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    Vanessa ?
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    I was out of town earlier today — up around Waynesboro area, about 45 minutes’ drive away — and it was only around 4:30-5pm, so rather than going right home after I’d finished up with the stuff I had to do up there, I thought I’d try to have some Vanessa time.  I was away from home and nobody up there knew me, so I figured I’d take the chance to dress up during the day for once.  And be outside my house while dressed, even.

    Unfortunately, it was only an “almost.”  I ended up not being able to do it.  I got too nervous, started freaking out… anxiety went through the roof and I just froze up and was unable to do much of anything.  I ended up wandering aimlessly in several stores for literally four hours just trying to figure out some way to get myself to just grab my bag of Vanessa supplies out of the car, tuck into one of the many single-occupant bathrooms around, and dress myself up.  But I couldn’t.  I just couldn’t do it.  Even after it got late and the opportunity for being dressed during the day had long since passed, I couldn’t do it.

    I feel like crap.  It’s like my wanting to dress up has ruined what was looking like a really good day aside from that — I have a second job now (starting Monday) that pays pretty nicely and lets me pick my own hours/days so it will play well with my other job.  That’s what I was out of town for, the company I got the job through had its office in another town ~45 minutes away so I had to drive up to do paperwork and a drug test (thankfully it’s been over 2 weeks since I last hung out with my one druggie friend, so I should be well past the point where anything will come up in that.)  If this second job situation works out well, that means in the not too distant future I might finally stop being broke all the time and either be able to pay off more of my student loans/credit cards or actually start saving money for the first time in years.  Everything about this is good news!

    …But then I had to go and ruin today with this crazy idea of wanting to dress up during the day.  I was so convinced that it would work, so excited about the thought of being out in the sun as Vanessa (I had even packed sunglasses), taking pictures and walking by random strangers who had no idea I was actually a guy and all that.  And then it just crashed and burned horribly, never even got off the ground.

    This almost has me wanting to just give up on crossdressing entirely.  I mean, I don’t really want to give up entirely! But I don’t want to have any more days like what today turned out to be, either, so I guess my first thought in any situation where something really bad happens connected to a specific thing is “abandon the thing that led to Today happening.”

    Maybe it was just too crowded (my anxiety has never played well with crowded areas)? Maybe aiming for store bathrooms as the changing spot was a bad idea (being “greeted” as I come into a store always makes me feel a bit unnerved, and sadly the Books-a-Million which would’ve been the perfect changing spot had these two girls who waved and said hi to me from the counter the moment I walked in)? Maybe a less-populated area would be better for my first time out dressed during the day?  Maybe I’m just not ready to try going out in daylight at all… I dunno.  But last night when I was packing up all my supplies I was so sure that being 50 miles away in another town where nobody knows me would make it so much easier to pull off — no worries about being spotted by a coworker, or a friend who wouldn’t take it well if they recognized me, or someone I went to school with! — but no.  It wasn’t easier at all.  I don’t know if it was necessarily harder than it would’ve been if I had stayed closer to home, but it definitely wasn’t easy enough to even call “possible.”

    And the worst part is I don’t even really have anyone to talk to about it.  My roommate is asleep, and even if she wasn’t, she sometimes reacts badly when I’m being (in her words) “too negative” about things — which far too often makes her utterly useless when it comes to those situations where I just desperately need to talk to someone about a situation where things went bad and made me feel like garbage.  My younger sibling is tricky to get ahold of.  A couple friends from college know I dress up, but again, one is tricky to get ahold of.  I have a trans girl friend who lives a couple hours away who would be the ideal person to talk to, since talking to her always makes me feel better… but I have had almost no contact with her in months, and it feels impossible to get in touch with her anymore.  Which is a situation I was already feeling pretty miserable about even before today.  My druggie friend mentioned above (also a trans girl, coincidentally) isn’t much for making me feel better about situations unless it’s the kind of “better” that’s induced by various substances… and I don’t really want to be getting anything in my system now that I have a job that I might be tested for, haha.  Plus I haven’t heard from her in two weeks anyway.

    I guess I just needed to unload all this somewhere.  Sorry for the super depressing post…. 😥

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      Vanessa ?
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      Wanted to add one thing — I have definitely been outside dressed before, but never during the day or in places with lots of other people around! I’ve usually gone for walks late at night (like from midnight to 3am range, though I think once or twice I was out as early as 9 or 10), when nobody’s really around… I might see a few cars or trucks pass me but rarely another person walking.

      So… I thought after getting pretty comfortable with walking late at night around here, I would be okay with walking around outside dressed earlier in the day somewhere else where the worry of running into people I know wouldn’t be a thing.  Sadly, that wasn’t the case. 😥

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      Jenny Jones
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      It is okay, we all have that moment of sheer worry about going out. Heck it is why I still haven’t managed to take my first step outside yet. I have plans and have been thinking more and more about trying it, I’m sure it’ll happen someday. You made progress, you thought about it, you thought about your plans and you reassessed. There’s nothing wrong with that. The point is to have fun, if you were that worried about going out its probably best to sit back and relax anyways. It’ll happen, you’re a pretty woman and I’m sure you’ll find the courage.

