Embracing Life’s Rollercoaster: My Journey of Highs, Lows, and the Road Back to Empowering Women And Creative Renewal

Jodie Shanks Brisbane Boudoir Photographer

Embracing Life’s Rollercoaster: My Journey of Highs, Lows, and the Road Back to Empowering Women And Creative Renewal

Embracing Life’s Rollercoaster: My Journey of Highs, Lows, and the Road Back to Empowering Women And Creative Renewal

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In the fast-paced world we live in, taking time for ourselves and embracing the journey to living our best life is a rewarding but often challenging endeavor. For me, this journey has been a blend of highs and lows, realizations, acceptance & working on how to empower women again & reigniting my creative spirit.

I have been taking some time out to find my new normal & here’s why.

As you may or may not know I have gone from being married for 27 years to a single woman to a woman who is in a relationship to a woman who became a grandmother, to a woman on a sabbatical. I sold my home & studio & transitioned from home ownership to a new feeling of being mortgage-free, traveling & house/pet-sitting. Throw in there more life-altering challenges, some of which I was sure I wasn’t going to recover from. Let’s not forget Menopause which includes brain fog & hot flushes & woo. It’s been a lot & a lot for me to admit. The first step was to admit that it WAS a lot, the next step was to seek advice, therapy, mindfulness & soul searching. This is a reminder that it’s OK to Be not OK all of the time. Those changes & challenges are good for you, even if you don’t think so right now.

Traveling has been an incredible part of my journey. I felt grateful to be free to follow those dreams. It allowed me to explore new places, meet fascinating people, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Pet sitting all over the world added a whole other layer to this experience, allowing us to rest between being a tourist and living like a local. It was during these moments of adventure that I truly felt the freedom to live life on my terms. However, it’s essential to remember that life isn’t just a highlight reel & I struggled with allowing myself to enjoy the experience sometimes as others were quite judgemental about my journey. But I had to shake that off and believe in my journey. It’s also about embracing the moments of vulnerability and growth & the belief in yourself & your choices.

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It’s important to acknowledge that being human means experiencing a full spectrum of emotions. You aren’t human if you don’t go through some shit from time to time, but it helps how you react to it. Sometimes, you can do it with a smile on your face, and sometimes you can’t. That’s perfectly okay. I’ve come to understand that these emotions, whether they’re happiness, sadness, fear, anger, or guilt, aren’t permanent. They are part of the intricate tapestry of life. It’s the lows that make the highs so much more precious. It’s during moments of adversity that we learn, grow, and appreciate the beauty of life. We can’t control everything or understand everything & that’s ok. It can be a very hard lesson to learn.

My most recent journey although tough, the learnings are profound and life-changing. Learning to accept an outcome that you do not influence over is hard. I am focused, however, on being the best version of myself, having new boundaries & bringing a new level to my creative spirit. I will look forward.

So, as I look forward, I’m grateful for the highs and the lows, for they have helped me evolve into a more resilient and creative individual. I still believe things happen “FOR” you & not “TO” you, this may not be evident right away but it seems to inevitably shine its light & show you at some point. I am looking forward to knowing what this looks like. I invite you to embrace your journey, whatever it may entail, with an open heart, for it’s in the dance between highs and lows that we truly discover the essence of living our best lives.

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

What I can change is the fact that I am back delivering the beautiful experiences you deserve, it’s been an incredible process of self-learning & unlearning. My love for seeing you transform & sparkle bright after going through your journey is still there & is stronger than ever. I cannot wait to hear more about you & why you would love this experience for yourself.

My Queens deserve the BEST, so I am releasing a very limited amount of Sessions for the beginning of 2024.

I thank you all for your patience, but I wanted to be sure I was ready. I am so looking forward to meeting my next Queens.

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I couldn’t have done this alone. I have received guidance & treatment from two beautiful souls. Their love, care & wisdom are very different but both are therapeutic in their own right & have helped me immensely. Thank you ladies 🙏🏻

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