I am a believer, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a photographer, a princess. I am cherished, I am priceless, I hold immeasurable value, I am loved. I am… it’s a campaign worth sharing, at least I think so. A vision for girls, young and old, to stop hating on each other and on themselves and be reminded daily of their worth, their dreams, and their strengths. This is my vision.

I wrote almost 5 pages front and back about what I wanted to say to launch this campaign and how I would describe my intentions. On the 5th page in, my iPhone dinged, and it was a forwarded email from a dear friend, which I rarely get. It read, “Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.”, commence sobbing. Wow, I am…in awe.

So what’s it all about? Well, about a month ago I started the long process of rebranding and restructuring my business. There was one thing I knew immediately, I wanted to empower women/girls through photography. I’m still not exactly sure how to do that, it’s a work in progress but I have this one idea of a snapshot on the mirror.

I am so heartbroken when I hear a friend or the daughter of a friend speak down on herself or others. All I can think is, if you could only see all the wonderful I see. I admit, I’m guilty too, again work in progress. So how could I curb this nasty pull towards diminishing our self-confidence? A snapshot of positive. When I have something important to remember or I need a daily reminder of something I will often put a sticky note on the bathroom mirror or put a reminder in my phone, which has been known to fail me, technology pfft ;-). The mirror is one of the first things we see when we start our day, what does your mirror say to you? Does it remind you to never underestimate yourself and to find the positive qualities inside and out? I’m going to guess probably not but I pray this will.

So here’s what I’m asking, call me, email me, message me, just get a hold of me anyway you can and let me give you a snapshot for your mirror. I’m not asking for money, this is a free service. I am asking for a movement of women, young and old, who vow to treasure themselves and others. That vow to change the decline in self-confidence we see in our girls and in ourselves.

I will accept donations :-). 100% of donations will go to Elkhart County Women’s Shelter (iFiT) for donations collected in Indiana and another women’s charity in Harrisonburg, VA for donations collected in Virginia.  If you live in Rockingham County and know of an awesome local women’s charity please, email me.

Contact me at: mistiyoderphotography@gmail.com or call: 574-238-0684 to schedule your snapshot. I so look forward to meeting you. God bless.

Angelique Showalter - November 20, 2013 - 9:43 AM

What a great thing you are doing. Society is so hard for girls/ladies these days. This would be a great thing to do with up and coming 6th graders as the year begins. What a tough time for girls making the transition from elementary to young adult.

Elaine Miller - November 20, 2013 - 12:07 PM

I think what you are doing is wonderful. I have always had a self esteem problem. My daughter as well. But it is not just girls. Boys suffer just as bad as girls. Boys with self esteem problems can grow up as abusers or drug addicts. Or they can commit suicide. I see what you are doing and that is good, but don’t forget about the boys too. Some day they will have families. My husband came into our marriage with very low self esteem. He would rather hide in the house than challenge himself. He feels defeated and broken. He takes that out on everyone around him. So we need to fix the boys as well. We want both the girls and the boys to know they are cherished and loved by God. We want them both to stand tall and take on whatever challenges life has to offer them.

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