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I’ve always struggled with body image. Who doesn’t? The hardest part I think is being able to separate fact from fiction. We tell ourselves lies on both ends of the spectrum. This time last year I started to get very sick. My Crohn’s was at its all time worst & it ended up in heavy medications & major surgery. I lost significant weight, & I won’t lie; part of me felt like I’d earned being that skinny - at least I got to be tiny while recovering.
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But I knew I couldn’t grow healthier & stay where I was - even if I wanted to. Some of the weight would have to come back on & that was a good thing. It was an odd & terrifying feeling. Each time the scale moved up a number I grew anxious & began scrutinizing every inch of my body. I felt better, but I didn’t feel better.
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I had to separate fact from fiction. I had to recognize that a healthier body isn’t just about a number on a scale - its about the glow in your skin, your eyes brightening, your hair growing back in & your energy returning. It’s about growing stronger & regaining freedom.
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But I also had to validate my feelings. We so easily react poorly when others tell us they don’t FEEL their best in their own skin & we need to pay attention to that.
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I am fortunate enough to have friends in my life that acknowledge my feelings. Our words to each other are our most powerful tools when it comes to developing positive body image. They remind me of the journey I’ve been on, keep me accountable, they do life with me.
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I am now back to a healthy body weight that I want to sustain. This time last year I couldn’t go for a long walk on a beautiful crisp fall morning; couldn’t remember what feeling well felt like. I am stronger & healthier than I’ve ever been. I will always care about how I look - that’s not a bad thing. I will always have to pay attention to what I eat and be intentional about my health. That’s ok with me.
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#nashville #healthy #crohns #bodypositive #fall #girlboss #cleaneating #fitnessmotivation #getoutside #healthylifestyle #happy #community #wellness #autoimmune #southern #humpday #simple #invisibledisease
Dear Hormones - today I would really like to punch you in the face. Why are you so moody? Why can’t we get along? I know, I know, I keep messing with you with these fertility meds - but get a grip already! I got you something to make up for it - this oil will make you feel a little more like you again, a little more feminine - ok? It even has some Phytoestrogens to help you out a bit. So let’s be friends again. 💛
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#infertility #hormones #fertility #crohns #autoimmune #healthy #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #balance #fall #mood #simple #organic #wellness #lady #help #natural #wellness #clean #nontoxic #nashville #girlboss #getit
Apparently I take zoo-going very seriously. 🙃 No but really - it’s been a strange week; one of those where you want to hit the reset button. You ever have those?
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I suppose it’s how we handle it, the outlets we choose, the people we surround ourselves with that are the redeeming points. I’m double #blessed to have a husband like @jonybos who has seemingly unending patience when I’m in the midst of a hot mess. (He actually bought me a T-shirt that says “Blessed” to make me laugh...and remember.)
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So - I am hitting the reset button tomorrow morning. I am leaving this week behind and allowing myself a fresh start. Which also means bucking up and getting on with it. 💪🏻
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#weekend #freshstart #zoo #healthy #roughweek #girlboss #nashville #nashvilletyle #nashvillefolk #uniform #mood #hotmess #redo #saturday #anthropologie #simple #minimal #portrait #real #vulnerability #date #hope #life #husband #hero
I’m having one of those days. Every so often I wake up with a terrible heat rash. For some reason my body likes to hoard heat during the night and selfishly won’t let go of it. This equals I puffy, red, itchy rash all over that you just have to let run it’s course. Super fun Thursday over here. .
To ease the itch I made this spray with 2 oz. witch hazel, 6 drops lavender oil, and 3 drops each of frankincense, peppermint, and tea tree oil. It’s making this day much more endurable. 🙃 .
Anyone else get heat rashes? .
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#healthy #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #oils #wellness #organic #natural #nontoxic #diy #holistic #simple #clean #help #october #fall #home #pumpkin #essentialoils
Sometimes you need a day to drive out of town and reconnect. You don’t have to spend a lot, or go very far. Intentionally setting time aside for each other is important - and one of the ways our marriage survives. Today we enjoyed local Tennessee wines, sat on the balcony of our @airbnb cottage and listened to deers grazing in the woods, challenged each other to a pool tournament (which Jony schooled me in), FaceTimed our best friend for his birthday and talked about life. No agenda, no chores calling our names, no undone tasks to complete. It’s been a much needed moment to breathe and recharge our batteries. .
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#nashville #nashvillefolk #airbnb #winery #wine #fall #southern #marriage #weekend #getaway #staycation #simple #romance
Happy First day of Fall! 🍂 it's still 85 degrees in Nashville so I'm holding on to my summer wardrobe for a few more days... But in a few weeks I'll be able to pair this jumper with a cozy sweater. Who doesn't love wardrobe pieces that last through more than one season?🤗
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#nashville #nashvillefolk #nashvillestyle #fall #ootd #anthropologie #whitegirl #style #healthy #healthylifestyle #simple #happy #folk #september #weekend #friday
Very grateful for this human. It's pretty awesome when you get to choose your co-workers and @bekabullard is a gem! Today we sat and talked for hours about our oil businesses, but mostly about life. We can share the ugly and vulnerable parts of our hearts and not run away screaming. We can embarrassingly take a billion selfies without caring what passers-by think and then give up and decide we are cute in all our imperfections.
