Every Woman Campaign- Amanda
I'm really thankful that I get to choose who I work with. And I'm picky. I'm picky because I want to give you the best people I can possibly find. I have worked with Amanda for years . . . in fact, I thank her constantly because she knew me when all of this was in its infancy. And she believed in it . . . she believed in me.
I've written about Amanda before. And I bet I'll write about her again.
She is tireless and determined.
She's a romantic with high standards.
She's an 'in your corner, there when it counts' kind of friend.
Amanda is a woman that every woman should know.
And her story is one we all should endeavor to follow.
"I spent the last year of my life living for me. In the past, I put others before myself. I’ve always been strong, sometimes because I had to be. Putting myself first is a different kind of strength. It’s a kind of strength that no one can threaten.
I know who I am.
I know I am valuable, talented, honest, hard working, sweet and worthy.
Though I’ve always known those things, I didn’t always treat myself that way. Because I put others before me.
This last year was about me.
I made a decision to put myself first and I followed through with it. I decided that I need to make me happy because at the end of the day I am the one who has to live with me and my choices.
So why not make the choices that make me happy and improve my life?
I went on vacation by myself.
I went out to eat by myself.
I finished projects that I thought required more than just me- by myself.
I told myself “I love you.”
I treated myself like I would treat someone I loved.
I set boundaries when I felt uncomfortable.
I walked away when I was disrespected.
I rested when I was sick.
I lived for me.
This year wasn’t about just getting through struggles. It was about living a happy life despite struggles. I’m so happy I went on this journey with myself, it wasn’t always easy.
I wanted to see myself as happy and free. Strong and in touch with myself.
I can see all of that in my photos.
I’ve been a strong person for a long time. Before I felt that I was held back and that I was holding back. I’m learning how to be strong and happy at the same time by letting myself be free."
And she is free and she looks it . . . and you can feel it.
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