Category Archives: Selfie Tips

Meeting the Season with Curiosity


I confess this is the season I struggle with the most.

When all the plants are returning to the earth. When the grey is near constant. I find myself picking up the camera a bit less and when I do, everything doesn’t look quite as radiant as every other season.

But this year I’m taking a different approach. I’m getting curious about fall and winter, in the same way I so easily do in other season. I’m getting curious about the places (like this one in the above image) that I don’t often photograph in the spring or summer as there are lotuses nearby that draw me in.

I’m looking for the unxpected, perspectives I haven’t seen before. 

That which I can’t predict or assume. That which I don’t know yet.

Even if I feel resistant to it. Even if I can’t imagine another perspective or assume my initial perception is the only possible outcome.  

Curiosity is at the heart of all the work I do but I don’t often give it the credit and voice it deserves because it’s always there woven into every photo, every selfie, every class I create. Maybe it’s when we find we aren’t feeling something that it’s importance becomes clearer than ever. So bring on the lens of curiosity…fall, I’m coming for you…

What could you approach with curiosity today? 

Perhaps the spot you are sitting right now, seeing it in a new way through the lens? Or maybe see the people around you with curiosity, being open to new ways we can relate to one another? Or maybe even how we see our bodies? Could you take a selfie today with curiosity and not assume what the outcome might be before you take it?

I wanted to share this to remind both you and myself that new perspectives await, often when we least expect them!

Here are a few more images from today’s curious photo walk in the garden.


  • RachelOctober 22, 2016 - 4:56 pm

    The first and last photo of this series are incredible! I love the mysterious quality of the first photo and the more dramatic nature of the last photo.ReplyCancel

  • Alison MOctober 24, 2016 - 9:38 pm

    Beautiful images, Vivienne. Thank you for sharing them, and this lovely perspective. Be Curious. That will be my new motto for today…ReplyCancel

Claiming Space at the Beach

claimingspacebeachcoverYesterday afternoon and evening my lovely friend Sylvia and I headed to her favourite beach outside of the city, one I’d been excited to check out ever since I heard of it. The tide was high so we sat in beautiful (and surprisingly warm) waist deep ocean water blissed out at the fact that we can do this in April in Vancouver!

After a swim we chilled on the beach in the fading sun and like I do pretty much everyday, I pulled out my camera to take some self-portraits in this wildly inspiring setting.

Just like any other day except this time…I was in my swim suit!

And not just any swim suit, a 2 piece…the kind I had a story around, that I’d never been able to adorn my body with. I’ve worn a 2 piece once before but to a quiet lake…and that time I invited myself into the frame too and had a really vulnerable experience with it, as photos indeed can bring up those old body stories that might be trying to follow us around, defining our worth.

You can check out that post here: Making Peace with My Body…In a Bikini

On that day, I could feel that experience of shame rising up but instead, got resilient and chose to seek out the photo that felt like it really captured the energy of the joy of the day, rather than get lost in the shame spiral I could feel myself nearing. It takes practice to pull ourselves out of those moments of self-critique, but it is indeed possible.

Because our outtakes get to be our teachers.

The healing doesn’t just happen in the ‘good’ photos.

It happens in the ones that we struggle with too.

For a long time now, my personal goal (and what we’re exploring in the Body Peace Program too) has been to find body neutrality. To be able to take photos and see my body not as bad, or good…but just me. Just my body without those value judgements. 

So…at the beach yesterday, I took some photos while we chilled after the swim and the beach was fairly quiet.

And there she was, me…in the lens. And I looked at these photos without judgement.

Maybe it was the light which was SO dreamy.

Maybe it was because I love this bathing suit and it’s SO comfy and fits well (something that we plus size folks don’t always have in our clothing).

Maybe it was the nourishing energy of sitting in the ocean for an hour that swept away worry of how the suit looked on me.

Or maybe it was that the work I’ve been putting so much thought and practice into was paying off.

Because for the first time ever in a bikini in photos, I didn’t go into a shame spiral.

front800If someone else had taken the photo at the same moment…I quite possibly would have. If I had tried to take a ‘fashion-blogger’ style photo…I probably would have (cause that’s just not me).

But that’s the power of taking a self-portrait.

We are in charge.  We are in control…of how it is taken and how we react to it. How we move in it, when we take it and yes…we are in charge of how we feel about it too. 

