What Do Women Want?

What Do Women Want?

Not long ago I was engaging in negative self talk, giving in to my saboteur and generally feeling crappy about myself. It took years, a journey out of a toxic relationship and so much more to come into my own, to shine my light in the world without feeling bad about it. Without putting myself down or finding flaws in literally everything I did. But with a little (OK, a LOT of) grace and compassion, I embraced me.

The real me. The Rupa who has some major mojo. I forgot who she was for so damn long!

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Are you up for a little bit of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’?

Are you up for a little bit of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’?

You might be wondering, “What the hell is that Blog title all about Rupa!?”

Every time I do an amazing client photo shoot, I expand. In so many ways that you all know I talk about. Usually it is deep and meaningful. And, don’t get me wrong, the session I had with Lisa was all that and so much more, because lately, the expansion has also super light and fun!

I guess that makes sense since I am working on ‘pleasure’ quite a bit right now in my life. From just enjoying the blue sky and fluffy clouds to the bumble bee that comes and says hello, to dancing it out to Joan Jett in the kitchen while I make Bella’s food for the day!

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Learning to F.L.Y.

Learning to F.L.Y.

I found a video as I was cleaning out tons of stuff and it made me smile! It was so weird seeing myself laugh and smile and be happy after so long of not! The night we shot it, I cried because I hadn’t seen myself in that space for so very long and I couldn’t believe that it was actually me!

And today, just a few months later, the two words that came to mind as I watched it again, this time with a smile on my face, were: sexy and fierce.

I won’t lie. Sexy had always felt like something or someone I had to be for another person. I think this was my wiring growing up. And then as I started owning who I was and started loving myself more fiercely, like true self compassion and finding voice without apology, this new way of being felt super sexy.

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Destination: Pleasure.

Destination: Pleasure.

Last weekend, I was told to go find pleasure to add to my day…

So I did just that. I put the top down, grabbed a coffee, and decided I’d enjoy a drive with the wind in my hair and the sun on my shoulders and the music turned all the way up!

Destination…nowhere! Perfect!

And as I headed out on my ‘Destination Nowhere’ day out, little did I know that there actually was a destination up ahead (but more on that in a bit.), but what I did promise myself in that moment is that I would do it in a way so it all felt downstream.

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The storm behind the magic.

The storm behind the magic.

Last Spring when I headed up to Asheville, I shared all of the fun stuff that happened behind the scenes. We did have a blast but what you all may not know is that before the magic happened, there was a bit of a storm that didn't seem to end until the night before the sessions started.

Between my little Bella having a seizure to the weather deciding it would be frigid beyond belief (it truly felt like it was -20!) to my makeup artist getting so sick she had to cancel two days before … I honestly felt broken. It was rough but, at the same time, I always feel like it is a bit of a test from the Universe for me on strength and resiliency! And I want to say that I think I’ve been passing each time!

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I want more.

I want more.

Travel is lighting me up each time I do it. And I want more.

I’ve enjoyed myself for the past few weeks and feel like I am just now coming off the Boston high. It was a lot of fun! I had set an intention a few years ago that I wanted to be able to go on a trip at least once a year with my kids and treat them to a few days and have a blast. And, I accomplished that this year!

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Adventures are necessary.

Adventures are necessary.

Ya’all, I went to COWGIRL CAMP recently! It brought back all the awesome memories of my younger days when I used to go set up a tent, make fires and get back to nature in a deep and reconnective way.

This time was no different really even though it was done many, many years later! It was a total badass advenutre! One that I am so grateful I decided to go on for myself! 

I drove to Kentucky last week to spend the weekend at Cowgirl Camp at Little Wing Hollow. It was started by Anessa Arehart as her dream has been to connect women organically and to create experiences during the weekend which will do the same. We had everything from a Birding class to Crystals class to live music each evening under the sunset and stars. 

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Sweet Talkin' Woman | A Session with Michaela

Sweet Talkin' Woman | A Session with Michaela

When I received a message from Michaela that she was going to Asheville and was thinking of taking “a wander” over to Atlanta for a coffee and maybe also a photo shoot, I was like, “YESSS! Let’s do it!”

The studio was still not 100% moved into but we made it work! I had such fun with her and she was totally up for the music and dance piece I love doing during sessions now-a-days! So we did and the song ‘Sweet Talkin’ Woman’ by ELO made the magic happen!

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Getting My Life Back

Getting My Life Back

Recently, I received the BEST news ever: "Your test results are gorgeous!"

I don't ever think I have heard a doc use those words when it comes to test results and as they relate to me and my body, and I totally teared up but was also very proud of how far I have come!

We celebrated how far I have come on this emotional and physical journey of mine and I think I may still need to truly celebrate because that is a thing that I am still learning to FEEL...not easy for me!

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Showing Up for Yourself

Showing Up for Yourself

I am letting you in on one of my secret pleasures – a bit of hip-hop and ‘70s music – totally dance-worthy and self-care worthy! The songs take me to a place where I don’t have to think for a while! Having fun, dancing, and singing out loud when no one is watching helps you shed the vulnerability in real life. It allows you to be yourself without apologizing for any of your quirks. AND it is just plain FUN!

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