Alloway New Jersey Stacey ~ Surrendering to grief

“Grief is a messy, unpredictable process with a life of its own. It’s a thief – sneaking up on you when you least expect it. And it’s elusive– not there when you predict it will be. It teaches you that you must surrender to it. You have no choice but to surrender to the avalanches of emotion. You hope that in some way, every time you cry, your heart becomes a little less broken and that with every avalanche, you heal.” ~Stacey Friedman

Stacey is an incredible woman. She has such a presence about her, you can truly feel her power. She is brave, strong, and passionate. So when she reached out to me and asked me if I’d be willing to create images that represented her grief in a symbolic way I was honored. To be given the privilege to aid her in her healing journey and to hold a safe space for her to express herself and her emotions was extraordinary.

Grief is something that we all experience at one point in our lives. But it looks different for each and every one of us. Walking through this process and allowing yourself to feel the waves as they crash over you is extremely difficult work. I was so impressed by Stacey’s willingness to bear her soul to create this art. Her vulnerability took an immense amount of courage. But that is the birth place of healing and I think the images we created tapped into that.

The human spirit yearns for connection in difficult times. We all feel pain and struggle and we all deserve to feel like we are not alone when we are going through it. When you view these images I hope you connect with the power of Stacey’s vulnerability. We all experience grief. We experience it in our own way, but none of us are doing it alone…

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Alloway New Jersey Gaia Dawn Studios ~ 2018 a year of impact

As I reflect on 2018 I am overwhelmed with gratitude. It was a tremendous year of growth and connection and I am truly proud of the work that I have put into healing and growing personally and professionally. I learned so much about myself this past year through allowing myself to breathe through discomfort and pushing through my fears. Every single person that I collaborated with, learned from, taught, and photographed has inspired me in one way or another and I’m so grateful for each and every one of you.

Yoga was a huge part of 2018 for me. I concluded my 200 hour yoga teacher training certification with fitness yoga and became a certified yoga instructor. I formed a beautiful sisterhood with the women who journeyed through this process with me and their connection has been such a blessing in my life… I’ve had the privilege of teaching at several studios and I currently teach at Bee Inspired yoga. Workshops are something that really light me up so I plan on offering many of them this year and my goal is to get into women’s retreats as well! My first workshop “Tending the Goddess within” was held in November and it was a collaboration with my friend Katie of Abundant health and healing . It was a beautiful afternoon of intention, connection, and yoga that planted many seeds in the women who attended. It is truly a passion of mine to help women understand the importance of self care and these workshops are a wonderful way for me to share my knowledge in an intimate gathering. I also attended an incredible Chakra activation retreat at the Himalayan institute led by Parvati Victoria Goodwin of Blissful Yoga. It was a magical weekend of self care and connection!

Committing to my practice deepened strength and flexibility in ways I didn’t think were possible…

Committing to my practice deepened strength and flexibility in ways I didn’t think were possible…

Me and my incredible instructor Laura Bonanni.

Me and my incredible instructor Laura Bonanni.

My Good Vibes Tribe :)

My Good Vibes Tribe :)

Katie and I at “Tending the Goddess Within” workshop.

Katie and I at “Tending the Goddess Within” workshop.

A moment of exploration at the chakra activation retreat at the Himalayan institute.

A moment of exploration at the chakra activation retreat at the Himalayan institute.

Coaching women to tap into their inner magic and capturing the essence of who they are will always be at the heart of Gaia Dawn Studios. Photography is still at the forefront of my business and I was honored to work with women in many different ways. I had the privilege of photographing inspiring events, creating unique images for entrepreneurs’ social media and website needs, as well as creating symbolic images for women on a personal level.

Here is a glimpse into the variety of work I created in 2018

Tiffany and one of her beautiful creations, nature inspired  dreamcatchers

Tiffany and one of her beautiful creations, nature inspired dreamcatchers

Nicole tapping into her inner peace…

Nicole tapping into her inner peace…

It was truly an honor collaborating with  Crystal V. Pizarro  and many other talented women in a free mind and body makeover that was gifted to Beth. This is one of the symbolic images we created in honor of her overcoming cancer.

It was truly an honor collaborating with Crystal V. Pizarro and many other talented women in a free mind and body makeover that was gifted to Beth. This is one of the symbolic images we created in honor of her overcoming cancer.

Parvati Victoria Goodwin of  Sacred Empowerment Mentoring

Parvati Victoria Goodwin of Sacred Empowerment Mentoring

Branding image of Life coach and best selling author Michelle Dunk of  Visionary Mentoring Group  and a glimpse into her vision board workshop below.

Branding image of Life coach and best selling author Michelle Dunk of Visionary Mentoring Group and a glimpse into her vision board workshop below.

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Crystal V. Pizarro of  Impact Moms life coaching

Crystal V. Pizarro of Impact Moms life coaching

Branding shoot with wedding planner/makeup artist  Dolly Marshall  and a shot of her gorgeous model below.

Branding shoot with wedding planner/makeup artist Dolly Marshall and a shot of her gorgeous model below.

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Fitness yoga  studios branding shoot.

Fitness yoga studios branding shoot.

Soul coach and best selling author  Kate Butler’s  Visible Live event.

Soul coach and best selling author Kate Butler’s Visible Live event.

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Best selling author Stacey Friedman of  Lucky Girl Health  in a moment of healing…

Best selling author Stacey Friedman of Lucky Girl Health in a moment of healing…

Beginning to explore the world of self portraits to express myself in new ways…

Beginning to explore the world of self portraits to express myself in new ways…

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Last but not least I concluded the year as a #1 international best selling author! Sharing my story of the struggles I experienced with depression and how this business was born out of that was an extraordinary opportunity and I cannot express what a tremendous impact this has had on my life. Your support has meant the world to me and I’m just so grateful to be living this life. I feel completely aligned with my life’s purpose and 2019 is an open book. So many new pages to be written and I approach them with gratitude in my heart and the intention to unabashedly express myself knowing that my art and passions will reach those who need to experience them.

My hope is that you realize how much power you have to impact the world around you. I encourage YOU to step into that power and make it a positive one. Each and every one of us was born to make an impact. Live with intention. Connect with your gifts and passions. Find joy and gratitude in your life experiences. The rest will fall into place…