It’s about standing our own power.

Claiming space.

So, I dared myself to go even further outside my comfort zone and then this next photo happened:

back800Because if I could see my front body with neutrality on this day (it’s not like it’s forever thing that we achieve…it’s something to savour when we experience and build emotional memory around it…increasing our chances of having it happen again)!

Now, my back body (my back and butt in particular) are parts of me I’m most definitely not at peace with yet, but we’re working on it. And by ‘at peace’ I mean this sense of neutrality. I don’t need to LOVE that part of myself but I’m sure as heck tired of hating it.

The sun wasn’t quite as glowing by this time.

But still…when I see these photos, that second one. I just see my body, not as something good or bad, yes, even those parts (like rolls) that we are told are ‘bad’ by societal standards. They don’t trigger me here. 

Both photos are totally unedited and unretouched.

I share this not to try to show off, by any means or try to prove how much I LOVE my body…because that’s not what it’s about. But I did want to share it because I don’t think we talk enough about body neutrality as a possibility. We may think that the goal of body-accpetance is to LOVE our bodies and then shame ourselves on our tough days if we don’t always feel that way.

But body neutrality is settling into that non-judgemental place, where we are neither good or bad, neither hated nor wildly loved. Really, where we just get to…be.

And that’s what these photos taught me, and I hope that you’ll get photos someday where you can see yourself in that way too, as though we just cleared off an old lens and now I can see clearly again.

Now, there’s another piece…that YOU will see the photo if I share it.

That’s another element to this puzzle of accepting our bodies. How will we deal with how other people view us. But here’s the thing. The more work we do on making peace with our own body and finding our voice outside of our inner critics, the more we realize that other people’s opinions of our body are…theirs. Not ours.

If you see these photos with judgement, I can’t help that. Nor should it define how I feel about them.

You might see my body as something disgusting or beautiful.

It doesn’t matter.

What matters is how we define our own worth.

And the more non-judgemental my own voice has become, the more I don’t even think about how others might be judging me. 

And it’s not something we achieve, even days like this when we get these peaceful moments.

It’s a practice of claiming space, defining and redefining how we see ourselves, and inviting in resiliency on the tough days.

I starting my own body-image healing journey using photography over 8 years ago now, not sure where it would lead and am so grateful it has led to helping other people help themselves in this way. I’m not here to heal you…I’m here to help you heal yourself.

In terms of my own body image healing, I’m not sure where it will lead from here, but I’m in for the journey.

Cause the more we can let go of worrying how other people see us, the more room there is for us to just enjoy days like this with the sun shining and the ocean warm enough to swim in…in April.

Because there is life to be lived and more time to live it when we’re not focusing our energy on critiquing our body!

claimingspace300If you’d like to join me in a journey to claim space and exploring standing in your own power in your photos, join me for the Claiming Space class starting May 1st! And if you’re seeing this April 19th or 20th, I’m giving away 2 spots to the class over here on Instagram.

Find out more about the Claiming Space class here!

Beloved400The original Be Your Own Beloved class is also open for registration if you’d like to start your journey to see yourself with compassion through your camera, this class will be a game-changer for you!

Find out more about the Be Your Own Beloved class here!

Introducing the Selfie Starter Guidebook


I’m super excited to share that the Selfie Starter Guidebook is here! I really wanted to create something for those folks who might be drawn to this work of taking selfies and seeing ourselves with compassion, but aren’t sure where to begin. Or have lots of questions that feel like they are in the way of beginning. Or are nervous to take a class but an E-Book feels like a more comfortable place to begin!

The E-Book Covers topics like:

  • What is a Selfie
  • The Gear you Might Need (and my DIY approach)
  • How to take your Selfie (all those questions you might worry are ‘silly questions’ answered).
  • How to Hold or Prop Your Camera
  • Types of Selfies (and tips for taking each kind)
  • 3 Selfie Activities for you to Try
  • Playfulness and Experimentation
  • The importance of taking LOTS of photos (and having outtakes)
  • Indoor and Outdoor Selfie Location Ideas
  • Letting go of worries of what others might think
  • My favourite resources and posts for you to continue exploring though!

