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Tears & Tulle Talk

Tears & Tulle Talk

By Gina Bell
Tears & Tulle Talk is a Women’s Empowerment Podcast that interviews women who have participated in The Tears & Tulle Movement. It’s a podcast to celebrate both the tears and tulle moments of life.
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Travis Howe
I am present, even when I am completely swamped and overwhelmed, especially then. -Travis Howe In Travis's Words:  It started with annoying headaches when I was working out. Then one day while doing pushups I felt a pop in my head followed by a migraine. Into the doctor I went for an MRI of my head and neck. Two days later I get a call from a neurosurgeon, “Come in as soon as you can.” I was diagnosed with two jelly bean sized aneurysms in my brain. My doctor recommended surgery and offered to get me in the following morning — time was ticking, so I took him up on the offer. The following day was November 6th, my 23rd birthday. My neurosurgeon walked me through the procedure and stoked my confidence, but this was brain surgery, and the “what if’s” lingered as I was prepared to go under. The surgery was a success, and I woke up in the ICU. This was the most memorable birthday of my life. Carpe diem, living life to the fullest, and all the other inspirational clichés are absolutely words to live by. As I approach my 31st birthday I once again ask myself — is life just dying in slow motion, or getting stronger every day? My career in film and photography constantly challenges me to focus on small moments and fine details in life. I choose to wake up and see life in full color. Thanks to my beautiful wife, Annie, for getting behind the lens and capturing my essence. Find Travis online at
November 27, 2021
Mike Iamele
“I am vulnerable, even when I am terrified and want to close up and run away and tout all of my accomplishments to try and defend myself, especially then.” -Mike Iamele  Find Mike's Tears & Taffeta story here. Visit Mike's website to learn more! Cape by Cassandra Youngs 
October 10, 2021
Betsy Zalewski Pacelli
"I am courageous and determined, even when I feel shy and hesitant, especially then". Betsy Zalewski Pacelli Betsy wore the original Tears & Tulle skirt in Season 1, Week 32! In Betsy's Words... Hello, I’m Betsy. First, I am a new me. I am a wife of 33 years and 12 years dating. I am a MOM to my baby girl, who recently got married. I am a friend. I love to TALK! I love to spread my knowledge to everyone. I am proud I have learned so much through all my TEARS. One day I was a happy girl, doing what I loved, worked for doctors doing medical billing, exercising, laughing, smiling, and loving! The next my life drastically changed. The happy, loving, CONFIDENT woman I was becoming somehow over the years LEFT- leaving a little girl who lost her brother, 18, at 21 to Mental Illness. And lost my mom, 42, at 23- also to Mental Illness. My dad passed away from an aggressive MS. I went to three different High Schools, which taught me to be outgoing and I can go somewhere by myself and have fun! I also love MUSIC. I started to have back pain, and my whole body was in pain. My nervous system wasn’t working. The switch in my brain stayed on 24/7. I was caught in a web of pain and failed surgeries, medicine that poisoned my body, and Depression was at its worst. So 30 years of struggling, researching, seeing doctors, crying, and praying this would go away, I never gave up hope that one day I would be the real me again. 2 years ago, I made the mental decision to get off the poison I was putting in my body. And be aware and focused. I found a pain therapist who was a Godsend in my life—someone who can relate to me and my issues and tell me I’m not a burden. I am smart. I am ENOUGH! And then God sent me Gina Bell and Tears & Tulle. This was way out of my box, and the more I got to know her, the more I saw what she was doing. How creative and colorful everything was. Positive in every way and that Rainbow Tulle Skirt! I was amazed! I started to see change in me, along with the most important people, my husband and daughter. And then my family and friends could see how much stronger I was. HOW CONFIDENT I’VE BECOME. That was over a year ago. Tears & Tulle had become a very safe and happy place for me. It is a very powerful movement that has changed my outlook on everything. I’m so grateful I learned how to find my colors once again. I show up for life every day with a smile on my face! As I walk past MY skirt and its colors, I realize how blessed I am and how the real me has been hiding for so long. I want people to know the OTHER side of all my pain. May I be safe.... May I be happy.... May I be healthy.... May I live with ease..... Betsy
