely because of using y'all in every sentence I speak. I do have a habit of putting my hands on face or running them through my hair. This is an obvious sign I'm feeling extremely shy and embarrassed. I never like to speak in front of others, and realized that beoming a teacher wasn't an option for me. Even when I would substitute teach I would have terrible anxiety because I feared I sounded dumb or I was afraid I would stumble over my words.


I love being friends with others, BUT hate the process of making new friends. I want everyone to like me, but fear some people will not. I love to listen to others problems, but rarely feel comfortable enough to share my personal problems and feelings with friends. I tend to keep everything inside and usually end up "bursting" at inappropriate times and feeling more awkward than I would have if I would have just confided in the friend, and let them in on my deep dark secrets.




I love to laugh, smile, exercise, giggle, snort, make silly faces, give to others, dance, run, & play. I love pink. I straighten my natural curly hair everyday. I never wear my glasses, only my contacs. I consider myself a blonde, but would be a light brunette, if I didn't do highlights. I'm a pack rat, and am in a way the queen of clutter. I love being a mom and never thought of myself doing anything else. I love my family and myself.

So, meet me, the extremely shy, silly Ang.

30 comments:

Jill said...

Good job Angie, I'd like to see more of your outtakes from your photo shoot. I also want to see what your hair looks like curly.

Your Southern accent is so cute, it seems a shame to hide it just so you don't draw attention to yourself. What's this shyness all about anyway? Do you feel more free through blogging?

Amanda said...

Oooh, I love those pictures! We have so many things in common--the changing eyes, comfy PINK clothes, etc. I think you still look very young and hip!! Of course, I still dress like I'm a twenty-ish, too and have yet to find that happy medium. Loved reading your post today!!

Anne said...

This is a great post. I love the pictures, but even more I love what you wrote. I feel like you could have been writing the biography of Anne, because I feel all of those things. Well except for the southern accent, I don't have one of those ;)

Thank you for sharing!

lelly said...

i love your photos. i was looking at the cute 2nd shot, knowing exactly what it probably felt like to take that photo. silly? self-conscious? it's adorable! thanks for sharing so much about yourself, for taking the challenge!

Janet said...

Ang-- I LOVE your pictures. It makes me want to redo mine over. I am glad you finally opened up to me (how long did that take)?

Cute pictures--I am always jealous of how good you can make your hair look. I need some help!!

Jenny said...

Umm I was accidently signed in as Janet. Ooops.

Amy said...

Great pictues. The second one is so fun, and pink definitely look good on you. I think a lot of us are probably initially shy..I still am in some circumstances, but look back to realize that I've honestly come very far in "just being me" with new people.

I loved what you had to say.

Kari said...

Oh I love it, especially that second picture!!

I LOVE your accent. Be proud of it, it makes you the person that you are!!

I see so many great things about you, like what a good Mom, wife, daughter and friend you are. I can tell you are organized and are teaching your children well. You are beautiful and I could just go on and on!

Crystalyn said...

so sad you feel shy about your accent. you know we all love that!

i can relate to you on so many levels! not only are we pretty much at the same stage in life but it seems we are thinking about the same transitions and in very similar ways. i could have written most of your post myself! fun to get to know you better angie.

Price Cream Parlor said...

Fun photos! I would love to have an accent! I think that is awesome! Thanks for sharing yourself today! It was fun to read!

michelle said...

Beautiful photos! I think I could vie for the "shyest of them all" title! How I wish I could overcome that.

Kristen said...

I loved reading this post! Your picture is so cute.
I loved to learn that you have a southern accent, I would have never known....loved getting to know you better!

Kelly A. said...

You are so pretty! I love your smile. Embrace your southern accent, Hollywood stars are always inventing accents, now Hillary Rodham has a new southern accent! But your's is homegrown!

Love the pictures!

