This is Chosen- an idea that was dreamed up by 3 of my friends & I about a month ago. We wanted to do a shoot with a purpose. A shoot that would be more about what went on behind the scenes than the outcome. A shoot that would celebrate, empower & make women feel beautiful. So that's what we did.
She is clothed in strength & dignity & she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25
This weekend, a group of my friends & I got together & spent the morning living in the truth that we are chosen. Chosen by each other, & more importantly chosen by Jesus. We celebrated that we aren’t defined by what society tells women they have to be, & rather celebrated each other for who & what we are right now. Not who we would be if we lost 10 pounds, not who we would be if we get that great internship this summer, & not who we would be if that guy decided to like us back, because we are beautiful & known as we are now, aside from all the lies that we are faced with & live by everyday.
So there we found ourselves: competition aside, guards down, & jumping on a bed with balloons & dried flower petals, a white T-shirt on & a mimosa in hand. (Nope, it doesn’t get better.) Between the awesome ongoing photoshoot, donuts, dancing to Justin Bieber, & writing encouraging notes for each other, the joy in the room was contagious & it was truly a lovely morning. I was so thankful for the friends who showed up, not really knowing what to expect, but were open & excited to have fun & spend time together. (& yes, it was as much fun as it looks.)
I was truly blessed by this experience, & I hope that if you’re reading this, you can celebrate & feel empowered with us! xx
"I love your intelligence, & more than that, I love your willingness to share it. Your mind is beautiful."
"I love your kind heart. It's not something you have to try at, it's who you are."
"You radiate beauty & are ART. You embody it."
"Your hair & how you live life seem to compliment each other in your fearlessness."
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"You always bring light & happiness in the room. You make joy contagious!"
"You are so quick to listen & have such a compassionate heart. You make people feel known & loved."
"You are radiant with joy. It reminds me to slow down & enjoy everything a little bit more."