My Struggle With Self-Image

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I’m going to be really honest with you: sometimes being a woman is really hard. In our culture today, we are presented with infinite images of all-too-perfect models. But, in reality, those models aren’t perfect at all. Their makeup is airbrushed, their skin is spray-tanned and their extra weight–which is really just beautiful, womanly curves–is removed with the click of a mouse in Photoshop.

I think it’s safe to say that every woman has at least one self-image issue she struggles with. I know I do. In fact, ever since middle school, I have dreamt of having perfect skin–you know, …

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Why I LOVED my CycleBar Experience (+ Giveaway)

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As most of you know from reading my blog, I really believe in striving to honor the Lord in every aspect of life. I am far from perfect, but I truly desire to take care of the body God has given me by eating healthy and staying active. And it’s NOT all about trying to look a certain way. I don’t work out and eat clean to be skinny. I do it because I want to be strong, energetic and know that I am taking care of myself both inside and out.

As I shared with you all last week

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I Will Not Look Back

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“Don’t over-think. Just let it go.”

I recently read those words on Instagram, and they instantly grabbed ahold of me. They caused me to examine my heart, and to ask myself these questions: Have I really let go of the past? Have I completely forgiven and chosen to love those who have persecuted me and sinned against me? Have I fully allowed the Lord to heal my heart? Are my scars reminding me of the One who rescued me? And, am I actually pressing onward to become more like Christ with each new sunrise?

Or am I lying still, dwelling …

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Three Stress-Free Ways to Live Healthy

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Let’s be honest, you guys. When it comes to eating healthy and staying active, the struggle is real. Especially for those of us who have busy schedules. To help you understand where I’m coming from, a typical day for me (M-F) looks like this:

6:15 AM: Alarm goes off….
6:35 AM: I actually get out of bed (after hitting snooze at least 3 times)
6:40 AM: Spend time in prayer/reading the bible  (unless I hit snooze 3 more times, which to be honest, has happened more than I want to admit)
7:00 AM: Get in the shower & get ready …

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Photoshoots, Coffee + Friends

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As a blogger and a graphic designer, I am always trying to come up with ways to improve my blog’s overall look and feel (including my social media sites). I thought the perfect way to spruce my site up would be to have some professional pictures taken! It had been about 4 years since I had blog photos done, so I was way overdue.

I have several friends who are amazing photographers, so it was really hard to pick just one to do the job! I ended up going with my sweet friend Mary at Mary Baj Photography, and...

How I Painted My First Piece of Furniture

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You guys, I cannot believe I’m writing this right now. As creative of a person as I am, I have never been good at crafts or hands-on projects. But, shortly after we bought our house earlier this year, we ran into some majorly expensive plumbing problems and I realized I wasn’t going to have much money to work with for decorating our new home. So, I started to look into how to restore furniture (and, shamelessly, I started to keep my eye out on garbage night for anything I could restore). Restoring furniture ended up working out perfectly for me …

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Why Every Girl Should Read Jane Austen

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As some of you know, I spent part of my childhood in a borough of London called Ealing. Although I was young, and although we only lived there a little while, that chapter of my life was not insignificant. In fact, had a pretty big impact on me.

It’s kind of funny though, because most of my memories of England are quite random. For example, I remember thinking how strange it was that instead of “snack time,” my kindergarten class had “juice time.” I remember enjoying Indian food from our kind neighbor. I remember that really hot day when I …

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How To Make The Perfect Latte (Without Expensive Machinery)

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If you know me at all, you probably know that I LOVE my sleep. I feel fully rested somewhere between 9-10 hours a night, but since life doesn’t often allow me that luxury, I usually get somewhere between 7-8 hours. For most people that may enough, but I still wake up tired. As you can guess, this only fuels my already existent love for coffee.

I’ve learned over the years that it’s not good to drink copious amounts of coffee, though. My favorite doctor-author, Joel Furhman, suggests that if you must have coffee, try and limit yourself to one cup …

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My Summer 2016 Bucket List

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Ever since I graduated college and entered the “real world” of working full time, I have missed having extra free time when the summer months roll around (even though I love my job!). I still usually enter the summer months with ambitions to do fun things, but I always seem greet September with a sigh as I realize few of my “summer bucket list” items got checked.

This summer, I am praying that things will be different! I have so many things I want to accomplish, so I decided to pen them down and share them with you–in hopes that …

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When you can’t find “me time”

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Lately I’ve been struggling to find peace and quiet.

Anyone know what I mean? It’s like life. just. doesn’t. STOP.

You feel like you’re drowning–like all of the air has gone out of your lungs and you can’t get anymore of it back in. You feel like you constantly have a headache–but it’s not just your head, it’s your whole entire body. You’re tired. You’re worn.

And that one little phone call today just put you over the edge. How can I keep going? When can I rest?

Friends, I have found that no amount of napping and no amount …

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