+ being attentive and passionate to me
so I can be an attentive and passionate person, wife, dogmom, and friend.
Hiding behind shame, guilt, hate or fear as you probably know and hear (Love you Theresa Roth, Liz Gilbert, Renee Brown, Gabby Bernstein, Rachel Brathen...) gets you NOwhere, like these Magic Masters I believe it's important to KNOWhere these feelings are coming from too. Hoping to inspire others, provide a safe, positive, informative, nonjudgemental and uplighting space to share my story, my precious husband Roberts story, and the stories of some amazingly authentic, beautifully brave, sometimes awkwardly awesome, seeking souls.
I'm sooooo anxious.....
my heart says go,
BIRTHDAYS ARE THE BEST!
Last year for my birthday I decided to have a photoshoot with some of my favorite women personally and professionally, mainly because when you are a dream chaser you feel bad spending or scheduling too much time for fun and yourself. Thinking this would be a great excuse for us hardworking women to get together, dolled up, and take a break (most photoshoots include a lot of down time for the models) but still accomplish something important to all of us, sharing stories and being who we are.
I Believe in Authenticity and have found it hard to portray my realest self across multiple social media platforms,
especially not being tech or text savvy. Fully embracing and knowing part of my purpose is to help by sharing these empowering stories, setting our own beauty standards & learning how to love ourselves unconditionally!
Christy Shaterian Photography
The most talented photographer I have ever worked with, and one of the greatest friends a girl could ask for Christy Shaterian is making waves in the photography community. As a detail specialist, she goes above and beyond to make her clients at ease and happy. Helping you to find your vision and understand what it's going to take to create it. Coming from California and Las Vegas her portfolio is quite extensive, as well as many new clients here in Nashville. She is a kind and humble teacher, having learned from her Father, it is definitely in her blood and something that she loves. I enjoy her Company, Event, and Composite Photography. Her composites are unlike anything I've ever seen
go check out ChristyShaterianPhotography.com NOW!
As one of my greatest friends I couldn't ask for a better woman to help exemplify God's love and Grace. She is an amazing dancer, awesome hip hop rapper, and expert gamer!
Overcoming so many obstacles to get where she is today as well as taking steps to improve each day, you will be hearing more and from her soon!
This Fabulous Fascinator Creator and Fun Fashion Provider is one of the 1st women I met and found my soul spark with in Nashville. She was starting Sunny Band, a headband line that was different than any headband I had seen and needed models. I had done some modeling, mostly to appease my mother, although I do love fashion, runway shows, and modeling, it was never what I wanted my life or career to be but THIS and SHE looked like fun and welcoming. The most exciting part was that her headbands actually didn't hurt my head and I loved wearing them! Little did we know that 2 years later I would be making jewelry and she would be producing her very own fashion show!
Sunny Band has been featured in many online and print publications, New York Fashion Week, Fashion News, as well as worn by a list of celebrities, musicians, plays, musicals, tv personalities, gay men (she'll even make you a hat!), and of course thousands of ONEOFAKIND precious princesses (I like to think of my SUNNYband as my crown) who AREN'T AFRAID to let their true colors show and to stand out.
We ended up doing 4 Sunny Band fashion shows together (hope to see you at the 5th) which helped our business relationship tremendously, I learned about her past as a performer, (we sang and danced while we worked) her love for her friends and making them feel special (she made her 1st Sunny Bands for a girls trip where they ended up getting stopped multiple times for inquiries about their hair accessories) and her love for fashion. As we got to know each other more personally I learned how much she had struggled, when Sunny Band was started, how she loved herself but wasn't in love with herself like I thought she was and should be. What inspired me was how she battled her fear, as many of us do, but continued to stay true, pushing herself, she is always trying something new.
Now we continue to grow together daily in business and fun connecting and creating with our other Soul Sisters!
There are going to be many many many more stories and interviews about this one coming up so stay tuned!
