"I am not my TMJ." I was honored and scared shitless when the fabulous @sjrosenfield_photography asked me to participate in his @WhatIBeProject. To share my biggest insecurity with the world is some scary shit. When I was a freshman in high school, my jaw would suddenly lock up... I couldn't open my mouth without crazy pain... And it would lock up for months. I was diagnosed with TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction... Put through some PT and given a retainer to help ease my joints. Today I see a chiropractor to keep things in check... But my jaw and my bite are still messed up. I have a slight lisp from it. IT BOTHERS THE SHIT OUT OF ME! When I tell you that going for my Yoga Teacher Training was the hardest and scariest thing I have done, now you know why. I've spent the past 10+ years of my life hiding in my cubicle because I hate my speech. I was too self conscious to put myself out there and too scared to speak publicly. And then this little thing called @instagram happened... All of you helped inspire me to say F*CK IT and go for it. All of you have given me the strength and courage to put me on the path I was meant to be on. I still cringe when I hear myself talk... BUT what I have realized is it is US that magnifies our own insecurities in our heads... It is US that stops us from dreaming... It is US that keeps ourselves hidden from the world when we are scared. At the end of the day, it has to be US that says who cares if we are a little bit different. It is those differences that makes us who we are... So today, I let go of my fear and share my biggest insecurity with you. I'm not sure if I feel better or worse... But if it gives just one of you courage to move past your insecurities, then it was worth putting myself out there. 💗 Please check out and follow @sjrosenfield_photography and the @WhatIBeProject.