And even if you have taken one of the classes already, this E-Book can be a great companion for your journey if you’ve already taken the Beloved Beginnings or Be Your Own Beloved E-Courses and a reminder of some of the technical and selfie approaches you’ve explored in class (plus different prompts than you’ll find in those 2 classes).

Head on over here to get your Selfie Starter Guide!

Tips for Travelling with you Camera!


This week I have a bit of a different selfie tip for you, as I’m writing to you from a cafe in Edinburgh, Scotland…far from my home in Vancouver, Canada.

Of course, travel is on my mind and packing camera gear for travel is an important decision I ponder with every adventure and also a question I often get. I had someone recently ask “I’m heading out on a trip and am not sure if I should bring my big camera or just my phone. What cameras do you travel with?”

So I thought today was the perfect day to share my answer with you and share the things I ponder when faced with the questions: What camera should I bring? What is too much? What is not enough?

Of course, the answer is individual, but here are some things to consider to find the right answer for you:


What do you most love to shoot with?

This is the biggest question I have for you in deciding what to bring on a trip. What is your everyday gear that makes you happy to get out and take photos with. Is it your phone? Then it might make sense to not take your DSLR if it is usually not something you shoot with.

This may ebb and flow too as some times or seasons we may be more into one type of camera, so it’s a question I like to ask myself regularly with each trip as the answer may be different.

As well, what camera is your selfie-taking happy place? Because especially when travelling, it’s easy to get caught up with being behind the camera but it feels important to be in the visual story of our trip too, right? You may want to make certain camera decisions based on general photo needs, but ponder your needs around what you’re most likely to take a selfie with too?


What’s happening on the trip?

After pondering which gear you are most likely to use, this is another factor to think of before deciding. What is happening on the trip that might feel like you don’t want to be without a camera? Are you visiting someone special? Is it an event? Is it somewhere special?

Recently I went on a trip to Latvia, where my mom’s side of the family is from originally. To me, it was the most special trip of my lifetime so this question was clear. I knew that in response to the first question here, I would 100% bring my DSLR and favourite lenses and my iPhone. But I also love taking photos with my Polaroid SX-70 and decided to bring it, along with some film to use. I wouldn’t normally bring it on a trip, but in this case I didn’t regret it at all.

If I knew the trip was likely to be busy with little time for photo or selfie taking, I’d probably just travel with my iPhone.

What’s going on in your next trip and will you want to have your camera in hand?


How are you travelling?

Another vital piece might be how much of the trip will you be carrying your gear?

As a transit rider and car-free person, packing light is pivotal both for everyday especially for travel. My travelling to different places often includes riding transit (or at least from the airport) into the city so my gear is on my back a lot.  If you’re going on a trip in a car or are flying and won’t have to carry your bags around during your trip, it may be an option to bring heavier or more gear than you might if it was going to be on your shoulders the whole time.

On this recent trip, I knew I’d have a few big days of travelling but mainly I’d have a home base in each city I was in. Had I been doing a lot more carrying of my bags and travelling from place to place that might have changed things!


Can you go on a photo walk?

When I travel, if I can make space (even 5 minutes) for going on a photo walk and capturing the landscape, the light, the geography of where I’m staying, it feels worthwhile to bring my DSLR no matter how many other photos I may take.  If you can commit to taking your camera out on one day of your adventure and bring it with you, I’m sure you won’t regret bringing it!

Even if you don’t normally go on photo walks at home, it is such a divine tool for capturing the story of your trip and truly doesn’t take long at all. I define a photo walk as going out with no other intention than to see what delights you and to capture it through your lens…yourself included!


Pick a Lens!

So if you’ve decided you do want to bring a big DSLR with you, the next question might be…what lens should I bring (if you have multiple lenses). I find that with travel it makes the most sense to bring a wider angle lens as we’re more likely to want to get the big picture of the landscape, cityscape, of group photos or of a self-portrait in a larger context. A more portrait focused lens like a 50mm lens is one of my favourites and is much lighter to travel with but may not have the same big picture perspective as a zoom lens. I find that the most versatile lens (like a zoom lens) is the most ideal for travel.

Picking 1 lens that most suits your needs is a great way to bring your DSLR but not ALL your gear. Unless you know you’ll be doing something that needs specific gear it’s probably ideal to leave stuff at home like an external flash, a tripod, even extra camera cleaning tools or filters. That can help a lot in making a camera bag lighter.


