I love the Intrepid Sessions, because I love showing people how beautiful they are.

This was my morning with Sasha, and her thoughts on the experience!

How are you feeling about yourself today?

Well, the last month has been a rollercoaster. I broke up with someone I had been dating for a few years. And somedays I’m sad, somedays I’m lonely, somedays I’m angry, somedays I’m proud of myself and somedays I feel liberated. I’ve been trying to keep busy because that is the way I cope with such things, but it takes a toll and I’m exhausted. I would say today has been OK. I am proud of myself for going outside my comfort zone and doing this session and answering these questions!

Can you describe your daily routine for getting ready to leave the house?

My morning routine is pretty simple. I wake up at 6 am every day, but that’s the beginning of ‘snooze time’. About 6:15, it’s time to wake up…. and check Facebook. Yes, I’m one of those people who need to check Facebook first thing in the morning because who knows what I missed out on while I was sleeping. Then I check the USA Today app and then the CNN app and then my email. About 6:45 and it’s actually time to jump out of bed. I don’t wear makeup, so its pretty simple to take a shower, eat some cereal and head out of the house by 7:30! So other than a possible internet addiction, there’s nothing overly interesting.

Do you have one or two things that you do to make yourself feel more confident?

This is going to sound shallow, but if I need a confidence boost, it’s time for a new outfit! Besides that, if I really need a confidence boost, I’ll plan some future trip. Feeling that I can sit at my house and plan a trip around the world, makes me feel empowered and confident.

How did this session make you feel?

I was really happy with it. I didn’t know what to expect. It was weird of course — a stranger was going to come into my house at 8 am on a Saturday, take some pictures and then we were going out into the woods — all while a camera was in my face! But I’m so happy that I did it. It felt silly at first, but I eventually got the hang of it.

How did the photos make you feel?

I feel good about myself. I think they captured me at an interesting point in my life. It will be interesting to look back on these in 1, 5, and 10 years from now…

Do you have a hard time seeing yourself as beautiful?

Yes, I figure that’s the case for most people? I don’t think it’s just me. I’m never going to be the prettiest or best dressed in the room. My style is low-key. I don’t wear makeup. I look at myself and think my face isn’t proportional, or my hair is too big, or I’ve gained weight.

If you’re comfortable talking about it, what’s something that has been a hard insecurity to fight in your life?

I’m not a ‘people person’. I like to spend a lot of time just thinking. I prefer sitting at a cafe to going to a party.  So I’m an introvert most of the time. I’ve always found it hard to understand people. I think my mind sees things too logically, and people can’t be so easily quantified. I’m an independent person and I can handle being alone.. but, when I’m out and about by myself, at the movies or fast food place or at the beach or walking a trail, I sometimes feel like the odd one out. Like everyone is here with someone else, and here I am alone. I hope they don’t think I’m a weirdo or there is something wrong with me — I’m just not one to stop myself from doing something if I can’t find someone to do it with.

Has that always been the case?

Yes! I have always felt this way.

What are your favorite physical features about yourself?

I often get complimented on my eyes — they have a nice green color, especially at night. I have a love/hate relationship with my hair; if my hair is behaving, I’m grateful for it, because it’s got ‘personality’, but if it’s humid outside, then that’s a different story!

What are your favorite NON-physical features about yourself?

I would say that my favorite non-physical feature is an inquisitive mind. I like to learn new things and travel to new places and see things from different points of view. I work hard to make sure my life isn’t boring. I’m willing to go out of my comfort zone.

What is one thing that makes you feel loved?

When a friend asks me how I’m doing, and they sincerely want to know, I would say that I feel loved. I’ve gone through periods of my life, most notably right after college, where I didn’t feel that I had many people I could really talk to, and so I really appreciate my circle of friends now.

Do you have anything you’d like to share with others about beauty, worth, or these sessions?

Your beauty and worth should not be determined by others! You have to feel inside that you are beautiful and worthy of respect. And no amount of external negativity or rejection should be allowed to change that.