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It’s bee season, busy bee that is and oooooohhh the honey it produces sweet sweet honey! 😉 This past week was jam packed with family, friends, & photos! At the beginning of the week I was in Greenville NC visiting my Aunt, Uncle, & cousins! I then came back to Greensboro and shot an absolutely INCREDIBLE Simply Beautiful Couture session, and then rounded out the week with Jessica & Ray at my first wedding of the 2014 season. My car definitely put some miles on it this week, it’s a good thing I love to drive! Here are a few sneaks from my busy bee week! XOXOXO, Mabyn
Gayle’s Rock the Dress Session to be featured at Simply Beautiful Couture
My Cousin Frieda & her adorable sons
Lori’s incredible story will be featured at Simply Beautiful Couture
Jessica & Ray’s Simply Sweet Love Story
This past weekend I surpassed 30 and jumped to 31…an insignificant birthday by all normal standards, but in my little world it was extremely important! You see last year I moved away from several of my closest friends. It was the hardest part about moving. I couldn’t see their faces whenever I wanted (although google chat offered some relief) and I couldn’t just pop on over and spend time with them. My love language is TIME. Probably because I don’t have much of it to spare. So when I invest time into someone it means they’re REALLY important to me and vice versa. This year my 3 best friends and their hubbies all came to visit me for a long weekend. It was the best birthday present I could ask for! I don’t need “things” to know they love me, they all drove 600+ miles to be with me on my special day! Of course the time went waaaaay too quickly, but it was incredibly special none the less. We spent Friday shooting each others faces, Saturday being bums, and Sunday with good food & movies! The. Perfect. Weekend! We all agreed that this needs to be an annual thing. NC seems to be a great midpoint between FL & NY.
Here are a few shots from our weekend. Most of the pictures were taken on our photo day and then on the morning everyone drove home. It was nice putting down my phone & camera for a day or two so I could live in the moment. I am blessed beyond belief to have these incredible women (and their husbands) in my life! They provide comfort, commiseration, accountability, laughter, song, joy, and general silliness. They’ve all been there for me and I try my best to do the same. They’re all INCREDIBLY talented women and I’m so excited to be part of their artistic journeys. Thank you darlings for making my birthday extra special this year. Come back to me sooooooooon!
Cell phone silliness…
The whole crew!
My friends are some of the most beautiful women ever!!! I’m biased of course 😉
Donna of Donna Martinez Photography
Emily of Emily Elizabeth Studios
Gina of Gina B Cinematography
Are you sick of posts with ME in them yet? I know I am! Don’t worry, this is the last one for awhile! 😉
Yesterday, I went to the park with the Shroyer family. Ami and I were sitting on a park bench, watching the kids run, jump, and slide on a local playground. Ami and I chat about everything, and somehow we got onto the topic of weight. Her husband Mike, has recently lost a lot of weight and she started showing me pictures of where he was a year ago. I then realized that I hadn’t taken stock of my own journey this past year.
Ever since last spring (2012), I’ve been on this journey. Not just a journey of weight loss, but a journey of over all health. Mind, body, and soul. I’ve shared bits and pieces about how I came to move to NC, why I started Simply Beautiful Couture, but it wasn’t until I FELT beautiful myself that it all really clicked in my brain.
You see, I, like most women that I know, have had severe self esteem issues. I’ve NEVER viewed myself as beautiful. My friends have told me till they were blue in the face that I am, but the most I would give them is a smirk and a small “thank you.” Only to turn around and roll my eyes and think “Really? Have you seen ME? Cuz, I have and it’s not what I would deem beautiful!” I had resigned myself that I was “plain” at most and I could get away with being cute and quirky.
I can’t say that I was at an all time low or had a specific event happen (other than going up another pant size) that motivated me to start this journey. I think I was just sick of talking about doing something and never putting my money where my mouth was. Ever since I started my own business, I have considered myself a “doer” not a “sit on the sidelines and watcher.” So as we “doers” do, I did something about it. What I didn’t realize was from that point I started a chain reaction in my life that would turn into BEAUTIFUL all over the place!
Since getting my bum in gear, I have realized that there is a whole side to me that had never been awakened. I’m not just an artsy girl, but I’m strong, athletic, and able to achieve any goal I set my mind to no matter the speed bumps. When I realized these things in myself I looked at my reflection in the mirror. I no longer saw a Plain Jane with a quirky personality. I saw a strong beautiful woman who is able to do things she never thought she could.
Now I am not at my goal yet. Life happens and I got side tracked, but again, I wont let the speed bumps stop me from continuing this journey. I also want to add that I don’t look myself in the mirror every day and say “DANG! You look GOOOOOOOD!” I don’t think it’s possible for any woman to honestly do that.
Today was actually an ugly day. I didn’t want to write this blog, I thought it would come across as false. But being able to take a step away from myself, look at the obvious difference a year has made in my life, and write it all out has been healthy. This is ME and I love ME. Even a year ago ME, and I will tell myself that daily. I will remind myself that I was created to be beautiful just like Every. Single. Women. I. Know.
I will live a beautiful life and love beautiful people, because we ALL are beautiful.
Thank you to my dear friend Donna Cuoco for taking these pictures, both past and present. She is one of those friends who has always seen the beauty in me! Check out her Facebook Fanpage HERE.
Well, there you have it. Now you know my story. I would love to hear yours! Leave a comment below! <3
P.S. I have not written this as a means of getting compliments. As I do appreciate them (love to you all) this is more to encourage others to see the beauty in themselves and share their struggles and victories. Thanks! XOXOXO!
I am blessed to be surrounded by a lot of beautiful people. This past March, not only did I get to visit my best friend Donna in sunny FL, as has become tradition, but two other best friends of mine, Kar-Lai & Gina, came as well. These ladies are beautiful inside and out and they’re pretty stinkin’ talented photographers/ videographers! So you can guess what our favorite thing to do is right? SHOOT!
I made a point to shoot these ladies because they are some of the most important women in my life. I wanted to celebrate who they are and share their beauty with the world. On top of that, each girl is so diverse in their looks and personality. I felt like I was surrounded by the very definition of beauty! When you look at these women it’s plain to see that beauty isn’t a body type, skin tone, or face shape. Each woman is separately beautiful in her own significant way.
Of course I couldn’t get away with just shooting, Donna & Kar-Lai made sure that I got some time in front of the camera too! (Oi vey!) During my own time in front of the camera, I tried to guide the girls into honing their own photographic skills. Our day turned into a melting pot of education, makeup, and laughter!
As you can tell, we didn’t have any fun at all!
Here’s to amazing friends who are always there for you. I love you ladies more than words can express. You are so dear to me and I wish that I could do your genuine beauty more justice.
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It’s amazing what I saw happening as the girls shot me. They started to see what angles and positions looked better. They improved and got some great shots. I was very happy with the results! 🙂
I instantly lost 10lbs!
Donna did a great job with these:
Now here are my shots of these gorgeous girls!