What's Your Word — personal reflection

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.  ...


Reflections on Words

Marissa Southards

Tags insights, inspiration, personal reflection

The Awakenings Project is a project that become very dear to me.  While I have spent years focusing on raising my children, activism, and my career, pursuing an artistic drive was always something I was truly afraid of doing.  I was so worried about what other people would think, or that I wasn't good enough.  Stepping into this project to express my creativity is, in all honesty, one of the most fiercest leaps I have taken in my life, to date.  As I close in on the age of 40, I could possibly look back with regret, but I will...

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