2016 is done in my mind. These next few weeks I am charging up and planning the first quarter of 2017.
Before that, I wanted to come to terms with the lessons of this year so I released a photo series called the #6DaysofGratitude.
This visual storytelling series was snapped with my Canon DSLR 24m-105mm and iPhone 6s. I’m sticking with the darker and cooler feel for photos being that we’re in the colder months.
In this post I preview the first two photos from the series. You can view the entire set on my Instagram page.
Day 1: #Versatility. Today I'm kicking off my #6daysofgratitude series as we get into the holiday season and reflect on 2016. My crown represents a physical form of versatility. It can stretch and shrink, something I didn't embrace at first because societal beauty standards really do mess with your mind. In the fall/winter it can stay straighter much longer adding some warmth to my head. In the summer it tightens up, away from my neck and face allowing me to stay cooler while enduring sweaty conditions. I realize there are some things that should and must change without my power. Those life challenges showed me how dynamic I could be and should be. So I'm grateful for the moments in my life that revealed the depth of my character, talents and abilities. You definitely need ALL of that to survive. ✨
Photo sets are a great way to tell a story via Instagram, a platform that has very high social discovery. Next week I will be discussing why I treat my IG account as a blog. In the meantime, let me know your thoughts on the series.
What are you grateful for this year? If you’re celebrating, I hope you have a safe and restful holiday!
Day 2: #Healing #6DaysofGratitude I never knock anyone's hustle. But I always joke that you don't need to buy expensive tummy tea offline when you can brew ginger. Growing up my mother — who got it from her mother and so on — would always say to drink it daily. It's cultural and many of you could probably relate. Cramps? Drink it. Upset stomach? Drink it. Hangovers? You already know. I didn't appreciate that until I got older and realized they were passing down old time healing methods. I start my mornings with it because I like to feel connected to a tradition much bigger than me. Overall just grateful for my healing process this year.
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