After breastfeeding my first two children and not achieving my feeding goal of 1 year, I figured I shouldn't aim too high when it came to baby number 3...especially after the pain on day two! Well, with some awesome postpartum support we were nursing well and I was ready to start helping other mamas to feed their babies too. I believe that this is the circle of life in motherhood:
OBSERVE, LEARN, ALIGN, & ADVOCATE
This was the beginning of a movement and although I was determined to breastfeed, I was also dedicated to documenting families across the country to show the world how normal it was, especially in the black community. So, I took my 17 month old on the road and we breatfed, potty trained, and launched the Normalize Breastfeeding Tour, traveling to 11 states and photographing mothers breastfeeding in public, scenic, and at-home locations...because you have to feed your baby whereever and whenever they're hungry to establish, build, and protect a healthy milk supply.
Normalizing breastfeeding, for me, isn't just a movement, it's a mindset. I didn't let anyone's opinion stop me from walking into my destiny. With the loving support of my husband and three children, I continued chasing my dreams after my nursling was too old to plane hop for free! He continued to breastfed until he was 3. That was my vision of normalizing breasteeding as a black portrait photographer in the US:
getting out there, creating memories that last a lifetime, and building community around the world for this cause.
So, I am here to tell you, mama,
NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!
I became a profitable portrait photographer working with MIT, UNC at Chapel Hill, and the Philadephia Department of Public Health, but soon learned that I was unfulfilled simply increasing my income, I wanted to increase my impact. I was first given the opportunity to tell my story at the California Breastfeeding Coalition summit - to become a speaker was my childhood dream. I felt so grateful for the reminder!
SO, I MADE A DECISION TO GET IN POSITION WITH MY VISION!
Now, I encourage, inspire, and motivate black mothers to BE THE CHANGE to latch the gap of black health disparities teaching them how to align with the ancient wisdom of nurturing. I also present my keynote to lactation professionals to help them liberate families from the pressures of breastfeeding with social media support.
During the 2020 pandemic, I created an online maternal mindset group coaching program to teach ambitious black women, who are overwhelmed with the details of chasing their dreams and supporting their family, how to map out their inner-vision so they can joyfully practice self-care, pursue their goals with peace of mind, and confidently walk in alignment with their life's purpose.
As a 2021 trained, Les Brown Power Voice Summit Speaker, I am also providing customized motivational keynotes in thought leadership outside of the industry of lactation.
DO YOU HAVE A STORY TO TELL?
Something special is hidden deep within you and I'd love to help you reveal it!
You can rise.
It's Your Time
Arise. Align. Shine.
FROM OVERWHELM TO OVERFLOW IN 60 DAYS
Are you afraid you won't reach your dreams because of the obstacles in your way?
If you lack clarity around what you really want, you will tend to overcomplicate simple choices and prioritize things that you know are not truly important. Accountability from a loving community can help you to get where you're going quickly and with ease.
It's time to refine your inner-vision of yourself and your future.
Are you working tirelessly as a wife, mother, and in your business, but you're still not seeing the results that you deeply desire? Are you imagining all of the people you could be helping if you had a clear understanding of where you were going?
Apply to speak with me directly!
We'll do a live Vision Assessment, completely free of charge, to see where you are right now, where you really want to be, and breakdown what you need to do to get there in record time! On this call, I'll answer all of your questions and give you all of the information to decide if our group coaching program is right for you and if now is a good time to get started. Book your call to start seeing your vision more clearly!
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ALIGN & SHINE
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
ANNA FORSBERG, DOULA
I signed up for a social media class trusting that I would get some practical skills on how to procure visuals for my business. And yes, I got those but what I didn't expect was for Vanessa to give me permission to envision an even bigger and better version of my business. After just an hour, I had an entirely transformed vision that I am still pretty in awe of. I highly recommend Vanessa's courses to any entrepreneur looking to push themselves to the next level. Or in my case, 10 levels!