Doing It Scared :: My Super Model Adventure

Doing It Scared :: My Super Model Adventure

As I have said before, I stopped making New Year’s resolutions. I started making principles. I also adopt a power word and slogan for the year. This year’s slogan is ‘Do It Scared.’ The thought behind this is that I will do the hard or uncomfortable thing. This year, this slogan has really tested my limits. From taking on a very difficult leadership position, applying for a leadership program, public speaking opportunities and taking seats at tables that I never thought I would sit, this year has been a challenge. But this newest challenge has pushed me way out of my introverted comfort zone. When a friend asked me to walk in a fashion show to support a non-profit, I immediately thought ‘oh hell no!’ but the slogan immediately came to mind. And I agreed.

And there I was doing it scared.

I would be remiss to mention that the fashion show was to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Acadiana. This non-profit provides mentorship to children between the ages of six through eighteen in communities across the country.

The day of the fashion show finally arrived, and the nerves kicked in. At the rehearsal, I met the other ladies that were participating including a fellow Lafayette Mom. We all instantly clicked and bonded over the fact that we were all very nervous. I tried on the dress that I was modeling, a beautiful pleated crimson dress. I was tasked with creating a casual look and a dressy look with the dress. We then practiced walking the runway. Truth be told, the runway was a lot longer than I expected it to be. But I survived.

Doing It Scared :: My Super Model Adventure Doing It Scared :: My Super Model Adventure

After practice, it was back to mommy duty. I picked up my girls, did homework, dinner, and bath time. Then it was time to get glam. To save time and money I did my own glam. After getting all dolled up it was time to go. Once we arrived, I was shocked to see how many people were in attendance. And that is when the nerves kicked into overdrive! My husband and I walked around and mingled for a while and then it was time for me to get ready to strut my stuff. Once backstage with the other ladies, I started to calm down and was ready to go.

When I stepped on the stage, all the nerves went away and I did it!

I walked that runway in front of hundreds of people. The audience was a lively crowd and cheered us on the entire time. After the show, I was greeted by many strangers that told me how great I did.

The amount of confidence I felt walking down that stage was unmeasurable. In that moment, I stepped out of my comfort zone, let go of every insecurity and doubt, and just did it. There is something to be said for doing it scared … you eventually run out of fears and create a ton of amazing memories. This experience was definitely one for the books!

Torilyn Williams
Torilyn Williams is a Louisiana native, born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to Lafayette to attend UL Lafayette, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Life Sciences. Tori is blessed to be the wife of her ambitious and hardworking husband, Damian. The devoted mom of Tatum Marie (6) and Aubrey Malia (5) and bonus mom to Damian Jr. (20). Tori has been working in the banking industry for over fifteen years. She is a member of Junior League Lafayette. Tori has a heart for volunteerism, she loves to give back to the community and mentor the youth. Tori is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie that loves to chronicle her food adventures on Instagram (@Dashofwilliams). Outside of work you can find Tori spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new recipes, and working out. Tori is always down for a good meal with family or a shopping trip!


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