Even If…

Even if I have problems, You are still good.

Even if I am weary, You are good and you are strong.

Even if I feel like you have forgotten me, You know my thoughts and fears.

Even if (when) I have bad days, You forgive me and remind me there are good days too.

Even if I struggle to have peace, You love me and guide me to a place of tranquility.

Even if I feel useless, You have a purpose for your glory to be shown through my story.

Even if I feel unworthy, You remind me that my worth comes from You, and You alone.

Even if my expectations are not met, You are good.

Even if my life is not what I planned, You are good.

Even if I am scared or anxious, You are good.

Even if everything changes, You stay the same.

Even if anything, You are so so good.

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Much love. Much grace.

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This Is YOUR Summer

I have been particularly struggling with this idea for some time now, not because I don’t think it needs talking about, but because I wasn’t sure I was qualified to write about it. Body confidence, and confidence in general, is something I have struggled with for a while. For many women, this struggle is a life-long battle in loving herself.

This summer I am going to write about the most difficult topic; self-worth.

Let me preface this by saying I am not a professional by any means. I don’t know five easy steps to loving yourself, I don’t know how to help you lose/gain weight, nor do I have a killer workout to help you with your booty gains. I am just a 23 year old woman who knows the struggles of finding, keeping, and desiring self-love. All I know is what I wish someone would have told me, or what I wish I would have listened to about loving myself.

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Those are the things I am going to work on in myself and try to share during this season. This won’t be every post, but it is a theme that I am wanting to challenge myself during these warmer months.

Much grace. Much love.

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If you have a story or comment or anything you would like to share on this topic, please let me know by contacting me. I would love to hear/share your story in growing or searching for coming to like/love your physical self.

Healthy Starbucks Options

I love coffee. I used to be only a tea drinker for years, and then college happened and I made the lifestyle change. I still drink tea, but hot tea is generally pretty easy to navigate in terms of healthy options. Coffee, especially buying Starbucks made drinks, tends to be a bit more difficult.

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Mr. Yell and I have eliminated additional sugars from our diet; including sweet sugary drinks, pastry goods, and other overly-sweet snacks. (Ya’ll this has been a struggle, but so rewarding, but that is a post for another time) In honor of our lifestyle change, I have taken the time to create a small list of my favorite (and HEALTHY) Starbucks drinks!

First, I want to mention that the healthiest option is ordering a Tall size. I know it is so tempting to buy the bigger sizes, but the Tall is really all one person needs in terms of serving sizes. This saves on money, calories, and sugars when ordering from Starbucks. Also, the non-fat milk or coconut milk substitutes go a LONG way. Sometimes cutting 50 more calories along with sugar content. Keeping this in mind, each of these drinks are always a Tall with either the soy or non-fat milk (if I want milk).

Healthy Starbucks Drinks

Iced:

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Cold Brew Coffee

This is the healthiest option at Starbucks for iced/cold drinks. This has less calories than the iced coffee and tastes amazing!

Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is my favorite, and I love how Starbucks makes it. I always get mine with non-fat milk with NO ADDED sweetener and it is perfect for a warm day when you need that caffeine boost!

Hot:

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Flat White

I don’t often buy hot drinks (I live in Louisiana and it’s cold 3 days the whole year…) but when I do Flat White is my go-to beverage. This drink is smooth without being too thick, especially getting coconut milk or non-fat milk.

Latte Macchiato

This is a great option as well. It has more of a kick than the Flat White and is delicious! It is a perfect warm coffee option and I totally recommend!

 

What coffee drinks do you enjoy? Are there any Starbucks options I missed?

 

Much love. Much grace.

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Loving The Skin You’re In

Let me be completely honest, I did not know that photoshopping women’s bodies was even possible until I was 17.

I fully believed that those girls in the magazines were real; their bodies, faces, and clothes. I believed that these women were perfect models, I didn’t know where these magazines found them, but I knew they had to exist for magazines to put them on spreads and in articles.

Ladies:

THIS IS A LIE.

I know now, that magazines, celebrities, and even “normal” people photoshop or reshape their bodies and faces everyday. That these body sizes, lip shapes, and perfect women do not exist.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

I recently learned that other women have similar imperfections to myself. I learned that other women have stretch marks.

I had always thought that women get stretch marks from pregnancy until last year when I gained a bit of weight. I began getting stretch marks on my legs and hips; and I was completely mortified. I’m not talking about a little bit of embarrassment, but completely humiliated. I was so ashamed that I wouldn’t even wear shorts anymore. I felt that my struggle with my food choices was finally visible, and that I was the only one with these marks of shame.

Recently, I watched a video about women and their stretch marks. How each woman received them and how that made each woman feel. I loved seeing this because it brought me to a point of community and understanding about my body, and it’s imperfections.

Thank you for a whole year of Go Giving!

All the scars, stretch marks, and other markings you have are so important. They tell a story about the life you have lived, who you have become, and who you used to be. Your scars add depth to your first impression and should be celebrated, not create embarrassment. I know this is all easier said than done, but if us ladies can each work towards loving our scars and talking about them, maybe other women and girls wouldn’t feel the shame we have felt.

Maybe we can all start loving the skin we are in.

Much love. Much grace.

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