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...

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...

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