I've been photographing people for over a decade and this was the first trip I did a full blown session. I couldn't be happier that it was one of my besties who was on the other side of the camera. She has been part of my journey through photography as well as my own personal self-love journey and I couldn't have asked for someone I love more to be the one to pop my photo shoot cherry.
I got the pleasure of doing a personal branding session for this Wild Cat, Heidi Swymer. her in Venice to help spice up her website! Heidi is a blogger building a life she loves, documenting her adventures which include traveling, cocktails, beaching it, staying true to herself and exploring her creativity & spirituality all while getting to know her Wildly Authentic self!
I spent so much of my life trying to lose weight or obsess over the number on the scale. I've heard so many people say they're waiting to take the photos after they lose more weight, waiting to go to the gym until they lose weight, waiting to go get a massage or mani-pedi until they've lost weight. So much waiting, what you're really doing and what I was doing was waiting to live!
I've had to learn to do this in a lot of my relationships over the years. My life has changed so drastically and on a spiritual level, I feel like I've outgrown some of the people in my life. Not that it makes me better or worse, I don't look at myself above anyone else, but I've had to learn that some people I can have certain conversations with and others I cannot. I’ve learned to accept them for who they are, where they're at, and love them anyway.
Money fear is something I've struggled with for a very long time. Being a single mom for most of my teen to adult life, I spent the majority of that time being pretty poor. I always had my basic human needs met and I never ended up homeless, thank God. I've spent the last couple of years learning how to overcome my fears around money and I've learned a few things...
We all have indicators of if we're happy or not. For me some good indicators are that I'm smiling more, I find myself dancing and singing. I'm even feeling more uplifted and wanting to move my body, I've been back at yoga every day and running again which feels amazing. I even feel lighter energetically.
This week I've been talking about finding your soul tribe on the blog and it got me thinking about the 1/3 Rule that I learned from my mentor Rhonda Britten.
Self-love has been a buzz word for a while now and it got me thinking about what that word really means to me. Self-love for me is about taking action, putting yourself first, having compassion and holding yourself accountable. I used to think I was Wonder Woman and in a lot of ways I am but in some ways I'm definitely not. Here are the ways I'm so not a superhero.
Self-love is so needed these days. We are so caught up in social media, entertainment, and advertising as the way to show us our worth but it's not real. We need to get back to loving ourselves for who we are. We need to be ok with who we are and accept ourselves as is right here and now. Here is one of my favorite meditations for self-love.