It seemed like a good idea at the time. Donate to The Travelling Bra campaign to raise awareness of the work of Support for Mums. Nothing wrong with that. Supporting the work of an organisation that supports mothers and families through circumstantial crises seems like a good and worthwhile thing to do. Well done me.
As part of my donation, I agreed to go onto the mailing list to receive The Travelling Bra. This is all part of the plan to raise awareness for Support for Mums – when it arrives, I need to take a photo of myself with the Bra (a family friendly shot, of course) and post it on my social media channels. Too easy.
My initial plan was to take the Bra to the beach. A couple of towels, a book or two, some sunscreen and maybe something cool to drink while we (the Bra and I) soaked up some sunshine and relaxed to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
Once the bra arrived, however, I felt less confident about venturing out amidst the beach going crowd with the rather generous 18HH proportions. So, in my usual manner, I avoided making a decision by focusing on something else. The arrival of the Bra coincided with the end of school term, so it wasn’t all that difficult to find other things to occupy my time.
A couple of days ago I came up with a brilliant plan. Rather than venturing out to the beach (it’s really too cold now for the scenario I had in mind anyway), I would buy a stack of books by Australian women authors, make myself a cup of tea in my favourite mug, treat myself to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and show my support by having a photo taken curled up on the lounge, taking some time out with a good book. I would be supporting Support for Mums AND supporting Aussie authors. Win-win.
Of course, that was a cop out. It’s not really all that adventurous to take a photo of myself posed on my lounge, eating chocolate and half hidden by a pile of books (I did go a little bit overboard on my shopping spree. I found some great books though, so I can highly recommend you venture out and support Australian women writers as well).
The Travelling Bra campaign is all about showing support for women dealing with challenges and raising awareness of the work of Support for Mums. Women in these situations are bravely accepting help and dealing with whatever circumstances they find themselves in. The least I can do is step up and do something a little more challenging than eating chocolate and drinking tea (which it would appear is no challenge for me at all, since the chocolate orange has already significantly diminished in size while I have been writing this post.)
So, I am stepping out a little, posting a Travelling Bra duck face selfie as well as a more ‘normal’ selfie (as normal as I get, anyway). I hope you can tell the difference. (Yes, I’m aware that technically they aren’t selfies, but honestly, my arms weren’t long enough to get my face AND that humongous bra in the photo by myself.)
I am heading out to a casual dinner this evening with my husband, 10-year-old son and in-laws. I’m hoping that I will be brave enough to don the Travelling Bra for a quick photo before we have our meal. I’m feeling pretty confident about doing it at the moment, but that could falter once I get out in public. I’m not quite sure what my mother-in-law will think of it all either, although a little head shaking at my immaturity may be all the encouragement I need to make a fool of myself. We’ll see.
Don’t forget to check out the Support for Mums website and Facebook page, as well as The Travelling Bra Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter accounts. You can still donate to this cause and have your own opportunity to take happy snaps with The Travelling Bra by visiting The Travelling Bra campaign donation page.by