What's your story?
I’ve been very fortunate to cross off everything on my bucket list in life, and have had a crazy, adventurous, wild time. Through a lot of self reflection, I’ve come to realize I’ve accomplished so much because I was compelled to keep myself busy and “productive “ to stave off anxiety, depression, and unhappiness in my life.
I’ve done many, many things that would qualify as making me a bad ass, but I think the most substantial event has been finding peace and happiness. I’ve slowed down, have no grand plans or goals, and simply enjoy spending time with my family.
It seems so many people need to create drama, or unhappiness, or find something they need to fix. I’ve finally overcome that burden. I feel joy every day, and for me, that’s the most bad ass accomplishment I could have ever imagined.
What makes you nervous about having your portrait taken?
I don’t recognize myself in photos anymore. When I see myself in my mind’s eye, I still look like I did when I was 20. So the incongruity I face when I see myself objectively in photos is always shocking. I am ok with how I look though. I wouldn’t trade anything in my life right now to look like I did when I was 20.
Can I share some of your images?
What do you love doing that makes you feel kick ass?
Waking every morning and going to sleep every night. Sounds weird right? But, Being here on this earth to live and love another day, surviving no matter what is thrown At me makes me Feel pretty bad ass.
What inspired your portraits?
I told Jen to take the wheel and do what she envisioned.
What bad ass women inspire you?
Women who do so much with way less than I have. Women living in poverty and adversity, who are still making the best of their lives.
Thank you so much for including and inviting me in your passion project. It is an honor, truly.