I'm beyond excited to add a weekly post that you'll begin to see every Wednesday. It's Wise Women Wednesday, each week I'll interview a woman that I believe is inspiring and up to really amazing things. I want to share what each of these women are up to you with you.
I'm beyond honored to interview Lindley Battle who is certainly an inspiration and is the photographer behind all of the professional pictures of me on this site.
Q. Who are you?
A. My name is Lindley Battle. I'm a twenty five year old photographer in Greensboro, North Carolina. I started my own photography/media business almost two years ago, right after I graduated from college, and since then have been lucky enough to pursue everything I love as my means for living. When I'm not photographing or editing, I'm sharing my passion for yoga both in and out of the studio, or traveling to crazy countries.
Q. How do we know each other?
A. You, beautiful human, gave me my first job teaching yoga - but before that, we connected through lululemon in Greensboro. And I've been lucky enough to photograph you a fair few times
Q. What is your work?
A. My main work is photography, of all types. Professionally, I tend to do more visual branding than anything else, but I dabble in a little bit of everything - weddings, portraits, real estate, etc, and my deepest passions are athletic and travel photography.
Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. Actually, as of late I've been doing a lot of business branding with small, local businesses who either just started, or are still in the process of forming ideas and plans. It's one of the most life-giving things I've ever been able to photograph, because I am constantly inspired by the people that I meet and work with. I love getting to share with them my experiences of starting and owning a business, and I love even more getting to see people of all ages and walks of life who are doing what it takes to chase their dreams. It's a crazy humbling experience to get to help people on that path.
Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. There have definitely been quite a few of those - buying a house, traveling alone to some slightly questionable countries, and getting a motorcycle have been a few of the most recent ones; however, I think that starting my business is the most recent serious risk I took, and has also reaped the most serious rewards. I was working at lululemon, and had actually finally gotten the full-time promotion in the store that I had been working towards for a long time when it really hit me that I wasn't doing what I loved to the fullest. So I made the terrifying decision to quit a full time job with benefits that I enjoyed a lot to chase after days filled with nothing but the things I love most. I'm not sure which part was scarier, actually leaving or the three weeks after I quit that I sat around without anything to do, and no income coming in at all. But it's all worked out more beautifully than I could have ever imagined.
Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it? If not why not what's stopping you?
A. Exactly what I'm doing - telling peoples stories with my camera. I wouldn't change a single thing. Except maybe to add five or six more hours to each day...
Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. Don't be afraid to be exactly who you are. And please, love people a little more. And you're not as lost as you may think you are. And stop drinking cheap wine, because you'll lose your taste for it and your older self will hate you.
Q. What's one piece of advice or moto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. "Be happy with what you have while working for what you want" - it's really easy to get caught up in how life could be better, how you could be better, etc. I see this most in my yoga practice, actually, when I'm drooling over some instagram yoga pose and trying to contort my body to "hit the pose." But real progress never comes like that. Instead, let yourself soak in constant, magnificent gratitude for exactly where you are, while setting attainable goals to get you where you'd like to go next. As they always told me in Uganda, "slowly by slowly, you go far." So I guess that's two pieces of advice.
Q. What keeps you creating or practicing yoga even when you don't feel like it?
A. Knowing that I need both (creativity and yoga) as much as I need food or breath. That I could not maintain the life that I love so much without either. Some days it feels so forced, but on those days you just have to try a little harder instead of giving up. I know that, no matter where my head is, there's a very straightforward path to feeling clear, present, and grounded again, and that is 10-15 minutes of yoga, some delicious tea, and space to sit, meditate, and get back in touch with my gratitude and sense of self.
Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. For me, a life of abundance means wild, crazy, radical love - for humans, for the world, and for myself. It's never missing an opportunity to share love with someone, it's loving myself enough to take a stand for the things that make me feel alive, and it's loving the world enough to try every day to make it a little better of a place. It also means letting go of fear - I've found that the things that scare you most are usually the ones you need to try, at least once. Lastly, a life of abundance means eating a lot of macarons, I think.
Q. What's your favorite yoga pose?
A. Pigeon is my forever favorite. Visvamitrasana is my current favorite.
Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I think you're amazing. And am very thankful for you.
Thanks everyone for reading about the very inspirational Lindley Battle and how she lives a life of abundance. If something she read resonated with you please comment below, we'd love to keep the conversation flowing like a good yoga class.
If you want to check out more of what Lindley is up to you can find her website here.
As always XOXOX from me to you!