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Self Esteem \ Confidence / Positive Self Talk

I recently had the opportunity to teach a workshop with Girls Rock Detroit during a summer camp session. When I was presented the opporunity my mind went active with ideas. What would some one like me teach to a group of 16 young girls? I didn't want to focus necessarily on music or anything music related. I wanted to think of some universal truth to work on. That is when I remembered a motif in my work that I know humanity struggles with. A topic we all struggle with from time to time.  Confidence.
Self Esteem.
Positive Self Talk.There were short lived moments of doubt when I finally found a theme for the workshop.
Who am I to teach self esteem and confidence to kids?
When I asked myself this question the answer was a no brainer.I work with people on their self esteem, confidence, and self talk anytime I do a photo session. These sessions always benefit my self esteem and confidence. Lately I've been doubting my images. I love photo sessions so much because I get to be around inc…
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How do you know when it’s time to move on?

How do you know when it’s time to move on?
I’ve been assessing my entire demeanor and the people I keep around. I do this because I want to keep growing. It’s hard to look within yourself and see yourself from the outside at the same time. All I wish to achieve is being the best me I can while giving off as much good energy as possible. If I am constantly growing and changing I won’t get stagnant. I don’t want to stay the same. My foundation is strong but there is so much more we are capable of. I don’t want to flat line at 26.  As I’ve continued to evolve most beings I considered ‘friends’ have weeded themselves out. I am alone most of the time and I am fine with that. I am focused on my craft and my profession. There isn’t time for distractions or confusion. It wasn’t hard work but it is emotionally draining. I really cared about these people but soon realized they didn’t care much about me and it is too much work to care for people who don’t even love themselves. Negativity is infect…

Why I Started Posing Nude

I never imagined posing nude for 20+ years of my life.  I can’t say I feel tarnished, broken, exploited, or anything negative because I’ve posed nude. To be perfectly honest, I am stronger because of it. I wanted to explore my experiences while naked. I wanted to change my dialogue about nudity. I wanted being naked to feel normal, not contextualized. Nudity is not only sexual. The fact that we can only view nudity in private with a specific mind set or two is troublesome. Am I the only person who has been forced to think of nudity through a few specific lenses? To put it simply it’s stressful to always worry if some one is going to see me naked.  It’s a game of cat and mouse.  I shouldn’t feel that fucking vulnerable while naked.  ‘Ohh that poor girl is naked.’  ‘Oh my lord! Look it’s a naked girl shame her!!!’  I am not a whore because I am naked.  I am not a slut.  It is not degrading to pose nude or be naked in general.  No I am not looking for attention.  I am beautiful and confident. I l…

Illegally Blonde Is Back and Better.

It’s been some time since I wrote in my blog but it’s because I’ve been going so hard for my art and focusing on my craft. To be perfectly honest I am sick of having friends and trying to talk to people. Here I am back to encouraging myself and hopefully others. I won’t focus on the negative experiences I’ve had through the last few years instead I will share what I’ve learned in my journey.  Stop blaming others for your short comings.  Stop being a victim.  You are responsible for yourself. Nothing more or less.  You need to be in control of yourself. If you aren’t in control of yourself, others will control you with your emotions.  Sadly we live in a country at a time when people are rigorously manipulative. People will do damn near anything to get what they want. It is hard to rise above the negativity, let alone percieve what is happening.  Stand up for yourself and what you want.  Speak your piece. We all need to soeak up! Our individual experiences and thoughts are so important…

Coast to Coast Pt. 1

My summer adventures continue. I flew into LA ready for an adventure. My friends Zoe and Orlando were the pilots of the road trip with no real plans but to get to Shelton, WA for peace and music with wonderful company. 





The drive was scenic. It's a miracle how the landscape changes as you drive north. Some times the land touches the ocean, some times there are vineyards. Some times the hills and mountains are tan velvet, some times the hills and mountains are rocky with trees. 




There are so many places to go in the world. traveling to different places is what fuels me. The vast differences in atmosphere in all senses and meanings of the word, then to consider how all places are also analogous. Understanding this concept is balance. Just like people. The starkness of our individuality, the absoluteness of our similarities. I find exploration of the world, its spaces, getting to know people, discovery, self discovery, curiosity nurtured is the best way to center on yourself; How you f…

Whims & Prelims

This summer has been full of travel and self development. I took a road trip from Los Angeles, CA to Shelton, WA with a few dear friends for the 4th of July. We stopped in a few smaller cities to rest through our cross country trip. There was a little art festival in small town called Trinidad in Northern California. It is near the Redwood Forest. At the art festival I met a wonderful artist named Jill Overbaugh. She creates original pieces and up cycled clothing which she dyes naturally with interesting twists to add design, color and depth. I purchased an up cycled slip she dyed with turmeric, flowers and rusty keys! We pick the point of this story up on my travels back to Michigan.

One of my best friends moved to Colorado this summer. After driving up to Washington, I took a couple days to visit my friend in Colorado. I wore the dress I found in Trinidad out to a couple parties. I also had to snap a couple photos of me wearing the dress by the mountains.



Colorado was a thrill. We t…

Never Doubt

Never doubt yourself. Ever.
You can do anything you put your mind to.
Just make the opportunity for yourself.
Then do it!




This month I pushed myself to try things I've never done but have always wanted to do.
No. You won't be perfect when you try something new. What if you find something you LOVE to do while exploring new paths?

Life is about to development. It is about the journey we take. It's about being a student of life. It is about letting yourself get uncomfortable. Explore and expand your levels of comfort.
Nervousness is not bad. Nervousness is you breaking a personal boundary. Take risks.



For the first time I got on stage and tried to perform music with a group I am part of called Coin Laundry. I stopped caring about if I was good enough or what I sound like. I have always wanted to do it. Beyond my nerves. I made my mind up. I did it.
Confidence is key to personal success. Earlier this month I did two interviews. One on Urban Nation Radio and the other with Watch Detroit