I had the ultimate privilege to help Payton turn into a princess for her graduation. I first met Payton when she was a bebe and now she’s a bold, brave and absolute beautiful teenager. It’s amazing how she has grown so quickly!
She wasn’t afraid for me to go aaaaaallll out on her makeup, and I had no problems doing so! She is just the perfect canvas to work on with the purest porcelain skin! Literally just flawless, just like her beautiful Mother. My amazing friend, Tanya. It was a big day for the both of them. I can’t tell you how happy I was to be a part of it, doing both of their makeup.
You see, Tanya isn’t just my friend. She’s my real life Wonder Woman. When I was young, wreckless, confused and making poor decisions – Tanya was there. She would listen, and never judge. She understood and explained that life isn’t meant to be easy, that we weren’t built to be perfect, that we are supposed to make mistakes along the way, ensuring that we learn from them. On the flip-side, things can always work out if you try, that we should never take a millisecond of life for granted, and that we should always love one another. I felt comfortable enough to tell her everything, like a big sister. While being all kinds of comfort, she also taught me how to stand up for myself and to speak up. She emphasized the importance of being a confident and independent woman through example. She was everything; mother, sister, wife, aunt and friend. Amongst all things, Tanya was incredibly selfless. I believe that her friendship of over 10 years made a huge impact on the person that I am today. A true friend. I can’t even tell you the countless times she’s been there for me when I needed someone the most, even if I didn’t think I needed a friend. Angel like? I know so.
This is probably the most difficult post I’ve had to write here. Certainly incomparable to the difficulties Tanya endured with her battle with cancer. I don’t like to think she lost her battle, rather I think God just needed Wonder Woman up there to help Him with bigger battles.
Tanya, I wish I had seen you again, but sharing that day with both you and Payton and taking these beautiful pictures means more than you know. I love you. I’ll miss our relentless, immature jokes, and out-doing who was more gross. You’re the strongest woman I know and your spirit + legacy will live on through all those that love you, especially me.
Rest in Peace, my Wonder Woman.