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40 women over 40 Project - This is me - I am enough!

August 02, 2015  •  2 Comments

This is me and I'm enough!

I am Kylee Sharples, 44 year old Photographer, Partner, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend.  And I am enough.

Hi and welcome to the first of the 40 women over 40 project blogs.  When I set this challenge, my goal was to highlight to women that no matter where we are in life and no matter how we feel about ourselves, the truth is often far from our own inner beliefs.  So many women (including myself) feel we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not giving enough and certainly not worthy enough of any praise or accolades.  This could be in your home life, your work life or just a deep down feeling that subconsciously we are lacking.

I was overwhelmed by the response to my last blog, with more than 100 people submitting the online questionnaire to be involved and everyone had a story to tell, good or bad, and it was heart wrenching for me to not be able to pick all of you.  Everyone was so deserving so I will be contacting those that didn't make my initial 40 ladies, in the hopes that they will come on board and share their stories with everyone.  My hope is that through all of us sharing our stories, we can not only help ourselves to grow past those blocks that hold us back but to help other ladies to identify with your stories and in doing so, make them see that they aren't alone and that a mind shift can make all the difference to our feeling of self worth.

I'm Kylee Sharples and I am enoughBefore and after of my makeover & photoshoot

This has been quite a cathartic journey for me already.  As I spoke about in my last blog, I have not been feeling very good about myself for years.  I've been battling crippling migraines that saw me forced to leave my job as a dental hygienist and not be able to work for nearly 2 years.  At the height of my migraines, I was getting 25+ per month and I can honestly say there was not a day that went by that I didn't have either a full blown migraine or a severe headache.  Through trial and error with medications, dietary changes, botox injections, physio and all sorts of "magic" potions, I've been managing my migraines pretty well to the point I'm now down to around 1 a fortnight.  So that is awesome!!!! BUT...I'm left with a body that lets me down all the time.  The weight gain is hard to adjust to and so is the lack of physical activity that I used to enjoy, but I can function on most days so on the whole, life is good.

Why did I call this post "This is me and I'm enough"?  I, like a lot of women that I have visit me do so much for so many people and I am as guilty as anyone of feeling that I have failed someone in some way.  I'm a 44 year old mum, a partner, a photographer, I work in my business full time, I volunteer for the Dental Hygiene Association  of Australia (even though I no longer practice as a hygienist), I volunteer as the official photographer for Business in Heels, I volunteer as a photographer for TranzAustralia (a group that help people of feminine, masculine, gender non-conforming live the life they should be living), I'm a volunteer for the AIPP WWII Reflections project, I try and be a good mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend.  At the end of the day I still don't feel like I'm enough, isn't that just crazy? 

Over the last few months though, I've had a real shift in my thinking.  Yes, I do a lot for other people, and I really enjoy that but instead of feeling like a failure because I can't do more, I am filled with pride at what I do manage to achieve and slowly but surely my negative self talk is being silenced.

I am Kylee Sharples and I am enough!

Will I be better tomorrow...absolutely, but for today...I am still enough.


Jane Penders(non-registered)
Wow, what an amazing person you are
Melissa Neville(non-registered)

Just wanted to say I am so happy to know you in the industry as another supplier that makes the world see every one as amazing!
You inspire me to be a better person! What you do for others is above and beyond. Keep up the great work.
Also thank you for my photos and my mum's. She loved her day of getting spoilt and most of all she loves her photos and getting to meet you girls great laughs had.
A big thank you for making a few of my clients feel loved and worthy - Love receiving feed back ... They all say she is so beautiful, and amazing! Yep that is you Kylee :-)

(AKA Missy - Missy's Magic Styles)
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