“For sure we live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we’re not young and glowing and “hot,” we don’t matter. The entire television ratings/advertising system is set up to serve the 18-to-54 demographic. Which says to anyone outside that group: We don’t care about you. Yet this is a business predominantly run by executives all over 54.
I refuse to let a system, a culture, a distorted view of reality tell me I don’t matter. That only happens when we buy into the propaganda. People who lie about their age are denying the truth and contributing to a sickness pervading our society—the sickness of wanting to be what you’re not.
Denial leads to delusion.
I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life. Every year should teach you something valuable; whether you get the lesson is up to you. Every year brings you closer to expressing your whole and healed self.
I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become.” ~Oprah Winfrey
Alyscia is an author and gifted photographer whose recent publication Feminine Transitions is a full-color photography book that explores the topic of natural female beauty. The book features photographs of women ranging in age from just 7 weeks old to 103 years.
Alyscia’s work has been published in The Best of Photography 2011, Beauty Around Us, Endless Journeys and Homes of Color Magazine. She has also provided photography for the Smithsonian Institution, America Online, National Geographic and the Discover Channel.
More information on Alyscia, her work, and to order a copy of Feminine Transitions please visit her website at alyscia.com
After months of editing, re-editing and editing some more (I did not realize the amount of time and patience that goes into book editing) I finally received my proof (sample) of Feminine Transitions this evening. Talk about excited! I rushed home to retrieve my FedEx package after receiving an email notification that it has been “delivered”.
There are a few corrections needed of course. That’s the main purpose of the proof (to change any errors…and edit once more:). Thankfully the alterations are minor and have already been revised.
This has not been an easy journey but I must say my perseverance, along with the help of my supporters, made this possible. I could have easily given up after the first, second or third failed fundraising campaign, or after EVERY company/organization decided not to sponsor my project. Trust me when I say, it crossed my mind many times but it can’t see making that an option.
Despite the many bumps in the road, I pushed through the challenges and manifested a dream (literally). How powerful is that? This is not the end, but only the beginning. Marketing is a whole new ballgame. Wish me the best!
All copies will be available in approximately 4-6 weeks. For those of you that choose a perk that included a copy of Feminine Transitions, I’ll have it ready for shipment as soon as it arrives.
I will keep you posted on the progress. Thanks again for your contribution!