I’m honored to be one of four featured in this issue of Kerry Magazine which focuses on FEMININE AND FIERCE entrepreneurs! In addition to our short autobiographies, there are also articles designed to inspire, nurture, and motivate as well as a fun advice column! This magazine shoot was an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G experience and a first for me (but not my last!). What’s really cool is that every person that played a part of this shoot is an entrepreneur, from the makeup artist to the photographer. This made the day even more electrifying! The jury is still out on how much fun the makeup session was, but I was impressed with the work of art Andrea Morales (in the bottom left photo next to me and also found on Facebook) created on my face when all was said and done. Kerry, the magazine creator, and DIVA of many things is in the bottom right photo in the gorgeous red dress! I am STILL in awe of the fact that she saw a vision of this magnitude and went for it rather than allowing it to intimidate her! WHO DOES THAT!!! She serves as a role model to entrepreneurs everywhere, proving no goal is too big to achieve if you are willing to do whatever it takes to bring it to life!
Working with professional photographer Kristina Chartier (also on Facebook!) was an incredible experience! I’m probably the most challenging female subject she’d ever had to work with! She patiently coached me on how to pose and look sexy at the same time. (It’s more complicated than it sounds, lol). Her prints are beautiful, making the shoot appear effortless even though she went above and beyond the call of duty behind the scenes while baking in the skin-searing Arizona heat. She never once complained and as we glanced through the photos at the end of our long day, there was not one grainy photo in the hundreds she must have taken. Kristina is a top-notch photographer, fun to work with and who I would highly recommend!
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A few words from Kerry!
Time to pre-order issue 4!!! 🌸 This issue is so beautiful! I am so excited to share it with you. The articles and interviews are so helpful, nurturing, and inspiring. You can preorder the print edition at special pricing until next Wednesday. There is a surprise option too! Go get check it out! 💐🌼🌺🌻🌸🌷 http://www.kerryburki.com/preview-preorder-issue-4-of-kerr…/ 💗 In this issue: Zenned Out – Bleu Gardens – JuanTe Dailey – Sharon Curtin – Kristina Chartier Photography Morales Makeup – Allison Burki Watt – Root + River – StrawberryHedgehog.com – Lotus & Lava – Kristen Fagan Art & Design – The Well Rooted Life, LLC – Nancy Jo Sutton McLeod – Amor Sui – Shari Mallinson Artist – Jacqueline Wolven and more!
My personality is equivalent to a crock pot at times, slow to warm up and reach the final result, but eventually, I arrive. Others may travel at the speed of sound but in order for me to be successful, I know I can’t approach life willy-nilly. I need to analyze a decision, making a list of pros and cons, and then move forward only after I have a Plan B. Well, my reality is a plan B, C, D, E, F and G. There is nothing wrong with being prepared for every possibility known in the history of man, lol.
One of the things I need to be cautious of is adding my own expectations into the mix. My focus needs to remain on the facts, not how I feel! (feelings aren’t facts!). That isn’t always possible since I am only human. When I make that mistake, I dust myself off and return to the drawing board. I don’t give up, I take the message from the mess and move on. My expectations are hurting me less and less. That’s growth, and the look I’m going for!
I’m a repeat offender when it comes to eliminating that extra body that jumped on the scale with me each time I was forced to do so. Like other tortured souls who wrongfully allowed lack of success in this arena to determine our self-worth in others, I’ve tried a multitude of quick fixes. Each lesson (there is no such thing as failure, only feedback!) caused me to rebound with more weight to lose than I originally started with. Between those short stints I always returned to my stable safety net, Weight Watchers. I didn’t know why I kept cycling through the same revolving door back then, always a visitor and never permanently unpacking my bags. When my health finally became enough of a concern for me to get serious, I analyzed it. The program was more realistic than the quick fix. In order to be successful I finally realized I needed a lifestyle change, not a diet. Diets never worked for me.
I didn’t have my epiphany in a Weight Watcher meeting as one would think, it was in the rooms of Al-Anon (a program that changed my life). They suggested addicts that attended weekly support groups were more likely to be successful. The light bulb finally came on! My name is JT, and I’m a food addict. I didn’t connect with that on my previous attempts, I wasn’t ready. In that moment I committed to attending weekly Weight Watcher meetings for the rest of my life. It only made sense that if other types of addicts were more likely to be successful by attending weekly support groups, so would I. I would NEVER be healed from my food addiction and would always require support.
I stopped glaring at my unhappy reflection in the mirror, and took action. I never missed a meeting the entire 2.5 years it took me to make Lifetime. Over 10 years later, I still attend meetings and have never once gone over my healthy weight after honoring my commitment to self. I finally realized the secret to weight loss is that there is no secret. It’s just doing what it takes, day in and day out with no excuses. Excuses don’t burn calories!