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October 2016

An honest essay: Size is only a number

 

An honest essay: Size is only a number

For a long time, I obsessed about the small number on a tag attached to my clothes. It was such a small number that no one could see but me. But it consumed my mind and impacted the way I looked at my body for far too long.

I would slip on smaller sizes tucked away in my closet just to see if they had somehow gotten looser on me. If they didn’t, my day was ruined. If they did, all was right in the world. Instead of just going a size up, I’d mope around and try to find some way to button those jeans again.

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Monday inspiration | Simplifying my life

Monday inspiration | Simplifying my life

I always feel like I need an extra dose of inspiration on Mondays. It is, after all, the hardest day of the week. It’s the day where all problems are elevated. Especially if we spill coffee on our new fall sweater, get to work later than usual or somehow clog up the kitchen sink disposal. (P.S. – The last one has happened to me more than once.)

Well, now I’m holding myself accountable for those pesky Monday slumps. The weekend ended too fast, and there are four days looming ahead before the weekend begins again. It’s time to have a true #MotivationMonday.

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7 ways to budget like a boss

7 ways to budget like a boss

I would be lost without a monthly budget, ya’ll.  Think knee-deep in CVS and Target receipts and thinking it’s OK to withdraw money from savings…for a pair of shoes. In fact, this was my life about a year and a half ago. I had good intentions at the start of the month, but then around the middle of the month, my good habits would go south. And I ended up not saving a dime that month! I realized it was time for a change and that I really needed to start “adulting” for real this time.

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How to set up a weekly meal plan (and stick to it!)

How to set up a meal plan

Meal planning and prepping is all the rage lately, and I’m completely on board! I can’t get on social media without seeing a meal prep video or someone batch-cooking grains and vegetables. It all looks delicious and pretty inspiring, but is it really doable for your lifestyle? My friends, I certainly think so!

The idea of planning meals every week sounds downright ideal. A kale Mediterranean salad? How about some baked salmon and asparagus? Sounds easy enough, but the key to meal planning is staying consistent from week to week and having a set strategy, even when some weeks are busier than others.

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