Thursday, February 26, 2015

RAW BEAUTY TALKS

As a wife in this baseball life, it is so easy to get caught up in all the hype of looking perfect, being something you're not, and trying to keep up with the woman next to you. 
As I sit and contemplate why women (myself included) do this, I find that sadness floods my heart. 
Why is it that we can't just be happy with the way we were made? 

I don't know how you feel, but my favorite thing to see is people being real and authentic with not only their heart, but their physical appearance. 
That's why I absolutely love what Raw Beauty Talks is doing. 

I don't want to compete with other women to feel beautiful. 
Can't I just be confident in how God made ME?
My passion is to tell women how beautiful they are (not only on the inside, but the outside), but how can I do that, how can YOU do that and share that same message if we don't even believe it for ourselves?
So I'm starting the conversation. Because 
Raw. Beauty. Talks. 

Ever noticed how many women are trying to be like the woman on the front of the magazine (or how about Pinterest?). I know I do it. But I'm joining the conversation, signing the petition, and taking a stand against my insecurities that lie deep within (pun intended). 

I want to see REAL women on the front of magazines. I want to see REAL flaws, and with that, REAL beauty. I remember a while back talking to a well known photographer friend of mine at how incredibly easy it is to just photoshop a photo to make it look like a girl has bigger boobs, thinner arms, leaner legs, skinnier waist....This has to stop! 
I am part of this petition, and I am taking a stand for RAW beauty. 

Women you are enough.
Let's stop buying into the lie that photoshop, filters, and caked on makeup is real beauty.
Let's start accepting ourselves.
LOVE yourself. 



Here's to RAW BEAUTY TALKS. 
No filters, no makeup, just me myself and I.
Less is more. 

Will you join the movement // petition? 
Check out their website and read the countless interviews of women who have rallied together for an amazing cause. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Interesting Day In Starbucks: Enjoy Your Life


I had a whole blog post written out that I actually didn't even like, but just kept writing in hopes that it would turn into something decent. 
Today, as I'm sitting in Starbucks, I noticed a couple things that actually brought a lot of healing to me.
I saw this first situation, but just kept writing my lame post. By the time I had my second encounter, I deleted it all and started this one.
So here we are. 
I hope you find a smile on your face after this, and a new appreciation for your own life. 

The first occasion was when a husband and wife came in.
The husband was barely able to walk. He had a disease of some sort that inhibited him from walking without his crutches. 
His legs were wobbly. They didn't function properly.
I could tell he wasn't mentally functioning properly as well.
I thought about his incredibly hard life.
My heart broke for him. 
To be very candid, I thought, "I sure am glad that I am healthy. Thank you for my health Lord, I would be miserable."
Now, I really am thankful, but something changed my immature, naive heart in an instant. 

He was smiling, his wife was flirting with him, and looking at him with eyes of adoration. They got their coffee, sat together, and just began to talk. 
At some points they laughed, sometimes they talked, and sometimes they were just quiet together. 
It's an amazing thing to witness a love that breaks the power of depression over broken bodies, minds, and souls. 
What healing it was to watch that couple genuinely love one another. 
Yes at times their life may be difficult, and they may be ready to give up and throw in the towel, but the very fact that they can sit and enjoy a cup of coffee together in the midst of what most would consider chaos... that gives me hope, that shows true, unconditional love. 
Love truly does conquer all. On top of that, genuine relationship makes this cold, broken world a little brighter. 

The second encounter I had while sitting in Starbucks today was a man sitting at his computer working. 
He was a completely normal, focused business man getting his work done. 
All of a sudden, the song All Of Me came on over the speakers. 
He paused. He removed his glasses, and closed his eyes. 
At first, I wondered what he was doing. 
As the song played, he slowly started singing with it.
Not loudly. In fact, if I hadn't noticed his physical presence, I wouldn't have even heard him. 
As the song kept playing, I would glance up from my computer, and every time I looked, he looked more and more at peace as he slowly just soaked up every part of a beautiful song.
He was enjoying the song to the fullest, in such a peaceful way. 
He didn't stop singing or open his eyes until the song was completely over.
When it was done, he put his glasses back on, and went to work like usual. 

I was shocked, but something about watching him brought so much revelation and peace to me. 
I began to feel the enjoyment of life run through my veins. 
How many times do we focus so much on what we are doing, that we don't ever stop to simply enjoy creation around us? It could be anything from the scenery, music, young love, etc.


I felt Jesus nudging me as I encountered these two different situations.
I felt so convicted about how busy my life can get, that I never stop and rest or enjoy a good song. I am always thinking about what people will think, how many stares I would get, etc. 
But these two encounters changed my whole perspective. 
They were living and enjoying the life they've been given, and it brought such healing to my busy mind and busy soul. 
They were unapologetic for enjoying the little things in life, and without even knowing it, completely turned my day around.


I experienced Jesus in Starbucks today.
I encountered His unconditional love.
I felt His rest and peace. 
I want to be that for other people. 



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Arizona Bound

Well it's our last day in Tennessee and although I am sad to leave the people I love here, I know that Arizona will be amazing and filled with adventure and opportunity!
I am SO incredibly blessed that I get to travel with my hubby this year! 
Here's to a new season of life, with the one I love! 
I can't wait to see the ways we both grow in the Lord and grow in our relationship with one another. 
How amazing that I get to watch my husband chase his dream. 
We are leaving tomorrow and will drive from Tennessee to Arizona in two days! 
So excited to dream, talk, and plan in the hours we have on the road! 


Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Imperfect Tribe | Highlight Real

This.

Megan is a friend of mine who has started an incredible movement. 
The Imperfect Tribe. 

I won't say much, as the video says it all way more brilliantly than I ever could, but I will say this- 
Beautiful. I couldn't agree more. 
I love that Megan has a heart to use social media, not as a highlight reel, but to highlight real. 



I have definitely learned that being vulnerable is what connects me with people.
We all have struggles, we are all craving to connect relationally by having someone else love and accept us just the way we are. 
I love that in people. I love when people are bold to share and let others in. 
Yes, it may get messy, but I can tell you from experience, it is definitely rewarding and worth it. 
I am such an advocate for this movement! 


For me, my biggest insecurity is my battle with anxiety, and the fear of becoming mentally ill one day. 
I'm a "high sensitivity person"; for me, this means that I take on others' anxiety and emotions and often feel overwhelmed by the weight of their situations. 
My empathy, although can be used for a lot of good in helping others, can be detrimental to me. If I'm not careful, it becomes a door in which the devil can quickly charge right through and put very negative thoughts in my head that lead to panic attacks and various symptoms anxiety brings on. 

For an example of how I have been vulnerable in talking about my struggles with anxiety, check out this blog post
That post alone allowed so many people to email me or text me and open up about their struggles as well.
I hope and pray we can all learn something in the process of learning to open up with others in certain areas of our life. 

Will you join the movement? 
You'll see amazing stories of vulnerability and people being real with their fears, struggles, victories, successes, high times, low times, and everything in between.