May 12, 2021
Genesis Amaris Kemp
Tears & Tulle Trailblazer, Genesis Amaris Kemp In her words... "Never Let the FEAR of Striking Out Keep You from Playing the Game" - Babe Ruth In life, we are going to have trials and tribulations, ups and downs, sadness, and happiness, good and bad but we must never allow things to keep us down.  Pop up like the Jack in the Box, get your spring back, and be that jewel you were destined to be. In order to do that you must be FEARLESS because FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real that keeps us conditioned and stagnant. As I wear my tulle well I am tuning out all the limitations and negative things I ever heard about me and smiling brightly because I am STILL STANDING despite the odds. Each one of these colors has a powerful association - Pink - Love, Intuitive, Respect Blue - Ambition, Perspective Green - Growth, Equilibrium, and Positivity When I allow these colors to take root I am embracing my authentic self and it's a reminder to shoot past the stars and aim for the moon. We have to start taking ACTIONS today to secure a better FUTURE and lay a sturdy foundation for future generations to come. I spent a total of 15 years in Corporate America building someone else's brand, legacy, and empire and it helped me realize that I needed to get back to my core values and be WHO I wanted to be and not WHAT others wanted me to be. So I wrote my first book Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit To The Palace released the 1st edition in May 2020 and released the 2nd edition in February 2021...this was the tangible object that helped me jumpstart NEW BEGINNINGS, which has opened various doors and opportunities Thank GOD. So glad I could be a part of The Tears and Tulle Movement where we share our stories, build community, and most importantly embrace our AUTHENTIC SELF. Find Genesis here: Follow The Tears & Tulle Movement here: 
April 26, 2021
Nadine Fonseca
Nadine Fonseca wore the original Tears & Tulle skirt in Season 1, Week 33 Tears & Tulle Talk Podcast Season 2, Episode 9- Nadine Fonseca "I am impactful, even when there is no finish line, especially then."  Nadine Fonseca In Nadine's Words...  I've had these black @converse Chucks since I was a teenager. They were a hand-me-downs from my sister. I remember when she handed them off to me before going to college that I tried to play it off like it was no big deal... so "whatever". But I had seen the adventures that my sister had in these Chucks and there was a palpable thrill bubbling up inside me just thinking about what my own adventures in these shoes might look like. Fast forward almost 20 years... I have had my fair share of adventures, struggles, challenges, victories and defeats-- maybe not always in my Chucks, but they've stuck it out with me after all this time. Since then, I've come to learn that we all have within us something that someone silently idolizes from a distance. We each have the capacity to be our best self and the only difference between those who feel accomplished in that pursuit and those that don't is taking daily steps toward it. We've got to walk the walk. There's a reason a GPS won't start dictating until you're in motion... Take those steps and get in motion. Someone is watching, awaiting inspiration-- maybe it's your children, your sister, your friend, or maybe it's that teenage girl you used to see in the mirror anticipating all the adventures that life has to offer. Take the step. I'm rooting for you. Find Nadine here: Tears & Tulle: 
March 21, 2021
Ariel Griglin
Ariel Griglin wore the original skirt in The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 35! In her words... Wearing this rainbow tulle skirt has been a beautiful representation of walking the full spectrum of life experiences. 🌈 The symbolism of the black reminds me that we all have tears, and struggles in life. This morning as I was preparing for my day in the skirt, the overriding emotion was a feeling of humbleness. ⚖️ No matter the color our skin, our political party, economic status, or the size of our body, there are moments of suffering in every persons life that call upon the endurance of our heart and faith. This stimulates the richness of our soul, just as the pain of a work out stimulates the fullness of our muscles. 💪🏼🔥 I am inspired by the beauty this planet has provided us to be nourished and to heal. 🥦🍊🍅🍇🥝 In my health and fitness coaching business I use a synergy of this fresh produce, physical fitness, mindset practices, along with the THRIVE experience to help women step into their greatest potential and understand the true strength they've always carried within. 💊 Find Ariel online at  Follow the skirt here:
