Hello Fall…Helloooo Sweater Dress Weather!

Happy Thursday beautiful souls!!!

If you follow me on social media, you’re probably aware of just how much I love summer. Nothing like warm weather, sunshine, bikinis, and outdoor activities to keep the spirits high. With that being said, there always comes a turning point where I have to let go of summer and openly accept the change of season. But this year? This year it was SUPER hard to let go and welcome in fall. I kept resisting and resisting, but as with anything in life, sometimes you just have to ease into it and appreciate each season for what beauty it may bring. Plus let’s be honest…fall fashion is just so freakin’ amazing. Which is why I wanted to share my first fall look with you guys!

For a lot of women, the sweater dress is a necessity when it comes to their fall wardrobe, so I decided to give one a try for myself. So…I chose the gorgeous On Baited Breath hunter green (because green and purple hair is life *heart eyes emoji*) sweater dress from Perfectly Priscilla. And let me tell ya’ll…this dress is EVERYTHING. It’s versatile, so comfortable, and the perfect staple for fall and even into winter.

Check out a few pics of the look below:


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I’ll be honest and say that in previous years, I always felt like sweater dresses might not be “flattering” on me as they’d be “too tight” or “too baggy”, but in reality that was just external voices trying to dictate how I “should” live in my body. I mean…who wants to be put in a box where other people decide what looks best on you? That’s a big ole NOPE from me. I wear what I want, when I want, and certainly have the power to decide how each item makes me feel. Which is why I picked this dress, it challenged my old belief system and proved that yet again, my body doesn’t determine how I live my life. Amazingly enough, fashion has the power to not only help you feel beautiful, but it also has the ability to empower you to both love yourself and challenge the norm. How beautiful is that??

Okay so back to the dress…I truly can’t say it enough…it’s just so damn comfortable! You can dress it up like I did (choker from Catherine’s Plus and heels from Payless Shoe Source) or you can throw on a pair of boots and scarf for a daytime look. Either way….you’ll be serving looksssss.

Thanks for reading lovelies!

And in case you forgot…you’re so worthy, so fierce, and so loved. 

*If you’re interested in checking out Perfectly Priscilla and want to order from their beautiful selection of plus size items (Sizes 10-22), make sure to use the discount code BLOGGERSAVE20 for some $$ off*

To shop visit: www.perfectlypriscilla.com

Or check them out on Instagram: Perfectly Priscilla Boutique

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Meet Curvy Girl Resale Boutique!

 

Fashionable AND affordable plus size clothes? WHAT?! I know. My mind was kind of blown too.

A few weeks ago I attended the grand opening of Curvy Girl Boutique. Though I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, I knew I was so excited to check out a store that not only was local but carried my size *insert praise hands* (But seriously…this is huge for Frederick, MD) Upon entering this perfectly sized, well decorated boutique, I was warmly welcomed by the owner and shown around the store. As I looked through the racks and racks of insanely cute, affordable, second-hand clothes all ranging from sizes 10-30, I was immediately in love. So much so, that I had to do a post about this incredible store!

Not only do they have an extensive variety of dresses, tops, pants, and jackets, they also have accessories for days. Shoes, jewelry, scarves, etc., if you need it they’ve got it. But what’s incredible about Curvy Girl Boutique (CGB), is the quality of the clothing. There’s brand name options such as Torrid, Fashion to Figure, Lane Bryant & Forever 21 Plus, all for at least a quarter the original price. I don’t know about ya’ll but I get SO tired of paying $50 for one top at some of my favorite plus size stores. I would venture to say that’s why I feel so adamant about CGB, they’re making quality plus clothes accessible, affordable, and fashionable. I mean come on…what more can a woman want??

