Category Archives: Body

10 Life Lessons
From a Southern Belle Pageant Queen

10 Life Lessons From a Southern Belle Pageant Queen

On a recent visit back home down South, my niece told me in her sweetest Southern drawl, “Aunt Tonya, I saw a pic of you in the County Museum when you were the Strawberry Queen” Yes, I held the titles of: Little Miss Chadbourn (the little town I grew up in) And ……are you ready… Continue Reading

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A Chic Awakening:
How Your Clothes Affect Your Life

A Chic Awakening:  How Your Clothes Affect Your Life

“I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves – that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness.” -Giorgio Armani “I feel so frumpy at work,” Leanne said to me during a coaching call. “I don’t take the time to dress up anymore,” she continued. I asked, “Why don’t you… Continue Reading

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Walk Away & Sashay

Walk Away & Sashay

I’ve come to love the image of me walking away from things that don’t support me. Just this week, I was informed that someone who’s never met me is not a fan. She has said some not-so-nice things about me behind my back. My old self would have tried to prove her wrong, win her… Continue Reading

The Parisian Lessons to
Creating Anything You Want

The Parisian Lessons to Creating Anything You Want

205. That was the number that appeared when I looked down at the scale. Between being a new mom, working as a full-time critical care nurse and juggling the responsibilities of a home, my body was a walking testimony to the state of affairs of my life. When a surgeon in the Intensive Care Unit… Continue Reading

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The 8 Ways That Traveling Solo
Made Me a Better Woman

The 8 Ways That Traveling Solo Made Me a Better Woman

I checked into my Parisian vacation apartment. Emphasis on the “I” (yes, completely alone. In Paris.) What is THAT? It was total silence. When you are married at the young age of eighteen and have your first child at twenty two, it’s a very unusual sound (….or lack thereof). There was no one calling my… Continue Reading

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Isn’t the goal to “Have it all together”?

Isn’t the goal to “Have it all together”?

“We are all a little bit of a Hot Beautiful Mess”   {Click to Tweet} Some friends and I were laughing this weekend in our realization that we are all a little bit of a “hot mess .” (and honestly, some days, a little more than a little bit!) Guess what? That’s what makes us interesting… Continue Reading

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Why Does Self Love Matter?

Why Does Self Love Matter?

“To love one’s self is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” -Oscar Wilde Have you ever been in love? If you have, you know that those first few months are exhilarating — full of passion, romance, attentiveness, excitement, desire. Suddenly, the world that felt very lonely and gloomy suddenly feels warm and light. When the… Continue Reading

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