The Body Electric: Day Seven

You would think it would be easy by now — that seeing my own magic would feel as natural as breathing.

But there are still days when it’s work…  Days when I look at the mirror and see myself fading, and believe the lie that this makes me less:

Less valuable.

Less powerful.

Less human.

On those days, I turn my back to the mirror and tilt my face to the lens — even if it’s just the little lens on my iPhone.  And suddenly all the distance between subject and object collapses.  

Behind the lens, for a moment, I am the one in charge of the frame.

And I am the one who decides how to make beauty within it:


Just behind me, over my shoulder, I can see myself reflected into infinity. ❤



  1. I think that fear is within us almost always…but buried underneath our confidences. And sometimes it rears its’ ugly head…fear of fading away, of becoming less as you say. Great post and thank you.

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  2. Your post reminded me of this quote. It is one of my favs. Love you dear friend.
    “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 is not just in some of us; it is 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.” ~Marianne Williamson

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  3. I remind myself that what I do and the way I treat people is more important than what I see in the mirror. Also, that is what I’d much rather be remembered for when I’m gone. We’re all fading, that’s our nature. Ashley, you are beautiful and talented beyond words.

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