My Own Story

My gorgeous, amazing daughter was born in October of 2009.  And 16 months later, I found myself at the same point where millions of moms have found themselves- a little lost.  I had just spent 16 months pouring every single thing I had into caring, feeding, and loving this wonderful child, and when I looked in the mirror, I wasn't even sure who I was anymore.  I didn't recognize my body or even mySELF.  But finally we were at a point where I could be away for a few hours, so my friend, Alix, proposed an adventure.  

We took our cameras and (in my case) an awesome 80's prom dress and vintage slips and trucked it down to an abandoned train station in North Philadelphia.  We hopped the tracks, climbed the platform, and anxiously peeked inside.  It.was.AMAZING!  We spent hours there exploring, wide-eyed and amazed at what we were seeing (sometimes you find a kindred spirit who sees what you see, and Alix is one of those people for me).  Then we got to taking pictures of each other.

And afterward, even before she had downloaded a single picture, I noticed a change.  I had just spent a few hours in an abandoned train station, but you know, that was ME.  I AM the kind of person who falls in love with a black 80's prom dress and who sees the beauty in dingy, abandoned places. I'm the kind of person who has no idea what to do in front of a camera but who sees the light and can't wait to catch it.  It all seems so simple, but it was a turning point for me.  And it's the reason I started the Empower Her program.  Because if you can find just a little bit of you- just a little bit of that beauty you SO possess, then I know exactly what that can mean!