Meet Growing Up Glad-Portrait District LLC
I am truly honored that Lisa selected my girls to represent her photography in this Beauty Revived Campaign for the 50 Most Beautiful Children. We believe in what it stands for and believe that real beauty comes from the person you are on the inside and how you treat others.
My daughters Juliet, 10 and Ella, 8 have inspired my blog called Growing Up Glad. We aim to spread positivity on social media and in our community while sharing our life of gratitude, giving, girl power and of course glamour!
I started the blog 3 years ago, a few years after being diagnosed with a debilitating chronic immune disorder called ME/CFIDS. This illness greatly impacts my daily life as well as my energy, so I was no longer able to work as an Elementary School Guidance Counselor. The girls have grown up with my illness. Having a chronically ill mother comes with a set of challenges to which not many can relate. The girls have developed empathy and compassion from a very young age. They have also developed patience and a deep sense of caring for others, as they see their father taking care of me. They have overcome many obstacles that my illness causes in our lives on a daily basis.
Our practice of gratitude and mindfulness came about as a way to deal with my diagnosis and my life after pregnancies. I had to shift my mindset and in turn, it morphed into a sort of parenting style and lifestyle for my family. I call it a practice because it does take practice to have a positive mindset and a grateful heart. Focusing on things we are thankful for each day and positive things that happen are part of our daily routine. My girls both deal with anxiety and we try to combat it by shifting our mindset and working through the negative thoughts when they have those feelings. I find that empowering them with as much knowledge about new situations helps them too. We are always talking through and processing everything.
Although I have my hands full with my illness and raising 2 young girls, it is so important for me to give back to their school and our community. The girls have seen this and they are active members of their school’s Kindness Matters Club. Samaritans365.org is a non-profit organization that trains Ambassadors to run after-school clubs. I run the club at my girls’ school along with their Science teacher. My girls take part in monthly meetings with different local non-profits that come to the school to educate the students about the good work they are doing in the community and inspire the kids to get involved. The club aims to spread the message that “Kindness Matters”. Juliet and Ella participate in local charitable events and have even hosted several lemonade stands to raise money for Hurricane Irma and other important causes. The girls continually donate their gently used clothes, books and toys to those less fortunate than us.
My girls know that we live by the belief that “Kindness Matters” and
Juliet really has a good understanding of this because she was the target of a bullying situation when she was in the 3rd grade. She bravely shared her experience in a blog post (http://growingupglad.com/2017/10/11/how-to-deal-with-a-bully-advice-from-a-3rd-grader/) and a YouTube video
(https://youtu.be/qgH0YkpYbRE) because she wanted to help other kids who have been bullied, and in her words, kids who have not but could learn what to do if they were. The video has received over 4,200 views and we hope it has helped some other kids and parents.
At school, Juliet was recently selected to be on the Safety Patrol team for being a dedicated, honest, respectful student. She is grateful to have the honor of this leadership position.
Both girls have been selected by Justice, a national tween clothing store to be Girls With Heart Ambassadors. They are part of an elite group of girls across the country doing amazing things in their community. As Ambassadors, they collaborate with Justice to spread positivity to other girls both on social media and in their community. This is a chance for them to combine their love of girl’s fashion with their love of girl power! They represent smart, active, positive, creative, and connected girls who believe girls are stronger when they stand together.
I spent my career working with kids and I believe all children are truly special and unique and have gifts to offer the world. I am humbled as a mother and grateful to have had the opportunity to share a little about my daughters.
Growing Up Glad Blog
Short Bio of Photographer
What started out as a hobby after her first daughter was born, quickly turned into a passion to capture the beauty in everything she saw. She pinpointed breathtaking backgrounds, vibrant colors, and gorgeous landscapes making them the subject of many a beautiful image.
Her true passion was capturing families, children, and soon-to-be mothers. She furthered her skills and eventually realized that it made sense to start offering her services professionally.
Today, Lisa is a member of The National Association of Professional Child Photographers and is a family and child photography specialist.