Love yourself no matter fucking what! Women’s Portrait Photographer, San Jose, CA

Today I woke up to an amazing email from Catherine Just… one of my favourite artists. 

And I could sit here and ponder and pull my hair out, and think, and try to put my own message into my own words… But she already said it. And she said in a way I couldn’t had done any better. 

Believe in yourself :: no matter f*ing what.

Raise the bar on your dreams :: no matter f*ing what

Make art a priority :: no matter f*ing what


Give yourself a f*ing break already :: no matter f*ing what

LOVE YOURSELF NO MATTER FUCKING WHAT

Today, I also woke up to a message of a woman’s passing. A woman with whom I had the pleasure to hang out with for the last 3 months. A strong-willed woman. A warrior. A mother. A grandmother. A friend. A woman who slept naked because she freaking wanted to, and there was no stopping her! 

With my best friend and her, we would sit in front of a fire, laugh, exchange stories, puzzle a lot.

They would knit and crochet.

And every time I visited I asked her… “How are you?”, and she would say: “same old, same old”. 

But today is a day like no other… 

In my personal life, as my divorce process unravel, today I’m going to loose something just to gain something new. 

Today I am sad, scared and full of hope that the new normal that’s coming is something I can manage. 

Today is not same old anymore. Today is a new day. And I want to soak it all in.

Today “same old” turned into just a memory…  

 

So I encourage you to go out… create… live… laugh… cry… scream… 

 Don’t do the same old… 

Do something new! 

 Open yourself to life. You have only one. Let the wind mess up your hair. Let your spirit roam free. Let yourself free. All this is going in only one direction… so why not enjoy it while it lasts. 

And I will give a lot of hugs today! 

And I wish I could give you one, whoever you are. 

Celebrate Women _ International Women's Day Ewa Samples Photography

"It can be an easy default to judge yourself, not measure up to your image of perfection, beat yourself up over decisions you've made in the past ( or even earlier in the day! ), be your very own internal gang of bullies that never give you a break... ever. The voices in your head of not-enough to call yourself an artist - not enough to feel ready enough to put your art out into the world. Not enough compared to the other "more talented" artists out there already doing it. Wanting to figure it all out before you even begin. Fear of rejection gripping you ...because on some level you're already rejecting yourself."

I couldn’t agree more…

I will go even further. 

We call ourselves not enough WOMEN. 

We want to look a certain way. 

\We want to have certain things. 

We want to achieve more and become more. 

At the same time we put our fires down because we are all scared of our wild dreams, our wild desires, our imagination of the “WHAT IFs”.

We compare ourselves to death. And instead of blooming we perish. Slowly and quietly.  

And my wish for you today is to be able to imagine WHAT IF all your wild desires, dreams, wishes and plans were achievable, and only a matter of time to see, feel, live, experience. 

No… Not the WHAT IF something happens and I don’t get it, become this, achieve that… 

No. The other WHAT IF… The one where all your freaking desires come true. 

And even if they don’t… Can you still create a happy life for yourself? THE INNER LIFE! The life in your head. The life in your body. The life within you. With you. For you. 

Build up yourself from the ground up! 

Can you be the best version of yourself no matter the outside circumstances? Can you be so powerful that no storm can push you down? No? That’s fine, too. Because in failures there are amazing lessons. We fall to get up. We fail to learn new things. We break to become more beautiful when put together again. 

Give yourself a fucking break from beating yourself down for every single thing you did or didn’t. Just stop. Breath in. Breath out. Let that shit go. It’s not doing you any good. It’s not serving you any real purpose.  

And what if you allowed yourself to JUST LIVE, to JUST BE.

I’m saying “just” because as hard as it seems to “just live” or “just be” it’s really nothing else than allowing yourself to let go. It’s as simple as sitting down for 10 minutes a day and letting the crazy world go by while you… well… while you do NOTHING. Can you do that? Some call it meditation. Some call it active state of being mindful… but rather with the mind empty. 

Look in the mirror today, and say beautiful things to yourself. 

– I love you

– I’m beautiful 

– I’m worthy

– I’m fucking enough!!! 

Repeat it! On and on and on! Until you believe it. Until it becomes what you see and think about yourself. Start today and keep fucking runing it. Like a broken record. 

And if you’d like an extra help with unleashing your free spirit… I can help you with an amazing photo session… 

Now go… make love… make art… hug someone… love someone… smile to someone who looks like they might need it today…  honk in a tunnel, just because… take your bra off, take a deep breath and let it fucking go! 

CELEBRATE! 

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