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    Twilla Thompson
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    Registered On: January 3, 2022
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    Sooooo, I did a thing tonight.  I got dressed in a casual outfit, white cutoffs, blue top and some wedge sandals.  Tried my best with the makeup and wig, of course had on padding shorts for hips and butt and my C forms in place.  Don’t think I was really passable, but I went in to that store nonetheless.  Purchased one item through self check and walked out.  Nervous, yeah of course, but I can check that off my list now.  Don’t even think anyone looked at me other than the greeter and the driver of the car trying to get in the empty parking spot I walked by.

    Oh, I did wear a mask this time as I have a facial feature that stands out and I was in my own town.  Baby steps, but I am actually taking them now.

    You too can do it!

    Thanks for your support ladies!

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    • #661097
      Aurora Eden
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      Registered On: June 29, 2021
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      Congratulations Twilla,

      I remember the anxiety and thrill of going out and about for the first time and, as been mentioned by the other ladies, you will want to do it again. I have found that the more you do it, the more you want to do it.

      In my own experience, it seems that once you are out and about and are seen in public, then the anxiety lifts. It is like, ‘Well, I have been seen now so there’s nothing more to worry about.’

      Those are my own thoughts anyway.

      Just be yourself, Twilla and follow your dreams.

      Hugs,

      Aurora Eden

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    • #661039
      Amy Catrelle
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      Registered On: January 2, 2022
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      That’s more than I’ve ever thought of trying. Well done.

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      Vanessa VanReed
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      Registered On: August 28, 2021
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      Way to go it gets easier every time

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      Sandy Honey
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      Registered On: February 24, 2021
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      Way to go Twilla! But I hope you realize that the first step in going out leads to more and more because you just can’t get enough of being out in your wonderful girly clothes! You will also find most people are just too busy to notice anything other than the 2 feet in front of them. Again, congratulations on going out and enjoy your life to the fullest!

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      Becka
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      Registered On: January 7, 2017
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      You are so brave! Bravo, Twilla!

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    • #659963
      Twilla Thompson
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      Registered On: January 3, 2022
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      Ladies, thanks so much for the further encouragement as I continue my journey!  Y’all are certainly 100 in my book!

      A testament to why I joined this community!

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      Stephanie Green
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      Registered On: June 23, 2022
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      Good for you, Twilla.

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    • #659939
      Dana Munson
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      Registered On: May 5, 2022
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      Congratulations, Twilla! That first step out the door can be tough, but you did it! As someone else here said, it does get easier over time. You gradually learn more about how to best present yourself in public and thereby gain confidence. And when you are able to radiate confidence – not some nervous “deer in the headlights” look – you actually can “sell” your image better to the people around you.

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    • #659938
      Cassie Jayson
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      Registered On: September 29, 2019
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      Way to go Twilla. First time is always hard. Here’s to many more ‘hard’ adventures out.

      Cassie

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      Alice Underwire
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      Registered On: September 16, 2019
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      Hi Twilla,

      Congratulations on your first outing!

      Alice

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      Fiona Black
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      Registered On: November 23, 2019
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      Twilla, congrats on your first time. As many other gals told me after my first time out it can get very addictive. And I’ve found that to definitely be the case.

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      Brianna Bay
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      Registered On: March 24, 2021
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      Hi Twilla, YOU GO GIRL, its a little scary, but, people really dont pay that much attention to others, its more in your head. I get braver every day…keep it up, its exillerating
      Xx
      Brianna

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    • #659885
      Stephanie Bass
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      Registered On: November 30, 2019
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      Hi Twilla great job girl yes that first time is a bit overwellming to say the least then it so much easier after that congrats to you and hope for many more trips soon as you have the nerve staged up do it again he he .. I will tell you about my first trip out was just back in late march at the keystone conferance in Harrisburg PA.  Wife said if i tried to hold back in hotel room she would kick me out the door and yes wife went with to conferance.. But she didnt get the chance as when Stephanie came to life i was out the door before her such a wonderful week with wife in hand and meeting so many CDH ladies there it was a blast of girly fun..

      Stephanie Bass

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    • #659856
      Deana Lee
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      Registered On: December 17, 2021
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      That is so wonderful Twilla! I am so happy for you! I have recently started going out presenting as Deanna and it was so scary at first but even after my first time, I am getting more comfortable doing it. Still super scary though. Good luck in your future outings.

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    • #659839
      Stevie Steiner
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      Registered On: June 11, 2020
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      Congratulations Twilla!  You do know it only gets easier and easier now, right?  🙂

      The one thing that cdh and the gals here have shown me was that my fear of being “out” and ridiculed was greatly overblown, and the only one concerned about it all was …. Me!

      99% of the people just couldn’t care less about me, or my clothes.

      Stevie

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      • #659905
        Diane Marie Rakers
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        Registered On: August 18, 2019
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        I told my therapist that I was afraid of being ridiculed. She told me that while possible, it is highly unlikely.

        Be brave Diane, be brave.

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    • #659838
      helenmarie
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      Registered On: August 1, 2018
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      Hello Twilla, Congratulations on your first outing as a lady, you always remember that first day out. It is a great feeling even though a bit nerve racking, but you did it well done. Hope it will be the first of many & you will get more confedence as you go along. Take baby steps at first as you say, then you will get more daring & stay out longer, may be all day in the future. Keep going, love Helenmarie

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      JOJO
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      Registered On: August 5, 2018
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      Going out the first few times can be scary and exhilarating all at the same time.

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      • #659906
        Diane Marie Rakers
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        Yes Jojo, scary and very exhilarating at the same time.

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    • #659826
      Patty Phose
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      Registered On: May 7, 2016
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      That’s great. To me, being dressed in public is the ultimate crossdresser experience.

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    • #659809
      Diane Marie Rakers
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      Registered On: August 18, 2019
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      Hi Twila,

      A bit nerve wracking, but it is a very special thrill.

      And, you know what, Twila? You will do it again!

      Nice, very nice.

      Big hug to you girl,

      Diane

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    • #659788
      Emily Alt
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      Registered On: August 24, 2019
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      Congrats Twilla!  Hope this is the first of many more outings.

      For many of us, the biggest obstacle to going out isn’t our environment, it’s what’s in our heads.

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        Diana Stockton
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        Registered On: September 6, 2015
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        I third that.  I have been out many times.  That first moments out is the hardest.  Then you settle in realizing everyone is not pointing and yelling MAN IN DRESS.

        The real tough one is jumping on a Plane and realizing you can’t run back to your car and change.

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      • #659810
        Diane Marie Rakers
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        Registered On: August 18, 2019
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        Oh yes Emily. Oh yes.

        Diane

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