Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life…
I had never considered myself an artist, but when something tugs at your heart strings so hard that you know you have to live your life doing this, you learn to think of yourself in new ways….
And so I have lived life with a camera in my hands, cautiously calling myself an artist since 2012. The journey has been full of bumps and bends in the road. My path has changed several times, but one thing remains the same: I have the spirit of an activist, and I know I need to use my art to stir change.
I grew up incredibly conservatively, hating my body for as long as I can remember. A simple look from anyone could send me into a days-long frenzy of insecurity. At 5’6” and 125lbs, I of course thought I was fat- so when motherhood came along and added another 50lbs to that equation, my fragile self-esteem came crashing down.
But what’s worse than my own poor self-esteem is seeing by daughter, at 6 years old, deal with her own insecurities- and the realization that this has effected all women AND girls everywhere. The media portrayal of what is accepted as “beautiful” is far too narrow. The only way to change that is through creating more visible, tangible proof that sexy comes in ALL shapes and sizes!
Working with people to help the experience such a feeling of freedom from expectation has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I hope to continue this work until I feel like I’ve helped as many people as I can.