In February of this year, I had an overwhelming urge to switch out my username from the long-standing “adornedinarmor” to…well, my name. Of course, I didn’t because I am a planner and I don’t believe in working in haste. However, I knew that was the moment change had come.
Exasperated, I told my best friend “I am not ‘adornedinarmor.’ That is not my name. I am Tarah-Lynn!”
I couldn’t deny the push that I felt; it was urgent almost. Like I was shedding skin.
I laughed then because I sounded like a big ol’ baby declaring those statements out loud. However, God used that moment to show me how my emotions can actually be a tool to catapult me into what’s next.
Since 2013, you’ve seen my brand, Adorned in Armor, at the forefront. But now it’s time for you to see me.
I am walking in my womanhood. I am emboldened by love. I am sharing vulnerability with confidence.
I am Tarah-Lynn.
“Adorned in Armor” is only an extension of me.
Here’s to exploring everything else! I am excited to dig deeper and reveal all the special aspects of who I really am with the world.
To best depict this new beginning, I celebrated with a much-needed photoshoot. My sister, Medgina, was absolutely adamant that my rebrand shoot included a look where I wore a tank and jeans and I was like “uhhhh, absolutely not.” I couldn’t fathom it.
Like, how was this photoshoot going to be a “this is me” moment when jeans and a tank don’t represent me?! ‘Twas my argument but as Medge explained her vision and reasoning, she slowly but surely won me over.
“I want them to see you,” she said. “The beauty of who you are.”
Now, how could I fight that?! You’ve seen the glamour, the beauty and fashion shoots, the gowns and glitz. But here you can look past the clothes and see me.
I was blown away when I received the photos and honored the woman I saw before me. What do I see when I look at these photos?
I see a bold and expectant woman. She’s certain and has much to anticipate, so she smiles.
The most beautiful part about this rebrand is that it is only a symbol of what God is currently doing in me and what was already done. It’s an inner work glory – a spiritual rebrand, I call it.
If you desire to discover yourself, you must first lose yourself – I’ve been living this.
God has been showing me the good, bad and the ugly and we’ve been embracing and overcoming it all together. In losing myself in God, I can not only celebrate His original intent in me, I can also explore all of the new that comes with it.
This journey is difficult but I am so proud of who I am and how far I’ve come.
Ever felt like there was something you absolutely NEEDED to do before entering into your new chapter?
For me, I had a strong urge to shower right BEFORE I shared the news of rebranding on my socials. I know, weird, but symbolic. It was a washing away of my old self so that I may step into the new.
I’m also in the process of throwing away old things. I’m making room.
I felt kinda anxious on the day of my launch so I turned on my “quiet time” playlist and guess what song came on? “New Wine” by Hillsong. I’ve always found the lyrics beautiful but it hit me differently this time around. The lyrics became my prayer.
“Make me Your vessel
Make me an offering
Make me whatever You want me to be
I came here with nothing
But all You have given me
Jesus, bring new wine out of me”
To be honest, this is the first time in my life where I don’t know what exactly is next. I have an idea but I don’t know what to expect in this place; I just know this is where I’m supposed to be. And because I am choosing to remain aligned with God’s will, there will be new power, new freedom and His kingdom come even here.
May the laying down of my old flames inspire you to carry His new fire today.
I’m so excited to celebrate this milestone with you. This marks a new beginning; there is immeasurably more to come. Please stay tuned for what to expect here, @iamtarahlynn and my new page @adornedinarmor!