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This versatile and gorgeous royal blue top just so happens to be a resale from Curvy Girl Boutique 😍 

I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Owner, Stephanie Vanderhorst, and asked her a bit about herself and Curvy Girl Boutique. Check out the interview below:


My name is Stephanie and I am originally from Clearwater, FL.  I moved to Charlotte, NC in 2008 and shortly thereafter moved to Frederick, MD in 2011.  I am currently a Manager of Loan Originations for a credit union in DC.  I have 4 children, 3 of whom are adults and 4 grand babies.  I love to travel, go to concerts, attend plays, frequent wonderful restaurants, and MOST of all, SHOP.

Tell us a little bit about your experience as a curvy woman.

I have been a curvy woman most of my life. I remember being in middle school and taking shape very early. By the time I was in high school, I was a size 13/14 and continued to blossom from there. As a young mother at the age of 16, I started to gaining weight and by the age of 21 with 3 kids, I was 250lbs (size 20W). As with some women, I was very self-conscious; however, I always maintained a sense of style, even on a budget. In my early 30’s, I really started to embrace my curves. I loved my waist, thighs and backside. I learned to accentuate what God had given me with class and style. I steadily worked out and watched (for the most part) my diet, putting me at a size 10-12. After struggling to stay there for a few years prior to embarking on menopause, I slowly started to climb the scale and clothing size, but this time, I FULLY embraced my body. I felt that I ate well, was active, and was going to start LIVING my life not worrying about what society said I should look like. I inspire ALL women to do the same, it is very liberating.

What does being a confident woman look like to you?

A confident woman is someone who knows her worth and loves every facet of her being. She faces the world every day with her head held high, despite the turmoil that may be brewing in her life.   She is continually on a quest to grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. Most of all, she has mastered the understanding of BALANCE in her life and does not neglect herself for anyone.

What prompted you to open Curvy Girl Boutique?

I was inspired to open Curvy Girl by a contemporary of mine that lives in FL. She, like I, is a very curvy woman and ventured out to open her own plus size clothing boutique. The response that she received from the community was overwhelming. I, in turn, wanted to bring that excitement to an area in MD that would appreciate such options. I spent the majority of my life pinching pennies and I understand the financial struggle that we all go through during seasons of our life. Our SELF ESTEEM or SELF CONFIDENCE should never suffer because we don’t have quality, trendy clothing that fits US, at reasonable prices.

Who is Curvy Girl Boutique geared toward?

Curvy Girl is geared toward the women who possess a sense of style and love cutting-edge design. Women who pride themselves on expressing their uniqueness through fashion. What’s better than this? Having the option to change your wardrobe as often as you would like, even while being on a budget.

What can customers look forward to while shopping at Curvy Girl Boutique?

Curvy Girl wants to deliver an EXPERIENCE to each of our customers. When you come into Curvy Girl, you will be welcomed with open arms. We have a very clean and organized environment that fosters a wonderful shopping experience. We want to see women come hang out with their girls, have fun, try on as many items as they wish, accessorize and leave feeling more beautiful than when they first walked in.

Can you tell us about the benefits of shopping both locally and within a consignment capacity?

The benefits of shopping locally are endless. One, you give back to your community by supporting a small business and that small business helps stabilize the economy in that community. Second, shopping locally allows you to touch and feel items before purchasing them. We have to admit, most of us curvy women need to try items on because every designer has a different cut in their clothing. Anyone that is a bargain shopper should love consignment/resale. It gives the shopper best of both worlds. You can find awesome, unique pieces that no one has, as well as quality pieces at affordable prices.

How do you hope Curvy Girl Boutique will impact the Frederick community?

I hope that Curvy Girl Boutique impacts Frederick by providing plus size women clothing options that they haven’t had before. I want to see women explore their creative sides by expressing themselves through fashion. Curvy Girl has thousands of items to choose from and any woman could leave out the store with an entire outfit (shoes and accessories included) for under $50. That’s pretty remarkable.

If women would like to donate clothes to Curvy Girl Boutique, how would they do so?

