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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The Body I've Always Wanted

The Body I've Always Wanted

I remember a few years ago when I was using at-home DVD workouts, there was a trainer who literally told us that we need to work hard for the body we’ve always wanted. At the time, I was like “YES! I want that super toned body and I am going to work hard to get there”. Looking back, I wish my younger self would’ve known that getting the body I thought I always wanted would not make me happy.

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My Body Has Changed

My Body Has Changed

A week before my beach vacation, I found myself judging my body.  As my life and priorities change, so does my body - and I am learning how to be okay with that.  My body used to be stronger and more in shape when my schedule was lighter and even more so when I restricted food.  While I was going through this judgement cycle, a friend reached out to me to discuss the same exact issue.  She was also preparing for a beach vacation and did not feel good about her body.  We exchanged things we were struggling with and both agreed that we were being too hard on ourselves.  

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Finding Peace

Finding Peace

Over the last six years, I've witnessed my body go through many different phases.  When I first graduated college, I was working out constantly and eating "clean" - then I moved into a phase of life where binge eating took over - and now I'm finally at a place where food is no longer the enemy.  With all of these changes in my behavior came changes in my body's appearance and I've had to learn how to accept my body at every phase of life.

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Keeping It Real

Keeping It Real

Recently, I was reviewing professional pictures that I had done back in March.  I was very wary while looking at these pictures because everything about them were professional - the makeup, the lighting, the editing (some of them are actually unedited, but I have not posted them yet).  I was hesitant to start posting any professional pictures on social media because one of my intentions as a coach is to help women embrace their natural bodies and I felt like a hypocrite looking all done up.

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