the body image series: my journey

the body image series: my journey

This topic has been sitting heavy on my heard, mostly because it’s something I’ve been personally struggling with lately. Truthfully, it’s been hard finding the words to try and share, especially when it’s something I’m in the midst of figuring out for myself, but maybe that’s why I’ve been so compelled to write about it. Blogging has definitely been a powerful outlet for me, but it also gets easy to feel like I can’t write about something until I’ve overcome the issue for myself – which I’m realizing now isn’t particularly true. I know I personally turn to other blogs when I feel like I’m struggling either to find solutions or even just to know I’m not alone (yes, even on the most relatable of topics). My heart has always been to be transparent and raw with all of my readers, and this post is one of those times I wanted to share my heart.

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your opinion of me is none of my business

your opinion of me is none of my business

Okay, so the title feels a little harsh with it being the first thing you’re seeing and all, but you read me right – your opinion of me is none of my business. Furthermore, someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business. And yes, if you’re thinking that sentiment sounds familiar, you would be correct because I definitely spend a lot of my days reciting Rachel Hollis quotes to myself like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes we all need a dose of blunt wisdom. Be warned, this post is pretty much an ode to Rachel Hollis quotes.

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this is what high functioning anxiety looks like

this is what high functioning anxiety looks like

Hello, hello, loves! Welcome back to another Wellness Wednesday. Today I’m shedding some light on high functioning anxiety, which technically isn’t considered a mental disorder, but I still thought it was important to talk about. During the times my anxiety isn’t quite so high, I consider myself to be someone with high functioning anxiety – solely because my anxious tendencies always exist, but might not present themselves to the point of panic/anxiety disorder. The thing about those with high functioning anxiety is that we function rather well – we tend to use it to propel ourselves forward and as motivation for success rather than sit in fear. However, the toxic mental processes are still there, but we’re just better about hiding it behind a smile. So what exactly does high functioning anxiety look like?

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wellness wednesday: mental health awareness month

wellness wednesday: mental health awareness month

May is one of my favorite months here on the blog because I love getting to recognize one of the aspects of health + wellness I’m most passionate about: mental health. I’ve never been quiet about my struggles with anxiety + panic attacks, but about two years ago – when I revamped the blog – I posted about my personal struggle with anxiety. When I realized how good it felt to open up about my anxiety and saw how many people it touched, I promised I would continue to be a voice for those that still felt unable to speak out.

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overcoming anxiety outside of medication

overcoming anxiety outside of medication

Welcome back to another Wellness Wednesday, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve talked about mental health but it’s been on my mind quite a bit lately. For once in my life I feel like I have a pretty good handle on my anxiety, but it’s definitely taken a lot of discipline + self-evaluation to get to where I am. I take a mild medication for my mental health issues and I have no shame about that – however, I do think that it takes more than a couple pills a day to truly manage anxiety + depression.

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how I’m getting organized in 2019

how I’m getting organized in 2019

I love the new year because there’s so much determination in the air to get various areas of our lives together in hopes that maybe it’ll stay that way. I love spring cleaning but I try and get organized and purge unnecessary items long before March. Starting off the year a little bit lighter and less burdened by material things just feels good. So for any of you that are looking to do the same, here’s what I’m doing to start 2019 off organized!

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fave posts of 2018

fave posts of 2018

As of my december raves + rejects post from the other day, The Southern Sooner has officially hit 100 posts! And in honor of 2018 coming to a close, I want to round up some of my favorite posts from the year – so if this is the first Southern Sooner post you’re seeing, or you haven’t had a chance to keep up with posts, here are some of the one’s I personally think are a must-see! It might feel like there are a lot, but this will help you find some of the more substantial posts among the recurring accutane updates, habit trackers, gift guides, and raves + rejects!

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