There is one thing I can never get enough — inspirational women. Don’t worry, this post isn’t [entirely] dedicated to fulfilling a feminist agenda, but you can bet your sweet booty it’s filled with some powerhouse women using their voices to keep progressing us forward, together.
If you follow me and my brand, you know I advocate for a balance of confidence and humility. I firmly believe each of these women does just that. Whether their stories resonate with me or open my eyes to worlds I’ve never known or imagined for myself, they captivate me. They motivate me. They push me in a direction I know in my gut to be right.
First things first, I know there is a solid chance you don’t know what in the sam hell an “empowerment portrait session” is. It’s a little something I’ve coined for folks in my community who just want to celebrate where they are in life and exactly who they are right now by having professional photos taken of them just for the heck of it.
This idea came to me after I started my Fierce Friday project — a very short series of interview questions that challenge women to embrace their strengths and share what creates the most humility in their lives. During the last year of offering these portrait sessions, I’ve experienced great success with the badass babes who have decided to invest in them. I’m happy to say no one has felt awkward! Well, at least not by the end. There is always a grace period, in the beginning, to shake off the nerves! It includes laughing, loud music, dancing off the discomfort of a lens being pointed at you, and maybe even a little shot of your favorite liquor (for those of age!!) to let loose.
So, take a look at some photos of my gal pals who celebrated themselves this year below, and then see the bottom of this post for FAQs about this special and where/when it is valid. Read more
It is becoming increasingly difficult to resist the urge to check my social platforms all throughout the day — every damn day.
I’ve recently decided to take a step back from using it as much, but I still use it frequently. It can serve as a trigger for my anxiety, and I’m now taking my mental health more seriously than ever. I’ve even debated deleting my accounts altogether, but as a world-traveler and aspiring writer and photographer, it may not be the best decision to quit cold turkey.
There is power in social media. It is evident, measurable, and can be used to great advantages. However, we all know the darkest parts of humanity can rear at any time through your news feed. Every day there are new cases of bullying, misinformation, belittlement, and downright bullshit.
I, like so many others, am trying to find a healthy balance as a social media consumer. In doing so, I have given thought to the seven deadly sins and the part they play in the wicked world wide web. Read more