January 31, 2021
Jamie Lieberman
Tears & Tulle Talk Season 2, Podcast Episode 008 In Jamie's Words... This week’s podcast features Tears & Tulle  participant, Jamie Lieberman!  Jamie chatted with me about her experience with the skirt, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and the awesome way she views the skirt and all its magic! We took these photos on a pier along the Hudson River, with New York City in the backdrop. New York City was the first place I truly felt like I belonged and living there gave me more opportunities than I could ever dream of. Although I have moved across the river, New York holds a very special place in my heart. Seeing the skyline each day reminds me of that journey and wearing the skirt was a perfect symbol of my time in New York - joyful, loud, messy and crazy. Visit Jamie online at 
October 30, 2020
Margaret Harding
Tears & Tulle Talk Season 2, Podcast Episode 007! This week’s podcast features Tears & Tulle Trailblazer participant, Margaret Harding! In Margaret's Words... In March as the pandemic was ramping up I was in Oklahoma and received news that my job was closing, the next leg of my trip was cancelled (I was headed to Idaho to volunteer at a special needs pageant), how I was getting home was unsure as the shuttle service I used from the airport stopped running, and there was threat of airports shutting down. Needless to say I was super stressed. My sister looked at me and said “go sweat so you can calm down”.  We were at a hotel for a an event and she knew that sweating calmed me down, that’s when I decided to do my pictures in the hotel’s fitness center.   Over the years I’ve learned that being able to workout is one of the best ways for me to handle the stress of life. I am a survivor of incest, sexual abuse, mental abuse, I live with depression and have a mild case of ptsd; with all of this I can have a hard time seeing through the fog of life. Three things have kept me sane and grounded; Faith - my faith in Jesus Christ my savior. Volunteering - being able to refocus my negative energy in a positive way.  Exercise - being able to physically release my negative energy.   Find Margaret on Instagram at @states_of_service
October 16, 2020
Teagan Hintze
Tears & Tulle Talk Season 2, Podcast Episode 006 This week’s podcast features Tears & Tulle  participant, Teagan Hintze!  Teagan chatted with me about her story, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and her beautiful experience from unboxing the skirt to her fun photoshoot! IN TEAGAN’S WORDS...⁣ The skirt could not have come at a more perfect time, on a more perfect week. As life healing has been a process lately, the layers have been peeling back and my old sassy self has started to emerge again. But it hadn't quite gotten there. I was still a bit reserved. I had been timid, hiding in the shadows and repressed by things that have happened. I had made myself small to please others, and I was still shy to step into who I knew I was.  When the box arrived, I found it interesting that it was so small. When I opened it and found this glorious skirt easily 4x the size of the box, I was in awe. She instantly had a personality, a beauty, and a power to her. As I tried her on for the first time I felt it wash over me. Suddenly the layers I had been hiding behind washed away. I was there. She brought it out in me. ⁣ ⁣ This marvelous skirt helped remind me of who I am, to empower me to live my fullest, to stand up for my truest self, and to love myself again. To never again allow myself to fit into someone's box, to make myself small.⁣ ⁣ I see you beautiful, and I know you. Don't let anyone dim your rainbow. ⁣For her episode and more!  Visit us online at  Find Teagan online at:
October 02, 2020
Amanda Arthur Krill
Tears & Tulle Talk Season 2, Podcast Episode 005! This week’s podcast features Tears & Tulle Trailblazer participant, Amanda Arthur Krill! She chatted with me about her story, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and that fiery homemade skirt!!!!! (Spoiler! Spray paint was involved!!) In Amanda's Words...  Sick and tired of being sick and tired  Had as much of you as I can take I'm so done, so over being afraid  I've gone through the motions I've been back and forth I know that you're thinking you've heard this before I don't know how to say it So I'm just gonna say it, yeah Fear, you don't own me There ain't no room in this story And I ain't got time for you Telling me what I'm not Like you know me well guess what? I know who I am I know I'm strong  And I am free  Got my own identity  So fear, you will never be welcome here   Find Amanda on Instagram at:
