Dreams can be intimidating. It sounds funny to say but sometimes we can picture something that feels so big – so beyond us – that we leave ourselves thinking, “that would be nice, but there’s no way that’s going to happen.” But often times it’s in the ideas that scare us that we find our successes; but it’s also where we can find an immense amount of discouragement, whether it’s from people around us or in our minds.
Even the most happy-go-lucky people run into bad days – not that I’m saying that’s particularly me, because Lord knows I definitely hit my wit’s end. My point being, we all experience some not so desirable days/situations, and we all search for ways to alleviate the frustration. Everyone has different ways they like to destress, but here’s generally how I cope with my less than perfect days.
I’m a firm believer in the power that community holds. It might seem like sure a simple concept, but it’s true that the stresses and hurt we feel when we’re plugged into a solid, like-minded group of people is significantly less than when we feel isolated and alone.
If you’ve been keeping up with me at all then you’re no stranger to the fact that I was caught between a rock and a hard place this summer when my anxiety began to feel like too much to bear and made it hard to get out of bed. I experienced a lot of stressors within the course of 2 weeks – I lost a lot I didn’t anticipate losing. It came with a lot of damaged self-esteem, rejection, abandonment, and a lot of questioning if I’d ever be good enough. I know – it sounds pretty pathetic; but that’s the point the events I had gone through in such a short amount of time this past summer led me to. It didn’t really matter how many times I told myself “it has nothing to do with you,” or “this doesn’t define you,” I still managed to find a way to make myself feel as if surely there was something I could have done to make things different. That’s how the Enemy works; he has such a way of being able to twist our thoughts that even when we know things are out of our control, he can still find a way to be in the back of our mind saying “you weren’t good enough – and maybe you never will be.”
ONE WEEK!!!! One week until we get to put on our stretchy pants and eat all day long. This is that time of year moderation kind of goes out the window. So if portion control goes, make sure your favorite Thanksgiving sides are as healthy as they can be! Here’s a compilation of some great healthy, clean twists on classic Thanksgiving sides! Hopefully this is just in time for any Friendsgivings or any other pre-Thanksgiving festivities you might have!
This should have been one of my first posts to go up. But truthfully, this blog has gone through quite the evolution since the first post a year and a half ago. Ever since I became more disciplined about posting to The Southern Sooner over the last few months, I am frequently asked “what made you want to start a blog,” which sometimes feels like a loaded question.
Here it is, the post I’ve been building up but have been so nervous to write. I’ve been raving about my collagen protein for months, and now it’s finally time for me to give you my honest review.
The struggle with proteins is never even knowing where to begin. They’re so important for daily nutrition, but they’ve exploded when it comes to supplementation, as well. It can be overwhelming. It doesn’t help that some people will tell you that protein supplementation is worth it, and others will say it’s a waste of money.
Raise your hand if you’re a little guilty of splurging on beauty products to “treat yo’self.”
Now raise your hand if you’re also a little guilty of spending lots of money on products that weren’t worth the price.
Being a woman can be hard because there’s so much pressure to have perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect clothes… just about perfect anything. And do we really make ourselves feel any better when now we’re flat-out broke after spending money on “great” seeming products that didn’t help like they seemed they would? If you’re looking for an honest review + help finding a certain product, here’s a list of beauty products I have tried, fallen in love with, and can’t get enough of!