Abi Powell | Cellist | March 2018

This is Abi. She’s a spunky 19 year old living in Tennessee. Abi studies cello at University of Memphis. I’m so excited to attend the one of the concerts her orchestra preforms! I asked Abi what women have impacted or empowered her in her life and how they did that. “My old cello teacher, Hannah, is the best person in the entire world. She is so honest. She wanted me not only to be a better cellist, but a better person. She seamlessly tied in cello with life; how I was suppose to treat people and handle situations. Another would be Jill. She’s accepted me into her family. Lets me be imperfect but also pushes me to grow at the same time. She feeds me, which is a huge love language!” Last year Abi had the opportunity to visit her father’s family in Germany. She spent time in the homes of her aunts and uncles with cousins and friends. “My great aunt in Germany really impacted me. She taught me so much about hospitality and love even when you can’t speak the same language.”

I also asked Abi what it meant to be empowered by others for her? “When people drop the competitiveness. When I feel someone being competitive it makes me sad, because they are losing the opportunity for community. It develops that “I have to better then you.” instead of sharing and learning from each other. Its really empowering for me when other people come together within the same art. ”

I also asked Abi what it meant to be empowered by others for her? “When people drop the competitiveness. When I feel someone being competitive it makes me sad, because they are losing the opportunity for community. It develops that “I have to better then you.” instead of sharing and learning from each other. Its really empowering for me when other people come together within the same art. “

Hope Peck | Artist | Memphis College of Art

Celebrate women every chance you get. This month I’m reflecting on women who have empowered and impacted me. I would be a different person if I hadn’t formed a friendship with @hepeck_ so long ago. The Lord has used her to prune, encourage, challenge, and love me. If you ever get the opportunity to be graced with her presence, soak up every moment. She is a woman of sheer talent, challenging wisdom, true beauty, and such elegance. She works harder then anyone I know- she hustles in the midst of struggle. She is integrity. I celebrate the woman and thank God for her. I’ve cried and laughed early hours of the morning with her.

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Rooftops | Memphis + New Friends

Its incredible how personalities work. How quickly you know if you are going to really like someone. Bre was one of those people for me. Within my first conversation, I knew she was just my kind of person. Chillax, hysterical, and loves Jesus. We really hadn’t had more then one or two conversations in person over the course of a year or two,  before she planned to come see me last month for a short weekend.

As a professional in the field of your passion, your freedom gets lost in the business. What was your hobby becomes a to do list. There is so much beauty and blessing in that, but I’m starting to see how I must protect my creative process. Reading Ben Sasso’s incredible blogpost, “Creative Manifesto” a few months back, I was already chatting it up with Bre about all my thoughts on the subject. He speaks so much truth in getting creative, loosening your standards, being free. Pushing yourself in unpaid situations. Bre, even from a far, was such an encouragement.  I asked if she would be a model one day for me. AND NOWWWW it has happened. Months later, here she was, in front of my camera. Even more fun and exciting then I could have dreamed. Bre, you are such a wonderful human. I had the best time chatting, adventuring, and learning with you. I’m so excited to see how God is using you.

Recently, I also had the joy of meeting Jessica. Seriously one of the coolest highschoolers. This chick is graduating and headed to Belmont. She is full of dreams, bravery, and talent. She joined us on our adventures and took us around some of Memphis’s best tops- even agreeing to get in front of the lens. I’m just so honored to know her. <3 Thank you Jess for being so lovely and such a joy! I love how I can see your dreams through your eyes. I love your style and genuine spirit.