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Where Did My Inspiration Go?

Where Did My Inspiration Go?

Where Did My Inspiration Go?

Where Did My Inspiration Go?

Dear Beautiful Uninspired Woman,

In the book I mentioned last week, Marry Your Muse Jan Phillips writes that a friend once told her “If you wait for inspiration, you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”

It’s true while journaling and planning, reflecting and dreaming are all important in the creative process only the doing actually moves you forward.

The beloved author Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time, said it best in her quote above “Inspiration comes during work, rather than before it.”

It’s also true that you can lose your inspiration if your work is interrupted which happened with my 55 Women Project.

I was on a roll in 2021 traveling and photographing planning to be done in 5 months however, the project turned out to be bigger than I imagined and I wasn’t giving myself enough time.

I moved at the beginning of 2022 so plans for my project stalled.

I traveled to Kansas City, Missouri in March and captured another beauty.

In June, I traveled to Denver and was re-inspired after photographing 4 more amazing women. However, once I returned to Illinois I lost my momentum.

In July, while in Taos, coach Natalie Miller suggested I might be kinder to myself since moving across country 2x in less than a year was a huge undertaking of itself not to mention all the adjustments of moving in with someone so I gave myself a break…the words of a wise woman.

After my return, I was inspired once and photographed 3 more beautiful women here in Chicago.

Home projects and family obligations sidelined me in the fall and the holidays…well that’s a whole other distraction isn’t it.

It is now the 2nd week into 2023 and I am 5 women away from completing my project. Once again I am stalled on inspiration so I must take action to move forward.  Here I sit committing to you that I will capture the remaining 5 this month yes January it will be done.

Well the photography anyway there are many more decisions to be made ahead about what I do with all this amazing Truth + Beauty.

All this to say inspiration is not only difficult to come by it’s really hard to stay inspired over a long period of time even if you’re doing something you love. 

I’m sure that’s why of all the resolutions made only 9% are successfully completed by the end of the year.

Here’s my advice…take action, don’t wait for inspiration. She’ll roll in once you’re creating, writing, painting, photographing, collaborating in the zone. Please don’t forget when you get sidelined, and you will, be kind to yourself take a nice deep breath and begin again.

If no one has told you today…You Are Beautiful!

Love + Light 


Good for your HEART

Good for your SOUL

Meet Madeleine L’Engle she’s a Baddy 🙂

I actually found her quote but had no idea who Madeleine was until I googled her. She is a total badass before her time…a trailblazer, my favorite kind of woman. Did you know A Wrinkle in Time holds the distinction of being one of the most frequently banned novels in American literature?

As the only child of two artists, her father a writer, playwright her mother a pianist, Madeleine wrote from an early age and spent much time alone as a young child.

Her belief that science and God are not at odds — a radical and, to some, even blasphemous assertion was a theme in several of her novels.

When she was in boarding school she developed a skill: an impenetrable “force field of silence” that she could inhabit like a magical cloak. “Within that force field, I could go on writing my stories and my poems and dreaming my dreams,” she said in an interview decades later. It was an effective tool, and one that would always serve her creatively.

Her manuscripts, letters, and other archival materials are housed at Smith College in Massachusetts and Wheaton College in Illinois.

The above is an exerpt from A Biographical Sketch by Abigail Santamaria

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Me First in 2023

Me First in 2023

Me First in 2023

Me First in 2023!

Dear Beautiful Reflecting Woman,

I’ll be honest, I lost myself this year and no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t find my footing both literally and figuratively.

If you follow me you probably know this already…my last email was from my birthday July 28th and my social media posts have been non existent.

Moving back to Illinois last February and in with my partner proved to be exciting as well as challenging. As much as it was a wonderful open hearted decision combining our lives together, the move and adjustment caused much distraction from my own wants and needs both personally and in my business.

We had a lot of fun creating a collaborative household full the objects we loved while enjoying time together but it took the year to complete because of construction and family matters.

During this time I made the mistake of returning to an old pattern of mine…putting everyone else needs before mine.

I stopped taking care of me in all the ways I needed.

No one asked me to do this by the way, it was just my fucked up perception of my place how I felt needing to “pay for’ the space I was taking up in ways that served others and not myself and it set me back in many ways.

I lost the trajectory I had created in Denver with my 55 Women Project and focused on trying to “make money” by helping others with their businesses and personally by taking on tasks that I thought would help us as a family.

The good news is that I’ve recognized my pattern and I’m breaking it starting today first and foremost by literally putting my best foot forward and going for a walk this morning to clear my head…a morning practice that I let slip away last year. 

I am also breaking the blocked damn by writing and sending this letter to you.

I am committing 2023 to ME. To all the desires and uncompleted projects from 2022 as well as new dreams for 2023 such as…

Finishing my 55 Women Project

Launching my Podcast

Speaking to Groups

Traveling to Photograph amazing women I haven’t met yet and share them with the world

Taking creative classes just for fun

A trip to London

Just to name a few.

I hope you give yourself the gift of time for reflection over the past year so that you recognize any patterns keeping you from the life you desire.

Please don’t stand in your own way in 2023 we need all the amazing you bring to the world.

If no one has told you today…You Are Beautiful!

Love + Light 


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Dear Beautiful Procrastinator

Dear Beautiful Procrastinator

Dear Beautiful Procrastinator,

Relax, I am your fearless leader and I’m here to help both of us.

One of my favorite memes is…

Five Ways to Stop Procrastinating


It’s funny but it’s not because it’s where a lot of us gets stuck and never move forward on that goal, project, or sometimes life. There are lots of reasons we get stuck but perfectionism is the biggie and causes procrastination. We come up with a million reasons why we can’t do “it” yet and we’ll keep finding a million more if we don’t just let go and take the next small step.

This post may not be perfect but I’m getting it out there for you and I hope it resonates and makes you post something you’ve been wanting to share because the truth is someone needs to hear it and they will only “hear it” from you. That’s why there are a multitude of people in the same profession…they all may be sharing the same general information but not everyone is going to really hear them.

I want to speak to the women who will “hear” me…Begin Here…Begin Now. Whatever that goal is take the next first step….post that image, write that blog, call that lead, send that email, put on those running shoes and step outside, take those frames to Goodwill so that you make the space to do your art…whatever it is do it now. I don’t care if it’s 9pm or 6am just do it. You will feel so good when you take the first next step that the steps after will just get easier and then surprise…you’ve reached your goal…Congratulations?

Contact me when you do please I’d love to share your success!