International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day!

Strong women surround us everyday.  And I don't just mean physically.  Women are strong in every sense of the word.

The dictionary has the following definition of strong.

  1. Having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power
  2. Mentally powerful or vigorous
  3. Especially able, competent, and powerful in a specific field or respect
  4. Of great moral power, firmness or courage
  5. Powerful in influence, authority, resources, or means of prevailing or succeeding
  6. Aggressive, willful

I'm sure everyone single person can think of a woman who fits one or more of these definitions.  I'd like to think I fit into more than one category.  Cause I'll own that I'm willful (or as I like to say strong-willed).

Women have broken glass ceilings and come a long way from where we were even 100 years ago.  We have voting rights.  We can hold down full time executive jobs.  We are smart and intelligent.  We raise families and birth children everyday.  We are awesome!

Let's celebrate International Women's Day with a positive message to all the women and girls out there.  Be you.  Own you.  Trust in yourself and continue breaking those glass ceilings.  The sky's the limit.

As Maya Angelou once said, "I got my own back."

Expression through Photography

When the mood strikes, I don't mind getting in front of the camera.  Other times, I avoid as though my life depended on it.  It honestly depends on what state of mind I'm in and what's going on around me.

Then, there are times I use photography as an outlet.  I'm a thinker (and a little introverted to boot).  I can't always talk about what's going on in my life.  I tend to keep it inside, bottle it up, and either think on it or decide to deal with it later.  Because of this tendency, I use photography as an outlet.  I get lost behind the lens photographing random things or people.  Other times, I get in front of the lens to express what's going on in my head.

It's been lonely around here lately.  I'm surrounded by my kids all day and still feel alone, oddly enough.  I'm in a waiting game.  Waiting for A to happen, B to happen, and hoping C will work itself out on its own.  Patiently waiting is not my forte.  I'm not the most patient person in the world.  I'm a go getter, a doer.  When something needs to happen, I do it.  I don't wait.

Yesterday, I decided to get in front of the camera, figure some stuff out, get into my own head, and express myself through art.  Is it always good?  No.  Even I can make myself as though I'm constipated in a photo.  But every now and then, I get a gem.  I capture that one shot (and it only takes one sometimes), and I exclaim "Yes, that's it!"

Waiting Game

I encourage you to find your own outlet and express yourself.  You don't have to show anyone.  It's for you and you alone.  But be yourself, express yourself, and allow your outlet to be you and only you.  There's only one me, and I'm too stubborn to change.

Be you. Do you. Express you.