"I was so guilty of holding onto my vision that I couldn't receive the vision God had for me. It wasn't until the picture frame of my life broke and all I had left was a blank canvas that God's vision finally started to come to fruition in my life"
When God prompted me to begin writing books and blogging in 2015 I was immediately challenged with doubt. Why me? Who is going to read this? What if this is a waste of time? I am generally reserved and felt that there are hundreds of other people who are better qualified, more outspoken, and more in tuned with God doing this and are reaching millions. After playing a friendly game of tug of war with what God had prompted me to do… I lost of course and gave in. I started writing, praying, and seeking God for direction. I had no clue what to say or even how to say it. God began to open my eyes to see things around me, things in my own life, and in His Word!
What if I exposed the pieces of me that I try so hard to conceal? What if my exposure brings healing to at-least one soul? What if I walk to the edge and jump off fully trusting that God will catch me in my free-fall? I’m being pushed everyday closer to the edge; closer to the place God is calling me to go. It’s a rush of excitement and if I’m honest, hesitation. The what if’s are endless, but the allure of the unknown is enticing. Today I take one step closer and tomorrow I’ll take another or maybe even two. Until I’m free falling into the exact place God wants me to be. I’ve been broken and I remember the miraculous feeling when God opened my eyes to His freedom.
I am the mother of a beautiful little girl named Elise! Since August 2016 she has been my sidekick, my happy baby, and my little queen. Elise is such a blessing and a true testament to how faithful God is! When I was in undergrad I started my photography business called Uplifted Photography. I love connecting with others through my camera, blog, and website! So many great relationships have started behind my lens and I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to do what I love and bring God glory! After a season of great pain I started FREED Magazine! As Editor in Chief of FREED Magazine, my amazing team and I have the opportunity to shed light on darkness and share testimonies from all over the world. FREED Magazine is a special place to be vulnerable, authentic, and loved in spite of whatever is going on in life. If you have a testimony, fashion, photography or design that you would like to share with the world you can submit your work online!
I hope my website inspires and encourages you! Welcome to BrianaAriel.com I hope you stay awhile!
My grandfather's artistic abilities
My grandma Annabel's faith
My grandma Tootsie's strength
My Father's Work Ethic
My Mother's Creativity
My Sir's Worship
My daughter's desire to learn
Nelson Mendela's dedication
John Coltrane's Melodic Creativity
my aunt mae's encouragement
Jackie Robinson's grit
maya Angelou's poetry & stories
christine caine's book uNASHAMED
The greeting of the sunrise in the morning
my friends, family, Mentors, & Acquaintances
Motherhood has to be one of the most rewarding and challenging feats to date! I look at Elise and I know that God entrusted her little heart to me. She teaches me more than I teach her. She challenges me to be consistent in all areas of my life. I am learning to speak her language and understand her heart. I love being her mother and I am grateful to call her my baby.
I love trying something new, traveling to a new place, and discovering a hidden gem in the neighborhood. I used to collect lots of material possessions and realized that they actually meant nothing to me. However the memories I gained through experiences over the years has captured my heart.
COLLECT MEMORIES > Material Possessions
There’s no perfection in art. I am free when I create. There's no room for ambiguity, nor structure just expression. My normal predisposition is extremely structured by way of processes and routines. When I am in the midst of art I am free, no guidelines just me. Even when I strive for perfection in my artwork I realize there is no one who can accurately judge my creativity. They don’t truly know the heart behind the art.
I grew up in church yet I was so disconnected from the true essence of Jesus. I wanted to feel something, but honestly it was artificial. It wasn’t until I truly surrendered my life that I realized Jesus was with me throughout my entire life and is always present with me. He reminded me of so many instances where I thought I was alone, yet He was there. I can share so many testimonies that confirm He is faithful. When people ask me how do I know, I tell them, "I know who I used to be and I can’t even find that woman even if I tried." I love Jesus and I am pray my life bring Him glory.