      We’re all here for you and behind you until you do!

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      Bianca Everdene
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      Thanks for sharing Vanessa.

      Glad you were able to talk about  it, sometimes talking helps, and I know how frustrating it is not having somebody in your daily life you can talk to about these issues.

      So sorry it ruined your day, glad your employment situation is looking good👍

      It is such a giant leap the first time, like stepping out of a plane or going outside naked!!! It really is! And I bet the first time out was super stressful for most of us, so not that unusual.

      I remember my first time out en femme sitting in a car park for 45 minutes before the coast was clear!!! Almost abandoned my first time as well, but suddenly nobody was about I just ran out of excuses not to go. Once you are out it is just such a relief. Then you gradually realise, hey people around me are just going about their day, and you relax. Yes plan a quiet place first time, then you can gradually move to busier locations if you are comfortable.

      ❤️B

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      stephanie plumb
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      Listen to what Laura said… she pretty much nailed it, especially about the outdoors bit.

      That’s how I started, and it was a long uphill struggle with much trial and error.  I set myself targets. Like it might be “I will get within 10 yards of somebody today before I turn aside.”  Or “I will walk past the car park at the common and take no notice of who’s there.”   It worked.   I can now walk through the car park and ignore everyone, unless they smile at me of course.

      The way you can do it is first find somewhere suitable.  Such as mixed woodland/grasslands frequented by dog walkers joggers and cyclists.  I have found that joggers and cyclists are so intent on themselves they totally ignore me. I don’t give them a second thought anymore.

      Then recce it and find the paths and possible panic escape routes &  places to hide. And somewhere in the bushes you can change. Leave home underdressed as much as possible, find your self a safe spot and complete the change.  You can do some of it in the car.    I used to set off en-femme with my man clothes in a backpack and stash it under a bush off the path. The other option is to  carry  round with you a t-shirt and shorts, maybe lightweight shoes, to change back into in an emergency. It is a good confidence booster.

      I now leave all my man stuff in the car and set off fully femme.  Back at the car I change my shoes, find a suitable spot and regress back to man clothes before going home.

      Try it, it’s easy to avoid people outdoors, and it will boost your confidence no end. The first 10 minutes is the high stress time, then the adrenaline will settle down and you will start to enjoy yourself. Message me if you want advice or tips.

      Stephanie P

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      Laura Lovett
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      Hi Vanessa,

      You didn’t ruin anything – you found out something really valuable about yourself!

      I know this sounds a bit like psikology, but bear with me…

      I know that feeling of stagefright well – it’s the adrenaline, and it’s gone through the roof.

      You really, really want this like a need – but you’re not quite ready.

      This is the valuable thing!

      Like any other artist, you need to practice the craft a bit before you go out on stage, or you’ll absolutely know deep inside that you can’t do this YET.

      Therefore, as you correctly surmised, practice somewhere away from a town – go for a country walk somewhere you’re only likely to encounter joggers or dog walkers.

      Are you confident in your appearance en femme yet?

      Take pictures of yourself in different outfits, practise makeup until you like what you see – I mean really like it, even though it won’t be perfect.

      Really enjoy the walks, and welcome brief encounters with a smile and a soft “Hello”, “Good morning”, whatever, without expecting any response. You will love being dressed and outdoors, so love it and let it show in your smile.

      In no time you’ll feel ready to take on a town – but this time, have a mission planned – like going to a coffee shop, grabbing a drink, finding a bench and drinking while watching the world go by, then back to the car.

      Or plan an item to purchase, and just go buy it. No ifs or buts, JDI.

      Remember the disappointment of not doing it – that’s an incredibly valuable lesson. You are letting yourself know just how important it is to you.

      You could waste a lot of time trying to figure out why it’s important – I’m not sure any of us really know, but something drives us, and I suspect it’s that most basic of human needs – the need to express yourself freely.

      Contextual caution is sensible, but we need to find our own place, our own balance and our own context in order to own the feelings and emerging personality.

      It’s a very special and beautiful thing, and, like gardening, is a long term performance art.

      Ultimately, it’s what you want to do and, if you’re anything like most of us, it’ll never go away or be fully crushed, so enjoy short moments and build it up, take it back – own it!

      She isn’t a vampire. She’s your guardian Angel.

      Love Laura

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      Sa•man•tha
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      Hello Vanessa, we meet again 😁

      So, stuff like this happens on your way to making breakthrus, it just does.

      There was one night where I got done up all nice with a mind towards going out… got to where I was going & couldn’t work up the moxy to get outta the car.  I sat there for an hour & drove home.  It would’ve been totally ok, I just could not.

      As if that didnt leave me feeling pathetic enough, the next evening I felt a sudden burst of confidence, decided to try again, and… same thing.  Two nights in a row.  God, why?? lol and I’d been out plenty times before, night or day

      So, kinda know how you feel here I think.  Sometimes, the nerves getcha.  It’s ok dear.  We live to fight another day.  Eventually you get to where, it’s not that big a thing, if you can overcome the anxiety you can feed off it.  I think we all have moments like this.

      Thanks for opening up, Vanessa ❤

       

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