After writing and publishing this incredibly personal post, which took every ounce of bravery I had inside of me, I began to to think about other brave moments in my life. I have always loved that from a young age, I have been filled with an abundance of courage, curiosity, and confidence. I am obsessed with trying new things. I am always the first to volunteer myself in a group. No adventure ever seems too intrepid for me. The following five moments were the bravest of my life to date:
Moving to New York City
After breaking up with my ex-fiancé and my Graduate School closing down all in the same week, I had to make a huge life-changing decision. Where would I go? What would I do? I choose to move to New York City and enroll in another Graduate School. My father was born and raised there and since I was a little girl he would take me on a Father-Daughter trip every Christmas. I had always known that at some point I would call the Big Apple my home, I just did not know when. It seemed like the perfect time to rebuild my life in my favorite city in the world. I remember so clearly the first day I walked along the streets as a Manhattanite. Of course, a part of me was nervous about this new journey I would be undertaking as a young, single woman, however I had never felt so empowered before! I will forever be grateful to New York City for embracing me during a tough period in my life and turning me into the successful, strong, and street-smart woman I am today.
Bungee Jumping in Macau
I have skydived over the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, skinny dipped in the piranha infested waters of the Amazon River in Brasil, and swam with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa, but nothing scared me more than bungee jumping. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you” and I have tried to employ that philosophy throughout my life. When I visited Macau a couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to jump from the world’s highest bungee at the Macau Tower. I have never been more frightened, which is why I knew I had to do it. I wrote about the incredible experience in detail here and surprisingly it remains one of my most highly trafficked posts with over 200 comments.
Posting my Boudoir Photos Online
I do not know one women who does not have some kind of body image issue. I have struggled with hating and loving my body throughout my life, as I have fluctuated between being in amazing athletic shape, too skinny, and too overweight. I decided to do a boudoir photoshoot right before I was married on a trip to Santiago, Chile with Kyle Hepp. It was during a period in my life where I felt like I was in really good shape and I wanted to celebrate that with photos that I would gift to my soon-to-be-husband. Being almost naked in front of the camera was at first terrifying and then liberating (champagne helped). I decided to post my photos online after the experience (you can see them here, here, and here), to encourage other women to do the same even if it is during a period in your life where you are unhappy with your body. I promise one day you will look back at the photos and have nothing but admiration for yourself.
Saying “I Do”
Although I was 100% certain I was marrying my soulmate, it took me six years of a long-distance relationship to say “I do.” I actually knew from the moment I locked eyes with my husband, Lucas, in a crowded nightclub in Buenos Aires, Argentina over a decade ago, that he was the one. It was truly love at first sight! However, I chose focusing on Graduate School and traveling around the world instead of marriage at first. I broke his heart, but he waited patiently for me. Not a lot of men would do that — I know how lucky I am — and not a day goes by where I am ungrateful for his willingness to let me follow my dreams and wait for me to eventually return to him. On our wedding day, I could barely breathe, however the second we were pronounced man and wife I knew I had made the best decision of my life.
Having a C-Section
Throughout my entire pregnancy, I had this strange feeling that I would eventually need a c-section. Therefore, I read everything I could find on the subject matter. I have no idea where this thought process originated from? When my pre-eclampsia reared its ugly head and I had to have an emergency c-section, you would think I would have been emotionally prepared since I was highly educated on what was about to happen. However, I completely fell apart; I uncontrollably sobbed and was shaking during the entire procedure. It is not every day that a person is literally cut in half while fully conscious. Thankfully, I kept focusing on hearing my son’s first cries and then once he did, I began to focus on watching my husband’s face for clues as to what was happening. Tears of joy streamed from Lucas’ face and I could finally relax. Recovering from the c-section took me six long weeks. No matter how scared I was or how much pain I was in, I would not change Joaquín birth story. Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite!
What was your bravest moment?