What's Your Word

Growth is Sometimes Scary

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, ramblings, reflections, the awakenings project

Some days I do an amazing job of getting out of my own way.  Some days, I just really suck at it.  Some days, I'm so fucking awful at it, that I just cave in defeat and spend the day on my couch eating junk food and debating whether or not I will put on pants.  I think we all have those days though?  (Right???) Recently, I haven't had many of those days.  I've really been making a conscious effort to dip my toes into the unknown and live with my entire authentic self.  I consider each situation and minute...


Creation Through Chaos

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, personal reflection, reflections

Creation Through Chaos
Life as an artist isn't necessarily a bohemian picturesque life.  It's not all rainbows and glamorous showings and bursts of creative genius under rays of sunshine as you rake in the dollars that these moments of enlightenment have created. 

On Words and Women

Marissa Southards

Tags inspiration, personal reflection, stories, the awakenings project

In photographing The Awakenings Project, I’ve learned so much more about myself, and women, than I ever thought I was capable of in this lifetime.  From a photographic standpoint, some of the images are truly breathtaking and powerful, but from a woman’s standpoint, I remain truly, and deeply humbled. I’ve always said one of my favorite parts of this project has been hearing the stories.  Women are so much more than what society labels us as.  We are Warriors, like Marsha S (word: Warrior, Awakenings II).  Her story of the challenges she has overcome with her daughter and the strength...


Leave Your Ego at Home

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, personal reflection, the awakenings project

Ego is definitely something I have often had a problem with.  I’ve often, in the past, celebrated my ego, and even bragged about the inflated size of it.  I was proud of how cocky I could be.  I would be the first person to step up and proclaim just how absolutely fucking amazing I was. Letting go of ego is a real thing.  There are tons of books out there that say they can educate us on how to let go of our ego, and live a more humble life.  These books go flying off store shelves so that we...


Judgement - It Happens All The Time

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, personal reflection, personal story, TAP

On the Facebook page for The Awakenings Project, I often ask my participants if they have any questions or topics they’d like me to speak to.  I get some really great topics and incredibly insightful questions.  Some of the questions are topics that I would expect with this type of project. “What is your inspiration?”“How do you know which photo to pick?”“What is your process during a session?” Occasionally, I will get a topic or question so profound, it will take me several days to determine how I can even begin to answer.  I recently had one that threw me for several loops.  ...