Shedding the Mask of Perfection
To honor American independence and July 4, CircleAround is collaborating all month long with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What do liberty and independence mean to me as a woman business owner and female entrepreneur?"
When I started my business a few years ago, I had certain thoughts about what freedom as a business owner might look like. I thought about the freedom to make my own hours, the freedom to make my own schedule and to come and go as I pleased, and the freedom to make as much money as I could. Over the years, though, my idea of what freedom means as a woman business owner has shifted.
Freedom has shifted from external desires (money, time) to internal focuses of mind (who am I being, what can I manifest), body (self-care and less stress), and soul (who can I serve with love). What I have found is that, for me, true freedom means the ability to imagine the life that I want … and then to go out and make it happen.
"Freedom means shedding the mask of perfection and showing up in the world as my authentic self."
Freedom means shedding the mask of perfection and showing up in the world as my authentic self. Freedom means releasing long-held negative thoughts and stepping into the woman I am becoming, a bigger version of me than I even knew I had inside me. Freedom means peeling back the relentless grip stress had on my body, letting it naturally renew itself, and then finding myself pregnant after 15 years of trying. Freedom means seeing so much more love and beauty in the world than I ever realized, opening myself up and soaking it in, and sharing that love with the amazing women who have come into my life through my business.
This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs in the United States.
Karianne Munstedt champions women and girls through her portrait photography work. Through her portrait business and as an inspirational speaker, Munstedt helps women see their beauty and increase their confidence — both in photos and in life — so they can proudly stand out as the face of their business. She cherishes her roles as wife, stepmother, mommy, and doggy momma in Phoenix, Arizona.