Julie has been a part of my series FEARLESS, showcasing women who decide their own worth and live on their own terms. It was her second shoot with us within the space of 11 months so it was incredible to see how much Julie has grown in confidence in that time and how she is driven to create the most fulfilling life for herself and her son.
I’ve spent majority of my life feeling like I had to please others and do what others wanted to make them proud of me, or to get their acceptance, and not be judged. But I then realised no one else’s opinions of me mattered. I should be free to do what makes me happy even if others disagree, if they don’t like the way I live my life that’s there problem not mine and I shouldn’t have to change.
What do you want from life, talk to me about your dreams?
I’m finally in a place in my life where I’m happy and grateful for what I have so there isn’t much I want except to maintain that feeling and maybe help others see they can do the same as me and enjoy life.
What brings you joy?
My 2 year old son brings me the most joy, since having him I’ve changed my perception and my mental attitude so that the thing I love most about myself is my ability to try and stay positive when others try to bring me down and my ability to keep fighting for my happiness.
What makes you most proud of yourself?
Looking back at my accomplishments. I gave birth naturally to a 9lb 12oz baby! I ended toxic relationships I chose to raise my child in lock down on my own whilst dealing with heartache. I’ve overcome a lot of hurt and heartbreak and it’s made me love myself and that’s what I’m proud of.
How do you find strength when you go through tough days?
For me it’s about positive mental attitude. When I have a bad day I tell myself it won’t last forever and things will get better.
What little things make you feel grateful to be alive?
My sons smile and his cheeky laugh. When he says new words makes my heart melt ♥️
What do you want to do more each day?
Sleep! 😂 I’m joking (well not really as working full time and being a single mum is tiring) but I want less stress and more laughs everyday. What do you envision your life to be in 5 years?I don’t ask for much just a comfortable life for me and my son. A house with a garden, a job I enjoy and financially stable.
What 3 things would you change in the world if you had power to make them happen?
Judgement! Hate that people still judge if you don’t fit into the social “norm”
Coronvirus! That has messed up the whole world and so many people have suffered in and out of lockdown.
Equality. For example gender and race are still not equal.
What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?
Stop being so impatient but I wouldn’t change anything in my life. It’s not been easy but all the hurt was worth it and made me the person I am today.
Why were the photographs important to you now?
Beautiful photos are always important but these ones show me looking happy, confident, amazing and strong! Having them hanging up is a constant reminder of my capabilities and always makes me smile and keeps me going.
Photo & Retouch Renata Clarke
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