Recently I experienced a bit of negativity from a SMALL handful of local ladies who seem to think that taking photos of beautiful women is... well... not all that good for Nelsonville. Apparently, me wanting to sell dresses, corsets and hold bellydancing lessons here is a bit to much for them. At first I was shocked - because everything I do is about empowerment and creating love for ones self. And then I was angered, and resigned from the committees I was helping out on. After all, why help them out???
Now a bit of time has passed and my feelings have changed dramatically. Their negativity is funny. It humors me.
Delish hasn't even been built and it's already controversial. Most of theses women haven't seen a bellydancing class and yet they think it's dirty. And I really don't know how many of these (ahem!) prudish women have even seen my photographs... but come on! Since when are corsets and 50's dresses a bad thing? Since when is taking gorgeous photos of women such a negative act? Why am I so wrong ... just for wanting to give women a space to come, shop, talk, and engage in activities that make them feel beautiful??
I love this town and plan to be here for as long as I possibly can. Their opinions really don't matter... not in the long run, anyways. Most successful businesses have faced some type of obstacle. And if everyone lived their life just to please others, then no one would really be living their own lives. Right??
My new attitude is: If you can't join them, beat them!
And now that I know I'm supposed to be controversial, it actually frees me. I don't have to walk around trying to please these certain people - cause there's no pleasing them. Instead, I'm going to do what I want to do.
There's something devilishly freeing about being the resident bad girl.
I'll keep you posted.