The Warrior




I’ve been thinking a lot about my core desired feelings for 2014 and while I was hoping to have an arsenal of creative words to drive my goals moving into the new year it really comes back to just one word:

WARRIOR / brave + strong + spirit

The warrior I want to be is brave, strong, experienced, fierce, graceful, spiritual and sexy. She has little time to feel sorry for herself and can’t be bothered by worry or fear. She’s not afraid of dying. When she’s not out on an adventure she’s at home giving herself fully to her family. This warrior momma is connected deeply to her spirit – and that gives her divine confidence. She has scars and flaws and a few wrinkles around her eyes but that’s a part of her story – it’s what makes her real. And real hot.

The warrior I want to be will motivate my actions in 2014. This looks like creating a safe and cozy nest for my family – filled with good food, warm music, and exotic spices flavoring the air. This looks like lifting heavy weights and climbing tall walls. This looks like a lot of reading, meditation, and intentional introspection. This also looks like a post-apocalyptic wardrobe and crystals. But it also looks like gracefully navigating the daily grind.

P.S. I’m so lucky to have had Misty at Revel Photo capture an image of exactly who I want to be – these photos will be a good reminder to have when I need to channel my “warrior” self. You can see more pictures from my post-apocalyptic inspired warrior momma photo shoot here. You can read about the creative direction and see more photos over at Misty’s blog here and here.


  1. Once again, these photos are so amazing and your warrior mantra utterly inspiring.

  2. This is brilliant. I love the idea of creating an image (literally!) of your ideal self, and then using that image to morph into a new, better version of you. It’s like seeing the future! I think I could benefit from an exercise like that. Definitely inspiring.

    p.s. Do you think Baby needs a warrior name to follow in his warrior Mama’s footsteps? Or a name that means warrior? I think that sounds perfectly suited 🙂


    • Exactly! It’s like I can really visualize my ideal self because it’s actually ME! It just takes some talented friends and a little bit of imagination to make it happen.

      (This is also probably the same appeal for boudoir shoots too…)

      And yes! I think it would be so cool for baby boy to have a warrior name. “Odin” might be perfect with my Viking roots.

  3. I love these photos. You are a true warrior! I honestly love how stylish you both are, your baby is going to be SUCH a looker and such a well dress and stylish little bundle of joy!!!

  4. Renee

    Love love love the photos, concept, ideals and mostly making happen your dream. You were a warrior to me long before I saw these pics!

  5. Kat

    That first photo is just breathtaking. I am so inspired by these and even created my own 2014 word and post about it. Thanks for the constant reminder to be one’s best self.

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  8. thenik

    Well, this is pretty much how I imagine you on the regular. Really.

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