Listen Up, Brands: I No Longer Blog for Free

Every day my inbox is inundated with emails from both brands and PR companies. This is pretty normal for most bloggers that have been doing this for a while. Many of those emails are invites to attend an "exclusive," invite-only event. The brand or PR company hopes that I will share the event on my social media channels, providing the brand with free advertising. Sometimes the event or opportunity is worth it. Many times, it's not. ...more
Great post! AND timely.  Question to everyone.  When you are starting out, isn't it normal to do ...more

How to Get Help Leaving Your Abusive Relationship

I was living on the street at 15 when I met my ex-husband. When I was 16, shortly after I had our first of three children, we married and moved away from family and friends. I lived a very isolated life, emotionally bullied, physically abused, ashamed and alone with no one for support but the person who was abusing me....more
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We have always been a dress up kind of family. My mom has spent hours meticulously constructing costumes....more

Self Confidence: Do You Have It?

Self-confidence is defined in the merriam-webster dictionary as confidence in oneself and in one's powers and abilities. In this age of selfies and the eagerness to show others via social media how fabulous our lives are, it's easy to brag and fake an appearance of contentment even when we're not. We can easily seem confident by how we speak, dress, and interact with others. However, how we treat ourselves, the relationships we choose to engage in and the activities we choose to be a part of may say otherwise....more

How to Be Okay with Yourself

We are all broken. But we are all beautiful. And no one in the world is better than you are. Who you are, right now, in this very moment, as you read this, is beautiful. You belong here. And you deserve things. Good things....more

Self Image: Friend or Foe?

I read a friend’s blog today regarding body image and her struggles with keeping weight off while at the same time reminding herself that she was being motivated by an unattainable image pushed on all women by mainstream media.  I think her dilemma is shared by almost all women, including me.  From the time our little eyes can focus on the page of a magazine or catch the glimpse of a passing billboard, the world tells us that our bodies need improvement because whatever we currently have is not cutting it....more

You're Doing It Wrong: Your workout routine does not merit a Twitter update

Everybody's a marathon runner these days. It seems that as we all get further away from our college days, many people double down on their fitness efforts. CrossFit is a huge, seemingly masochistic craze; I can't go a day without a daily deal email offering me personal training; and black leggings and bright colored sweatshirts are clearly the new powersuit....more
Karen Ballum  I also care about my friends' training updates, to a certain extent. But I also ...more

Defined By Circumstances

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