Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 

Hey guys! I hope all is well and your holiday was safe and fun! I've been MIA for two reasons; 1. I didn't prioritize shooting because I didn’t feel inspired and 2. I've been spending time off  relaxing and with my family because I've been feeling slightly worked up. Two rather valuable reasons in my opinion lol

Nonetheless, I’m back and I’m talking about the body...once again. This time however, it’s not so much preaching about why you should love you body, which I hope you do, but just sharing my truth with my own body. I have this theory that when we share our stories, it gives people permission to share or accept their own, so I’m going to see how this goes. That sounds rather dramatic, but ...

I stand before myself every day and view myself in the barest form. This is something I started doing years ago, as I believe it helps people appreciate and accept what they have and I think it works! I love myself in ways I didn’t think I would, but that grew to happen over time. No form of self love is going to happen over night, especially if you have changes occur and you have to adapt to something new. 

Currently, my body is in a new form. This is the curviest I’ve ever been and it’s work to accept it. I mean, I love what I see, but it is coming with much adjustment. Clothes for differently, some don’t fit at all. I’m more conscious of myself and take measures to downplay certain areas because I’m not 100% in presenting it properly just yet. Work in progress. It’s interesting because it’s like things changed over night. I heard a friend say she’s developed her “grown woman body” and I like to think the same has/is happening for me. 

When I pause and remember I’m 22, because I definitely have to remind myself how young I am often, I realize I have lots of growing to do. In more ways than just the physical, I’m barely hitting the precipice of life. At this age, I am forming into the next version of myself mentally, emotionally, and physically. Of course that’s easier to write and not what one may say when the jeans just won’t come up their thighs any further, but it’s good to take note of. Too often, I feel we get comfortable at a certain level in our life and then become sad when things aren’t copacetic, not realizing that the change is good. Growth is good. 

I say this from the perspective of a young adult woman who is experiencing natural bodily growth. Its 100% natural and something that everyone is going to experience. It looks different for everyone and benefits us in more ways that we know - unless you’re into health and just have all the info! Boobs get bigger (and may sag), hips get wider (beneficial for birthing children), and stomachs may round out a tad (kudos to you for enjoying good food). All of these things affects every single woman (and man!) you see, again, all in different ways. 

Not to preach to the choir. But love yourself. Remember what I said in this post...despite not looking the way you want to at this moment, you still need to love yourself. 

Photos via Bluufox Studios

Outfit Deets
Shirt: Gap | Bra: Calvin Klein | Shorts: Wild and Fable | Shoes: Nike 

I haven’t discussed skin on here in a minute and truthfully, it’s because I’ve been pretty consistently inconsistent with what I use. I’ve been trying African black soap to see what that would do and while it was okay, it’s not what I need. I’m making the conscious decision to incorporate more natural products, which is wonderful for the brand I’ll be sharing today. 

For 2 weeks, I limited my skincare routine to the Be Transcendent Glow Full regimen and will be detailing my thoughts and product info below. 

First, let me give a run down of the products. There are four steps that correlate with a traditional skincare routine: Cleanser, Toner, Daytime Moisturizer, and Nighttime Serum. All are 100% plant based and naturally created for your specific skin type, so each batch is a bit different. I received products that are for normal to dry skin. 

My initial thought with the products were that they smelled amazing. Literally. The cleanser has a natural smell that I love to inhale when cleaning that just put me in a good mood. I’ve never really used bad smelling products, but using something that smelled so good really was noticeable. Of all the products, this is the most potent and best smelling one.

In terms of application, everything is pretty standard. The cleanser foams a bit, which I like. It doesn’t leave your skin dry and feels quite nice once washed off. The toner was my least favorite, as it had a bit of a sting to it that I just couldn’t get with [Editor’s Note: I have an allergy to rose and it is an ingredient used. The stinging was an allergic reaction and has no relation to the products actual use]. The moisturizer and serum both are luxurious when applied, but the moisturizer provides a longer moisture that I lived for. 

Now my thoughts after using Be Transcendent for two weeks would be...

I think this system has benefits if you want a glow. I felt my skin was a bit more radiant after using the moisturizer daily, which is what I live for (a good moisturizer), but that was the big highlight. The products do their job, and not much else, but that’s not a bad thing honestly. I think we sometimes over complicate skincare, so it’s really refreshing to find products that provide exactly what you need! 

Check out their website and instagram to get your own glow going! 

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.

Song of Songs 4:7

I’m excited to be bringing one of my favorite posts to do! Here, I’ll be in a swimsuit and talking about my body, but not in an annoyingly vain way - no, I’ll be talking about how I love my body despite its imperfections and stress why you should do the same!

Now, for reference and true transparency, I’m going to share my stats. I’m 5’3, between 140-146 pounds, and I hold most of my weight below the belt. I have stretch marks and a little bit of cellulite. By national health standards, I’m considered overweight and by cultural standards, I’m a snack. Nevertheless, neither of those definitions mean much to me. 
After having this body for the last 22 years, I’ve seen it change a lot. There have been times I wanted something bigger and a few times I wanted, and currently want, somethings to be smaller. It’s natural to want things to change if they’re not 100% what you want them to be, but there is a factor of contentment that needs to be present no matter where you currently are.

