I am a writer, mixed media artist, Healing Coach, and Facilitator of Women's Groups. Ultimately I help women heal childhood wounds and awaken to their lives in the here and now. I am a fellow journeyer and survivor on her own healing quest. I believe women can come back to who they truly are underneath their wounding. I believe in the power of healing, community, and saying yes to life and awakening to our own aliveness.
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I never liked getting my photo taken, especially those horrible candid shots that leave you looking like an Oompa Loompa. At some point I realized that I was starting to avoid having my picture taken and to avoid being in any of the family photos. It was like I was not even there. There was no evidence of me at family parties or holidays and that just wasn’t cool with me.
I watched as selfies became popular on Instagram and Facebook and thought perhaps I could take some pics of myself and see what happens.
I didn’t realize how healing this would be for me. How I would learn to see myself differently.
How I would begin to see my beauty.
How I would begin to notice what I liked about my face and how it would change how I felt about me.
I started this selfie experiment in my forties and I really didn’t do it consciously at first but now I am acutely aware of how important it is for me to take these pics of myself.
It’s not about vanity, or being conceited. One might think that if you look at my Instagram feed as I post many of them there.
It is about witnessing my own beauty, understanding who I am beyond the face, growing more and more in love with who I am as I age, learning to work with what I have and seeing beyond the flawed and broken human being I’ve always thought myself to be.
It is an act of coming home and reclaiming my SELF.