Learn more about Sunny at SUNNYBAND.com on IG @sunnybandsunnybling FB & Twitter @sunnyband
Bessie May & Co
One of Nashville's Best DIYers, Anna Barry specializes in providing unique and custom jewelry, home decor and has a spectacular online store featuring her own creations as well as local artists with a wide range of skill sets. Starting Bessie May in honor of her mother who was a remarkable creator, teacher, party thrower, market lover, thrift enthusiast, store owner....(just to name a few) wanting to be able to help build and be part of the community around her, she hopes to bring people together through art by providing craft classes and showcasing oneofakind, hard to find, and personal items!
You can contact her for private parties and check out her online store here.
With the most infectious laugh I've ever heard and a strong self of who she is there is no challenge I have seen her face without a smile and positive attitude. She is talented maker, host, performer, and educator, I know her Mother would be so very proud. She is also one of the most giving people I've ever met, isn't afraid to speak her mind but really does do it kind! Patient, Bright, So Much Fun, an Amazing singer, Eager student and Caring teacher working and collaborating with her is always a blast!
Make sure to follow her Instagram.
Check out the website for more details! http://www.bessiemayco.com
Nashville Fashion Events
Before Nashville Fashion was even "hip" this young woman made a mark and started a movement that has helped so many Nashville creatives. Not only was she the 1st one to provide a place for the Nashville Fashion Community she provided informations that artists and young women were looking for with an open and inviting spirit.
I don't believe many people have worked more jobs in the Nashville fashion culture than Alicia or been to as many events you'll hear more in a Vlog later!
She loves people, sees herself as a connector, loves helping and encouraging others.
As the number of fashion events and organizations grow I see her pulling back to focus more on her hearts desires and focus on her work.
Make sure you try to keep up and contact her at @NASHFASHEVENTS
This Little Delight has faced more body shaming and adversity than most. Molly Martin may be small but her spirit is mighty! She is an up and coming Jewelry Designer and Silversmith that is a reflection of her Timeless Bohemian Style. She is an excellent model and loves collaborating with the "RIGHT" people. She's been featured in Maxim's Hometown Hotties and is on the cover of the 2016 Calendar. Being an excellent singer, dancer, and care giver there is nothing she loves more than family, friends, and fun!
Pura Vida Vintage
There aren't many people who know vintage fashion or do it quite like Krystle Ramos. Her shop is exactly what a vintage store is supposed to be. The material is quality--truly one of a kind--and the prices are fair. She has an eye for timeless fashion, great fabric, and an EXTENSIVE collection that you wouldn't believe. She also has a wide array of affordable jewelry, shoes and accessories. This is a store for anybody who understands the value of fabulous vintage and wants to wear their personality on their sleeve.
Working a full time job, being an absolutely amazing and very hands on mom, as well as an impressive shopper & singer, Fashion Show and Runway Planner, Participate, Organizer, and Stylist + helping other stylists and designers in the community she is persisted, passionate, and purposeful with every action and piece.
Losing many irreplaceable items and her famous store in a fire, September 2014 she could have moved on but remained steadfast and of course true to her hearts desires!
Go get more information at http://www.puravidavintage.com
& Follow on INSTAGRAM !
FB & Twitter
Some people fight and work so hard that they know without a doubt they are worth it. Hannah has inspired me more as a model and person than she even realizes, she embraces herself fully and forgives quickly. Competing in one of the toughest industries in the world while maintaining curves, always taking affirmative action and standing up for herself. She's willing to do whatever it takes to stay true to what it is in her heart of hearts that she wants to do and won't take any less.
Hopefully you'll be seeing more of her soon! Follow her INSTA @hannahsbananas20
1 John 4:20 (CEB)
"If anyone says, I love God, and hates a brother or sister, he is a liar, because the person who doesn't love a brother or sister who can be seen can't love God, who can't be seen."
How can we ever truly be seen or heard if we spend so much time hiding and filling the days with noise ? Being guilty, scared, ashamed and wondering why on Earth people would care has prevented me from sharing my story for years. After much persuasion from friends and my small online community I'm finally embracing all the flaws and falls to encourage and empower others to fully love their self unconditionally.
