gloria vanderbilt

"I always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success."


I'm a survivor.  I'm a fighter.  I'm grateful for every sunrise I see and I'm exhausted every night because I pack more living into the middle than I have any business attempting. I wouldn't want it any other way.  I work like I live: with the gusto and a ferocity of someone bent on getting their money's worth out of this lifetime.  

Every person I work with changes me in big and small ways; their stories marry with mine and that inextricable closeness drives me and fuels me. 

But, there is an innate gentleness in me that comes from the deepest empathy of knowing what IT is like because I've been there.  Nothing feels quite like being in the presence of someone who truly sees us.  And, I see, because I am.  

Bold. fearless.

Professional Collaborations

Mckamey Animal Center | 2012
Chattanooga Ballet | 2016 - Present
Bella BAllerina Ballet School | 2019 - Present
Junior League of Chattanooga | 2019 - Present

Chattanooga Ballet Collaborations

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I am, before all things, a mother.  The zeal and intensity of my life is channeled into these 4 humans.  When I am not homeschooling them or helping them pursue their passions, you can find us dancing in the kitchen, paddling on a lake, camping someplace that brings us joy, exploring the city, and eating tacos. They are mes raisons d'être... my inspiration. 

all these things that i love

Image: Hayley Phillips Photography

Image: Hayley Phillips Photography

Image: Hayley Phillips Photography

Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.
-Misty Copeland


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