September 16, 2019

Blush Babe Tribe | Anais | Rhode Island Boudoir Photographer

Good Morning! Happy Monday! I hope you’re having a great start to your week. I just want to say thank you for taking time out of your day to follow along on our journey and for supporting us. Today, I’m sharing another Blush Babe that is a boss all on her own. She is an educator and that deserves a round of applause all on it’s own! Everyone, meet Anais! 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself:

My name is Anais Hazard. I am 30 years old but often feel like I’m still a giddy 18 year old (even though my body and responsibilities beg to differ). I’m in love with my hunky husband who blessed me with a pretty awesome step daughter. I am currently awaiting my very own munchkin who is cooking in my belly! He or she will make their appearance January 2020! I’m a dog mom to the world’s cutest french bulldog whom we lovingly named Ramon. I’m an educator and have worked from middle school special educator to first grade classroom teacher to being a teacher to students who are learning English as a second language. I love working with youth and with kids; there is so much to learn from them! I’m a middle school youth director at my church ( I think middle school will always have my heart because that is where I started my teaching career). Middle school can be rough, they just need people to cheer them on and let them know they add color to this world and can make change. Lastly, I’ve been indoor cycling for the last 2 years and I loooooove it; love it so much that a couple times a week I work the front desk at a indoor cycling studio. Basically, I love people and things that have to do with letting people know they CAN do it and they CAN succeed in this life.

2. What is a typical day like for you?

Once my alarm goes off I have to get up; snoozing is my worst enemy. I read, pray, and hit the ground running; breakfast, take Ramon out, feed him, kiss him up (and my husband), and off to school! Depending on the day, I may have indoor cycling after school or teaching a lesson at church for the youth. If I do not have either of those going on and no school events, then I’m home around 4/5ish prepping dinner and asking Ramon how his day went. Once Hubby gets home, we’ll eat dinner together. We like to unwind by watching a movie together or a show (my husband falls asleep 9 out of 10 times). Time after work goes by so incredibly fast and our lives have  a lot going on so we just chill on the days that we can. Every Friday, I pick up my step daughter and we try to do some family fun time together (Food Truck Fridays, board games, walking to get ice cream, out to eat, etc.). It’s funny to talk about my typical day right now because in just a few months my typical day is going to look completely different once the nugget enters our world! And the Hazards are crazy excited!

3. On hard days, what motivates you to get up and start your day?

Knowing I have a purpose–  even when I may not know what that is at the moment or don’t feel like I do; I still know that I know that I know I have a God given purpose. My family is a huge motivating factor. If I am every feeling a certain way I can talk to my husband, mother, or sisters and I know they’ll kick my bum into gear. Being a step mom and being an example is huge to me too; she has seen me mess up and has seen me conquer mountains and she’s  always cheering me on regardless.

4. Who inspires you to live your best life?

My husband, Jamaal, is always pushing to live his best life. As a result, it inspires me to push and live my best life. He is confident, smart, and patient. He’s not afraid to fail and just try again. There were qualities in me that were hidden and pushed down, but when I met him he brought them out in me and cheered me on as if I was the best thing ever! He’s also real good at calling me out on my BS! My family and friends inspire me too. They have been through some things because life can be unpredictable and messy, BUT they still show up, they still love on others, they still speak life into me, and they still are amazing no matter how many times life has kicked them down.

5. If you could go back and tell your 13 year old self something….what would that be?

Yes, it is ok that you are different beautiful girl. You don’t have to force yourself to do the things you see other people do; be quirky and go your own way. It’s ok to feel and to have emotions– find an outlet, a friend, a journal, something; just don’t keep it bottled in. What you are feeling is real and all over the place but I promise that other people feel the same way. You are loved and cherished and you make a difference in this world. Thick eyebrows are in and people are going to wish they had your thick brows.

6. What is your favorite quote?

” So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest pf blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
“Say what you mean, mean what you say, but don’t say it in a mean way.”
” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

7.You are inspiring women to get out there and love themselves, what piece of advice would you give them?

Even when you don’t feel wonderful and beautiful, tell yourself that you are. Talk to yourself and uplift yourself. Make a list of things you like about yourself and even a list of things you could work on– watch yourself grow and give yourself some grace. Find someone else to encourage, uplift, and compliment– it will inadvertently make you feel better about yourself. Find a a circle of trusted friends, a tribe if you will, that will stand by you in this crazy world. Oh and take time for yourself: get your nails done, go for a walk, read something you love… DO YOU, BOO.

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