Amanda Wattie | Age: 40 | Somatic Sex Educator / Intimacy Relationship Mentor
Q: Tell us about your journey through womanhood.
A: This human be-ing is something. Everyday, each moment here we are in this body. Whether or not we are present to that experience doesn’t matter, we are still here in repeating moments of be-ing. Over and over and over.
When I was a teenager I couldn’t wait to grow up, be on my own, somehow I thought that life would begin for me the moment I was on my own. And even more importantly, that I would do it better than my parents.
Over the years, especially since the birth of my first daughter, (I have 3) I realized that I was no different than my parents, in their struggles, joys. It’s been a humbling process.
Q: What would you say to another woman who may be going through something you've been through?
A: Lean in. Don’t run from the hard stuff. Be acutely present to it and breathe deeper. How does it feel in the body when you’re anxious? Stressed, angry, frustrated, rejected, tired to the bone?
There is a whole world going on inside of us.This is not wallowing in it. This is dropping out of the mental chatter and instead listening to our body’s wisdom.
Most of the time I find this practice takes less than 5 minutes. Sometimes I experience it like blowing up a bubble til it bursts. Other times it’s like picking up the child who’s been crying all day and just needs a few minutes of our undivided attention. But that’s the point - we aren’t running away, but taking a minute to be with what is.
Q: What surprised you most about your photography experience?
A: There are certain people who have the ability to be authentic right away. I felt that with Natalie and it really helped me to be myself 100%.
Q: How do you feel when you look at your favorite photo of yourself from your shoot?
Q: What would you share with a woman who doesn't think she is beautiful enough to be photographed?
A: The nature of this question answers it all. Not “beautiful enough” is a thought, it’s a story. It’s not actually what’s true. Even if someone said, “You aren’t beautiful.” Well, that’s just what they said, that’s what happened. Who cares? People say lots of things. And it doesn’t make it true.
Q: What are your thoughts on beauty?
A: If someone chose you over someone else, and you deemed them more beautiful than you, it’s meaning you added to what happened. Beauty is a construct, it’s an opinion.
And we have the potential to rise above that, to be free. We are who we are. Just as a chair or a tree is what it is. Not seeking to be anything other than what it is. Perfect, whole, complete.
Q: When do you feel the most beautiful?
A: Lately, I feel most beautiful when I am really present with others. It’s in those moments of being authentic, not on auto-pilot, that connect me deeply to them and myself. Like I don’t really need to be anything other than who I am, just present. And that feels like a beautiful thing.
Q: What do you love about being a woman?
A: I’m having a hard time answering this but I really want to! So let me try. I love being alive as a human and that doesn’t feel unique to me identifying as a woman. However there is something that I do love about being with other women, including my 3 daughters. You know, walking around in your underwear, talking about “booty gains” and “spilling tea.” We get each other in a way that I don’t know would be possible if I identified as a man. But it might be.
You can find information about Amanda and her work on her website at www.amandawattie.com