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10 Things I’m Thankful For

10 Things I’m Thankful For

I know this post is a day late and probably a dollar short (ok, a few days late), but I wanted to be sure I posted this. Thanksgiving is an excellent opportunity to reflect on all the things we are thankful for, but we can and should do that throughout the year, too. Gratitude is powerful; you can lift your mood in the moment and even change your long-term perspective, as well as positively affect those around you. Here are…

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How To Survive Family During The Holidays

How To Survive Family During The Holidays

It’s that time of year! The leaves are turning beautiful colors, the air is crisp and cold, pumpkin spice everything surrounds you… It’s time for THE HOLIDAYS. For many, this time of year is one of excitement and joy, and for others the holidays are more of a somber time. For almost all of us, the holidays usually include more time spent with family in general, and especially with those we don’t see often. That can be wonderful….and painful. So,…

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Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

I was just awarded the Blogger Recognition Award by both Susanne Kainer and Angeli McGovern! You can find Susanne over at floralcars, a lifestyle blog that focuses primarily on beauty products, books, and travel, as well as DriveTribe, which focuses on cars. Angeli runs My BeYOUtiful Life;  you can find stories about her life, travels, family, fashion, and food, along with a healthy and infectious dose of gratitude! As a new blogger, I am VERY excited to receive this nomination (TWICE!). Thank you…

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My Goals For The Last 90 Days Of 2018

My Goals For The Last 90 Days Of 2018

We are rapidly winding down the year; less than 90 days left! I don’t know about all of you, but this year has absolutely flown by. I can’t help but feel like the rest of the year is slipping by just as quickly, and it’s hard not to feel frantic about the time left! One way to stave off the end-of-year anxiety is to make a list of goals to accomplish in the few remaining months, and then focus on…

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Why My Anxiety Is Through The Roof

Why My Anxiety Is Through The Roof

Ok, it’s time to be honest and raw here. This week is kicking my butt. Hard. I’m struggling to push past my anxiety to accomplish…well, anything. That’s the thing with Anxiety; you can have great days and weeks, even months, and then BAM!, you’re anxious, can’t sleep, stressing about everything, and struggling to make it through the day. That’s depressing as hell. (Did I mention that my depression, and the depression of so many others, stems directly from anxiety?) This…

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The 5 Things I Did To Start Losing Weight

The 5 Things I Did To Start Losing Weight

Losing weight is HARD. I mean sure, some people can drop weight easier than others, and you may even find that it’s easier to lose weight during one period of life than in your other. But overall, the process of losing weight (and ESPECIALLY of keeping that weight OFF), is no walk in the park. It takes hard work, dedication, and a lot of life changes. Then you start to consider hormonal imbalances, anxiety and depression, and a host of…

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How To Own The Interview Process Every Time

How To Own The Interview Process Every Time

I’ve interviewed a fair number of people over the last few years, and I can confidently say this: ya’ll don’t know how to go through this process. Applying and interviewing for a job is a stressful process, and involves a lot of important steps. Make certain mistakes in any of those steps, and your chances of getting that job are POOF! gone, just like that. It can be stressful and overwhelming, and let’s face it: there’s usually a lot riding…

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Sometimes, The Scale Lies

Sometimes, The Scale Lies

Sometimes, the number on the scale tells you one thing, and your body tells you another. Damn it. I was dropping weight all week, and the scale just shot up two pounds. I can feel the discouragement rise like a big, ugly tide. I know that in a few days the number on the scale will drop again, and I’ll continue the downward trend, but right now, it sucks. It doesn’t feel right, though. That number – it feels wrong….

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Stay The Course While Camping

Stay The Course While Camping

It’s finally here!! I have been waiting ALL YEAR LONG for this last weekend, and I am so incredibly excited that it finally arrived. That’s right: CAMPING! Every year, my family gets together for a 5-day camping trip just outside of Randle, WA. 5 days of lounging, reading, bike-riding, swimming in the river, picking berries, and hiking; this is one of the most rejuvenating occasions of the year for me. There’s a problem, though; camping tends to bring with it…

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How Anxiety Sabotaged My Health Journey

How Anxiety Sabotaged My Health Journey

*Disclaimer: This is MY story and journey; it may look different than yours. I know what a healthy body and weight looks like for me, and this post is about how Anxiety kept me from achieving that. Four years ago (wow, time flies), I started my life with the most amazing man; we lived on a sailboat in Seattle and I was in heaven. And then… I gained weight. Slowly, at first, but then my stress grew, we ate too…

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