What about a Tripod? Or a Selfie Stick or Monopod?

This is another thing for us to ponder! Do we need to bring a tripod or monopod? Or a selfie stick? I’ve shared about selfie sticks (and the pros & cons of them including travelling with them) in this post but I wanted to mention them here as it’s something to consider.

How light is your tripod or monopod? While I take self-portraits nearly everywhere I go, I rarely use a tripod even at home. I can always find a bench or a fence or use my purse to prop my camera on. So while you might think I’d be the type to travel with a tripod, I’m not. I’d only bring a tripod personally if I was planning to shoot a lot of video and have yet to bring a tripod on an overseas trip.

That might not be the case for you though. Tripods can help us keep our photos stable if our hands are shaky. A monopod is a way to add stability but is smaller and lighter.

A selfie stick might be a good choice for you too if you’ve decided your phone is your primary camera for your adventures. Selfie sticks allow us to get a wider range of view around us (you know for things like getting the Eiffel Tower in the frame with us)! It might be a good choice for you.

In these recent travels to Europe I didn’t bring a tripod but did bring my selfie stick as I wanted to try it in Paris. Honestly, they were everywhere there so it wasn’t out of the norm to use it. That said, I didn’t once use it in Latvia. Even taking selfies was far less common and overt there, and I didn’t feel comfortable using it there. I did still take selfies, of course, finding places to prop my camera.

So a tripod or selfie stick might be a good addition for you, but are added weight in our bags for a lot of us. Something to ponder though!


Get a Comfy Camera Bag

If you crave to bring your camera gear on more trips, a comfy bag is really worth investing in.  I’m a fan of camera bags that don’t look like they would have a camera in them which luckily are much more common these days.  For travel, it’s vital that the bag have a cross body strap option for me as when I’ve got my backpack on, perching a purse on my shoulder just doesn’t work (nor would another camera backpack).

Having my camera bag look more subtle and have room for things like my wallet, water bottle and journal are important too.

Here are a few of the kinds of camera bags that I would recommend for travel:

  • The Jo Totes Bellbrook Backpack looks like a dreamy backpack for travel. I tend to travel with my luggage in backpack form, so it might be more ideal for those who travel with a rolling suitcase and would make a great carry on bag as it can hold your computer too.
  • The Epiphanie Chelsea Bag looks like a dreamy small bag for travel. I’ve owned a few styles of bags from them (like the one in the photo above that they no longer make) and loved them.
  • I’ve never owned a Kelly Moore bag but swoon over them…especially the Collins Bag which looks nothing like any camera bag I’ve ever seen. I love that the camera pockets are inserts that you can remove if you want to use it like a regular bag!


What if you decide to just bring a phone?

I think my back would thank me if I made that choice and yours might too! If you’re using your phone the most to shoot it might be the best choice for you and especially as our phones take such high quality photos these days.

Here are a few extra suggestions for you if your phone is your main camera for travel:

  • Clear out your camera roll before you go just like you would clear out a memory card on a DSLR before you head out.
  • Make sure it’s the highest quality size of photo you’re taking (for example use the basic camera in the phone rather than Instagram)
  • Use the front facing lens which is a higher quality to take your photos.
  • Get a timer app like Gorillacam to help you be able to get in the photo along with the beautiful place you’ve travelled to!


What do I bring?

When travelling, I almost always bring my DSLR and my favourite lens the Canon 24-70 2.8. The drawback being that it is actually very heavy to carry around. This is my favourite self-taking lens too especially when I want to get the big picture of the place I’m in too. For me it’s worth it for the photos it takes, but for others it might be too heavy to be ideal (it definitely leaves me with achy shoulders after a day of wandering).

I also bring my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens which I find I use on days when I’m craving a lighter lens and don’t expect to be taking landscape photos. It’s small and light so it’s easy to bring as an extra lens but don’t use as much as the other lens (so I could see myself leaving it behind if I had to travel with less).

I also chose to bring along my Polaroid SX-70 this trip. I don’t tend to bring it on every trip but I mean, there’s castles and gorgeous old buildings and beautiful landscapes. I couldn’t resist and will make sure to use it.

And my iPhone of course. With lots of space to take photos with it.

I also bring 2 batteries and 1 battery charger, 2 memory cards but leave all other camera accessories at home including a tripod or flash.