I think that far too often, the comparison game starts and it gets us away from truly honoring ourselves and bodies for what they do. If you seriously think about it, God has given you a body that carries you every.single.day. Sure, your legs may have spots, your tummy may have a few extra inches, and/or you maybe getting stretch marks for the first time ever. Whatever the case may be, I promise you are still fire and your body still deserves love. 
Going spiritual, our bodies are temples. The primary definition of a temple is a building for religious practice, but there another that defines it as a place devoted to a special purpose. If we adapt the way we think of our body to seeing it as a place devoted to a special purpose, it is my belief we would appreciate them differently. We’d see there are no mistakes from what’s natural, that God was truthful in calling us “wonderfully made”.  

My point extends to those who don’t love what they see in the mirror. I am human and I get it that sometimes you just feel unhappy with what you see, but being unhappy, doesn’t mean you can’t love yourself despiteDespite the sickness, despite the unhealthy weight, despite any and everything you pick apart when you stand in the mirror, love has to be a feeling your body has felt for a happier time in it. It’s okay to make changes, but let them be what you genuinely want and not what society is pushing. It’s okay to want to healthier, but until you get there appreciate where you’ve been and where your body can take you. 

Photography by Bluufox Studios 

Swimsuit: Zara | Hat: Target (Similar) | Sunglasses: HM x Anna Dello Russo

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation 1:3

Hi Guys!

I'm incredibly happy to write about this post, which is going to be a lot less "growth" related and way more educational. I don't know how it's happened, but I've become a book worm within the last two months. It literally started with getting a pre-loved copy of The Beautiful and Damned from a local coffee shop and has continued through Becoming, Shoe Dog, and All About Love (up next).

It has been a minute since I've genuinely picked up a book for pleasure and suddenly, I can't seem to put one down. Last year, I found myself reading a few Christian books because I really needed to fill myself back up with God, but now, I'm finding myself pulling various types of work to simply fill myself up with knowledge. Memoirs have been the most common right now - I have Barbara Walter's Audition in queue - and it has been so nice to learn from various people through their own words.
I am a firm believer in the power of words and as a communicator, I am loving this period of absorbing all of these words from rather smart people. It's exciting to build a repertoire of literature works to discuss with others, it's fun connect with characters from stories, it's enlightening to recognize the similarities between an author and yourself. There is true joy in getting lost in someones story, whether it be fiction or nonfiction, being able to joyfully receive what someone has created is a moment of happiness. 

Reading isn't for everyone, but I do want to encourage more people to give reading a try. It can be difficult finding what tickles your fancy, but it is so worth it. Being able to unplug from our tech, up our communicating skills, and exercising our brain are just a few gains we get from picking up a book. Truthfully, I wish I would've started back reading more sooner, but as with anything in life, better late than never. 

If anyone needs some reading recommendations, feel free to leave a comment or message me on Instagram or Facebook and I'll get to you pronto! 

Photography by Bluufox Studios

Outfit Deets
Tank: Zara | Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Tory Burch

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools. 
Ecclesiastes 7:8-11

A time I never anticipated has come for me and I'm truthfully not sure what it means. I'm a bit uncertain as I say this, but I think I'm over Instagram. Holds breath for dramatic grasp! 

Whether or not that's a shocker to you, I know for sure it is to me. I'm a millennial and a blogger, so insta is like a big part of my life. I use it both personally and professionally, and I've been on the platform for over five years. I've had the moments where I choose to forgo time on there, but very rarely have I ever felt the way I am now.

I just don’t have fun on it like I once did, especially when it comes to using it for my blog. 

Thankfully, I didn't reach this point from comparing. I thinks that's one of the worst things about social media and is a hard hole to come out. My personal qualms come from the blogger status I'm in where it is expected for my feed to be a certain way, for me to produce visually appealing stories, and for me to remain authentic, while also looking like a traditional blogger. Translation: thin, tan, beach waves, and clothing that resembles what a lot of other girls have on. 

I don't want to step on any toes, because I've met some girls that are traditional bloggers and really own their brand, all while fitting that mold. It's just that it's so underwhelming to me to see the same thing over and over, which happens. Granted, it could be the people I follow, but even the nontraditional bloggers have a way of easing into a curated and crafty vibe that gets an eye roll. 

Maybe it's me, but I feel that what I see is a loss of personality and an extra large dose of #aesthetic. Yes, its cute and very pretty, but it's very tiring to maintain that and I don't want to anymore.

I'm not leaving Instagram because it is a valuable marketing tool, but I am done with working on being a curator. That's not my aspiration and it never was. I wanted to be fashion blogger who shared funs and the more I read, it was appaarent hat I needed to share it in a cute way. Been there and done that, so now I just want to share what I like, when I like, and how I like. Simple. 
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