A Collective Light

I am excited to introduce Whitney Pope, owner and artist behind The Vintage Nest, as my guest writer for this blog. Whitney was the brains behind this project, and I was honored to be included. I hope that her keen insights on women in community are as encouraging and motivational to you as they are to me.




We’ve all had that feeling. You know, that little, sinking, shrinking feeling, when confronted with another woman that is seemingly perfect and beautiful. The supermom that makes your hot mess steam.  Or maybe it’s her strength and success that seems to be shining a spotlight on all your weaknesses and failures.

“someone else's light doesn't take away from our own.”

I think you already know, but I want to remind you that those feeling are lies. Only by identifying these feelings and calling them out for the false narrative that they are, can we begin to walk a new path, a path where we celebrate one another’s strengths and victories knowing that someone else’s light doesn’t take away from our own.


The world needs you to be you. Each of us is truly unique, with a perspective that is uniquely ours, and gifts and strengths that are irreplaceable. Take the time to find out what they are and utilize them in a way that makes you come alive.


“the collective light becomes a bonfire.”

When we reject the temptation of comparison and instead channel the warmth of another’s light to help us find and kindle our own, the collective light becomes a bonfire. This is the beauty of women empowering one another. You add to this collective light every time you reject the lie of “not enough,” and instead leave an encouraging word on her recent post, show up at her event, or buy something from her small business.


Of course, this doesn’t just apply to women in business. Whether you are a teacher, an athlete, a stay at home mom, a student, or a lawyer, you have the choice of believing the lie or kindling the flame. How do you respond to those “not enough” feelings? Leave a comment below and let us know! 


These pictures are from a collaboration of female, small-business owners coming together, candle to candle, to turn up the heat! We organized this collaboration to support each other but, in the process, experienced firsthand the beauty of community over competition. May this encourage you to grow your gifts while also empowering the women around you to do the same.   

Pictures by Keely Askew - Keely is a photographer located in Lynchburg, VA and specializes in family, newborn and couple’s photography. She enjoys relaxing with her husband and two adorable children in her spare time. She loves photography because it is the closest one can get to pausing time and reliving moments that matter most. On IG keely_askew_photo


Vintage Furniture from The Crimson Magpie - Danielle and her mom Mary own The Crimson Magpie, a restyled furniture and vintage home goods store in Lynchburg, VA. Originally from New Mexico, they transplanted to the area with their family nine years ago. They share a passion for found treasures and a feisty Italian temperament. One of their favorite things about the shop is when people come in as customers and leave as friends. On IG thecrimsonmagpie


Clothing from Bittersweet Boutique - A Female owned clothing boutique carrying quality brands in a variety of styles. Shop one of their three local location: Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Charlottesville. On IG shopbittersweet


Make-up by Priscila Smith – Priscila is a consultant for Beautycounter and a style blogger. Wife, and mom to the two sweetest kids, she is passionate about clean living and spreading education about safer beauty.  On IG priscilacsmith


Macramé and Embroidery by Rashael Jones – Rashael is a dedicated wife and mother. She is also a multi-talented creative. In addition to her beautiful fiber arts she is a photographer and a graphic designer.  On IG rashaeljones.studios


Jewelry by Whitney Pope – Whitney is the designer and maker behind Vintage Nest Jewelry. Whitney loves exploring the outdoors and traveling with her husband and three kids. On IG thevintagenestva