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Tierney Gearon: World Renown Artist and Photographer

As one of the most influential photographers of our time—having been discovered by Charles Saatchi,Tierney Gearon has established a career capturing moments, timelessly and accurately. Little did I know, before meeting her a few years ago when she took photos for my website, she also traveled the world for half a decade modeling. While she was pursuing her first passion, Ballet in Utah, a European modeling agency discovered her and helped ignite a life into the modeling world. Over time her interests grew and it was through her pastime of taking photos that she was encouraged to extend and grow her skills into and beyond the industry, ultimately to become a professional photographer. Not only does her resume and accolades within photography blow me away, she also is a woman with a powerful story that has inspired me deeply. As a professional working on the other side of the lens—and successfully, it’s apparent she is a woman of true talent. But In addition to it all, her dedication to her family is what I might admire the most. With four beautiful children whom she has evidently encourages to follow their passion no matter what, It’s apparent in the way she speaks of them that they are her gold. When you are in her home you can even feel the free spirit of great energy and greater love and it’s absolutely contagious. I had a chance to catch up with Tierney and ask her a few questions! Here is what we talked about…..

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JL: How would you describe your style?
Tierney Gearon: Creative, artistic, bohemian and colorful.
 
JL: What are your must-have beauty products?
TG: I have terribly dry skin—so all my organic oils are a must.
 
JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
TG: Exercise is an absolute must. I mostly hike and do yoga–we also just moved to a beach farm
lifestyle and so my new favorite thing is to walk the goats and sit with the chickens; it keeps me grounded continually.

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
TG: Commercial photography wise, the biggest challenge I have ever had to do is when I had to shoot the Oscar Issue for the New York Times Magazine; we had to also shoot little vignette videos. I had an hour to do each person and it was the first time I had ever done film so I had to come up with the concepts and make it all happen. Working with such a large crew was also not easy, I am a one woman show, but we did it and we did an amazing job!
 
JL: Being a mother of four, how do you balance your work, creativity and motherhood?
TG: I don’t know, some how I just do it! I just don’t think about it. I take care of myself but my children come first hands down.
 
JL: As a woman who has achieved so much, how important has the support of other women been to your career?
TG: I think the biggest support is the belief in one’s self and taking care of yourself. I know what it feels like to support my female friends and I am very empowered by it, in turn I’m encouraged to support myself.

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JL: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
TG: My own life story. My family and children inspire me.
 
JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
TG: Learn how to take care of yourself and to say “yes” to as much as you can without hurting yourself or others!

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December: Straying from Holiday Stress

Below are some tips on how to conquer a whole day, avoiding the anticipation of stress!

A.M.

Forget the snooze. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up, and start your morning out with a calm mind. Being rushed will only enhance stress. In addition to avoiding the sleep button, get up and exercise.

Most people tend to put off workouts until the end of the day (and end up skipping them). Don’t leave it up to chance and try to kick off the day with a workout—yoga, a walk, a little joy—anything to get your endorphins running!

Afternoon

It might go without saying, but this time of day can be a rushed one—whether with work or managing the family schedule. Take your time and do one thing at a time. Also try and incorporate laughter in your afternoon (and everyday!).

Laughing soothes tension in your body and relieves any of your stressed-out responses on the spot. The long-term benefits have been proven too to even improve your immune system.

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P.M.

Reflect. Remember, quality time to unwind is not selfish. Try creating a ritual in the evening that is free of technology and allow your body to calm down and rest. To enhance this unwinding, try a cup of hot tea, read few chapters in your book, or a long bath to wind down solo.

Whether it’s understanding these simple efforts in creating a stress-less environment or even a process of rethinking your habits that may not be as healthy, ie: caffeine intake or running on no sleep, it’s important to know a huge difference in our day can be made with intentional effort and prioritizing your health and wellness rather than over stimulating your mind and schedules with distractions! Here’s a living the day better.

 

Photo Cred: Marnie Harris by Piczo Photography (http://picpicpiczo.tumblr.com/)

Less of Stress

Though we believe in keeping ourselves externally healthy, this week we want to focus on some simple suggestions that can help us maintain a healthy mind and spirit—the well being of our insides! Without a doubt, the biggest factor that affects us is stress. So, how does one strive towards a stress-free life (or at least a life that isn’t dictated by it)?

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Here are some thoughts and helpful tips.

  1. Morning cup of tea. Though this may be difficult, swap out your morning coffee with some ginseng tea. A chemical compound in ginseng is said to soothe anxiety.
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Though obvious, it’s worth noting, feeding your body the right foods is essential for managing stress. During stressful situations, people have a tendency to skip meals. Try to avoid this at all cost.
  3. Blow off steam. It’s recommended we exercise least three to four times a week for at least 30 to 45 minutes each session.
  4. Turn on the jams. Listening to music is proven to reduce stress-induced conditions such as high blood pressure and elevated heart rate.
  5. Sit up straight. Good posture helps you take in more oxygen and perform better during stressful activities that may be time consuming—such as deadlines.
  6. Plant it. Studies have shown that people working near plants reacted 12 percent faster and were less stressed. Plus it can liven up your workspace.
  7. Encouraging others. Whether writing a letter or emailing a friend, social support has been proven to lower stress.
  8. Pick up a hobby. Research has found that repetitive activities can help calm your nerves. Instead of watching a movie, grab some knitting or the guitar.
  9. Rest. A proper amount of rest will make it easier to cope with whatever challenges life throws your way tomorrow. Most people need at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night to function at their best.
  10. Just breathe. As simple as it sounds, using deep breathing can be one of your greatest weapons against stress. By closing your eyes and breathing deeply and quietly for as little as three to five minutes, a natural sense of decompression will follow.

 

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