Last week I received an email from an editor at HuffPost Women. She asked if I would be open for an interview about Feminine Transitions photo series. I thought to myself, “But of course!” After the Huffington Post article “Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women” went live, I received a handful of emails and phone calls from other media outlets requesting an interview for their website. I am so grateful for this unexpected opportunity!
I would love to share a few of the articles with you. You can read Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, and even IASK, a Chinese news source. You can also read the interviews on the media page of my website. Feel free to leave a comment in the response section after you’ve read it.
I am honored to have been awarded the 2015 Young Mother of the Year with American Mothers, Inc. Anyone who knows me personally understands that I am very passionate about my role as a mother, as any other dedicated mom. Although my children recognize that they are most important in my life, I’ve recently discovered that taking care of me first helps not only makes me be the best mother I can possibly be but also the best caretaker for myself.
You know how we women have that women’s disease? We tend to everyone else’s needs first then us whatever energy we have left to take care of ourselves. Yeah that disease! I learned to shift my priorities…for me.
This doesn’t mean that I still don’t tend to my families needs (it’s in my genes:). I just had to incorporate changes that gave me self-fulfillment. That sense of joy in doing what makes me happy. And I must admit…making them happy gives me joy as well.
I’m looking forward to meeting other like-minded moms at the convention on April 23-25, 2015 (two weeks from now) and giving my story behind why being a mom is important to me and why I do what I do as an individual, mother, wife, artist, author, activist…and my journey continues.
Want to join me? Register here.
My fundraiser for my upcoming project, I Am More Than My Hair, has 42 days left to reach my goal of $15,000. Please make a donation – no amount is too small – and SHARE with family, friends and social media platforms. Donate HERE!
I am truly excited to be given the opportunity to travel to San Diego, California and engage in discussion about my book, Feminine Transitions. Not only am I in a position to spark necessary conversation about social change but I am passionate about creating positive images that facilitate self acceptance. Wait until you hear about my upcoming project. I am so looking forward to the new journey.
For those of you that may not know me personally, for the past five years I’ve wanted to go to California for two reasons, other than simply visiting this beauty. First, Cali was the first state (I seriously prayed about it) I planned on holding a book signing/discussion before Feminine Transitions was a physical book. Second, I wanted to celebrate my birthday and have arranged it over the years (hotel and everything) but had no choice but to cancel due to financial hardships.
There is no doubt that my prayers have not been answered and I take this moment as a blessing.
I am truly excited and humbled by the pouring of love for my book launch party this past Sunday, October 27, 2013 at Busboys and Poets. Many people came in support of me and my message of embracing our natural beauty. It actually hit home not only for women but for men as well.
We had great dialogue, genuine connections and an amazing night overall. Most of the audience I didn’t know personally but definitely made new friends by the end of the night.
Enjoy the pictures from my event! If your interested in purchasing copies of Feminine Transitions, you can place an order on Amazon (hardcover or ebook).
Yes, you read it right. I’m cutting my hair completely off, for the first time in my life.
I’ve cut my hair lower many times but this will be the first time I’m doing the “Big Chop“.
To be honest, I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a few years. Despite the constant headaches and head colds after going swimming (the thickness of my hair makes drying time much longer) I continued to hold onto to it. Then had to remember I AM NOT MY HAIR.
I’m too attached and I truly want to let it go.
For the first time, I experienced fear and doubt about me. Saying quietly to myself, or in my mind, I wonder how I’ll look without my hair? Very similar to the feelings of the women in my book, Feminine Transitions, having a difficult time being photographed without make-up. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is not as easy as I thought.
Although it’s a different situation, the idea is similar and I now understood the feelings these women experienced.
Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to a fresh start. Fifteen years of locks shed from by body.
It helps that Michelle Obama’s hair stylist, Mr. Johnny Wright, will be cutting my hair. Not to the mention, The Big Chop to Stop Cancerbenefits ZuriWorks’ Exposures Project, an expressive photography program and traveling photo exhibition shot by Kea Taylor and breast cancer survivors. The program provides a rare glimpse into the lives of cancer survivors whose stories would otherwise go untold. To learn more about and support the program visit ZuriWorks.org.
It only feels right that I’m not only doing it for self-gratification, but I am also helping and organization that helps others.
If your in the DMV area please show your support and RSVP here. Event to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6pm-9pm at 1133 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.
Know someone willing to do the Big Chop? Please let forward this information.
I’m happy to say that Feminine Transitions is almost completed. My team and I are doing the final edits and will be completed this month. I am still expecting to receive the copies in late June (most likely the last week). It’s the worst felling to support a project and never receive updates (for me at least). With that in mind, I will continue to keep everyone updated on my progress.
In the meantime, I have received the perk gifts as described on my Indiegogo fundraiser. I’m getting closer and feeling so very excited! I do look forward to mailing off the actual book and chosen perks to my contributors.