What's Your Word

Onward to 2019

Marissa Southards

2018 is OVER *insert dancing moves and wahoo's here* Let's all take a BIG BREATH and leave all the negative bullshit in 2018 and move forward to 2019 with more knowledge about ourselves and a faithful promise to stay true to who we are and what we've learned about ourselves this past year.  2018 brought a lot of knowledge to TAP and revealed some things to me that I had suspicions of, but was finally able to confirm.  2018 brought TAP: The close of TWO cycles - A3 and A4. The creation of more merchandise based on what fans wanted...


When Empowerment Meets Depression

Marissa Southards

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When Empowerment Meets Depression

Shared post from Patreon:  When I first began work on this project, I was incredibly visible.  Behind the scenes photos, lots of videos, random pics doing what I do.     I was so incredibly in love with the work.  The pure joy I felt in being a part of such a magical community defies description really. Watching the project grow was something I never really expected.  Of course, when magic happens - you just follow where it goes and flow with the evolution.   And evolution indeed happened.  What began as a means of working through some of my own...


What's Your Word: Resilient

Marissa Southards

Tags #WhatsYourWord, the awakenings project

What's Your Word:  Resilient
When you meet Jessica Ruby, there is an energy that surrounds her where you know it is her mission to get things accomplished, because having them done is not sufficient. In sitting for the second cycle of The Awakenings Project, it seems fitting she would choose the word resilient.

What's Your Word: Vulnerable/Dignity

Marissa Southards

Tags #WhatsYourWord, stories, the awakenings project

What's Your Word: Vulnerable/Dignity
Few women possess the quiet strength that Ashley Moore wields. There is something saged about her eyes, her smile, and her statuesque frame. It’s as if she holds keys, waiting to give them to the chosen. 

What's Your Word - The Photographer

Marissa Southards

Tags #WhatsYourWord, insights, TAP, the awakenings project, the ideal firestarter

What's Your Word - The Photographer

Empowered.

This history of The Awakenings Project STL is rooted in this word, photographed in late 2016 on the back of a woman whose husband taught her how to use a camera.

That woman is Marissa Southards.

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