Courtney and I crossed paths about 4 years ago. Our time together was short-lived but that goes to show you what kind of impact she has had on not only myself but also many others who can testify to her love for life. Courtney is a very inspirational person and what makes her inspiration unique is her method. It is simply her life lived out, being herself, loving on people, enjoying her life and living it to the fullest. These are the ways in which she has inspired me. Courtney is now an international photographer something she has dreamed of since the age of 15. This girl is absolutely phenomenal at what she does and it is not just because she was born for it but it’s also her immense love for people and life itself that does it over. She is one of the most humble people I have met and has the creative ability to make anyone and everyone feel special! I have asked Courtney’s permission to an interview on her out look on life and how she pushed past her own obstacles, and her journey of appreciation. You will see why she is one of the people who has added to my journey…You can also see more of her and her work at http://dellafiora.com/blog/ & http://dellafiora.com/diary/
1. When God revealed himself to me at a very young age. Feeling his unfathomable love and favor on my life has been by far the most rewarding, life changing thing to ever happen to me.
4. Creating a place for women from all over the world to come and feel beautiful. My heart.. my pride and joy: The Boudoir Vixen 5. Meeting my sponsor child, Duangdao. Being able to support such a beautiful innocent child is one of the most rewarding things ever. (compassion.com)
I have been knowing Sydney for about 7 years now and I don’t know anyone better at being themself than this girl. You know those friends you only get like three or four of your whole life? Well she is one of them. I have always admired Sydney’s ability to be herself in any given situation, no matter the pressure or what is at stake. I have never seen her deny who she is. These days you don’t meet many girls you can say that about. We get so caught up in who we want to be or who we think we ought to be rather than accept who we are AS WE ARE. Because of the beliefs I have battled with in my heart towards myself these have always been traits that stick out to me when I see them in someone. Sydney agreed to a short interview of how she is able to stay at this place of self-acceptance. Maybe you can get a little something from what she has to share too…
Hey my friend! If you can, I want you to share a little bit about yourself and how you were able to get to this place in your life. I am sure things were not always this way for you. What are some things you do in times when it is harder to be self-accepting? …
I think the most important thing in my life that has helped me, was having a foundation laid early. It doesn’t matter what faulty construction you build on the foundation, when all of that fails, the foundation stays. I went through a testing of building myself on top of my foundation and failing miserably. I struggled with becoming myself and accepting myself through my early teen years after my parents divorced. At one point, for reasons so unimportant I don’t remember, I hated my dad. God used my situation and helped me realize that no matter the person or what they have done, they are still human and imperfect. That made me look at MYSELF and realize that who God made me is who I am and the situations I face are mine. I can accept them for what they are or spend time-wasting the good that can come from them and myself. I learned to build something strong on my foundation.
In the struggles of daily life, being a wife, a mother and building a business, I find myself questioning who I am and what in the world I am trying to accomplish!? Then I remember to breathe and that I can do what I have been made to do. God IS my foundation and together we built a strong house that knows who she is and what she is worth. Knowing that makes it easy to be self-accepting when I’m at my worst..God doesn’t build junk!