Note to Self


Note to Self is a self-portrait series captured on 35mm film. It is about a woman writing notes to herself in order to keep track of the lessons she’s learning as she goes through life.


Note To Self:

It may not seem like it at first, but there’s always a way to deal with a broken heart.


On days when sadness comes without a warning and it makes your body feel foreign, rest. Self-care is important.


Note To Self:

You are fire.
Tend to your flames instead of quenching them.


One of the most empowering acts of defiance is the full acceptance of your sexuality.
Don’t try to conceal it for fear of being condemned.

Society will always try to force rules down our throats but at the end of the day, you decide who you want to be and how you want to express it.


You’ve been breaking and bending,
bending and breaking for people all your life.

Now you are breaking and bending,
bending and breaking no more.

Copyright of words and photographs: Wonuola Lawal



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Victoria Lola
29. April 2017 at 15:25

I love this. Powerful words! We’ve been bending and breaking; now we break and bend no more. We take charge. Thank you 🙂

29. April 2017 at 15:33

“Bending and breaking no more”….too often does the black woman find herself taking care of everyone else besides herself. Self care is crucial and matter of fact, right now, I have to check in on myself.

Mimi Green
29. April 2017 at 23:03

I’ve been self reflecting a lot as of late. I’m trying to be honest and intentional about who I am and what I want.

Behind the Schmile
30. April 2017 at 14:33

LOVE THIS! So creative and so powerful! “you are fire. Tend to your flames instead of quenching them”

30. April 2017 at 19:01

Beautiful! We can all use words of encouragement when times get tough.

Anitra | The Mom On the Move
30. April 2017 at 19:59

Self Care is so important and reflecting on life’s circumstances is the best place to start. Beautiful photography.

30. April 2017 at 20:13

These words are so stunning and true, love them. And the images, just powerful and gorgeous. Hugs my girl <3

1. May 2017 at 5:45

I love this post and the images are pretty powerful. It’s so important to learn yourself, accept who you are and then take care of YOU.

1. May 2017 at 6:58

Very creative. I love the tend to your flames instead of quenching them.

1. May 2017 at 7:48

I just purchased a journal from Target that has “I Gotta Be Me” on the front cover. It’s so very freeing to be able to come to the realization that you are the most important person in your life, before being able to be important to anyone else.

1. May 2017 at 11:37

This is pretty deep. I think we all had issues with a broke heart or even our sexual frustations can make us feel a type of way. Thanks for these candid notes its relatable.

Elle (CleverlyChanging)
1. May 2017 at 13:22

Very Poetic and artistic. The imagery made the text come alive.

1. May 2017 at 15:23

These are awesome notes to self! Great reminders and inspiring words!

Lia World Traveler
1. May 2017 at 21:26

Beautiful series, powerful message. Thank you!

1. May 2017 at 21:36

Beautiful! <3

3. May 2017 at 18:45

Loving this series and the new look of your blog. What an empowering message to all women. We must certainly love, take care and accept ourselves first before can expect anyone else to. xo

6. May 2017 at 14:22

This is beautiful. And using the pictures to help the words tell the story is very creative.

22. May 2017 at 8:03

Very Amazing Art with.. Amazing PIC very nice..thank You For sharing This information

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