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Stand Tall

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.

About this photo: “When I was a kid there was a continual warning to not get too big for your britches. Fuck that. Playing small serves no one. Stand up straight and claim your place on this earth. You are made of love and that shit isn’t going to stay crammed inside you much longer.

Find more from Carrie at her website.

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4 comments on “Stand Tall

  1. Jaeda DeWalt
    April 19, 2016

    Carrie, this is so stunning! i LOVE it! It’s like your holding court in nature. This exquisite photo frames your words so beautifully. I like the stark, barren branches, the beautiful light bathed in a soft haze and the striking interplay of light and shadow.

    “Playing small serves no one. Stand up straight and claim your place on this earth. You are made of love and that shit isn’t going to stay crammed inside you much longer.”<–YES!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. frankaz2000
    April 19, 2016

    Carrie your right in the middle and your in full control of yourself and nature. Picture perfect senic beauty!!!

    Like

  3. SwittersB
    April 20, 2016

    Love Carrie’s vision and courage.

    Like

  4. Meraki In Me
    April 24, 2016

    Powerful! I love it. I celebrate you. I support you. Let us be!!! ❤

    Like

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