I recently posed this question to my Facebook world:
“If you were given the challenge to make a difference with $500 what would you do with it? It could be used in your own life or to benefit the life of another.”
About a year ago I was given this challenge when my oldest brother, Adam, handed me $500. I had no idea what to do with it. I wanted to do good with this money and reach outside myself, but couldn’t think of anything that would make a lasting difference… until now.
I present to you #fly. The beginning of a non profit organization who takes women who have had a span of bad luck, women who need a reminder of just how beautiful they are, women who need to feel free, women who are willing to work hard to be independent and happy, and freeze time for them through a lens. My lens.
As I approached my 30th birthday, life as I knew it was drastically changing. In many ways it was good, and in many more ways it was hard. To some 30 is a dreaded number. To me, it was welcomed with open arms. Some people go all crazy on their 30th birthday. I chose to do something different for myself. For a moment I reconsidered my long thought birthday wish, a simple yet monumental gift I had provided to others so many times. Could I sit on the other side of the lens and actually smile? Could I feel beautiful?
This time was different for me. I put on my confident hat and embraced myself. I purchased some new clothes, shoes, and jewelry. I had a hair and makeup artist work her magic on me. This photo session was a freeing experience for me in so many ways. Feel free to check out my entire session here.
What did I learn? That I am beautiful. That I can jump pretty high. That it’s ok to have the attention on you sometimes. That I should put on my confident hat on more often. Life is way more enjoyable.
When I look back at those pictures I remember feeling free. I remember feeling happy.
A few months ago I read a quote that stopped me in my tracks. It’s simple, but to me it is profound. “What if I fall? Oh, my darling, what if you fly?” I want to help women #fly.
I approached an amazing local foundation who focuses on transitional housing for woman who have left an abusive relationship and are working their way in to healing and recovery. As some of the woman approach graduating from their program they will be given the opportunity to #fly.
How far can $500 go? We’ll see! My goal is to provide new clothing and accessories, complete hair and makeup, and a full family photo session for 5 families.
I know what you are thinking. “Then what?” Exactly. I am in the beginning stages of networking and connecting with people who can either make a monetary donation, or deeply discount new clothing. I’d love to help as many woman as I can #fly.
1 down, 4 to go.
I recently worked with my first family. She bravely gave me permission to share her images. I really cant wait to show you more! Yes, she is stunning on the outside. But she is much more than that. She is strong. She is a fighter. She is something fierce; a mother to 2 amazing kids.