Anniversary + Photo Session Giveaway!

I didn’t really wake up knowing it was the anniversary of my blog. It was when I logged on to Facebook and saw a “On This Day,” post that I realized.Β Holy shit guys, one whole year.Β To be even more honest, I didn’t think I would make it this far. I usually don’t last once I start these ventures, as I can easily get distracted and overwhelmed. However, this, I stuck with. I know that some of you have stuck with me too, which is why with this anniversary I have decided to give back. As you all know, or at least, should know by now, I started Holmes Photography. Photography has been a passion of mine for I don’t know how long, and with my mom buying me my first DSLR camera for my birthday, I decided to try and do it more professionally. One thing that I have learned is that photography can be a powerful thing. And with my sunflower session being a huge success, I decided to add that in as an option within the next couple of weeks. It won’t be an expensive session, but I aim to help people get through whatever self-love rut they are in, whether they have been struggling recently, or for a good part of their life. I love showing people how much they are beautiful sunflowers. That’s part of the reason I put my blog through a rebrand. So many people were struggling with the very same things I am, and I figured everyone could use someone that resonated with them. Since then, I’ve had people message or text me to tell me how much they had been through, and how they were learning more about themselves each day. It just warms my heart knowing that I am helping people. So I want to help even more. I am giving away 2 Sunflower Photo Sessions. Two people will get the chance to experience what’s to come with my Sunflower sessions. These sessions will last an hour, and the winners will receive any and all photos that are not throwaways, blurry, and that meet my expectations for professional quality. The minimum number of photos the recipients will receive is 10. They can be at any location in the Hampton Roads Area of Virginia, and must be redeemed between June and August. The giveaway will last from April 19, 2017 until May…

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Making Peace with my Past to have a Bright Future

I know you guys have read my posts, my past was freaking crazy. I had abusive boyfriends, friends that weren’t really friends, and had my dream until I had to completely give it up. For a while, I was completely defeated. There were times just thinking about the situations I was in completely overwhelmed me until I couldn’t breathe. My past was on it’s way to dictate my entire future. I wasn’t going to be with anyone or do anything as long as I carried it around. So what do you do when you want to move forward, but you are still carrying around your past? I will tell you one thing. You cannot just simply let it go. Letting things go works when you have maybe an ex that you just need to quit. But what I am talking about, is being knee deep in your past. Can’t go anywhere without being reminded of it, can’t quit any and all old habits, constantly in a depression from it. Like you’ve completely let it define you. The only thing you can do at this point, is make peace with it. That means, going through everything you’ve ever done, anything you’ve ever been through, and finally telling yourself that everything will be ok. You aren’t telling yourself what happened was right, or that it was your fault, or convincing yourself it never happened. One thing I have struggled with so much within the last 2 years was my failure to keep my dream. I literally beat myself up for 2 whole years after I came home and it completely wore me out. Some times I knew I needed to make peace with it but I just couldn’t let that connection to it go. Until recently, when I discovered I had new dreams. When I had realized I had a passion for houses and interior design, I could finally start making peace with not staying on the team. I had let go of one dream and found another. One night I sat down at my computer and went on the Tennessee softball website for the first time since I left. It was like having an intervention with myself. “That’s not your only dream. You have another. It’s okay, it just wasn’t meant to be.” Now I can cheer on my Vols without secretly wishing they would fail. (Yes I know I am…

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