It is an amazing picture. I just have a small critique. The background, outfit, and facial expression are good, but it's the hand that's by your neck that stops me...I don't really understand why it's there. For example, you can show a sense of giving up by leaving both arms down and your shoulder slumped. Relax that arched eyebrow, and you've got a woman who has given up. Now, if you want to show hope, then just put that arm down. I think the more hopeful showing would be a better fit because there's not much sand on her. The sand could represent all the troubles she's had to face. Aside from that, I really love this picture!