Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The LifeBeats Project Story Search Soiree



in the Spring i hosted a Story Search through my podcast The LifeBeats Project
in conjunction with Diana Putnam Photography's series Rose Colored Lenses
asking my listeners to submit stories of people who inspire them
or to share their own inspirational story

it is part of my mission to be able to share how extraordinary people are with you
i had 20 nominees submit stories
and how could i only share 2 of them with you

reading through each one of their stories was so uplifting and inspiring 
that i decided i would honor them all

welcome to the first Story Search Soiree
at my beautiful new home
keeping it simple was my goal
in order to focus on why we were gathering
people
and their stories


our simply beautiful decorations
felt ball garlands, floral buntings, wooden flatware, and sunburst napkins
were there to add sunshine and feminine fun
provided by the darling party and paper store My Paper Crush
dedicated to having all the pretty things in one place

you have a chance to win a $50 gift card to their darling shop
by simply following the steps shown on my Instagram post of the soiree
giveaway will end Thurs Sept 22 so hurry and enter





our guests were provided with some gifts as little physical reminders of how truly amazing they are


notebooks and pen by My Paper Crush


my favorite heartbeat necklace by Sweet Lemon Boutique
perfect for my brand and a special gift to my interviewed guests



beautifully burned wood leather wrap 'be brave' bracelet by Sweet Saltwater Designs





seven of us gathered together
some arriving after our photos
to share in a delicious meal made by my loving mother who knows how much cooking stresses me out
she used fresh vegetables from our garden as part of her main shrimp pasta dish
strawberry shortcake my favorite for dessert



i am glad we got the women behind the lens out in front
to know Diana is to love her
she has a heart of gold and a magical talent

the darling Ashley Lundgreen of Visage Artistry

when i envisioned this dinner
i imagined it to be for the purpose of coming together in meaning conversations and to share our stories
three of the attendees shared their stories through video
together we watched them and were able to discuss together the underlying stories
each of us shared a piece of our story
and we talked into the dark of the evening
creating connection and learning from one another
it couldn't have gone any more perfectly

here are the videos for you to witness the beauty of each of these stories

video


the passionate Carissa of Family History Modernized

i am so excited to share with you this coming week on my podcast The LifeBeats Project
about the new social media campaign i will be launching soon
to help give everyone who wants to share their story an opportunity to do so
to share that #lifebeatsforme


video




video

the incredible Tami Schlappi, one of our selections to interview on the podcast
hear her full podcast episode here




Wednesday, September 14, 2016

loving your post-baby body


to love yourself is a gift you give yourself
to love the way you look is the bow on top
we all have beliefs within us that shape the way we see the world and ourselves
possibly outside forces turned into inner thoughts
we repeat again and again
for me the way i look right now is a result of lots of those
lots of hard things 
but my smile and the way i carry myself despite my weight
tells me that despite the hard i choose to focus on the joy

yes i initially wince when i see photos of myself still
but i then i look at the happiness that i see in myself and i try to allow it to outshine the shape of my body





i was so happy to have had a studio full of mamas and babies on my podcast
as we candidly discuss experiences and feelings about body image post-baby 
with a panel of three incredible moms. 
Michelle Petersen from The Mumsy Blog 
fashion blogger Brittany Maddux 
and Roxana Baker of Roxana B Photography 

we openly shared our struggles with the way we view ourselves 
and even moments when we have wondered who that girl is looking back in the mirror 
we dive into what experiences and beliefs have shaped our view of what we should look like 
and how we work on safeguarding our own children from an unhealthy body image 
what we struggle with varies but we each relate the things that have helped us through moments of definite discouragement 
and what we would say to someone struggling with this right now 
and for those still planning on having more children, what they 
(because you know I do not fall in that category) 
would do differently during their next pregnancy to prepare for their post-baby body. 

you are not alone
whether you have given birth to children or not – 
it is something we all struggle with
and we hope our very candid responses help you to feel that

listen to our podcast on The LifeBeats Project here
Winning your battle with your post-baby body image | with Brittany Maddux, Michelle Petersen, and Roxana Baker (TLBP #29)




we were joined by lifestyle blogger Alycia Crowley
for an opportunity to work with Shabby Apple
-the clothing store dedicated to celebrating the beauty in you-
to celebrate and honor our post-baby bodies
with a photo shoot by Roxana B Photography

and you can get in on the celebration too 
with our huge giveaway of five dresses
hop on over to my Instagram @lifebeatsproject for more details today Sept 14 at 10 am MST 
giveaway lasts til Sept 17 at 10 am




for me choosing clothes is tricky
i loved how many options Shabby Apple had available and in a variety of sizes
i choose clothes that have some structure like the seaming on the bodice
and have some illusion of angles like the belt wrap and flare skirt
i love color and love the way it makes me feel when i wear it

check out the other girls' blog posts on their thoughts on self-acceptance, body image, 
and their choice in clothing



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

just where we are: family photos by Heal Courageously


the moments turn into minutes
the minutes into hours
hours into days
days, weeks, months, years

it has been years since we have had our family photo professionally taken
and so when Michelle from the incredible organization Heal Courageously offered her free service 
of taking our family photo
i was elated

Heal Courageously is a non-profit organization which provides a free service to those dealing with life threatening illness 
patients, care givers and survivors 
in which photographers volunteer their time to capture life just where they are 
in what Michelle calls “the night side of life” 
this time of life that shapes us the most  
she gives them the opportunity to to reflect back on those things that cannot be taken by illness  
to hear more about Michelle, her story, and why she founded this organization
be sure to check out my LifeBeats Project podcast with her here

i am sure you have all experienced the stress that comes with getting ready for and taking family pictures  
this experience was nothing like that  
it was freeing 
it was freeing to know that some one was coming to our home for the purpose of capturing us just as we are  
no wardrobes were purchased 
no predetermined poses 
just us  
we had not had our family photographed professionally in over five years 
and so much has changed  

Michelle and her photographer Emily came to our home and were there to serve  
their presence was calming and warm  
we captured Mike in his wheelchair 
with his garden
with each of our children  
we captured him and i together 
and us as an entire family in our home 
and on our back porch  
emotions were there on the surface as I watched my little family 
and cherished where we are 
and that we could capture this time in our life together

here are just a few of the many photos captured
that will forever freeze this time in our life
in our home
our beautiful home
16 moves in the making
where we can thrive as a family
and provide the clinical material for each of us to grow into our potential
i can't wait to watch


































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