Something Beautiful: Still

"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still."

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I want to hold on to these moments forever...

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Daddy, always creating fun moments.

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You, in his arms.

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You, picking up the guitar when you were nine years old and never looking back.

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You, always escaping in a good book.

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Your perseverance...your determination with everything you do.

Time, stand still.

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Dawn's here!

 

Something Beautiful: Hope

"When the world says give up, hope whispers try one more time."

Go back to school. Get the degree. Believe it will work out. Try, try again. Believe good things will happen.

One thing that helped me through life is always having hope. Even as a little girl, there are situations in my life that I never stopped believing and hoping for. Things that most people would have long given up on. In my 20s I saw first hand what never giving up could do. It changes lives.

"I'm the crazy girl that feels bad for serial killers."

I'm a firm believer that as long as a person has breath, there is hope for them to change. I would never sit around and let someone take advantage of me, but I also would never give up on them. I would never stop hoping for a better future for them. I'm not naive. I've had so many experiences with life, with so many different types of people. Some that would make you want to walk away. Seeing the result when you don't walk away, when you don't lose hope in someone is so amazing.

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Dawn's here!

Something Beautiful: Rejection

"The body treats rejection like physical pain."

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It hurts. I can't breathe.  It's gut-wrenching. I can feel it in my bones...this being unwanted. All I've ever wanted is for you to want me, like I want you.

Why didn't you want me? 

I try to prove myself to you. I try to be good enough.

Maybe I was never good. I was never enough.

But I'll be good. I'll be enough, for me.

I try to tell myself that it's not me it's you. You're inadequate when it comes to love and acceptance.  But then I see it with my own eyes. I see what you're capable of...with others...And I just come back to the resolve that I am not enough....and then comes the frustration for even  caring. I'm the person who lets things go. Let this go.

"I am crying over the loss of something I never had. How ridiculous. Mourning something that never was - my dashed hopes, dashed dreams, and my soured expectations."

"It's time for you to take that power back. If you don't, it will find you.

It will find you when someone denies you....when someone interrupts you...(in the big things and the small).

For as long as someone else has that over you, it's going to find you. It's time to work through it."

 

My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about rejection. You can read Suzi's here!

 

Something Beautiful: Fearless

 

If I'm being completely honest, this post almost didn't happen. I've had an entire month to think about this word, fearless, how it relates to my life, and how I can express it with my art. This has definitely been a challenge for me.

There are only two things that kept coming up when I would think of the word fearless. I don't feel fearless on my own. Two things have allowed me to not worry about the future, feel empowered, bold, and courageous. To step out of my comfort zone.

The first: My faith.

The first half of my life was spent drowned in unhappy tears, worrying about the future, and asking the question "why me?". Somewhere along the way, I found hope and I haven't looked back. Does fear try to creep up and rear it's ugly head? Of course it does. But when that happens, I just remember "whatever my lot, thou has taught me to say, it is well." 

 

The second: My Family

I don't have a lot of words to describe it. Ever since I've had them in my life, it seems no task is too hard,  no dream is too big. 

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My lovely friend, Britney ,and I created this project, Something Beautiful, where we will take everything we are and embrace it. We are excited to have some other artists participate with us. Continue the loop to see what these lovely ladies have to say about being fearless. Here's Britney's!