September 25, 2020
Tiffany Hoehne
Tiffany wore the original rainbow tulle skirt during Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 8.  🎤IN TIFFANY’S WORDS....  I was 26. In the past 12 months, I had had my second child, moved across the country, experienced multiple “unexplainable” health concerns, enlisted government assistance to feed my babies, dealt with isolation in my new home, moved back across the country to live in Grandma’s basement, and watched as my husband did everything in his power to find a full-time job and…..failed. I was physically and emotionally depleted. I had assumed that after grad school, we would be well on our way to the American Dream—house in the suburbs, job with benefits, security and stability.  Instead, my husband was getting nothing but local freelance jobs, we were stuck in Grandma’s basement, and as my grandma’s health declined, my mom and I became her caregivers. That lasted for 4 years.  I had my third baby during those years. The week his first tooth broke through, my grandma lost her front tooth. The month he started eating solids, we started blending her food. Within weeks of taking his first steps, my grandma lost most of her mobility. Parenthood is hard, but caregiving was next level hard. It was excruciating at times. I wondered why God was silent and why we couldn’t seem to move forward.  If only I could have seen. 16 years later, though: I see.  I see that not having housing expenses for 4 years gave us the capital to start our own business, and access a better life than we imagined.  I see that my extended emotional turmoil gave me the drive to become an expert on emotions, and to help anyone I could to not feel so alone. I see that learning caregiving taught me empathy and boundaries, and that I’m stronger than I ever felt. I see that feeling inadequate in those days taught me to fight for my feelings of enough. Every. Day.  I see that the hard things have become my wings.  At first, they were so painful to grow! They were heavy on my shoulders. I didn’t understand, and I didn’t want them. But now, I do understand. And now, I fly.   Visit Tiffany's super fun Instagram page at @redlicoricelife
September 18, 2020
Jess Albins
Jess wore the original rainbow tulle skirt during Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 24.  IN JESS’S WORDS... When you have a dream, you expect those closest to you to support you, encourage you, lift you up to your highest self and empower you to be more than you thought possible. You anticipate love from people in your life because you’ve been there for them, you’ve played the part of a supportive friend or family member. And yet, when it is finally is time to step up and take a leap of faith into the unfamiliar, you’re met with fear and backlash. You’re given a boatload of someone else’s insecurities masked as concern or anger or resentment. Being bullied by those you love for finding the strength to be your true self is the storm that tries to shutdown your shine. Don’t listen to them. Don’t fight back. Don’t even bother to acknowledge the behavior. When someone shows you who they really are, it is your job to pay attention and believe them.  Believe bullies. Then cut their toxicity out. Eleanor Roosevelt once said “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“ If you listen to a bully, they are given the attention, the power, the control... and they will hurt you. If you rise above a bully, they no longer exist. I say, let the bullies stay stuck in the storm. I’m rising above and chasing rainbows. And I’m choosing to shine in bright screaming color in every moment of my life. I made my choice a few years back. I stoped allowing myself to be their victim. I took their opinions and threw them in the trash where they belong. I focus solely on what bring joy to the amazing clients I serve and those I love, including myself. Changing my mindset has been the key to every ounce of success I have ever had. When there is no room for someone to come in and steal your shine, there is only room for love and sparkles. Choosing myself has been the greatest gift of my life. Nothing can compare to knowing myself and being confident in the magic of what sparks my joy. Leave toxic people behind. Toss toxic opinions in the trash. Make room for self love. Take harbor in joy. Shine bright and be unapologetic. Live the life you deserve. Darkness has no place here, only joy and rainbows.
