On November 14th I celebrated my 38th birthday. I planned on sharing a photo on social media that day to celebrate a “new year, new me” or something like that LOL, but my day ended up being a whirlwind and I never had the time. I was too busy being pampered and prepping for something I never thought I’d do.
That night I walked the runway at Wine, Women & Shoes!
Back in August my friend Stephanie was telling me all about this local fundraiser she had a significant role in planning. It was called Wine Women & Shoes and was a major fundraiser for the Muscogee County Library Foundation. I’ve been here for nearly 5 years and had somehow never heard of it, but realizing it was for such a great cause was all I needed to know before telling her to count me in!
As the details started coming together, Stephanie reached back out to confirm my interest. She informed me that the event would take place on the 14th, and explained that she understood if I’d rather spend my birthday another way. Truth be told, that could have been my way out (I was getting nervous once realizing what a big deal this really was for the community), but then I had a thought.
What better way to celebrate then to get dolled up, enjoy a date night with my husband, and literally strut my stuff into a new year of life?
I (mostly) set the nerves aside and decided to go for it! I am so glad I did!!
That week started with a super fun try-on session at The Posh Peach, the local boutique I was paired with. I’ve never walked into a store and been told to pick out anything I’d like to wear! After receiving the best help and some expert opinions (thank you Haley!), I left feeling really confidant about the two outfits I had selected.
The day of started out with a hair appointment at CWR Hair Works. When I say I was taken care of, I mean it!! I’m certain they would have rolled out the red carpet for me if they had one, not because I was participating in this particular event, but because it’s obvious that they make all their clients feel cared for and special!
With my hair done I already felt like a new woman, but I returned to the salon later that day to get my make-up down and, wow. It was really sinking in that I was going to be walking the runway in front of a few hundred strangers, but thanks to AJ (hair) and Ashlyn (make-up), I was ready!
At last it was time for Wine Women & Shoes to begin, and the atmosphere was buzzing with the anticipation and excitement of a fabulous evening!
I have never seen our library transformed in such a way, and everyone from the vendors, to attendees and fellow women who would be modeling were so kind and full of joy!
There was so much to see and taste before making our way upstairs to the main event.
After lots of laughs and full bellies, there were live auctions, video testimonials and more, with the fashion show taking center stage as the grande finale!
When It was time for me to take my place backstage it was all a blur! We got a glimpse (a tiny glimpse), of that runway model life, haha, with make-up tips and tricks, quick changes, and lots and lots of prayers that nobody would fall on their face (those prayers were answered! ;)).
It was absolutely exhilarating and I loved every minute of it!! The audience was so enthusiastic and it was super special knowing that I was able to do a small thing that would contribute to such an important cause!
The local libraries were benefitted and on a personal note, I was proud of myself for stepping way out of my comfort zone. I’m choosing to step into this season leaving the fears and insecurities I’ve been battling with behind, and if this night was any indication, I’m gonna rock it.
Thank you, Stephanie, for inviting me to be a part of something so special (and for the birthday shout-out), and thank you, Wine Women & Shoes, for all that you do!!