So do I pack light for travel? Not so much, but from experience of other trips, I know I’ll use what I do bring. It only takes overpacking camera gear once to really wake us up to what we do actually use, so another suggestion I have is to write yourself a note of what worked and what didn’t so you’ll have it to refer to next time!


So what should you bring? I hope these suggestions are helpful in figuring that out.

Alas, I can’t really answer that question for you, but I hope these will help you decide to either take the pressure of yourself to bring a camera other than a phone or to get inspired to!

I’m happy to provide suggestions for your situation in the comments if you’re still torn as to what you want to bring along on your next trip!

  • seablueleeOctober 10, 2015 - 6:43 am

    Great post, Vivienne, that covers the topic really well. I recently took an important trip with only my iPhone, because I wanted to travel light and keep it simple, but I’m not sure I’d do that again. For the most part it worked well, but there were times when I wished I had more flexibility, especially for zooming in closer. One thing I do love about using the phone camera is that nobody pays much attention to my picture-taking the way they do when I’m using my dSLR! It’s so quick and simple, and so easy to share even while on the road.ReplyCancel

  • Kirk LawlerDecember 15, 2015 - 10:18 pm

    Labdien Vivienne,

    Thank you for posting such a thoughtful and detailed article. You mentioned that you have been to Latvia and often travel with a fairly big dSLR and pro lenses, so I have a few quick questions for you….

    I’m flying there on vacation in the spring to photograph Riga’s Jugenda Stila nami and could bring either a Nikon D810 and 300mm f/4 VR (keep it simple / no tripod needed / low visibility); or a Canon 5Ds-r, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART and manual focus Zeiss 135mm f/2 (far superior resolution, but tripod and extra time to shoot required, and I would stick out like a sore thumb).

    Did people on the street respond negatively to seeing you taking pictures with a hefty camera? If you had your choice of Nikon option A or Canon option B, which would you feel safer carrying around in Vecriga and Centrs? I’ll steer clear of potential trouble spots like the Russian embassy and the home of the ex-president on Elizabetes iela, as well as the seedy stretch on the east side of Vecriga where the “gangster bars” are located, and have learned phrases like “Nē fotogrāfija? Labi! Es saprotu.” in case I get pounced on.

    Also, when you landed at Starptautiskā lidosta Rīga, did customs officers give you a hard time about your gear? Did you have to pay any taxes in order to bring it into the country? I’ve read the State Revenue Service regulations several times, and the wording is vague and difficult to interpret. If I would have to pay 21% VAT as the rules imply, I’ll just bring a cheap bridge camera and spend more time going to cultural events.

    Any insights you would care to share would be greatly appreciated. Paldies!


    • vivienneDecember 16, 2015 - 4:45 pm

      Labdien Kirk

      That’s SO exciting you’re goint to be in Latvia this spring. I did bring my DSLR to Latvia.

      I wouldn’t hold back on bringing the gear that will give you the highest resolution and the set of gear you most love to shoot with, which it sounds like the later would be. Especially with the Jugenda Stila nami /Art Nouveau area, I used my wide angle lens (I use the Canon 24-70 2.4 lens). For most other days the 50mm 1.4 was perfect and more subtle…it sounds like in your Canon gear you have a similar lens. The Art Nouveau building area is really tourist-friendly and while I didn’t have my tripod with me there were multiple people with theirs shooting when I was there.

      In terms of shooting in Riga especially in the old town in the daytime, I felt completely comfortable with my camera. The old town is so tourist-friendly (and I was there in May, a bit before full-on tourist season there) I think you’ll feel super comfortable with your camera there most of the time. Even outside of old town in the city centre, I felt really comfortable taking photos.

      The times when I didn’t feel like cameras were welcomed was when I was outside of Riga in smaller towns, at some of the castles and sights outside of the city itself. Even though I wasn’t taking photos of people, there were moments where we were asked not to take photos or there were signs to not take photos. Its understandable that people, especially older generations that have lived through the occupation, were suspicious of why people would be taking photos, even of landmarks. In those kinds of places I used my phone more but also put them both away altogether because it seemed to be out of place to take photos there.

      In terms of customs, because I flew into the EU (I flew into Paris first and then to Riga) when I got to Riga I tried to go through the customs line or ask them where to go and they pointed for me to go out the other exit so I didn’t talk to them about my gear at all. That was my experience which I think was similar to my other family members (we all arrived separately and met there). I had never heard of that tax or haven’t experienced that travelling anywhere else.

