I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. -Robert Frost

Back in October, I met Shawn “Bud” Lyte on an unassuming Sunday for a photo shoot. I had taken a chance, gone on an adventure…yet somehow that day changed me. It was supposed to be a favor for the both of us, I needed a non-boring headshot and he was expanding his photography portfolio. What came about it was a transformation within myself. Hence, #InnovateJackie was born.

Repeat to Re-Invent

Fast forward to the end of March, and I was feeling a little itchy for change. A lot has happened since then, although I felt it was time for me to re-invent yet again. I soon became surprised, vulnerable, opened, and still not a model…yet there’s something magical within my soul that radiates through these photos.

Anne Kolb Nature Center_Shawn Bud Lyte

Photo Credit Shawn “Bud” Lyte

Some of these photos show how easily irritated I get by being hangry and allergy-ridden. I could never survive as a malnourished model, I become hungry every three hours! I’m honestly hesitant to share some of them, though I’m told they’re great. It’s just being so vulnerable that can be an uncomfortable thing.

Celebrate Both Obstacles and Triumphs

What I do know is that I celebrate another year of growth, self-love and actualization of the person I want to be. Self-improvement can be an amazing process, if you let yourself just live. Like my friend Jared Easley and his amazing podcast says, “Starve the Doubts“. I battle fear on a daily basis, yet believe in myself more than any other person in the world. That’s how it should be. At the end of the day, you have yourself to look in the mirror, and you better be happy, no matter what crap life throws at you.

Looking Forward

I’ve been tested more than I’ve ever known in 2014, and I see my birthday as a turning point to awesome. I am visiting the 777 building today, not more than sheer coincidence. May the year ahead be bright, as I hopefully shine bright like a diamond.

As I wrote my first blog post 6.5 years ago…

Like a fresh coat of paint, I start anew.

April has always been my favorite month of the year. Not just because of my birthday, but also from the opportunity that Springtime brings. There is so much uncertainty ahead, and for once, this control freak doesn’t mind it at all. Guess it’s good to finally have faith.

Jackie Jimenez with Photographer Shawn Bud Lyte

Super Jackie!
Photo Credit Shawn “Bud” Lyte

Tonight!

It’s timely to be at the River House tonight, speaking on a spectacular panel at an awe-inspiring place. The workaholic in me just can’t quit. More on that in this Media Advisory from Tonya Scholz and The Women in Communications South Florida.

As always, if you like this post, share it. Add me on Twitter @InnovateWP and @jackiej04. Till next time, innovators!