When this first photo was taken over a decade ago, I had plans for greatness: maybe a teacher, physiologist or interior designer, someone well known, liked and successful. More than anything though I wanted to be a bride and mother because I thought truly, that was the highest calling of all and I could be good, really good at that (was I ever dreaming!). I grew up poring over “Victoria” magazines and my wedding plans were nailed down by age 14 (seriously, don’t laugh). I found my prince charming (only after a prior broken engagement) was married by 21 and pregnant 10 months later with our now 6 year old daughter Nyomi. We’re the ‘three musketeers’, numbered not by choice but by rather by an unseen plan. And no, I’m not any of the “successful” careers listed above. Apart from daily trips to our daughter’s therapy, and dodging her unpredictable melt-downs, holding down the fort oft in a single-parent manner while my husband’s in school and maintaining a stressful career I do get to express myself as a makeup artist. It’s a privilege to “work on” such amazing woman; each of them uniquely different, truly stunning. I am passionate about women seeing themselves as nothing less than beautiful!
Is this what I would have predicted my call to “greatness” reflecting? Not by a long shot (had you told me this from the get-go I would have hidden under the covers… indefinitely). Am I learning to find and SEE moments of hidden beauty and grace in the everyday – yes a resounding YES! Life is full of its imperfections; its scars and blemishes but, together, let’s turn our mirrors over and begin choosing to say… BEAUTIFUL! In the future I look forward to “doing” life alongside you, one beauty-filled moment at a time.
“Life is not about creating yourself, life is about discovering yourself”