“Be the light”

This is Jen! She lives in Holland, MA with her loving and supportive husband Rob, and their three children! She works as a Realtor and it’s a job that she loves and has dreamed of doing. Jen loves to hang out with her kids, watch movies, spend time with her husband during date night, and of course, loves to go on vacation! When she needs to unwind and clear her head she reads, mediates, journals and sometimes the occasional nap!  

Jen is really a motivating person, who strives to learn more about herself and grow as a person. She spoke with us about the insecurities she has dealt with in her life, like so many of us who deal with the societal pressures expected from women, her personal insecurities revolve around her body image and self worth. To lift herself up and continue to live a healthy life, free of self-judgement, she says she continues to push herself out of her comfort zone to become more confident in many areas. This is definitely something we can all try to do more of!  

Right now, the beautiful quote that speaks to Jen is: ‘Be the light.’ 

HMUA: Christen Gundersen Makeup by CG

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

This stunning red haired beauty is Dawn. She is a math teacher to 4th and 5th graders and she is the mother to two children, a 15 year old son and a 10 year old daughter. They also have a crazy black kitty named Charlotte and 5 month old puppy named Harley (Aweee!) Dawn loves to spend time watching her kids play sports and she also loves scrapbooking in her spare time. Her favorite thing to do to relax is to spend the day at the beach and crack open a romance novel or mystery.

Dawn also participated in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. Although she had never considered something like this before, she saw some other sessions posted and the idea intrigued her. When asked about her insecurities she explained that when she was younger she hated her hair but now she has grown up and has learned to love all parts of herself. She decided to get her portraits done as a gift to her boyfriend of 3 years who she has known since kindergarten!

In a message that rings true for all women, Dawn said her favorite quote is: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Professional HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

Our Deepest Fear is that We Are Powerful Beyond Measure {Margit, Branding & Beauty}

This is Margit! She lives is in Uncasville with her husband and three fur babies (all cats!). She works as a photographer and office manager but she is dreaming of the day that she will be able to do her photography full time. Margit loves to spend time with her husband at home cooking and she especially loves breakfast time (cant beat some good hash browns!). In her free time Margit loves to work out, snowboard and do calligraphy. She says that she tends to get stressed out easily so to stay relaxed she enjoys reading inspirational books or bingeing some episodes of Gilmore Girls.

Margit spoke with us about what insecurities she has dealt with in her life. Like so many other women she struggles with a few things including her body image, her abilities and the choices she makes. Something that has really helped her work to overcome these insecurities in her life is speaking about them and also bible journaling which has been a tremendous aid. Knowing everything she does now if she was able to share some advice with the younger version of herself she would say: ‘Don't be so hard on yourself, relax and enjoy the time you are in now.’

These words are part of a beautiful quote that inspires Margit every day: ‘Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’

HMUA: Christen Gundersen, Makeup by CG

Preserving Memories On Photo at a Time {Caren, 30 Over 30 Series}

Meet Caren! Caren was another participant in our 30 women over 30 portrait series. She is married to her husband Rick and together they have one daughter and three grandchildren (Mia, Charlie and Oliver). Caren works as a professional personal photo organizer but when she is not working she loves scrapbooking, gardening and reading historical fiction novels. She loves to enjoy a cup of coffee and her favorite meal is roasted chicken. Caren wanted to get her portraits taken as a gift for herself so she can enjoy some time celebrating herself.

She claims that she sometimes gets hung up on her body shape and weight, but she’s working on overcoming this insecurity by starting a new mediterranean style food and nutrition program! Caren says she believes its important to not worry about what other people think of you and just to be yourself! Her favorite quote that rings true to her heart is: ‘Believe in yourself! Believe you can and you will.’

People Will Never Forget How you Made Them Feel {Amanda, 30 Over 30 Series}

This beautiful soon to be Mama is Amanda. Amanda and her husband are high school sweethearts (awe!). They have been together 16 years and are expecting a baby girl (their first) in June. Her husband is a musician and as if being high school sweethearts wasn’t cute enough he still writes her daily letters while he is on tour, how sweet is that!? Rounding out their family they also have two dogs, Ruby and Stella.

Amanda is a teacher which she has always dreamed of being. When she isn’t working she loves to stay active by walking, hiking and running. She also LOVES to read to relax, anything from mysteries to thrillers. She is inspired by this beautiful quote by Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Amandas confidence is infectious, we asked about what insecurities if any she had and she told us that she tries very hard not to have any. She says: ‘It is better to be positive, love your own body and focus on the things that make you awesome and unique.’ Amanda works on this by not comparing herself to others and always looking for the positives in everything. I think we can all agree Amanda is going to be an amazing mom to her baby girl!