Curvy Girl Boutique accepts items for resale daily. Those items should be in excellent condition and should be for the two seasons ahead of us. For example in September we are taking clothes for Fall & Winter. We give up to 50% store credit for what we think we can sell it for.

How can customers contact you? (maybe include address, store hours, email, social media sites?)

Curvy Girl Boutique is opened 7 days a week. Currently our hours are Mon-Thurs 12-8pm, Fri-Sat 10-8pm and Sun 11-6pm. We will make modifications to the hours as inclement weather approaches, as well as when Daylight Savings time is over. You can follow us on Facebook at Curvy Girl Plus Size Resale Boutique.

1100 W. Patrick St #B

Frederick, MD 21703.

240-815-5227

www.curvygirlresaleboutique.com


 

I just want to say thank you to Curvy Girl Boutique for bringing representation and affordability to the DMV area. Thank you for recognizing that ALL women deserve to feel stylish and valued! Stephanie, I feel blessed to live in the same community as a like-minded, empowering woman such as yourself. So thank you for taking this adventure, and here’s to many years of success and inspiration!

Let me finish up by saying this: to all my plus size ladies living in the DMV area, Curvy Girl Boutique is a MUST see!  And when you purchase your first outfit, make sure to take a picture and use #StyledbyCGB for some social media love!!

 

XOXO lovelies!

 

 

 

Listen and Learn: My Current Top 5 Podcasts

Comin’ at ya this week to share some details about podcasts that have been giving me life lately! Some of you reading this may already actively listen to various podcasts, and some may be saying, “what the hell even is a podcast?!”. No matter where you are on the spectrum, I wanted to give you guys some information about what I’ve been listening to most regularly. Below is featured some information about each show, as well as, how you can access these audio recordings for your listening and educational pleasure!

What is a podcast and how can I access one?

Essentially, podcasts are online talk radio shows. Technically speaking, they’re digital audio files that can be accessed via the internet. Most podcasts are created with a theme or topic as the focus, and are released either weekly or as a series. These audio recordings can be found via individual show title websites, Apple iTunes- Podcasts,  SoundCloud, Stitcher, Spotify, and so many other outlets. If you’re tired of listening to the same radio stations on your way to work, or simply seeking a new form of entertainment, I can promise you theres a podcast out there you’ll love!

Take a look into the five shows I’ve been listening to below (Click on the pictures to access each show online):


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I’ve been a fan of the FRR show for a little while now and let me tell you, it never seems to disappoint. Summer Innanen is an author and a life-coach helping women build a stronger body-image, confidence, and self-worth.

As per the show description, “Fearless Rebelle Radio features interviews with the leading experts in body image, the anti-diet movement, self-help and feminism. When I’m not interviewing trailblazers, you’ll receive my best advice with practical tips to help you feel better in the body you have, break free of food obsession, and live life on your own terms.”

Summer is remarkably intelligent, thoughtful in her approach, and respectfully helps the listener breakdown and rebuild perspectives on self-love, feminist issues, societal pressures, and so much more. If you love these topics (which we all know I do), or seek to understand these topics further, I highly suggest checking out the Fearless Rebelle Radio show.


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Words can never quite explain how much admiration I have for Ericka Hart, M.Ed and Ebony Donnley. Ericka identifies as a sexuality educator, writer, performer, and activist, while Ebony is also quite an activist with roots in audio technology. As this couple ventured into a new project, a weekly podcast titled Hoodrat to Headwrap, I knew I had to check it out immediately. Listen in as this podcast seeks to decolonize and dismantle white supremacy. If you’re feeling lost or needing some internal bias discovery in today’s political and social climate, this is a beautiful place to briefly land and learn.


Beautiful life

Listen as Gracy Obuchowicz brings a show highlighting interviews and topics related to self-care, self-love, and maintaining wellness within the typical daily busy life. This show is geared more toward those within the working world, specifically those looking to improve their self-care skills and prioritize filling their own cup before filling other’s. When I’m looking for new ideas or have some internal work to do, this is a go-to listen for some inspiration. Also, I just love Gracy’s personality!


