Empowering Women to see Their Own Beauty

My friend Katie is a phenomenal photographer. I know she thinks she's just getting established and has a lot to learn - we all do. Part of our creative process is learning our craft, expanding our skillset, and pushing ourselves to be better. We never really stop doing any of those things. I wish she … Continue reading Empowering Women to see Their Own Beauty

Life isn’t always Instagram ready

I love social media. Tools like Instagram and Facebook have the amazing capability to connect us instantly on a global scale and enable us to form connections with people we would never have the opportunity to meet in person. It can also bog you down in a constant struggle to keep up and look perfect … Continue reading Life isn’t always Instagram ready

Building a Girl Tribe for Future Success, Part 2

I wrote Part 1 for my art blog yesterday:

I have to admit, when I first heard the phrase ‘girl tribe’, I thought it was a load of ___. I’m not a huge fan of team-building or self-help exercises. I tend to be reasonably social, if awkward, in a public setting, but prefer to work in my own space the majority of the time.

Several years ago, I met my best friend Katie, and we connected on several levels. We’re both stay-at-home moms with creative businesses, Southern to the core, and a little bit fiery when we get our danders up. Somehow, we never have a conflict of any kind, we enjoy helping each other with our separate businesses, and we occasionally take time out to be girly.

Read the rest HERE.

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I wanted to elaborate on that post more here, from a personal perspective. I have so many friends and supporters on social media who are struggling with personal challenges. The constant barrage of negativity in media of all kinds is having a crippling affect on our culture. People are starting to feel like the world, and their neighbors, are out to get them.

I realized being immersed in political activism was having a negative impact on my own life, and I withdrew. I see other friends struggling with the same negativity and hope they let it go.

For those of you who have been following my art for years, you may find the sudden push toward inspirational messages and decorative work confusing or contradictory. I invite you to take this journey with me. There are good people and ideas in the world – and they deserve our focus and promotion. It’s time to let go of the negative and embrace a better future. One of my favorite quotes, by Ghandi, says it all:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”.

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My previous post had some links to members of my growing #girltribe. I’d like to say thank you to some of my newest members as well. Thanks to Lisa and Marielle from my gym for going out dancing with me for goth night – I know that first time was a big step outside your comfort zones.

Thanks to Coaches Cate and Whitney at SBG Athens for pushing me to work through the discomfort, physically and mentally, to become more fit through TFW and develop my skills in the MMA program.

Thanks to my pen pals and fellow artists, Betty, Emma, and Julia. I’m not always prompt in responding, but I do enjoy your letters and packages.

Thanks, most of all, to my art divas Charity and Debra. Y’all are such an important part of this journey!

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Who is in your #girltribe?

Feel free to link to their pages and share the love.

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I have to admit, when I first heard the phrase ‘girl tribe’, I thought it was a load of ___. I’m not a huge fan of team-building or self-help exercises. I tend to be reasonably social, if awkward, in a public setting, but prefer to work in my own space the majority of the time.

Several years ago, I met my best friend Katie, and we connected on several levels. We’re both stay-at-home moms with creative businesses, Southern to the core, and a little bit fiery when we get our danders up. Somehow, we never have a conflict of any kind, we enjoy helping each other with our separate businesses, and we occasionally take time out to be girly.

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After a short, but busy summer, we sat down this week to a business breakfast at my house to discuss collaborative projects for the holidays and upcoming event opportunities. As…

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