Alloway New Jersey Karen ~ Self love coaching contest winner

“Jenn Roth, of Gaia Dawn Studios has changed my life. I never could have done this alone. I now carry the tools to remind myself daily I am enough and it has put me present in my marriage, my friendships and my life. I have so much value that I spent years not being able to enjoy. Freedom is priceless. Her guidance set me free.” ~Karen Avis

A few months ago I launched a self-love coaching contest. I asked women to send me a message letting me know what they would do if they weren’t afraid. I had brave women write words of vulnerability to me and I was blown away by their courage. I had the difficult decision of choosing one winner and Karen’s entry truly spoke to me.

We met in person and I took a few photos documenting where she was and how she was feeling in that moment. She wanted to hide herself away and that’s exactly what we captured. We spent 6 weeks in coaching delving into her past and how to heal the traumatic wounds she was carrying. And we celebrated her newfound self-love and confidence with a triumphant photo shoot filled with laughter and joy.

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This is what Karen had to say about her experience…

“ Jenn Roth, of Gaia Dawn Studios has changed my life. Let me give a short background. I had emotional baggage, and not a small purse size…like BAGGAGE!!!!! The kind that clouds your thinking and confuses your self-judgment. I believed things of myself that had been instilled in my head for years and years growing up. I wasn’t good enough…would never be good enough…wasn’t worthy of accomplishments…didn’t have any self-worth.

Oh I tried. I tried to put on a pretty dress and do my hair and go out on the town feeling good. But, ladies,  back me up if you can relate, we all know this is not how it went down. I would have an angry fashion show in my bedroom, trying on everything in my closet. This would lead to sweating, a HUGE mess, crying, and ultimately an argument with my husband who was desperately trying to convince me I looked beautiful. But you know what? I didn’t hear him. I NEVER heard him. It didn’t matter how many different ways he tried to convince me I was amazing and beautiful, his words were just words…Clearly he was lying. I had been taught that those kinds of words didn’t pertain to me. Period. What I saw when I looked in the mirror was awful. I hated everything I saw. I would choose to stay home instead of subject myself to going out somewhere new where people would have to see me.

And one day, I saw Jenn Roth’s post on Facebook. It was about self-love and why are you lacking? And, people, I’m telling you, the moons must have aligned. You see, I never spoke of my trauma…never spoke of my feelings of self-hate.  I was wildly ashamed of my body. I was never going to be good enough physically. I was sure people judged me everywhere I went. But, I started typing an email and I kept typing that email for two weeks until one night I mustered up all my guts and hit SEND. It was finally time. Jenn said in her contest that she wanted to gift a deserving woman the skills needed to love herself. And at 41, damnit, it was time for me to try.

Next came six weeks of WORK, and I mean it when I say work. It was hard. And I cried. And I had to confess things out loud that I had refused to talk about for 35 years. I had to journal things out and biggest of all I had to face all of this with my husband. It wasn’t fair all these years that he didn’t quite understand where all of my insecurities were coming from. That I wasn’t just some narcissistic female who thought “she was fat, like omg.” No, he deserved to know how deep rooted all of this self-hate was. And after intensive work with Jenn, that was it. I had the most amazing conversation with him and it was like finally turning the light on after muddling around in the dark for so long. I felt relieved and validated and exhausted. 

Jenn helped me to face my ghosts head on. Jenn taught me how to lift myself up even when things get hard. Jenn taught me that I AM worthy and most importantly I AM ENOUGH. I am a damn good woman. I am worth so much more than my insecurities. I am not only kind, generous and love to laugh, but I am physically beautiful and strong and so deserving to walk with my head held high. I deserve that for myself. And all of those toxic words that have held me captive for so long were turned to ashes In the wind. Those words no longer take up space in my mind. No way. Jenn has literally changed my life. I will be forever grateful for her wisdom, compassion, patience and grace. 

