Starting to Get It Right

The moment that you feel just possibly you are walking down the street naked … exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside … showing too much of yourselfThat is the moment you might be starting to get it right.

I’m challenged by this double-dare of a quote from psychologist and author Barry Schwartz. It’s taped to my sun room wall, where I see it nearly every day along with this candid photo of me featured above.

The back story to the photo is that a hiking buddy took it as the sun began to set over Clarks Hill Lake in South Carolina.

My friend really liked this shot of me. I did not.

Feeling of Being Exposed

“The angle, my chin, it’s not my best,” I complained. But the bigger truth was that he caught me in a moment when I was in my heart. I wasn’t posed or faking a smile. I was uninhibited, happy and lost in nature.

In other words, I felt exposed. He had captured the free-spirited tom-girl I rarely let people see. And it felt scary.

The photo also captures a time when I was in a state of uncertainty, thinking about evolving my business to make the impact I wanted to make. I had decisions to make about becoming HerNature brand or not, and boy, was I vulnerable.

Today the quote and my photo take center stage in my work space to remind me: If I’m not feeling a little freaked out about what I write in this blog or what I share with my clients to help them on their personal branding journeys—then I’m not even close to getting it right.

Do you have a photo or quote in your work space that exposes your heart or challenges you to keep things real? I would love to see it and feature it in my blog or social media. Email me at

I double-dare you.


Photos: Carole Dupré candid photo at Clarks Hill Lake, SC, by J. Penberthy. Sunset photo, Sony a7, 16mm, by Carole Dupre. © 2019 All rights reserved.

Carole Dupré has 20+ years of experience as a brand strategist, marketer, executive manager, consultant and entrepreneur. She has guided women professionals in finding their niche and landing their dream jobs, rebranded large organizations and helped small businesses get started. She is a certified personal brand strategist (CPBS), resume writer (ACRW), social brand analyst (CSBA), 360Reach survey coach and internet marketer.