How Much Do I Want This?

How Much Do I Want This?

“How much do I want this?” This is the question Summer had to ask herself before she could do the most fearful and uncomfortable thing necessary to make her dream a reality. Now she is one and a half years into running her business Foundation, a clothing shop whose mission is to provide women with foundational pieces that make up the backbone of a successful wardrobe.

Like many people, Summer followed a traditional trajectory in her career. She worked in the tech sector but all that changed when she was laid off from Amazon. She found a...

Avoiding Being in Pictures and Videos

Like many women, I never liked having my picture taken, let alone being on video. I would make sure any pictures that were shared met my approval first and when I selected photographs of my family for our Christmas cards, I would pick first based on how I looked instead of how the picture made me feel. That’s the problem with being a perfectionist. You are so consumed with being judged that you become singularly focused on controlling everything around you, including how you look. Combined with the feeling of not being good enough, I avoided having my picture taken...

Holding Space for Women

Holding Space for Women

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen. Because true belonging happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world.”   —Brené Brown

 

I held my very first event, Coffee with Intention, in my studio last Wednesday and held space for seven women. We came together and talked openly and honestly about “vulnerability.” We shared our experiences, our beliefs and came to some realizations about our lives together. It was a gathering filled with authentic connections and I was happy to hear a couple of women who didn’t know each other well would be...

Studio Pictures and More

Studio Pictures and More

Coffee with Intention will be my very first event this Wednesday. When I originally envisioned my studio space and started looking, I didn’t have a room with tables and chairs in mind. I didn’t have any ideas for events in mind either. When I initially looked at the space I am in now, I only saw the corner room and rejected it because it didn’t feel right. Later, the building manager asked me if the space would work if they opened it up to the vacant room next to it. I went back a few days later to look at...

Studio Open House: A Place Where Women Can Feel Like they Matter

Studio Open House: A Place Where Women Can Feel Like they Matter

If you follow me on social media, namely Facebook or Instagram, you know that I’ve recently leased a studio space. Through my newsletter, you’ve read about my struggles and fear about making such a huge leap and while you witnessed me grapple with these, actually signing the lease wasn’t as scary as I expected. I think doing all the work on myself to get to the lease signing made it feel like a natural progression of my growth, my expansion, of stepping into the person I truly am and the woman I’m meant to...

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