Would You Rather: The Imperfect Mom

Would You Rather: The Imperfect Mom

My eight year old son likes to play a game he calls “would you rather?” Most of the questions are framed in gory scenarios such as “would you rather jump off a cliff into burning lava OR into concrete.” We take turns asking each other to choose from two scenarios. Of course mine are typically less gory and more thoughtful, though I engage in the goriness once in a while too. Last night, we were playing this game before bedtime when I asked him, “would you rather have a perfect mommy who lets do whatever you want, get unlimited screen...

Redefining Success and Failure

Redefining Success and Failure

I’ve been thinking about success and failure a lot lately as I begin to take big leaps and risks towards my dreams. There is a lot of fear as I walk this path and a lot of concern about failure too. But the biggest lesson I’m learning on this journey is I create my own reality by choosing the perspective through which I see the world. So instead of using some external metric imposed by others to define my success, I choose to redefine success and failure for myself.

Failure is feeling victimized by the world and believing you don’t have...

Living My Intentions: Know My Worth

Living My Intentions: Know My Worth

I walk my path every day. As I get closer to my purpose, the path becomes darker as the fog begins to obscure my view. My fears grow as I make progress. But I keep walking and embrace the unknown. The past several weeks, I’ve been in the thick fog of facing my money fears. I am afraid of not just setting prices for my “I Matter” program and legacy portraits but also of spending money as I prepare to set up my studio. The fear surrounding money isn’t really about money but about our feelings of worth —...

Living My Intentions: Trust My Voice

Living My Intentions: Trust My Voice

When I was a child, I was told I had no voice. I’ve spent my entire life believing it.

Trust my voice. This is one of the intentions I set for 2018. Trust my voice. If you subscribe to my newsletter, I talked about my childhood and how my parents gave me their shame and silenced me. When I looked into my darkness to speak about this, things started to make a lot of sense… how I always had a hard time speaking up, how I felt unwitty and inarticulate, how I felt my face flush whenever a...

Snap out of it babe, you’ve got a world to take over.

Snap out of it babe, you’ve got a world to take over.

If you’re subscribed to my newsletter, you know I’ve been on a journey to reconnect with myself. Through sharing my shame, my secrets, my darkness and showing up not just for myself but letting myself be seen by others, I’ve been facing my fears and realizing they come from stories from my past that I learned to believe and see as truth. I realize those stories are not my truth because they’re not really who I am. They’re just stories collected from experiences and what others have told me. I have the power to write new ones and create a...

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