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Find those friends you can do this with. Put yourself out there, be kind, be humble, be unafraid to learn and let others into your story. 💚
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#friends #community #awkward #selfie #healthy #healthyliving #nashville #simple #girlboss #tribe
I can't even tell you how exciting it is to watch your vision become reality... working as the interior designer for the new @listeningroomcafe has been such an honor and a privilege! We're getting close to the finish line and I CANNOT wait for you to come and see it! Join us for the Grand Opening on October 14th! If you're not here in Nashville I'll be sure to post highlights on our story!
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#nashville #nashvillefolk #nashvillestyle #nashvillemusic #nashvillefood #interiors #interiordesign #modern #rustic #industrialdesign #project #wood #happy #mood #create
++ DITCH & SWITCH ++⠀
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We're coming into that time of year when we all need a bit more immune support! I used to work at a children's art studio and had over 400 kids walking by my desk on a weekly basis! Lot's of dirty hands! I wish I had had this tool then, but I'm so glad I have it now!⠀
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Having an auto-immune disease means being very intentional about keeping away those viruses and harmful bacteria!⠀
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So I keep the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier in my purse at ALL TIMES!⠀
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Here are a few good reasons to make the switch to this product!⠀
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+ Has all the immune supporting power of our beloved Thieves Essential Oil!⠀
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+ Dermatologist tested - safe for kids and adults!⠀
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+ Does not contain harmful chemicals that the over the counter brands contain, such as Tricloson - which is an endocrine disruptor, toxic, and can contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria!⠀
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+ All natural! I love that it doesn't leave my hands feeling dry and stripped when I use it!⠀
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+ As always with YL products, a little goes a long way!⠀
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I buy this in the 3 packs of the 1 oz. bottles and give them out to my friends and family!⠀
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#healthy #healthylifestyle #healthyliving #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnswarrior #autoimmune #natural #clean #simple #fall #coldseason #wellness #backtoschool #immunity #yleo #essentialoils #happy #healthyfamily
Happy 21st Birthday to this little ray of sunshine! @madybos I am so proud of the beautiful, smart, kind, woman you are! I'm honored to call you my niece - but I love that I also get to call you my friend! I love you!
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#happybirthday #21 #nashville #nashvillestyle #niece #family #pretty #ootd #birthdaygirl
When the interior designer picks the wrong place to sit at a construction site... 😳 I CANNOT WAIT until October 14th and the GRAND OPENING of the brand new location for @listeningroomcafe ! .
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#nashville #nashvillefood #nashvillestyle #thelisteningroom #interiordesign #design #restaurant #bar #levis #dirty #weekend #comingsoon #interiordesigner
Happy Friday! This wall has been completely blank since we bought our house... nearly 2 1/2 years ago. 😳 I couldn't decide what I wanted. That's why we finally landed on a picture ledge; because accessories are the only area of my life where I can be this uncommitted. I need room to breathe, be flippant, and change things with my mood and the season. Ledges are perfect if you're like me. This will probably all change soon - but for now I will enjoy my dinosaur plant and weeds trimmed from the backyard... 🤗
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#home #fall #homedesign #homedecor #interiors #interiordesign #nashville #nashvillefolk #southern #kinfolk #folk #simple #healthyhome #healthylifestyle #pretty #putabirdonit #modern #farmhouse #anthrohome
Tonight we had Chinese food delivered, because Thursday, but last night we coaxed Fall with Honey Pecan Roasted Acorn Squash & Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts on a bed of Smokey Polenta -- Topped with Honey Mustard Tahini Sauce and roasted squash seeds! Give me all the fall flavors! 😳🎃🍂
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#fall #nashville #nashvillefood #nashvillefolk #kinfolk #healthy #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #vegan #plantbased #glutenfree #crohns #crohnsdisease #crohnswarrior #autoimmunedisease #squash
We don't have a MET or Guggenheim here in Nashville. So we don't necessarily get the big blockbuster exhibitions. But what we do get is often much more interesting.This exhibition on Australian Aboriginal Art is complex and the story-telling is inspiring. Well done @fristcenter ! .
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#art #arthistory #museum #nashville #nashvillefolk #nashvillestyle #southern #thefrist #ootd #anthropologie #simple #community #modern #explore #nashvilleart
Just a little Tuesday night design inspiration from @anthropologie . This color palette is what dreams are made of - perfect balance of masculine and feminine, clean lines and playfulness. The blend of materials is on point! ✔️ .
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#interiors #interiordesign #design #homedesign #anthrohome #anthropologie #blush #balance #color #midcenturymodern #velvet #simple #home #community