I have spent my entire life trying to please everyone.. like most women do. I was taught my place. I was taught to make nice.. to make myself look nice, sound nice, be nice, make a nice home, make a nice supper for my family. I was taught to settle down and have babies. To not speak-up, to not say what was truly on my mind and most of all to dumb myself down for men. I was always smart and I have always been a smart ass. I love wit and humor.. but even that I have had to tone down so as not to make waves, to be a nice, good and sweet little woman.

I was taught to keep my fire at bay.. to keep my creative thought and energies to myself.. least they offend anyone. I was shown that male artist and writiers were taken far more serioulsy than female creative minds and souls. I was taught that my artwork and my writing were nice little hobbies.. ” how sweet that you paint Gracie, how cute that you write.” Even my dancing was shameful.. as I have always danced with sensuality and fire.. everything I do is filled with passion; but I was taught that good girls and women don’t behave that way.. good girls are ladies and ladies talk about polite things and they do whatever it takes to make others feel welcome and happy.. mostly ladies give up their own comfort for others.. they give and give their time and thier energy until they are used up, old and depleted.

NO! I will not play nice.. No I will not give myself away and give up on my dreams.

Now I will dance the way I want, think the way I want and be who I am!

  • Audra Arnold-Gorrell

    awesome….fun….sexy….all of the above!!!! You Go!!!!!

    • Grace

      Thanks for the support! :)

  • Carla

    Wow!!! Your stunning!!! Im speachless…

    • Grace

      Thank you Carla.. Thats how I felt when I first saw them..”thats me?” if you have it done they will be stunning!

  • alex

    Hi Grace glad to see you with a big smile cause thats the way I think life should be taken.I know sometimes life gives us things that dont always makes us smile but I believe it,s how we pull through those moments that make us stronger.I agree with what you say about trying to please others before ourselfs.Those moments are gratifying at the time but often bring us dissapointment afterwards because most people dont realize that we do things out of our nature just to please them.Life is to short to go around pleasing others we must take care of ourselfs first for if you want to be well and free with others you must first feel free and good about yourself.I also notice people that judge others are the ones that are afraid to do the things that they are judging.The people that love you will love you for who you are and not just for what you do.Love what you write and always keep faith in yourself. p.s you look very beautiful and sexy too in those pictures hope they are liberating and that they make you feel good about yourself :-)

    • Grace

      Thank you so much.. I am glad to see that you understand what I am trying to do.. you got it! Thank you!

  • ekcolayne

    WOW !!!! Was waiting to see the pic’s because of some of the earlier comments on Facebook. Really awesome Grace !!! I was very impressed considering how far you have had to come to get to where you are today. You look amazing, sexy and very classy !!

    P.S. Dena still misses Tyler ♥

    • Grace

      Thank you so much.. I hope I sleep tonight…so much to think about.. thank you for your support and understandng