I promised that the picture that most said: "Here I am! I own my life!" would win a copy of my novel The Goddess Lounge and a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. So here are the five finalists. It was really hard to choose, so, ultimately, I narrowed the photos by trying to balance women at different stages of life, doing different sorts of activities that suggest not just self possession but the variety of ways women attempt to either challenge boundaries or just be truly authentic. It's up to you to choose the winner. Frankly, I am glad it is up to you, because I don't think I could choose. It was hard enough narrowing it down to five finalists!
Adrienne as Pele, the volacano goddess, is full of passion, confidence, and strength.
Kymborli, singing her heart out, is Persephone, goddess of spring.