The Stoop

In this brand new show hosted by Leila Day and Hana Baba, take a look into shared stories and moments about what it means to be black. As a mental health professional, I personally seek opportunities to understand others and broaden my perspective. What a better way to do this (aside from sitting down and engaging face-to-face with real people lol) than by listening to experiences and stories firsthand. This podcast cultivates empathy, understanding, and perspective. I really great listen for anyone and everyone.


Thoughts loosely

Strong Opinions Loosely Held is the perfect show for the ADD listener! Lol Each show averages anywhere from 16-25 minutes, discussing topics such as “When your pop culture doesn’t match your politics”, “How HGTV explains America”, and “Famous on the internet, broke IRL”. I love this show because Elisa showcases knowledgeable guests, includes her own strong female voice, and really brings a sense of real life relatability.

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!!

#BEinyourskin

Happy Friday lovelies!

I have some seriously exciting news! I can officially announce that I’ve been selected to be featured in the #BEinyourskin Plus Size Editorial Wall Calendar, the exclusive version! I’ll be featured there alongside 100 other boss, inspiring people and I couldn’t be more honored! It’s kind of surreal thinking that myself and so many other incredible plus-size people will be showcased in such a moving project. All I can think about is how younger me would have absolutely DIED to see fat/curvy bodies celebrated so beautifully!! In case you have’t caught on…there’s no denying that plus-size bodies have finally had enough of hiding. We’re thriving, shining, and inspiring. *(insert praise hands emoji)*
The picture featured in the calendar is from a bikini shoot I did with photographer Lauren Litton:
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Over the past year and a half, I’ve spent so many hours immersing myself in resources related to body positivity, plus-size fashion, fat activism, and tons of bold, game-changing influencers. Not only has this immersion been a HUGE contributing factor to my education and growth, it’s also completely shifted my own perception of beauty and self-appreciation. One of the best pieces of advice I can give someone seeking self-love/acceptance, is to immerse yourself with REPRESENTATION. Surround yourself with visual resources teaching you new perceptions and highlighting people/events/news that break barriers. Change your social media feed, read books centered around self-love, listen to news stories of people changing lives, visually SEE confident and kind people who look like you (or especially those who don’t look like you).
And on that note…
Today, I wanted to highlight a woman who has been a massive influence in my life and so many others. So without further ado…meet Brianna McDonnell the creator of The B Word Blog and the #BEinyourskin Campaign.
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But seriously…are ya’ll seein’ this?? She kills the ENTIRE game. 
The campaign is a now annual month-long self-love social media event, created to help followers improve their self-esteem, take chances, and holistically celebrate their uniqueness. For me, Brianna has quickly become one of the first people to really provide representation of a fashion-forward plus woman with genuine confidence. Her blog and shared content has really changed the way I personally look at fashion and beauty. She’s bold, confident, passionate, and a complete visionary. Being a fellow blogger, this woman has completely blown me away with her dedication and pure heart put into everything she touches. After receiving requests to share information about  influencers who have inspired me directly, The B Word is most definitely one of the first babes that comes to mind.
Follow her. Read her content. Witness a strong, confident plus woman. Be inspired by her bold decision to be the representation our young women desperately need to see.
Link to purchase #BEinyourskin Calendar: www.thebwordmerch.bigcartel.com/

Time For a Revamp!

 

Well I guess it’s time to announce that…ya girl is BACK!! After a long hiatus from blogging, to focus on my own personal and professional wellness, I decided to commit myself to another year contributing to CurvyConsciousInspired! I couldn’t be more thrilled!

During the past six months, so much has happened. I completed my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, I recovered from a significant back injury, I took time to reflect on my goals, I somehow managed interning, working, and school work all at once, I loved, I cried (a lot), I laughed, I nearly lost myself; but through it all, I was resilient and gained a new perception of my own strength. “They” always say…”there’s always a rainbow after a storm”, and what a whirlwind of a storm it’s been. But like so many women do, nevertheless, I persisted.

