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BE Project – Brave – Tiffany

In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

Tiffany chooses Brave

Why does the word Brave resonate with you?

“The word reminds me that I have been through a lot and I am brave.  I have overcome so many things and while I feel brave, I also feel empowered.  I want to empower others and share the light with them.  I want to share my story and do whatever God wants me to and to bring hope.  I’m a hope dealer.  I want others to know… they can make it through to a better life.”

If you could give your daughter one piece of advice that they carry with them throughout life… what would that be?

“Have faith.  Everything will work out.  It may not seem like it today, but down the road, you will see that everything is going to work out.

 

Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.

BE Project – Enough – Brooke

In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

I chose the word Enough.

Why does the word enough resonate with you?

I chose the word enough because it is a concept I have always struggled with.  Never pretty enough, never a first choice, never successful enough, never… just enough.  Those are all thoughts that i have struggled with throughout life.  Some times it gets better and then some times it’s a little overwhelming.  It wasn’t until I was forced to stand up on my own and figure out how to make things work that I started realizing I was enough.  I was enough of each of those things and I was capable of being more.   Life circumstances cause you to have loud voices in your mind and some times they are louder than what you know in your heart.  Today, with the support and love of my wife, I believe a little stronger each day that I am enough.  I may always want more… but I think that is a trait that will push me to be more than enough as I continue to grow.

What do you hope your impact is on the world?

I truly hope that I am able to give people around me a sense of love and a friendship that changes them in some way.  I want to the world to be kinder and more beautiful… and sometimes that starts with how we see ourself.  I am a believer that I am who I am today in spite of my past, not because of it.  Bad things happen… those are the things that push me harder to be more.  Instead of wallowing in what has happened, I use it to drive a desire to rise above.  I hope that I am able to show others that they are capable of more than they believe.

 

 

Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.

BE Project – Gracious – Pam

In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

Pam wasn’t able to decide on a word, so her tribe of friends chose two for her… let me share with you about Pam.

Why does the word gracious resonate with you?

First of all, let me tell you why I chose the word Gracious for Pam.  I met Pam many years ago and I’ve truly never met a woman more gracious than she is.  Pam has worked tirelessly to not only do for others, but to help others create a better life for themselves.  She has given to those in her world, even at times when she may not have been able to give to herself.  Monetarily, Emotionally, and Physically.  One of the most remarkable things that you will learn when you meet Pam is that she extends grace no matter what the situation is.  She has an ability to look at bigger pictures and see positivity when the rest of the world would find negativity.  Pam has held many roles over the years, but her current role at work is to connect small businesses to local communities.  Her bigger role right now, is fighting cancer.  On days that she feels weak and at the bottom of the barrel, her eyes still shine bright and her laughter can be heard from across a room.

Now… Pam’s words.

“I think the word gracious is something that I aspire to be.  Being with and of Grace, you try to hold yourself at ease and knowing that mistakes are ok, life is ok and shit happens is ok. And when you live from that space, everyone is ok… you don’t have to have any presumptions about somebody that is nice or not nice.  Everybody comes the way they come.  Being gracious means loving the world as it is instead of trying to make it fit.  My friend Connie said my word should be notable.  That was probably the best compliment I’ve ever gotten in my whole life.  I’ve never really heard anyone use that regarding a person.   I am so comfortable in my own skin, that I really don’t care what other people think. It’s truly none of my business what other people think of me.  Well, except for the hair thing.  I don’t want to leave that memory with anyone, especially my grandbabies.”

What do you hope your impact is on the world?

“I want to think of me as real, honest and true and all of those good words.  I just want to never care what others think of me.  I think once you start caring about what others are thinking you start to become someone and something that you are not.  I’m really ok being me.  As long as I get to be here, it’s a good thing. As long as I’m trying, that is what matters to me.

 

Final thoughts from me (Brooke)

One of the things that I love most about Pam is that she truly is at peace with who she is as a human.  She understands and embraces that she has flaws.  She celebrates that she has a beautiful desire to bring kindness and help to others.  But let me tell you what I see when I look at Pam.  I look at a woman that has overcome different parts of her story.  I see a woman that laughs in the face of struggles and hardships.  I see a woman that sees happiness and positivity in others.  I see a woman that even in the pits of chemo hell… she still finds something to celebrate (hat of the day #friendrich).  I see a beautiful pair of eyes that stare back at me like she’s trying to see something a little deeper than what we show on the surface.  I see a woman that won my heart from the first moment I met her.

I asked Pam if it would be ok if I photographed her without her hat and she of course agreed.  I did this because I wanted the world to see the Pam that I see.  I wanted you to see that even with only 12 hairs… her soul shines so brightly and she is beautiful. She is a badass in every sense of the word.  I think if there were more Pams in the world… it would be a much better place.  How lucky are we that have had the blessing to have met her.

