choosing confidence

choosing confidence

hello wonderful readers! I’m sorry that I have been so silent lately. as I have mentioned in some blog posts before, my creativity has been lacking – so, in attempts to get ideas and opinions of what it is exactly that readers want to see, I asked my Instagram followers send me their ideas.

one of the responses I got was about gaining confidence. this is a popular but hard topic to write about because I feel like finding confidence in yourself is not a cut-and-dry template for everyone. it takes identifying your insecurities, why they are what they are, and doing whatever necessary to cut them down.

the submission specifically said “how to believe you’re beautiful to have a happy life + gain confidence.” my first comment on this is that it’s backwards, and I’ll explain why.

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my accutane journey: months 6 + 7

my accutane journey: months 6 + 7

I decided to do this update a little differently by combining the last couple of months into one post. month 6 was actually a very bad month in terms of progress, so it was frustrating (and little embarrassing) and I felt like it didn’t warrant an “update” post since it regressed rather than progressed. I’m not sure whether it was my diet or stress or both, but at one point I had about 3 pimples on my forehead, 2 on my cheek, and 1 on my chin at a time – I’m talking like, the worst breakout I’ve had since first starting the medication. but oddly enough, month 7 was the complete opposite and I have had zero breakouts. keep reading to see the before + afters and to see some exciting news!

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how to maintain a healthy diet with a busy schedule

how to maintain a healthy diet with a busy schedule

this week it has felt unreal that yet another school year has started that I won’t be attending as a student. I still miss my days of darting across campus and being surrounded by the buzz of my fellow peers despite how slammed I was between classes, homework, and my job(s). however, I found it was that hectic phase of my life that taught me important lessons about how to implement + maintain healthy habits even when I’m running from one thing to the next and don’t always have the time or energy to make a meal on the spot. so today, I’m telling you my favorite ways of keeping a healthy diet + habits! while the title says for “busy schedules,” these are obviously practices anyone can use. these worked for me as both an active, over-scheduled student and as a sedentary, 9-5 young professional.

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health as a mission

health as a mission

how many times has our health held us back? whether it be from having fun and simply living life, or from something bigger? from a purpose? maybe we felt too fatigued. we had migraines. our anxiety or depression felt too great. we let the outward manifestations of our health dictate our worth or ability to pursue a calling.

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an open letter to the broken spirit, pt 2

an open letter to the broken spirit, pt 2

if you’ve been following me on my blogging journey since last july, you’re familiar with the post I titled an open letter to the broken spirit. july will likely always be a month where I reminisce on what the Lord has done for me + I will be in awe of the things to come – so with that being said, I’ve been spending a lot of time looking back on who I was one year ago and who God made me into today.

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july goals + habit tracker | healthy tips for your fourth of july celebrations

july goals + habit tracker  |  healthy tips for your fourth of july celebrations

I’m so sorry that I completely spaced on June’s tracker – if I’m being honest I was very frustrated with myself and the lack of sticking to my goals, so I was nervous to followup. but, in my defense I injured my hip back in the beginning of may which made it hard to workout anything other than arms + core (which got so boring after a while). my hips are finally good enough to implement leg day again, but running is still very much so out of the question. but that to say, I’m back and ready to take control of my health again.

overall, june was a great month. it was my birthday month, and I feel very blessed by my friends and am full of hope and great expectations about what’s to come. but it’s finally hitting me that hard work really does make the dream work, so I’m using July to propel me to where I want to be – when you know, you know, right?

and we have a fun holiday coming up! I love the fourth of july so much, but if you’re trying to be/eat healthier, it can pose some temptations. today I’m talking about a few of the tips + tricks I’ve implemented myself to keep myself on track with my cleaner eating while still getting to indulge and celebrate independence day.

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easy summer essentials, zebrawood watch + $100 giveaway!

easy summer essentials, zebrawood watch + $100 giveaway!

there are so many things to have on hand over the summer – so I’m bringing you a few of my faves! PLUS I get to host my first giveaway! keep on reading for details! also, huge shout out to my sister Shannon for her beautiful photography skills. be sure to check out her blog the vivid for all things fashion!

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