I’m beyond excited for this recent shift in my life, and genuinely can’t wait to share up-and-coming posts with you along the way. To promote personal growth and cultivate creativity, I’m thrilled to not only share my own personal experience in writings on this site, but also provide insight on plus-size fashion, positive community influencers, and those who have not yet told their stories. I’ve decided to take some of the focus off of me, and allow this space to become an open environment where people can feel heard, connected, and hopefully inspired.

So here’s to a revamped opportunity to demonstrate commitment to myself. Here’s to sharing insight on life, inspiration, and understanding. Here’s to spreading sunlight in a world facing many shadows.

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

 

Bodysuits and Confidence.

Hi lovelies!!

I’m so so happy to be back and FINALLY able to share the pictures from my recent body positive photo shoot! I had so much fun working with the local photographer Luke Burke of LB Studio based in Frederick, MD. He recently has started a project highlighting those who have overcome various body image hurdles, and wants to represent all body shapes via the use of photography. Those who follow me on Instagram at Curvy_conscious_inspired have probably seen multiple pictures from this shoot, but since I love them so much, I wanted to be super extra and share them on here as well!!

For me, this shoot brought about some really eye opening thoughts about my own body, as well as, the lack of representation we see in society. We need to see more marginalized bodies in our movies, magazines, fashion, and photography! One thing you’ll really notice is how untouched these photos are. Cellulite on POINT in each pic. The actual cover photo is retouched, but the rest of the photos show each and every detail of my body in all its glory. I’m not going to lie…I’m proud of myself. I think this photo shoot really was a pivotal moment for me, as it forced me to realize just how far I’ve come on my journey toward self-acceptance, and reassured me that people who look like me deserve to be represented. All people of all races, shapes, sizes, and backgrounds deserve a seat in the front row. Here’s to breaking barriers and giving marginalized people a chance to stand in the spotlight.

Here’s so pictures of a fat, smart, happy, empathic woman simply…killin’ it!

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I mean come on. Glasses, bodysuit, booty, and a lil camel tattoo? ADORBS.

Okay, okay, I’m done boosting myself lol. I do want to leave you all with this little tidbit though…

Am I a professional supermodel? No. Am I the most photogenic? Probably not. I passionate about all people feeling confident and comfortable in their skin? YES. Yes times a million. My goal in doing these photo shoots isn’t to become a model or someone that does this professionally, my goal is to inspire others to recognize that confidence IS attainable. It doesn’t come from the outside, but rather, confidence begins as an internal journey. It’s something that needs to be cultivated, tended to, and treated with an abundance of support and awareness. It’s something so worth investing in. And who knows, maybe one day, you too will feel comfortable stepping in front of a camera with no pants on! Trust me…it’s BEYOND liberating!!

To sum it all up, I hope to give you a small mantra for the week ahead. Something you can say on repeat in case you need reminding of just how fabulous you are:

*Remember that you’re worthy of giving yourself love, worthy of receiving love from others, and worthy of allowing the world to see you for YOU.*

Thanks for reading!

 

Facing Your Dressing Room Fears

Hi lovelies!!

Okay so I had a few days recently where I started to fall back into my old patterns and started getting down on myself about my physical appearance. (Ugh…society back at it again messing with my brain) So this weekend I wanted to try some things out that I knew would get me emotionally back on track. I went to yoga (always helps), spent as much time as possible in the 70 degree sunshine, ate vibrant, colorful foods, and I went shopping. Now let’s be honest here, most of us have had a troubling moment or two while trying on clothes. In one quick change of outfit, the dressing room goes from a place with harmless intent to a full on internal battlefield. The mirror can quickly become a reflection highlighting each and every flaw you may perceive about yourself, thus diminishing self-esteem and lowering chances of a successful shopping experience. But I decided to go and attempt to boost my confidence! Let me tell you…I had an amazing shopping trip. I didn’t buy a dang thing due to finances, but I left feeling so happy and boosted. So much so that it got me thinking…I wish everyone felt this way when they’re shopping. In effort to promote this, I wanted to share with you a few tips to use when feeling overwhelmed or low the next time you’re in the dressing room:

