Brooke Williams with her daughter Harper Williams - 25 years old and 3 years old -

Nurturing, glowing, inspiring, beautiful, mother.

What made you want to start blogging?

It’s not something I’ve ever really talked about but I really started devoting time and effort to my blog after losing what we were expecting to be our second little one due this March.

I had already started my blog but I was just casually posting random things about my family. So after miscarrying in August I wanted to fill my free time and have an outlet to share and inspire. Not that I wanted to forget what happened but I needed to stay positive. I guess I wanted the challenge to start something I have never done before and go at it full force. Plus, I always wanted a space to document my life and my family so I can look back and remember our life and our little girl.

When do you feel most beautiful?

When I am with my little girl, playing with her, snuggling her, anything that brings a smile to her face. Seeing the love she has for me makes me feel my best and most beautiful.

Has becoming a blogger affected the amount you think about your appearance? If yes, how so?

Yes, I wanted to look my best whenever I left the house. However ever since learning about this campaign I have really been embracing wearing no makeup. I have been loving it, loving having more time with my little girl and giving her more of my attention. Also letting my skin breath. It’s so much clearer since not wearing makeup as much, I highly recommend it ;)

How much do you think your success as a blogger is tied to your physical appearance?

Honestly I’m not exactly sure. I have had a lot of opportunities due to the fact that people/companies like “my look”. However I have had the best feedback and response with posts that I have written something more personal/ meaningful to me. So that goes to show people notice more than just the looks.

Have you ever struggled with a lack of confidence? If so, how did you get through it?

Ah I don’t even think I have enough time to write all I could about this question! I have struggled and still struggle to this day. Today (as I’m writing this) has actually been a harder day for me than most. Wishing I’ve made time to go to the gym and stayed away from those darn sweets. When I was younger (in high school and college) I always felt like I wasn’t good enough wishing I was “this and that”, friends with the cool kids. It wasn’t until I met my husband, got married and became a mother I truly had confidence.

Also seeing others success and wishing that for myself and wondering what I’m doing wrong has taken a toll on my confidence. But I focus on what I can do to do my best. It’s quite hard balancing a family and figure out this blogging/ social media world. At the end of the day if I don’t get around to posting, if I’ve done what I’ve needed to and spent time with my little girl and made her day a good one, that’s what makes me happy.

What are 5 things you love about yourself?

My vulnerability, how I love my daughter so deeply, my awareness of others and how I feel (emotionally) so much (sometimes I wish I noticed less because when I see or hear something that is sad or that I wish I could help, it’s hard for me to forget about it and kinda stays with me). Also the lucky genes I got from my dad and his hansom chiseled face. Ok it feels so weird saying what I love about myself but I hear it’s good for the soul so let hope that’s true lol.

What made you want to be a part of The Stripped Project?

The meaning behind the project and the challenge to step out of my comfort zone when taking pictures.

How did you feel being in front of the camera with no make-up on?

It felt empowering but I was timid while looking directly into the lens. You did make me feel so much more comfortable and were so encouraging :).

How do you maintain positive self-esteem while being involved in social media?

It’s not easy, I try to focus on the the people who are important to me and remember how far I’ve come. I just have to remember this is not what’s important in life. My family, health and spiritual foundation is what’s most important. Not what other people think of me.

Have you ever felt pressure to look and act a certain way on social media?

Oh yeah all the time, I’ve been Photoshopped to have skinner legs but I just have to remind myself I only need to be the best me and healthy. I’ve had countless times where I’ve tried to say something clever in my instagram posts or something as cool and “she” said. But honestly I’ve totally given up on that, I was so worried about sounding weird or being taken the wrong way. Now I just keep true to me. Naturally, I keep in mind to never offend anyone. I like to keep my space inspirational and inviting.

How do you feel social media can be used to empower women?

I love social media for the connections you have with women you might never meet. I am so inspired by the stories women and mothers share, inspiring me to be the best mother and wife I can. To think I could possibly do the same for other women is empowering.