      I hope that’s helpful! Feel free to let me know if any other questions arise and I hope you have an incredible trip. It’s such an beautiful and resilient country full of such history…you’ll have an amazing trip!ReplyCancel

  • LaurenFebruary 10, 2016 - 9:47 pm

    I am heading to London this spring from Winnipeg Manitoba, and I’m wondering if you have any advice for bringing a polaroid camera on an airplane. Does x-rays or scanning affect the film at all?
    I have the Instax mini 8 and was hoping to bring a few packs of film with me, but I’m scared of ruining it!
    Anything helps!
    Thank You!

Weekly Selfie Tip – Take a Quick Selfie


One thing I often about selfie taking is that folks don’t have the time in their day. And hearing about some of the busy lives folks have, I can see why. But time passes quickly when we’re busy and there is something mighty powerful about pausing even for a quick second in a busy day to get grounded and check in with yourself. So for today’s selfie tip I wanted to encourage you to make it quick. Your selfie doesn’t need to be grand or taken with that DSLR you have at home…what about that phone you probably have in your pocket or purse right now.

I shared in this post why I think it can be powerful to keep our selfies simple sometimes (especially if our expectation of what our selfie ‘should’ be or what would be good enough is stopping us from even taking them). But time is also a factor that can keep us from being a part of our visual story. But truly this can just take a second of your day within your day, not necessarily taking time away from everything else you’re doing.

I thought I’d share a few quick selfie ideas with you today…and I dare you to make one happen today and share it with me using the #beyourownbeloved hashtag on Instagram!

  • While you wait. Are you waiting for an appointment? Or waiting in the car to pick the kids up from school? Or waiting for dinner to be ready? Next time you’re in a waiting moment in your day, why not make it a selfie taking moment. Remember selfies aren’t just arm’s length selfies and something like a foot photo or hand photo can be a lot more subtle if you’re in public (but no less a selfie)!
  • Right here, right now. You’ll see lots of people doing the #stopdropandselfie game on Instagram and that’s all about sharing this moment. You don’t need to go anywhere or do anything!
  • The washroom. Yup, I said it and I mean it…washroom selfies aren’t a bad thing. Maybe the washroom you’re going to will have a great mirror or be a private 1 stall washroom with great wallpaper and lighting. Plus, it’s a valid time to take a moment for yourself, right?
  • While you work. What is keeping you busy in your day? Why not tell the story of the day. Whether you’re busy taking care of the kids…what about taking a quick selfie with them! Or if you’re working at a desk, put that phone a few feet away from your hands, set the timer and capture your work without really taking time away from it! I bet the part of your day that is busy could also be a part of your visual story!
  • While you walk/roll. Where are those moments in between your busy moments where you are strolling somewhere. Perhaps to your car from work or walking the dog? Those in between moments can be a great moment to sneak in a quick selfie and also moments where just for a moment you could slow your steps, feel the ground beneath you and have a mini mindful self-care moment along with your selfie! Keep an eye out on your stroll for your shadow or reflection  that could make for a fun a quick selfie.
  • Take it now, process it later. Taking quick and low-pressure selfies throughout the day is a great way to be a part of your visual story. Often if we keep a bit of time separate from the moment we take them we’ll see the photo with more kindness too. Taking time to get creative with your photo and play around with photo apps later in the day can be a great way to relax too, right?
  • Take a 1 block walk. I’ll often do this on rainy days or when I don’t feel like I have the time but know that I will feel more grounded, more ready for the rest of the day if I can do this mini self-care photo offering to myself. Go down 1 block and back and see what you can find that could be a place to pause and take a selfie of your feet or a backdrop for an arm’s length selfie!

I hope these ideas help make it feel more possible to add a little part of your day into your visual story. I know especially when things are wildly busy these little moments feel more like self-care than ever!

If you do take a quick selfie today and share it, I’ll be on the lookout for it via the #beyourownbeloved hashtag! Or if the idea of taking selfie at all is outside your comfort zone and you’d like a supportive experience exploring seeing yourself with kindness though your camera , come join in for the November Session of Be Your Own Beloved (and get early access to inspiring videos to support your journey as soon as you register)!