The always and the unexpected

December 23, 2015

Written By

Tabitha Dumas

Our life’s journey is rarely going from point A to point B in a straight line. Life is about

the always and the unexpected.

I call myself an “image and influence strategist.” I work with women who want to take steps toward greater success, whatever their “business” is.

I do content makeovers and style makeovers, I edit wardrobes and bios, I advise on content strategy and “putting yourself out there” tactics, I host writer’s round tables and potluck tea parties and I absolutely love seeing women pursue whatever they’re dreaming of–confidently and authentically.

I always knew I’d be doing this.

All my life, I have felt watched. I have also always wanted to be a grown woman.

In high school, people mistook me for the substitute teacher. My prom date’s friends saw our pictures and asked, “Who’s the 30-year-old?”

I always wanted to be a wife, mom and God-fearing woman, with a big desk and a well-stocked tote bag and cute shoes and, yes, even a mini van.

I have always enjoyed keeping company with amazing women and little else makes me happier, even today. It is an honor to walk this journey alongside so many inspiring women and the fact that I get to encourage them on their own journey makes my heart so happy that it makes my eyes water a little. Ahem.

I always wanted to be here, doing this. Writing, teaching, inspiring, encouraging.

Helping women find their SPOT–doing just what they are purposed to do, no more and no less.

The marketing, the makeup, the color analysis, the social media…I enjoy it immensely and it never gets old.

But I am also fueled by the unexpected.

The unexpected is the dark part of the story, the part that could have derailed me from the path but instead, fired me up to keep blazing the trail bravely.

It was a miscarriage, May 2008, and for a goody-two-shoes southern pastor’s daughter who just wanted to live a quiet life, loving her husband and raising babies, it was a major blow.

That unexpected twist, though, was a wake-up call. Up until then, I had morphed into this high strung, over-worked, people pleasing ball of nerves and the miscarriage became an opportunity for some necessary pruning that has since molded me into the woman I am today.

Now my work with women is about so much more than blogging tutorials, choosing the right shade of lipstick and where to shop for bargains–it’s about showing UP to your life as a whole, happy woman.

Because the miscarriage taught me that life is too short to settle for anything less than the abundant life that God has for you (John 10:10).

See this boy? He’s six now and we call him our redemption baby.

Redemption baby. Why I do what I do. Join the whole woman movement!


He came home from the hospital a year to the day after my miscarriage. He is an angel and a constant reminder of the fact that God is good and full of grace and He is still in the business of redemption. Miscarriage, loss, pain, suffering….it’s heinous and life offers plenty of it.

But life also offer this kind of beauty and joy. THAT is why I do what I do.

I will spend my life helping women find their worth based on God’s love for them, not their dress size or their bank balance.

I won’t force you to start wearing makeup–unless that’s what it takes to get you on stage to tell YOUR story.

If you won’t fight for your life, I’ll fight for you. I’ll be your greatest fan, your cheerleader and your advocate.

Focusing on moving forward gets me out of bed every day. Helping you take steps toward a life of greater purpose is MY purpose.

I always knew I’d be doing this but I never expected it to be this rich.

Life is too short to play small. I want to get you noticed and make you unforgettable. I want to help you Elevate Your Image and Expand Your Influence so you can live your abundant life.

I’m excited to see what the always and the unexpected looks like in your life. Let me know how I can support you, or schedule some time with me.


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