What has Eleanor been up to?

Hey loves! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I logged onto my blog recently and was blown away to discover that the last post I published was in 2015! I’ve written a lot over the past four years, but in the midst of publishing essays in anthologies, sending out email newsletters, and writing posts for Model Mayhem I guess I never got around to actually posting anything here. (The draft section, however, is full of half formed blog posts I thought I’d finished. Whoops!)

Recently I’ve been feeling called to start blogging again, so you should start seeing more regular updates soon. In the meantime, in this post I’m sharing what I’ve been doing over the past several years, and what I’m up to now.

As you may know, I was rear ended in June 2014. That car accident left me with a severe concussion and three dislocated ribs that were threatening to collapse my sternum, which in turn could have collapsed a lung. I spent three years trying to find a holistic approach to relocate my ribs, but in July 2017 I finally had major chest surgery to stabilize my ribcage.

I honestly thought recovery would be short and simple, but life had other plans. (Turns out being young and relatively healthy doesn’t factor quite so much into recovery as the amount of time it takes for a sternum to fuse back together after being sawed open!) I was out of commission for a lot longer than I expected, but it was also a beautiful opportunity for me to deepen my self care practice and focus on my coaching clients.

Nearly two years later, I am happy to announce that I am healthier now than I was before the surgery – in some ways healthier even than I was before the car accident. My recovery is still ongoing: my energy levels haven’t quite stabilized, and my sternum is still tender to the touch. Overall, though? I’m enormously pleased.

I wasn’t able to model for quite some time during my recovery, but I still kept pretty busy: I moved to Central California, got published in two feminist anthologies, went on a book tour, got married, and kept things moving with Empowered Muses (if not as active as I had hoped back when I thought I’d heal within a month). I kept working with clients, launched an online course, and ran two group programs.

Last November, however, it became clear that it’s time for me to step up in a bigger way as a coach and serve a wider audience. I love working with models, but I’m feeling called to bring the healing and transformational tools that I’ve discovered and developed through my own journey as a model, and over the last four years as a coach, to women outside of this community. And my work has evolved: over the past two years I have been recording most of the business advice I offer in videos my clients can keep and rewatch as needed, while spending most of my 1-on-1 time with clients diving into transformative inner game work around confidence, boundaries, and self-care…

These are the tools I really want to teach.

So things are evolving. I originally thought I could add my new coaching packages under the Empowered Muses umbrella, but it’s become clear that I’m creating a new business entirely. I don’t have the bandwidth to focus on and market two separate coaching practices, so Empowered Muses, as it used to exist, will not be continuing. I will still be working with models 1-on-1, and I’m working to create a comprehensive online course for models who want the business training without the inner game work. The resources I have already created will still be available, but outside of the new course I don’t anticipate creating new materials for models.

Moving forward, the bulk of the content I create, post, and send to my list will be focused on women’s empowerment. I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and experimentation to figure out what group of women I want to serve, so if you follow me on social media you may have seen several different posts aimed at different target markets.

Though I hadn’t gotten totally clear on who exactly my new tribe is yet, for the past several months I have been super clear on these three things: I help women experience more joy and freedom by helping them break through patriarchal belief systems, my work is about helping these women reclaim their lives, their bodies, and their power, and I’m being called to facilitate transformational nude photoshoots for women who’ve never posed nude before to experience their bodies in a totally new way. This is deep, important work, and I feel so privileged to be doing it.

(Even more exciting? Between the first and final drafts of this blog post, I’ve finally come to clarity around the group of women I want to focus on serving as I move forward. I’m not quite ready to announce it publicly yet, but stay tuned for another post very soon!)

In the meantime, below you’ll find some info on what services I offer. And whether you’re seeking a muse, looking for support, follow me for inspiration, or are here to enjoy my art, I hope you’ll reach out and say hi in the comments.

For Photographers:

I am once again available as a model! Complete with nifty new chest scar, I am now accepting limited bookings in California (and elsewhere with travel costs covered). I am also accepting the fact that I am semi-retired as a model: moving forward I will only be available for 2-3 bookings a month. I encourage you to visit my bookings page to learn more about my current focus as a model, as well as find my rates, booking policies, and testimonials.

I also offer coaching for photographers who want support learning and implementing best practices of ethical model photography – contact me for more info.

For Models:

I have a great deal of passion for providing resources to freelance nude models, so as I retire Empowered Muses in its current form I am creating a online course that will provide the materials I teach in a more accessible format. I will no longer be running my group programs, but I will continue to coach models 1-on-1 with a focus on more inner game and transformational elements in addition to implementing better business practices. If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you transform your modeling career, I invite you to sign up for a “Becoming the Muse” Breakthrough Session.

For Women:

As I explained above, my coaching practice is moving into the realm of women’s empowerment. I work with women to help them break through patriarchal belief systems, set and enforce boundaries, and create self care systems that support their lives. I also offer VIP packages for women who want to experience posing nude in a totally safe, freeing, empowered, and confidential environment. If any of what you have read here has resonated I would be happy to discuss how I can support you. Please visit my coaching page to learn more, or set up a free “Reclaim Your Power” Breakthrough Session now.

For Everybody:

Those of you who have been following me on Facebook and Instagram may have noticed that I am now offering crystal card readings for people seeking intuitive guidance. A mixture of coaching, card reading, and crystal healing, these sessions are particularly helpful for women who are interested in getting a taste of my coaching and intuitive style, but men who feel intuitively pulled to my work are welcome as well. If this speaks to you, you can schedule your card reading here.

About the Author

Eleanor is an accomplished traveling nude model and has been pursuing her art since 2010 and posing nude since 2011. Her work has been published in a variety of magazines, books, and galleries, including a special event at the Louvre. She now draws on her experience as a freelance nude model as a women’s empowerment coach, helping women reclaim their lives and bodies through transformative nude photoshoot experiences.

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