Can we talk about self love for a second. If you haven’t read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, you absolutely need to. If I’m being honest, I’m not a reader. Never have been, probably never will be. But this book is incredibly written & absolutely changed my perspective on self value & vulnerability. One of my favorite quotes states, “Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating courage, compassion, & connection …” This concept that vulnerability allows us to live a wholehearted life blows my mind on the daily.
I’ve always been very critical of myself & nitpicked the things I wished I could change. Constantly comparing myself to others & never feeling like I was enough. As Brene explains, “We love seeing raw truth & openness in other people but we’re afraid to let them see it in us. We’re afraid that our truth isn’t enough – that what we have to offer isn’t enough without the bells & whistles, without editing, & impressing.” I don’t know when as women we began to allow all of the lies that society tells us to creep in & infiltrate our own value, but we need to courageously defend our worth. The longer we keep hiding our true selves, the more disconnected we will all become. I truly believe that vulnerability is the key to deeper relationships & more meaningful connections.
Anytime I offer boudoir sessions, it is always assumed that the images are most valued by the recipient … the boyfriend, the fiance, the spouse. However I have found boudoir sessions to provide invaluable confidence & worth for the subject. As women we need to embrace our beauty, our differences, our bodies, our personalities. We need to stop striving to all be & look the same, & instead embrace the freedom of vulnerability.
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