Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Bruce.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Anna. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My story has many twists and turns. I focus on art full-time and fitness part-time. My degree is in Art with a concentration on Photography – I am a retired wedding photographer and former portrait business owner. Throughout my journey, I have started many blogging projects attempting to find the right fit. My first blog was OMG Yum! Which was solely focused on food, then I transitioned that project into ANNADVenture Blog where I focused on food and travel. After having helped a start-up real estate company develop their marketing department, I no longer had time to blog so I let that fall by the wayside. After three years in the company, my art was beginning to tug at my heart so I decided to pursue that full-time. I am currently working on getting certified for the LesMills RPM program and I work on Glam Rock Girl part-time purely for fun. I want Glam Rock Girl to be the place where I share my own personal story of struggling with gaining weight and unhealthy eating and how I turned all of that around in the last six years. I truly want it to be a place of inspiration with a dash of style and the things that I really like.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road has not been a smooth one at all. There have been a lot of bumps along the way for sure. Self-doubt was a big struggle as well as a deeply rooted belief that nothing I did was ever good enough. When I decided to quit my job (again) to pursue a dream, I made a promise that I would do things totally different than when I had my photography business and (most importantly) I would accept help. Because I believe that if you keep doing the same things expecting different results, then you will never succeed. To clarify – I mean doing things that do not work. I chose to hire a life and business coach to help me along my journey and she has been the biggest blessing of 2019 because I have seen such a huge shift in how I think about myself and the actions that I take. I read every morning while I eat breakfast and my workout five times a week (things I didn’t do when I was in business last time). My advice is to not give up so soon. If you must adjust, do so, but keep going. Remember that the people you know who are most successful now have been committing to their careers for 10+ years and it came with a ton of struggle. Additionally, social media is a beautiful resource but never compare your life to the lives of those you follow because you would be comparing your “every day” to their “highlight reel.” Finally, please don’t prioritize being an Instagram celebrity over making a real human connection with your content.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am primarily a fine art photographer. I morph and adapt my own photographs, use my black and white film photography experience and drawing skills in Photoshop to create the images born of my imagination. As a brand and person, I am most proud of a lot. I am proud of having helped found a real estate company in Colorado, of having lost 20lbs and kept them off, of having my work exhibited in over 10 galleries in the last year, of studying to become a cycling instructor and of signing up for my first ever 10K this summer. But most importantly, I am proud of being able to connect with strangers based on my own personal stories and struggles. What sets me apart is that I am in relentless pursuit of happiness. I am not afraid to BE BOLD in the pursuit of my goals and aspirations. I DO the work, I PUT IN the hours and I have a CAN DO attitude.
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
I have been very fortunate in that my mentors and friends are smart, strong women who work HARD for their dreams. I think we, as women and humans, need to be mindful of our actions. Let’s always keep kindness at the top of our minds – who can we bring up instead of down? This is not to be confused with allowing others to push us over. However, how far would a simple smile go? Or speaking kindly of someone? Or shifting our mindset of feeling insecure to one of being completely secure and not threatened. We all have so many amazing things to offer. We all have gifts to offer the world that no one else can offer and I believe that if we are true to sharing that, then life will provide us with all of the opportunities we deserve.
- Website: www.adbrucephotos.com
- Instagram: https://www.
- Facebook: https://www.
- Other: https://www.youtube.
Anna D. Bruce (That’s me, I took all of those images including my portrait 😉 )