Marlene "Kick Ass" Lee
Day 24 of the #mystylephotochallenge on Instagram. "Someone Inspirational".
I chose Marlene from Chocolate Cookies and Candies blog. I didn't go for one of the big history guys or anything like that, I just wanted to choose someone a bit closer to home and was inspirational to me.
Marlene has one of the most beautiful blogs out there and from day one when I discovered it I was hooked. I pored over the beautiful images (she's a bit good with the old camera) and read her entire back catalogue of posts which were written so eloquently and with a healthy dose of girl power humour.
She found my blog in the early days and supported me with the comments she left when I had virtually no followers and promoted me in her first "Pass it Forward" series where she chose three blogs which she enjoyed and wanted to share with her readers. I have never forgotten this and am so grateful that someone believed that I had a blog worth taking a look at. Incidentally her blog photos have inspired me no end and made me develop my own picture taking skills - who knew that it could be so much fun behind the camera (you're right Marlene). Sure I still use a point and click camera set on auto mode (I'm a lost and lazy cause and besides which, who reads a manual anyway?) but that's just who I am and I will never be a true shutterbug.
And she wants to make a difference and set out to do so. Her Sisterhood of the Travelling Jacket was a project close to her heart and she travelled all over to speak to ladies who had a personal story to tell and who were willing to share with others to help them through similar experiences. Oh yes, and she wants ladies to recognise their own personal beauty because being behind a camera, she has heard all the hangups and little insecurities about ourselves which no one else can see. Guilty as charged.
Incidentally, she is also one of the most gracious, humble, funny kick ass ladies out there and I'm not just talking about that picture at the top there and the fact that she can kick butt literally (she does Taekwondo) . She tells it like it is and isn't afraid to say so. And one of the things I totally identify with her on ... be polite and gracious at all times and to treat others as you yourself would wish to be treated.
Besides, I always love meeting up with her. Especially when she treats me to a McDonalds Happy Meal. But she doesn't let me have the toy :(
Thank you Marlene. End of rambly gush.
Last Note :
- The Sisterhood of the Travelling Jacket project can be found here.