 

Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.

BE Project – Fearless – Melissa

In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

Melissa chooses Fearless

Why does the word Fearless resonate with you?

“I chose the word fearless because that is the stage of life that I am in.   I was not fearless for a long while.  I went thru a stage of learning intellectually through the scriptures and the Holy Spirit speaking to me the importance of putting aside fear and rejecting fear and living a life in the Spirit, which is Love.  Now I am doing that and it is a whole new life and I love it.  One example of being fearless is that I had the courage to ask my company for an extended vacation time.  I want to travel to Israel and work and help the Jews in the vineyard and come back refreshed and rejuvenated. I could never do that in the normal two weeks.  They said yes!  It wasn’t as hard to ask for what I need.  In general, I am asking more for things that the Spirit is placing in my heart and learning to really walk in the Spirit by bearing fearless.”

If you could go back and talk to 15 year old Melissa, what would you tell her?

“Ohhh, you are well loved by your Daddy in Heaven.  He is expecting you to keep your legs shut.”

 

Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.

BE Project – Fighter and Survivor – Melissa

In a World Where You Can BE Anything… What will you choose?

Melissa chooses Fighter and Survivor

Why does the words Fighter and Survivor resonate with you?

“I have had to fight my entire life.  For myself, for my family, for my kid… for me to even learn how to function on a daily basis.  Time makes the fight easier.  The older I have gotten has made me a little more humble and less fight I have to have within me.  I have people surrounding me that help me fight.  My “core” is made up of my 6 kids and my wife. They help me fight.  My second word survivor will always stay with me because I have survived physical and emotional abuse… to it’s fullest extent.  There were days that I never thought I would make it out alive.  I have been free since 2002.  However even up until 4.5 years ago I was still overcome with a sense of terror just seeing this person in a courtroom.  My life has changed in so many ways since 2002.  I’ve allowed that part of my story to no longer be a crutch… it is now a push to no longer fall under the same situations.  To allow myself to stand up for myself and say no.  I’ve used it to understand better what I want in a relationship.  Whether that is with my mom, my spouse or even with my friends.”

If you could give a piece of wisdom to your step-daughter, what would it be?

“My hope for her is that she never allows someone to take up space when they aren’t worth it.  She finally waited for her prince charming and it has been a dream come true for her and for us as her parents.  Know that you deserve the utmost respect and honesty.  You are worthy of all of those things.”

If you could give a piece of wisdom to your birth son, what would it be?

“My biggest fear with him is that he will not be able to process and get thru the things and situations he has had to deal with in his life.  He still has so much anger and he is still trying to find his place in this world.  Every day I tell him that he is worthy of love and goodness.  My hope is that he becomes the opposite of what he grew up with.  I hope that he treats all women with the utmost respect, that he has manners, that he is humble.  Just because life knocks you down, doesn’t mean that you have to hate the world in the process.  Use those moments to be a stepping stone to his next mistake to grow from, instead of being resentful and angry.”

When was the moment that you realized you were worthy of a greater life?

“It is a work in progress.  I think enduring the things that you do in life and overcoming tumultuous situations, you begin to believe that you are alone in the fight. My wife is someone that has been with me through my own personal journey of realizing that I deserve better.  Every day gets better.  The older I get, the softer and kinder I become.  The more I realize that it’s ok for me to have good in my life and it’s ok to push away they things and people that serve nothing good.”

What do you hope your impact is on the world?

To help others be kinder.  It has taken me a long time to learn how to let my guard down and to not harbor ill will and resentfulness towards people that have hurt me in any capacity.  It’s taken me a long time to forgive people.. the world needs kinder people.  I may not always be proud of how I have treated people in the past, but I am thankful every day that I get to wake up every day and grow and be a better person.”

 

Want to read more stories from women in our community?  Head over to the BE Project Page.

The BE Necklace Line – created by Woolard’s Custom Jewelers

In 2016, I partnered with a good friend of mine and Woolard’s Custom Jewelers in Burleson, TX  to create a necklace line.  The idea and intent behind these necklaces was to be a gentle reminder of you we are striving to be, day in and day out.  We often forget that beyond all of that, all of the day to day responsibilities and challenges… we are strong, beautiful, inspiring and so many other things.  We are greater than what we feel every day. To remember that you are capable of great things. If you could BE anything… what would you BE?  The stories you are reading here on the blog are to celebrate women and learn more about why they have chosen the words that resonate with them.

For more information on purchasing a necklace, please visit Woolard’s Custom Jewelers online store.

For more information on Beautiful Evolutions Photography and the different types of sessions we offer, please visit our main website Beautiful Evolutions Photography.