“We as women have so much more strength and power within ourselves that I think often is overlooked if we let that happen. But the often quiet strength I see in women I admire cannot be fully expressed. It is beautiful.” ~Jennifer
Today we meet Jennifer, a stunning natural beauty. She has an amazing laugh and smile, she’s outgoing, smart and has passion and drive for life. She loves to dance and snowboard- she personally feels the most beautiful when she’s active.
Time abroad as an English teacher made Jennifer feel independent, capable, adventurous, and able to make the best decisions about her life on her own. She tells me that she strives to make a lasting impression and positive impact on those who are in her life. Considering I won’t be forgetting this beautiful woman any time soon, I’m sure she has done just that. 🙂
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.
Melissa writes “There is beauty in what you ARE at your core; it has nothing to do with what you look like on the outside. It’s about your soul, your personality… what you create and what you contribute to the world. It’s about being true to yourself and following your heart, no matter what others might think.” I agree with Melissa 110%- she explains beauty so accurately.
When Melissa isn’t getting tattoos or running her business near Colorado Springs (check it out here: Melissa LuLaRoe), she’s caring for her six (yes, you read that right- 6!) dogs. She’s very active in rescuing dogs, especially Boston Terriers, and volunteers with local rescue organizations. Her life is very much her own, and I personally admire and strive for that. She writes “I have managed to let go of worry that I will disappoint others with my choices. I am proud of myself that I have finally found the strength to say, “This is my life, and I’m going to live every day in a way that brings me joy.” It took me a long time to get here.” What a stage of life to celebrate!!
Melissa stepped out of her comfort zone and went for it in the above photos. Will you join her? White sheet session add ons are amazing and fun!
Patty shares a little bit with me about her thoughts on confidence:
“I believe confidence makes a person beautiful when they have overcome obstacles and struggles in their life, when they feel their own strength and determination, and they shine from within!”
You see, this beautiful woman has overcome much in her life. She has undergone open heart surgery and survived an aneurysm that was found in her brain. Despite all of this, she shares her light for life with many, including kindergarten and 1st grade homeschool students enrolled in a Colorado Springs area enrichment program.
Patty would like women to realize that they are beautiful, despite what they look like or what they have gone through. She celebrates every day of her life. I am so grateful to have spent time with this wonderful woman and to learn a bit of her story.
I’ll end my celebration of Patty with her life’s motto, one that I think is truly gorgeous.
“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing, and succeed!!”
I am so excited to show you this!
After many months and lots of amazing women, my 30 Days of Beautiful project is complete! The original plan was to take portraits all in the same month and wrap up the project the very next month. Well, like plans do, things changed. I have met some amazing women, had the opportunity to take their portraits, and I will be sharing a little bit of their stories with you this month.
Let’s kick off 2017 with a month of Beauty, Courage & Light!
Colorado Springs, Colorado