Why Confidence Is So Important

Why Confidence Is So Important

Last weekend, I was reminded of how important it is to develop self-confidence. I was at a bar, wearing a trendy outfit (don’t worry, the trendy part was confirmed with one my fashionable girlfriends), and I noticed a few women staring at me and whispering. I don’t know if they loved or hated my outfit and quite frankly, I didn’t care. I spent a majority of my early 20’s lacking confidence in who I was and I’ll be damned if I let a few stares and comments change how far I’ve come.

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Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

Societal Norms Should Not Be Your Standard

This past weekend, I took part in a fun photoshoot for a friend and local business owner, N-Dowd. During the photoshoot, I had the chance to talk with some amazing women. One of the conversation revolved around how society tries to define what it means to be a woman. As young girls and even early into our womanhood, we allowed these norms of society to be the standards we had for ourselves. These norms that society creates no longer defines who we are or what path we want to take. If you are feeling lost or out of alignment with who you are, you may be trying to live up to societal expectations that are not right for you. Here are some reminders that we all need from time to time as we grow through life.

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The Ultimate Achievement

The Ultimate Achievement

As an extremely goal-oriented person, I am always working towards a personal or professional goal that I set for myself. This character trait of mine is both a gift and a flaw. A gift because I am always learning and growing. A flaw because I rarely let my brain relax. This is something I’ve become more aware of this year and with that, I’ve been forcing myself to schedule “chill time” in my calendar. If you are a goal-oriented person like me, you probably struggle with this too, but being able to chill and enjoy the present is just as important as the goal you want to achieve.

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Why You Need to Know Yourself

Why You Need to Know Yourself

It was not until two years after college that I started to realize that I had been following the norms of society without question. As a young woman, I was worried getting a stable job, finding a husband, and having kids. Nowhere in my vision was there a worry about my own career and development. Sure, I was focused on doing well at my job and enjoying life, but I was not in a mindset that allowed me to develop myself as an individual. I cannot pin point a specific realization that led me to start prioritizing self-awareness, but here is why knowing yourself is the key to living your best life.

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What's In Your Beauty Products?

What's In Your Beauty Products?

Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly replacing my beauty products with products that I know are better for my skin and my body. What I put ONTO my body eventually goes INTO my body, so I’ve been making one effort to remain conscious of what ingredients are in my every day products. A few months ago, I was researching various beauty companies and I was shocked to discover that the U.S. only bans about 10 chemicals while Europe bans more than 1,400! What the?!

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My Vacation Exercise Routine

My Vacation Exercise Routine

When I go on vacation, I want time to relax and not worry about a to-do list. I want to have a slow morning and head to the beach for the day. I want to slowly get ready for dinner and choose a spot on a whim. I want to enjoy the days and evenings without planning out every little thing. I also want to stay active while on vacation, not because I feel the need to “work off” the food I’m eating, but because I know my body gets energy through physical activity. In years past, I would make sure I got in an hour workout almost every morning, but now that I have reached a better place with my body, I do not push myself that hard anymore.

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