I went to jail May 8th, 2013 on May 7th I sent an email to 10 of my favorite local stores letting them know I was a new designer in town and would love to show them new collection! My mugshot, which was taken as I was being beckoned from throwing up in a men's urinal after being told the amount of our bail, was plastered all over the news portraying a fabricated story of drugs and weapons, being in the paper the next few days, incarcerated for 7, I couldn't respond, and as you can imagine, I didn't get very far.
Then became too embarrassed to even try....
Backing up to the REAL story (feel free to Google me as Daisy Burgeis to read the many others and see mugshots buh-byeshame)....
Marijuana was always my DOC (Drug Of Choice + Doctor) as a high-strung individual it has helped me since my youth to relax, eat and sleep. I've done extensive research on its side effects and usages, and truly believe it is a natural healing plant & gift from God. Upon meeting Robert his appreciation for marijuana matched mine, we enjoyed smoking together and talking about every thing we could possibly think of or had experienced. Robert had and has been through a lot, as most of us have, but seeing him lose his Father in the most tragic conditions, circumstances, and efforts is truly one of the saddest I've ever experienced, then jail happened.
I knew how hard farming was growing up in Louisiana in cotton fields of white, picking squash, plums, pears, berries, veggies, shelling peas, and helping water but nothing about ph, ozone, carbon dioxide, lighting, temperature....Robert has been described as the most over the top person, he has a tenacious way of putting his whole heart and self into ideas and others. So the fact he was so devoted to these little plants shouldn't be surprising, he was called the James Bond of grow rooms on the news, and worked day and night to insure they had the best care, no chemicals or tap water, so that he could provide protection to us + healthcare for sick friends/patients, he was also extremely hopeful to help save his brother-in-laws Dad who he was also losing but time ran out, we guess God had better plans.
On this morning I was coming home from CrossFit (which was taught by my Christians friends daughter who I later had plans with, they haven't seen me since) and stopped at our neighbors because there were 4 cop cars there, we were friends with the neighbor, knew they were out of town, had a son on drugs that was stealing from them, so I allowed the officers to call her from my phone, just trying to be a good neighbor, which made me feel like it was my fault and to not want to help a neighbor anymore!
To make a long story short, they completely violated our rights, handcuffing my husband immediately when he respectfully informed them he had his gun, gun permit, and his hands up.
They came into our house without a warrant or consent, we said they could search anywhere a person could be hiding(because they made it VERY clear they were coming in no matter what) but didn't want them tearing up our home since the were just looking for the neighbor's crazy son. We have lost everything, almost everyone, can't get good jobs, had to give up on most of our big dreams, they took his guns which were part of his inheritance, I can't even volunteer at the Y, and had to write a letter of apology to be a church camp counselor.
Saying and sharing all this to insure you whatever obstacle or fear you may face, only you have the power to share your gifts, talents, and thoughts.
Choosing Unconditional Love is truly the only way I have gotten through this, growing up I didn't know or understand LOVE which caused me to make many many poor choices, and not fully be able to grasp or understand's God's Unconditional Love. So much love and happiness we see is reflective of conditions, appearance, or money. I don't believe or see this as ideal or a goal anymore and haven't for a long time. I believe success to be measured in kindness, grace, joy, the little things, and each precious moment that is passing us by. There will always be haters, you can't make them love you, by choosing to love YOU maybe one day they will release their damaging walls, some people are never ready for change or growth sadly.
I love this Buddhist Prayer
(Jesus died for Buddha, don't hate already!)
"May I be happy.
May I be peaceful.
May I be Free.
May my friends be happy.
May my friends be peaceful.
May my friends be free.
My my enemies be happy.
May my enemies be peaceful.
May my enemies be free.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be free.."
One of my favorite things to do....
When you start to feel down or blue, sing a little love song to you from you!
So here I am asking you to choose unconditional love and no judgement for you and those around you, and embracing my truth, I hope you will too !
Bliss & Blessings,
Yoga Teaching, Encouraging,