1.) Feel your best before leaving home

Before heading out to shop, make sure you feel confident and look your best. Whether you feel most attractive when you’re fresh faced and casual or when you’re dolled up to the nines; feeling like your best self before stepping in the dressing room can be extremely helpful. Not only will this ensure you’re emotionally well, but it provides a complete view of how each outfit will look once purchased. Ultimately, this tip reinforces the long time saying, “if look good, you’ll feel good”.

2.) Bring a confidant

Have someone who is supportive, honest, and encouraging tag along with you. This may be a close friend, family member, partner, etc., but no matter who it is, make sure it’s someone who knows your needs, and they’re able to create a positive shopping environment. Bringing a confidant will also provide another set of eyes and uplifting comments, which will inevitably help maintain dressing room confidence.

3.) Step outside of your fashion comfort zone

When shopping, people tend to stick to what they’re most comfortable in or what they know looks best on their figure. Though it’s important to search for items that you believe emphasize your favorite assets, it can be a surprising confidence boost to try on something that’s completely out of your comfort zone. You never know, that bright body-con dress might look fabulous, all you have to do is take the risk and try it on!

4.) Bring a variety of sizing options

Sometimes it can become frustrating and defeating to find the right fit in clothing. To help alleviate stress and agitation, bring multiple sizing options into the dressing room with you. This will assure you have everything necessary to find the correct fit, without having to continue asking the sales representative to grab different sizes. Try not to worry about the size on the actual item that fits, size is just a number, not something that defines who you are.

5.) Prepare a positive affirmation

Positive self-talk is one of the most influential, life-changing actions a woman can do for herself. In reality, it’s easy to allow the pressures of the world to convince you that what you see in the mirror isn’t good enough. So instead of listening to that external force, remind yourself in the mirror of just how remarkable you truly are. Saying something even as simple as “I am enough” will turn your thoughts from destructive to empowering. Self-confidence is sure to soar.

Facing your dressing room fears can be tough, but it’s important to know this; no matter what happens while shopping, remember that you’re strong, you’re worthy, and you’re so much more than what a mirror may tell you. Now spring dresses just came out…treat yo self to some shopping!

Wishing you so much love and serentity throughout the next week!

Welp…It’s Valentine’s Day.

Guys, let’s do a little check in. Since today’s Valentine’s day…how are we feeling? Some of you are probably feeling a multitude of emotions: excitement, sadness, frustration, adoration, nervousness, love, heartbreak, etc. Now, if you’re one of the people feeling excited, loved and adored this February, I want to say I’m so incredibly happy for you! YOU DESERVE IT. For those of you that are single and feeling negative about this holiday, this post is dedicated to you.

I haven’t really talked much about my breakup this past November, but let me tell you what, it’s been a real bitch to get through. Though I’m content with my decision to no longer continue a relationship with my ex, I can’t say it’s been a picnic in the park getting over him. I’ve been through a roller coaster of emotions the past few months, but mostly I’ve been lost. As Valentine’s day has arrived, I couldn’t help but become a complete hater on the whole holiday. Like really though….single awareness day much?! Fact is, I’m single and I continue to adjust to this new change in my life. The transition has been tough, one filled with tears and ambiguity, but whoa has it been eye opening. Let me explain.

Being newly single has not only allowed me sweet freedom, but it’s also opened me up to start questioning things. Things like why are we so pressed on being in relationships?? Why is being alone viewed as being SO awful? Why am I searching for someone else to make me happy? Reality check: though I believe biologically we need to experience love and human connection, society has taught us that we’ll never be complete without a lover by our side. Well, I call bull.