Jenn, I am free of all that baggage because of you. I never believed that day would come and I urge all others who are feeling they aren't worthy or enough to get in touch with you. I never could have done this alone. I now carry the tools to remind myself daily I am enough and it has put me present in my marriage, my friendships, and my life. I have so much value that I spent years not being able to enjoy. Freedom is priceless. Your guidance set me free. “

I am so humbled and grateful for this testament. Karen impacted me just as much as I impacted her. She gave me the ability to trust in myself and to speak my truth. She gave me the opportunity to tap into my gifts and deliver them in a way that I never thought I was capable of doing. She gifted me with a trust and open heart like I have never experienced and I will cherish this woman and the incredible bond that we share for the rest of my life…

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Alloway New Jersey Autumn ~ Blooming from Within

“We all have the ability to gift our children experiences that fuel their confidence and serve them in a positive way that will affect their lives forever.” ~Jennifer Roth

My daughter Autumn is 14 years old and she is in a very special time of her life. She is now a young woman in the throes of figuring out who she is and how to navigate the world through this new lens. Truth be told it’s been a struggle for her adjusting to these new emotions and effects that “womanhood” has on your body and mind. Any parent of a teenage daughter can attest that it can be challenging to witness them going through these struggles and the outbursts of emotion that they can evoke.

As a mother I cherish this time with my daughter. I see this as an opportunity to hold her hand and guide her through this journey of becoming a woman. I am extremely open with her and talk to her about the many issues that we face as women. I teach her about the importance of self care and self love while modeling it so that she sees me leading by example. I include her in trips to the gym and making nourishing meals as well as talk to her about the importance of having healthy outlets and being her own friend.

I am blown away by how confident and strong Autumn is. This transitional time in her life is symbolic of blooming from within. So it only seemed appropriate to do a photo shoot demonstrating that. Gifting her this experience to see her strength and beauty has been so powerful. She will forever look back on these photos and remember this time in a positive light. I am incredibly grateful to share the bond that I do with her and look forward to creating more art together. She is my daughter, my teacher, my friend and it is truly a privilege to share this journey with her. To say that I am proud of the woman she is becoming would be an understatement. Look out world because this young woman is going to do BIG things…

Thank you jennifer designs events for the incredible floral work and your artistic vision.

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Alloway New Jersey ~ What would you do if you weren't afraid? Self love coaching and photo session giveaway

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” ~Oscar Wilde

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I’d like to present a question to you. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Have you ever taken a moment to think about how your lack of self-confidence holds you back from living your best life? There is so much power in this one question. Do you have the courage to write me an email with your answer?

I’d like to help you gain the courage to show up for yourself. I’m now offering coaching sessions in conjunction with my photo sessions to help empower women. Do you admire the women I photograph or the work that you see me do, but don’t feel worthy of being photographed as you are? I’d like to hold a safe and nurturing space for you. I am holding a vision for you to step into your power. I want to help you see and feel the beauty I see in you.

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Write me an email and send it to gaiadawnstudios@gmail.com by Thursday, February 14th telling me what you would do if you had self-confidence. I will read each letter and announce the winner on Thursday February 21st to receive 6 weeks of coaching with me and an empowering photo session to celebrate our work together. You are worthy of being seen!

Alloway New Jersey Mandy ~ Self Confidence

"I've learned that fear limits you and your vision.  It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you.  The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path.  Transforming fear into freedom-how great is that?" ~Soledad O'Brien

  Mandy is radiant.  She has an alluring presence about her as she presents herself with such confidence and style.  She loves making others feel beautiful and confident and her story is one of learning how to do so for herself. 

  Mandy suffered low self esteem as a child into adulthood.  Her struggles and adversities have included loss, abuse, and infertility which led to severe anxiety and panic attacks when she entered motherhood.  Through this journey she discovered a passion for helping others through positive self talk and self image. 

  I absolutely loved tapping into Mandy's self confidence and allowing her to shine in back roads and open fields.  We chased the sunlight and laughed along the way while creating beautiful art together.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to capture her beautiful heart and soul. 

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