“Desire is the foundation of our greatness. Without it, we are stranded; we cannot go anywhere. You won't get, what you don't eagerly desire.” ― Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For Continued Success in Leadership
Stranded is an editorial concept inspired by a girl who is indecisive and torn between going to college or chasing her dreams of being and becoming a model. Justin Hardiman captured this editorial of model Julia Hansali, styled by Tamala Clarice and makeup by Earsley Quinn.
Sometimes in our journeys, we get stranded. The journey doesn’t have to be a physical one. It can be a mental, emotional or spiritual journey. Being stranded is not always a bad thing. Being stranded gives us the opportunity to stop and think; to get clarity and make better decisions that will help develop us in every area of our lives. Sometimes being stranded is just what we need to stop and block out the noise, close out the world and its chaos and take better inventory of our selves, our thoughts and our plans.
In a lot of instances, when we get stranded, we panic. We begin to lament and worry, then stress takes over. Not only is it unhealthy for us mentally, emotionally and spiritually, in the physical realm of things when all three states of being are affected, we move nowhere and achieve nothing.
Being stranded is always meant for a short time. This limited time is for clarity, reflection, planning and re-strategizing. Some of us (myself included) have been caught stranded for a long time. We allow our state of being stranded fester without taking action and just being stuck. When you are stuck, you are not productive. Everything stops and that is not good. I have come to appreciate my moments of being stranded. Sometimes I get stranded because there are so many bends in the road and the decision to know the right one to take gets overwhelming. When you start your own gig, business or whatever it is that you are passionate about, there comes a time when everything seems a tad overwhelming. Never be ashamed to seek and or ask for help. There is no shame in it but so much more to gain. There is no shame in admitting that you are stranded. You will be surprised the number of people who are in far worse positions than you are or were in worse situations of being stranded and their experience and expert advice can help you greatly.
I appreciate this editorial because it really has given me that moment to think about being stranded and how important that moment really is. Never look at the idea of being stranded as an ugly experience but a moment to reflect and garner clarity for the plans ahead.
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Photographer: Justin Hardiman
Fashion Stylist: Tamala Clarice
Designer: Sijia Wu
Make-up Artist: Earsley Quinn
Model: Julia Hansali represented by L. A. Models and JEA Models