"Some people wish they could go back to another age not me! Why would anyone want to go backwards instead of forwards. The time you were born only means when you set off on this journey. That's it! Where we are heading is far more exciting than where we've been. I promise! If you think differently, you may want to explore if it's because you're believing a social construct like by x age I should've accomplished this or be making x amount or by x age I won't be attractive or whatever."
Those are silly human rules.
Why would you follow them? Make your own rules. Follow your heart. EnVISION what you wish for. It will manifest. Have adventure. Fall in love with someone and something. Listen to music. Spend time in nature. Laugh more. Worry less. Be excited for the unknown. Take risks. Be vulnerable. Read more. Forgive. Be kinder to yourself, you're doing the best you can."
Last year, in the middle of the pandemic, webcam sessions became a thing. Trapped at home, I decided to give them a try and actually e-photographed Annie Vazquez, The Fashion Poet and Annie, the Alchemist.
This year, we took it to the next level.
Almost one year after our webcam session, we had the opportunity to have a real photoshoot, now as part of my portrait campaigns (35 over 35 for Women in Business and the 40 over 40) because they go hand in hand with Annie's movement of body positivity and endless empowerment... and it was the perfect chance to create some branding content and headshots.
It was fun, indeed, and we ended up talking about projects and life.
What a great opportunity to meet an incredible human being who wants to help and heal others while they are on their journey!
One of the most popular body positivity influencers in Miami, Florida, Annie is so genuine and that's why her 81k+ followers show up for her every day, including me.
Her views about body positivity, wellness, and healthy living are very inspiring.
Also, I can count on her Instagram stories when I need support, positivity, and empowerment.
About Annie Vazquez
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.
I'm a body-positive advocate and promoter of wellness.
WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE: YOUR WHY?
My purpose is to help others feel good in their own skin.
WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I'm inspired by those who are trying to do their best in this life.
HOW ARE YOU DIFFERENT MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY NOW THAN WHEN YOU WERE IN YOUR 20S?
I have self-love now and have much more wisdom and compassion to offer.
What is your advice to your younger self?
You're doing a great job, keep moving forward and believing in your worth and dreams.
What is your vision for your future self?
My vision is to keep on the path of learning with an open heart and mind and sharing with others to help them.
When was the last time you did something just for yourself?
I signed up to get certified as a meditation teacher through Chopra school. I love learning and meditation has been instrumental in my journey to self-love. The class is really helping me expand my practice and myself.
About the project
Why did you want to participate in this project?
Why is it important to you?
I wanted to offer others the chance to do something nice for themselves through self-love photos.
What are you personally hoping to gain from this experience?
I am hoping to bring light to others so they can see their true selves as beautiful souls with their physical body as gift.
What would you tell other women in their 40s, 50s, or 60s about doing something outside their comfort zone?
Age is just a time stamp on when we started our journey so it's important to value our present moment and do the things that bring us great joy whatever they might be. Success is happiness from within so it's key to do things that inspire that joy and love energy.
As a result of our body positivity portrait session, we decided to have a giveaway for her followers, focused on body positivity and empowerment.
Winners have been chosen so you will be seeing images soon!