September 11, 2020
Charmaine Jennings
Charmaine wore the original rainbow tulle skirt during Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 23. 🎤IN CHARMAINE’S WORDS...   A couple of weeks ago I opened a package to find a sea of rainbow tulle gently tucked away inside. Just looking at the skirt made me smile from ear to ear, and I almost couldn't wait to put it on. As hard as it was, I waited until the day of my photo shoot to wear it so I could have the full experience of the skirt all at once.  The second I slipped it on I felt magical, strong, and like the main character of a wonderful story that was just beginning. I floated around The Forks - a major tourist attraction in Winnipeg and my favorite place to be. It was a sunny day but even the darkest of clouds wouldn't have prevented me from dancing and enjoying my moment. As people walked by they would smile and offer sweet compliments, making me feel that much more special.  Pairing the rainbow bundle of sunshine with a black tank top made me feel a sense of power. 2020 has been a roller coaster of a year for many of us, and I'd be lying if I said I haven't been affected but this year's events. But the pairing of black and rainbow reminded me that no matter how much darkness there is in the world or how many personal struggles we face each day, there is always light and love out there for us to embrace and experience. We just have to be willing to see it.
September 04, 2020
Paige Major
Paige was the very fist participant to wear the rainbow tulle skirt!  Podcast Video Link:
August 28, 2020
Emmy Wu
Podcast Episode 012 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 21, Participant Emmy Wu! In Emmy's words: Sighting a rainbow has long been believed to be a positive sign of things to come.⁣ ⁣ Every time I see a rainbow, I remember that I’m not alone, and that something much bigger is at work around us… And recently, rainbows have been appearing in my life.⁣ ⁣ I’m part of Gina Bell’s Tears & Tulle Movement, where this rainbow skirt is traveling to 52 women who are showing up in the world and connecting with their unique color... And the skirt has arrived at my door.⁣ ⁣ Unboxing this skirt felt surreal as I contemplated my assignment: use the skirt to express what it means to show up in our own brilliance despite darkness and set-backs. And to be honest, I found this extremely hard.⁣ ⁣ We are living in unprecedented times when so many lives have been turned upside down.⁣ ⁣ Even for those lucky enough to have not been directly impacted by the virus, there’s a very real presence of grief and restlessness in our collective consciousness.⁣  ⁣𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗜 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘄𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗽 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝘆 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘆 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝘀?⁣  I recognize my own privilege being able to take shelter in my own home… and know this is not possible for many others.⁣ ⁣ I’m grateful for my business being able to continue online… but honor the businesses who have lost income and have to make big pivots in order to keep moving forward.⁣ ⁣ And all the essential workers who put themselves on the front line every day …  ⁣𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗿𝘁, 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗴𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗺𝘆𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳… 𝘀𝗼 𝗜 𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲𝘀. ⁣ ⁣These images speak to our isolation indoors and the longing to be outside, with community. The rainbow skirt represents hope, and always a part of who we are as humans.⁣ ⁣ It’s also about individual perspective.⁣ ⁣ You see, rainbows are simply droplets of water reflecting and dispersing the sun’s rays, and yet this incredible display instills a child-like wonder in everyone.⁣ ⁣ It’s about choosing to slow down, pause and recognize the beauty and hope that’s available in each moment… despite any challenges and hardship.⁣ ⁣ That’s what makes us human. And that’s what makes each one of us brilliant.⁣ ⁣  To being human in these times,⁣ ⁣ Emmy ⁣ ⁣
July 22, 2020
Claire Cregger
Tears & Tulle Talk Podcast Episode 011 with Trailblazer, Claire Cregger. In Claire's words:  I had original planned to have the photoshoot out in the mountains. But due to our unforeseen circumstance I can’t. But I have told myself no COVID-19 is going to stop me and plus I don’t like missing deadline lol Thank you so much Gina for asking me to be featured here at As a Woman of faith, Life coach and founder of Broken But Beautifully Made. I have always believed that even in the midst of any pain or chaos. if we just spread a little more joy, laughter, positivity we can get true all of this together and come out 10x stronger than before! Remember life is like a box of crayons.  We all have the opportunity to make a difference in the whole picture! 
