I am so proud of my baby!  His name is Doolin Moran, 8 years old, and a passionate nature photographer.  He discovered photography this spring, and the gifts our family has received from his love of nature have been absolutely magic.  These are just a few of my favorites.  Afterall, he is the reason I found the courage within to “be the kind of brave my children could be proud of,” and already that decision has been so worth it!! — if only because I have seen firsthand that the best way to inspire our children is to be our very best and bravest, truest selves.  Check out Doolin’s website at 333photography.com!

I first encountered this quote over ten years ago in a dressing room at a favorite boutique downtown Milwaukee, “Lela” ~ and it immediately awakened something in me.  For some reason, I had often been compelled to dull my own light, at least somewhat, so as to protect others from their insecurities.  I now know that doesn’t do them, me, or the Universe any favors in the long run, and the best thing we can be is ourselves, as fully, brilliantly, and honestly as possible, every day.  Fear-Less-ly.  Not for show or attention, but because that is how we can be of most service to the world.   From the book “A Course in Miracles,” by Marianne Williamson ~

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”