In the beautiful words of Rupi Kaur (if you don’t have her book titled Milk and Honey, GO GET IT RIGHT NOW), “you are in the habit of co-depending on people to make up for what you think you lack, who tricked you into believing another person was meant to complete you when the most they can do is complement.” Here’s the deal, a significant other will never make you whole; YOU are the only piece that matters in the puzzle. It’s insanely easy (and more fun) to try to find happiness in someone else but until we’re ready to do some deep internal work, we’ll be feeling alone forever.

So today, on Valentine’s day, it’s okay to feel sad but don’t let negativity dictate a day meant to celebrate the most beautiful thing in life: LOVE. Dedicate this day to yourself. Dedicate it to giving love and positivity to others all day long. Get some sunshine, eat some chocolate, and buy yourself some damn flowers today. Celebrate the loving people and relationships you already do have. Don’t depend on anyone else to love you today, because you’re pretty freaking amazing just as you are if you ask me! It’s important that you know this and only this, I love you and you’re not alone.

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!

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Finding Balance Through Self-Love.

Ah, my favorite buzz word, balance. It seems that in the self-love/mental health/self-improvement/spiritual/whatever world you reside in, we’re always talking about this thing called balance. We’re told that we must have balanced work lives, balanced diets, balanced priorities, balance in each and every decision. Now of course it’s inspiring to hear about the importance of balance, but here’s my question: what the hell does balance even mean? How are we expected to balance our lives when the world around us is so unbalanced? Well here we go….let’s dive in.

To put it simply, balance is practicing and doing things that feel natural, good, and uplifting. Balance is being cognitively aware of giving attention to your mind, your body, and your spirit. Balance is working to live, not living to work. Balance is choosing to equally eat doughnuts (ya’ll know my love for doughnuts!!) and green vegetables. Balance is prioritizing things that make you smile as often as things must accomplish and complete. Balance is fairly making decisions based off of both rational, gut instinct and what your heart longs for.

So on that note… I have to be honest with ya’ll. I’ve been struggling with finding balance in all areas of my life (hence my month-long break from blogging…whoops!) for so long now. I’ve been overwhelmed with work, school, my social life, my goals, and managing constant change. Needless to say, I’ve been exhausted!

Well here’s my testament, I’ve decided to commit myself to claiming my balance back! I decided to start by incorporating balance mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually:

  • Mentally- I’ve committed myself to reading for pleasure more frequently. I’ve found that taking time to shut off and expand your mind feels SO good.
  • Physically- This is a hard line for me, as I will always be a woman who promotes body positivity, but I have started exercising more frequently. I don’t do this for any other benefit than it’s important for my to move my body and use it to its full potential. Exercising from a place of self-love versus self-hatred…I highly recommend it!
  • Emotionally- I find myself comparing myself to others A LOT lately, especially on social media. I hate the negativity that cultivates, so I’ve been setting larger limits on the amount of time I spend on social media. Airplane mode is my best friend lately.
  • Spiritually- Meditation, meditation, meditation. As a lot of you know, yoga and nature are huge components of my life to encourage balance, but meditation has taken things to a new level. Anyone with anxiety…trust me…this stuff works.

I’ve found through this recent commitment to find balance that, though it takes hard work, it really comes down to one question. Do you love and value yourself enough to create balance in life? I’m learning that balance is defined and achieved with greater ease, if you’re rooted and accepting of who you are. Just another reason to join me on the journey toward building YOURSELF up.  The journey of treating yourself with the care and love you so graciously give to others.

My hope is that you, yourself begin to find a healthful routine and self-loving thought process, that brings you mental peace, joy and balance. Why? Because let’s be real…we all need serenity in this oh-so-crazy, messy, precious thing we call life!

 

Thanks for reading lovelies!!!!

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