July 17, 2020
Talmar Anderson
Podcast Episode 010! Podcast Episode 010 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 20, Participant Talmar Anderson! In Talmar's Words....  Drinking the darkness and a Rainbow Skirt.⁣  ⁣Do you ever feel like you are creating your own chaos?  I sure can pour it on myself.  What about you? And we think we are fooling others. We think we are sooooo sneaky. But they see us...our friends, our coworkers and families. ⁣ ⁣ We break their hearts and dash the high hopes they have for us. ⁣ ⁣ We make sabotaging choices. We follow bad habits. 𝗪𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗶𝗰𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝘄𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲. So we pour ourselves one more black glass to swallow the darkness. We want to be sure that we only experience what we are familiar with....what we know we have survived so we can reasonably expect to survive. And that knowing. Knowing the next dance matter how painful... gives us comfort because we know what is coming. ⁣ ⁣ Hear me now, 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻'𝘁 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗲𝘁, 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝘁 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲. ⁣ ⁣ We have not experienced; ⁣  ⁣ Being called beautiful,⁣ Saving enough to feel wealthy,⁣ Knowing we are loved,⁣ Feeling Safe,⁣ ⁣ Yet.⁣ ⁣ We can pour the color on instead. Today, when you next look in the mirror, give yourself the gift. Look yourself in the eye and say out loud...⁣ ⁣ I am smart. ⁣ I am strong. ⁣ I am worthy.⁣ I love you.⁣ ⁣ And I double dog dare you to do it every day. Love yourself enough to drink in the goodness that is possible every day. You can decide what you swallow into your mind, belief and life. 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀. I can see the rainbow in myself. I see the rainbow in you too. ⁣  The Boss Actions
July 10, 2020
Lesley Dixon
Podcast Episode 009 The Tears & Tulle Movement Trailblazer Participant, Lesley Dixon chatted with us about her Tears & Tulle moments, her love of sand magic, and her amazing tribe of inspiring women! In Lesley's words:  Deepening your feminine energy sacred sand magic by Lesley  I held this sacred sand art event to call in my tribe and to acknowledge this powerhouse of energy that's in our body, our yoni.  Thank you beautiful sisters who answered the call to come and deepen their feminine energy with me.   My heart is so full and what an honour it was to spend time with you all connecting to our Yonis, to our creative wombs, to our life force while connecting to Mother earth, Father sky and Grandmother moon on such an auspicious day in the cosmos. What beautiful universal alignment 🌟🌌✨ With so much gratitude to my tribe for their space holding , for us having the maiden, mother and crone as well as the next generation all present as well as our ancestors who walk with us.   And thank you my friend for talking into the freedom we have as women in this beautiful country of New Zealand we live in to do exactly as we did here today, without persecution. Thank you to all those women who have come before us , paving the way so we may be where we are, right here, right now with this freedom.     We have the power to end this happening in this generation, this pivotal time on earth. . To support each other and not tear each other down and together we will rise...!!!!  And lastly thanks for your support for the #tearsandtulle project. Empowering creative women to share their creative messages around the world. It felt so wonderful to be my amazing creative self surrounded by all that love from you all. Thank you 🙏❤🌺
July 03, 2020
Laura Tempesta/Lauren Krzyzynski
Podcast Episode 008  The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Weeks 3/4, Participants Laura Tempesta and Lauren Krzyzyski!  Laura Tempesta's Tears & Tulle experience: To me, this skirt is a metaphor for the life force within us.  Contained within our compact bodies is a soul that far exceeds the vessel which contains it.  Our personalities are made up of an infinite number of complex, diverse, and intertwined layers.  Some of those layers are easily visible near the surface.  Others are hidden underneath and can only be discovered after peeling away the outer wrapping. ⁣ ⁣ The skirt was easily 4x the size of the box in which it arrived.  I was struck by the restriction of the square box, itself a metaphor of the boxes in which we put ourselves, and the untamed skirt, in all its glorious abandon, which emerged from it.  