TW: weight, weight loss, scale, disordered eating, restricting It's not an overstatement or exaggeration to say that I have struggled with my weight my entire life. In fact, I think I was in the 8th grade the first time I joined Weight Watchers and started dieting. I'm sure I was one of the youngest people… Continue reading Loving You at Every Shape and Size
My mom raised my sisters and me to always say "good morning" to those we knew and to strangers on the street. She raised us to say "bless you" when someone sneezes. She raised us to follow the Golden Rule: to treat people with kindness and compassion. And somewhere down the line, I started to… Continue reading Be less human and more human(e)
Ever since I was a little girl, I was obsessed with all things British. I listened to the Spice Girls on repeat, I had the Princess Diana Beanie Baby locked in a protective case, and I even perfected a British accent that I would force upon anyone who would listen. And not much has changed… Continue reading Step Into Your Limelight
Whew! It has been 2 years, 5 months, and 12 days since my last post, but who's counting?! 895 days of ups and downs and highs and lows, of inspiration and then writer's block, of ideas free-flowing from my fingertips only to be swept away by worries of mediocrity and irrelevance. In a world that's… Continue reading New Year, Same Me, Just Better!
Wow! It has been 498 days since my last post, and to say things have changed feels like a bit of an understatement. Let's see. 498 days ago I was in my second year of graduate school, considering rekindling things with an old flame, and living and working in a place I love and surrounded… Continue reading Motivational Monday: What’s Permanent? Love.
Last week was a pretty awful week. Zooming in on me, I had a really difficult few days at work, struggled with homework and quizzes, was unable to balance my personal and professional life (but what's new?), and found myself feeling run down and sick. I tried so hard to jump over hurdle after hurdle,… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Just Breathe
What's the first thing you do when you wake up? I know I can't be the only one who reaches for my phone and checks social media, right? In fact, I even find myself scrolling through everyone's pictures and status updates multiple times a day. "How can they afford that?" "Wow, they're living their best… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Comparison Kills
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about Kermit Says... The inception, the journey, the hurdles, and the incredible victories. Kermit Says... started nearly five years ago. The idea came after speaking to a group of then-eighth-grade students at my former elementary school, and it only grew with the help of my high school students,… Continue reading Dear Reader…
This weekend was filled with triggering news that I’m sure brought up anxiety and all sorts of emotions. And as I shared on the Kermit Says... Facebook and Instagram pages, there is no right or wrong way to react. We are all fully-formed humans with valid feelings and experiences that have shaped our very being.… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Be a Game Changer
One of my intentions for the new year was to develop a stronger relationship with God. I thought that, in addition to attending church more regularly, I'd devote at least five minutes each day to reading my devotional. Using my YouVersion app, I decided to start a plan called "Love Greatly: Broken and Redeemed" not because… Continue reading Motivational Monday: Look Around