Kristi Brooke said...

ok, if you were in my computer room right now i would shake you and say GET OVER IT and then follow up with a big hug.
i would give anything to have a soutehrn drawl and if i thought i could fake one i probably would.

you need to find a the benefit to being shy and realize you are probably a WONDERFUL listener and if everyone was loud and talked too much like me the world would be chaos.
i encourage you to choose how you will embrace you being more reserved or shy, and tell yourself it is not a bad thing.
i always grew up thinking being outgoing was bad and when i was on my mission i wish i could have taken that part of me away. What a waste of energy and time to think that especially on the Lords time to have felt that way. I did get better near the end of my mission and embraced it and now have not looked back.
Spend this week loving you, really loving you and what makes you you!
And if for any reason to be a great example to your girls who are always watching!
The photos are great and if i was you I would dye all your clothes PINK, it looks great on you!

oh and go to the church website and listen to the first talk in the world wide leadership conf. It is so great and talks about how if there is something we want to be we can be it. There is no stopping you!

(insert hug here) squeeze!

Kelly said...

Okay, I could have written this, with the exception of the southern accent. I was uncomfortable on my wedding day because I felt too much the center of attention, and I didn't like it. I'm in with you and Michelle for the "shyest of them all" competition. :)

I'm definitely much less shy on my blog than in real life with real people. I don't know why that's easier, but it is somehow. I enjoyed getting to know you a bit this way!

donna said...

Great post and such a beautiful photo of you. We have a lot in common. "I want everyone to like me, but fear some people will not". . That is so me!!!!!! Thanks for sharing so much about your self to us!!!!

andrea said...

Angie, You look adorable in your pictures. I love the 2nd one. I too straighten my curly hair everyday (sometimes not too successfully). Loved this post.

amy m said...

It's interesting I feel I can see your shyness from the first photo. You are darling and loved learning more about you.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Janet said...

Angie-those pictures are sooo cute of you! You are so funny. I guess I don't think of you as shy because I have only been around you when my sister is there. I think pink is your color-looks great on you!

I wish I had your southern accent-you always sound so sweet! Anyway, walking was fun this morning-nice way to start the day off right-maybe Maryn will talk tomorrow-hee! hee!:)

melanie said...

You look adorable! I love how much you put on the line here and opened up. How very brave! I love Kristi's comments, you can be who you want. I think I'll make that my new motto!

Dana said...

I have always said, Still Waters Run Deep. :0
I love your pics and your thoughts. I hope someday you will find comfort in your own skin. Live your best life, no matter what skin you are in. :)

Elizabeth said...

This was such a great post. I think you look great and you can't go wrong with jeans and t-shirts. You look great in pink!

Allison said...

Great job! I love your pictures...you are very photogenic.
I secretly hope that I leave NOLA with a little accent.

I don't think you are shy, but maybe that is just me.

Laurie said...

I think you're very pretty Angie!

Barb said...

I'm glad you posted more than one picture. Your post was fun to read and learn about you. (I tried to read it with a southern drawl in my head) Cute, blond, and a southern drawl, yeah, that would attract some attention - I'm sure that's tough on your shyness.

Bridget said...

I love your accent! So wish I picked one up living in Texas, but San Antonio doesn't seem to have much of one, unless it's Spanish. :) (Wish I would have picked up more of that too).

Love you in pnik! you look great.

Can't wait to see you next week.

Stephanie said...

You are a doll. I loved your post and feel the same way about a lot of things that you wrote. Love the shirt that you have on. It's so fun to get to know you better through these challenges.

Kristy said...

These are awesome pictures, Angie. I liked reading your post and take on the self portrait Tuesday. So cute and full of life!

stefanie@stationerywithstyle.com said...

This was a great post. I loved reading your take on yourself. We have many similarities in our behavior.

The photos were great - and I think your 'style' is great. Not too young, not too old... just right!

carlo said...

I don't know how I missed this post filled with goodness! I loved the pics-- such fun.

I can tell through your pics and your words that you are a kind and fun person.

I am really enjoying your blog and can't wait to sit down and read more...