The abundance of tulle was an unexpected, delightful, surprise.  Each time I thought I’d seen every layer of magnificent color, I dug further and found another.  ⁣ ⁣ Wearing the skirt was a joyous experience.  It allowed me to feel fun and free in a way that I hadn’t experienced since childhood.  I expected the skirt to be heavy, but it was light as air, like wearing a cloud – which is exactly how it should feel when we are our true selves, allowing the world to view every shade of our colorful personalities.⁣⁣  Find Laura here:  Lauren Krzyzynski's Tears & Tulle experience:  Let me tell you, I am far more comfortable behind the camera than I am in front of it. ⁣ ⁣ Although I was *thrilled* about my upcoming shoot with my brilliant friend Shawna, I was also experiencing a growing sense of anxiety about being the center of attention...until I unboxed that rainbow tulle masterpiece. ⁣ ⁣ As soon as I saw it, all traces of nervousness melted away and a sense of peace washed over me. I could truly feel the love that Cassandra poured into the skirt. ⁣ ⁣ Wearing it was an unforgettable experience for which I'm profoundly grateful. ⁣ Find Lauren at:
June 25, 2020
Maria Healey
Podcast Episode 007 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 10, Laura Maria Healey! Maria's thoughts on wearing the original skirt: Thank you so much for including me on this journey of the rainbow skirt! ⁣ ⁣ I was eager to get the photos done as quickly as possible since you told me from the beginning that the next recipient was planning to wear the skirt for NYE. ⁣ ⁣ As soon as I took it out of the box, I put it on and headed out to the alley with my son and my iPhone for him to capture my photos. It’s been pouring here in SoCal for the past few days but it dried up just in time to get outside for some portraits. ⁣ ⁣ He did a pretty good job of making me look happy and show up in the darkness in this skirt despite the fact I was crying only an hour before it arrived at my door. ⁣ ⁣ I paired the skirt with my favorite black sunglasses and also with a black faux fur jacket I've owned for 20 years but never had an excuse to wear. I’m also rocking my glittered tank that reads “Don’t let your sparkle fade,” a red lipstick, and a comfortable ponytail. ⁣ ⁣ I’ve had plenty of experience with showing up in the darkness so I’m quite well-versed in picking myself up and putting on a smile and getting stuff done. I’m a single mom but I choose this life and I’m happy. I work a lot and I also try to make time for writing on a daily basis. ⁣ ⁣ I have so many stories to share and I look forward to reassuring others that they aren’t alone in their experiences. ⁣
June 18, 2020
Laura Hollick
Podcast Episode 006 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 2, Laura Hollick! Laura's thoughts on wearing the original skirt: I chose to wear the skirt in a sea of rainbow to make it feel like a dream. ⁣ ⁣ I believe the most empowering thing we can do for women at this time is dream a new dream about what it means to be a woman. ⁣ ⁣ No longer do we need to be the prop or property of others. We can claim ownership of ourselves.⁣ ⁣ The new dream I'm imagining is one where women value themselves for being themselves. I see us awaking a new chapter of feminine sovereignty. ⁣ ⁣ (as seen on Laura’s website that's listed below) ⁣>⁣ This year I started mentoring with Von Wong, the Artist Activist. Through our sessions, I realized that I want to use my gift of art, creative expression and insight to make real change in the world.⁣ ⁣ At the same time I was invited to be part of a creative project called Tears & Tulle, as seen in this image above. The concept for the project created by Gina Bell, is to empower women’s unique expression. She shipped a rainbow tulle skirt around the world and asked women to do photos with the skirt to express female empowerment. I was so delighted to be invited to be part of this project. ⁣ ⁣ When I received the rainbow tulle skirt I wanted to create an image that reflected that female empowerment is currently in the dream state where we can literally dream a new world into being.⁣ ⁣ Art as Activism has taught me that art has power to reach people in ways beyond logic.⁣ Find Laura here:
June 11, 2020
Sylvia Becker-Hill
Podcast Episode 005 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 9, Participant Sylvia Becker-Hill! Find Sylvia online at
June 05, 2020
Karyn Lindquist
