“I’m going to remind and encourage you to see yourself and all the powerful, divinely dynamic strength that resides inside of YOU…”
A good friend said this to me as I was beginning my SECOND journey into single parent hood. I felt like a failure, broken, defeated, exhausted…worthless…. all the things that I am inherently NOT. Later I found my self going thru old images of myself and reminiscing about how I felt before during and after each shoot. And in that moment I remembered just how powerful I really am. Just how weak I am NOT. So I picked up the camera yet again.. This time I found myself focusing not on makeup or clothing but creating simple art based on my tattoos. Each one a different animal that symbolizes exactly what or who I needed to be in that time in my life. My wolf symbolizes my strong connection to my instincts. (Gotta trust your gut, ya know?) My peacock is a symbol of the beauty I can achieve when I show my true colors. My phoenix and my dolphins (not pictured) both represent freedom and new beginnings to me. My newest pretty (and my most favorite/badass) is the Goddess Bast. She is a goddess of sunrise, music and dancing but in the same breath a protector and apparently at some point in history her name translated to devourer (hehe). She makes me feel strong on days that I feel could potentially be my weakest… Looking at myself/my tattoos in these images forces me to see who I was, who I am, and who I can be… And to me thats one of the best feelings in the world.
It’s so easy to forget. Mama, I KNOW. Living in a world that discourages women from being anything more than what society tells them they can be. You CAN be a wife and still be strong. You CAN be a mother and still feel sexy. You ARE ALL OF THAT AND THEN SOME. Now that you're starting to remember…