I'm here for people who say yes.
I'm here for people who show up.
I'm here for people who want more.
I've been extremely grateful and ecstatic lately to be meeting and photographing amazing women (many of whom are also talented artists!). Like, fuck yeah! I'm so passionate about what I do, passionate in general, and it's awesome to be around other people who are, too.
I see beauty in others, and I want others to see the beauty in them, too. I want them to see the beauty in me. I want to be an ambassador for the truth that lighting someone else's candle doesn't extinguish your own, it only creates more light. When we are authentic selves, we shine brightly. I want to shine brightly.
Lately quotes along the lines of "Don't shrink to make others more comfortable" have been hitting me hard. I've made myself small for others so much in my life. I've made myself small for fear of being big. I've been made to feel small by many along the way. I don't have space for that anymore. As Marianne Williams said, "Your playing small does not serve the world." It sure doesn't, and it doesn't serve me (or you), either.
I used to feel uncomfortable taking up space, but the reality is: we were brought into this world, not even by our own choice, and for that simple fact each of us is allowed to take up as much space as anyone else. You are not imposing on anyone or anything by being your true self.
Here's to being vast.