Tears & Tulle Talk Podcast Episode 004 will be released this Friday!  Karyn was one of the very first courageous T&T Trailblazers. She chatted with me about her experience with her skirt, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and how she visited one of her all-time favorite places for her photoshoot location!! You can find her at:
May 28, 2020
Julie Slaikjer
Julie wore the original Tears & Tulle skirt during week 15 and chatted with me about her experience with the skirt, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and the totally unexpected magic that happened! Julie prefers to be informal and tends to talk more than other people - so Julie Chats seemed a perfect name for her first blog back in 2008. When people started to change their websites over to their names, she considered it for about a second before laughing at the thought of people butchering her Danish married name when searching for her. Slaikjer is not a name that’s easily spelled or pronounced by most people  (SLY-ker - in case you were wondering). So she stuck with Julie Chats as her business evolved into its current form. ⁣ ⁣Today, Julie is a graphic designer and social media educator helping her clients streamline and simplify their social media allowing them to save time and avoid overwhelm with her in person workshops, online courses and private Facebook community. She uses her degree in journalism and public relations, along with extensive experience working with bloggers and crafty industry companies to guide business owners through bumps in their marketing efforts from branding to social media. Working with new business owners to find their unique visual voice through branding is a passion of hers.⁣ ⁣A native Oregonian, Julie lives outside Portland with her family and their fluffy dog. On the weekends, you’ll find her and her husband of 25 years at sporting events supporting their son and all his teams or visiting their college daughter at their alma mater, the University of Oregon, cheering on the  Ducks.⁣ ⁣During the week, you’ll find Julie on Instagram @juliechats Stop by, say hi and also visit her in her Facebook group, the Julie Chats Community, where she answers your business marketing questions and goes Live on Wednesday afternoons.⁣ ⁣
May 22, 2020
Arielle Estoria
Podcast Episode 002 The Tears & Tulle Movement Season 1, Week 12, Participant Arielle Estoria!Arielle wore the original skirt during week 12 and chatted with me about her experience with the skirt, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and a fun story about what she wanted to be when she grew up!  Arielle Estoria is made of sass and good intentions, has a deep love for car karaoke, breakfast foods and flowers. She is a traveling Spoken Word Poet, self-published author, Dance Party Enthusiast Emcee and Event Host, Speaker, Body Positive Model, Actor and professional feeler. Shamelessly claiming that she is in the business of pulling on heartstrings, her motto, "Words not for the ears but for the soul" stems from her dedication to remind anyone who encounters her and her work that words are meant to be felt and experienced and not just heard. Which just means you may or may not cry by the end of your time with her. Arielle has shared her work through spoken word, workshops and themed keynote talks with companies such as Google, Sofar Sounds, Lululemon, Dressember, Tedx, the SKIMS campaign by Kim Kardashian, Hollis Co. by Rachel Hollis and more. Arielle’s first EP, a collection of music and poetry called Symphony of a Lioness is now available on iTunes or Apple Music. She is Co-author of two collections of poetry: Vagabonds and Zealots (2014) and Write Bloody Spill Pretty (2017) which can both be found on
May 15, 2020
Liz Corwin
Tears & Tulle Season 1, Week 11, Participant Liz Corwin! Liz wore the original skirt during week 11 and chatted with me about her experience with the skirt, some of her Tears & Tulle moments, and her beautiful poetry. Liz Corwin is a world traveling yoga teacher, storyteller, and creator of Walkabout Yoga LLC offering International Retreats, online courses, and 200HR Teacher Trainings. She is also a 15-year US Navy Officer and former F-18 Navy jet pilot. She began teaching yoga while on deployment in 2008 aboard the aircraft carrier, sharing her practice and experience with other pilots and friends. Liz's dynamic and challenging yoga classes, courses, and storytelling focus on intuitive physical transitions, alchemizing lead into gold through deep inner shadow work, and embracing vulnerability to unleash self-acceptance, self-love, and healing.
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