To Women

Women are so strong in the midst of our own weakness….

I reblogged this post because of the truth within it. Anytime I reblog a post, I normally have a long message that I deliver with it, but this post speaks for itself.

TO EVERY WOMAN AND GIRL, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED, INTELLIGENT, VALUED, AND LOVED.

-Pinkspen

Some Bad Plankton

I’ve spent longer watching myself smile in the mirror than I’ve spent laughing with friends.

Has your mother accused you of scratching yourself because of the stretch marks on your breasts?

To the women who wipe it away with alcohol. I understand. I’m here if you need me.

Don’t qualify your statements when you speak. You’ve a right to be heard. Have something worth saying. I want to hear it.

To the women I’ve let down. I’m sorry. Tell me please, so I can get better.

Who fall in love with the cashier at Dunkin’ Donuts because he has a sexy voice and he kept my extra penny.

I’ve never seen a healthy relationship. What would I expect from my own?

Who have tried to turn over one-sided mattresses by themselves.

Who have hair on their bellies longer than the hair on their legs.

Who have used the same pair…

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Day 20: 21-Day-Detox

Saturday, July 15, 2017

There are times when I give my all to something and yet, I still fail. It hurts to fail. Missed a workout again due to having no childcare and my mom was busy. I could have done a workout at home but I was not in the best head-space. 

Learning to be a new single mom, has been a difficult adjustment. I am maintaining in some areas, but I am neglecting myself. I didn’t get 1 detox bath in this week and I had a glass of red wine or two. It was so absolutely delicious. I know it was against #ftdi but I needed a glass. 

Although I worked out 4 times this week, I still feel like I am lettting my stress and emotions over-power my 21-day-detox. I know I am. I have always struggled with the way I handle stress, but it is my journey and I am no longer afraid to share it. 

I spent the day playing and laughing with my daughter because she deserves that, but when I was alone, many tears were shed. Feeling lonely……..

Meals 

  • Day 20: Breakfast Smoothie
  • Blueberries 
  • Strawberries
  • It Works Greens blend 
  • Kale 
  • 1 Pear
  • 1 tbsp Milled Flax Seed 
  • 16 oz Spring Water

  • Day 20: Brunch 
  • 2 Brown Eggs 
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Green Onion
  • Mushrooms

  • Day 20: Dinner/Stir Fry 
  • Brown Rice 
  • Chicken Breast 
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Onion
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Baby Carrots
  • Vadalia Onion
  • Sweet Peppers 

Self-Love Affirmation

You are still capable to try again, even when you fail. 

Daily Gratitude Journal

Here are the five things I am grateful for today:

  1. God 
  2. Family
  3. Friends
  4. Health
  5. Followers and readers who have supported me throughout this detox 

-Pinkspen 

5 Pressurizing Standards of Beauty

Popular culture has placed a lot of pressure on how to look, feel, and act a certain way. Not conforming to the standard of beauty, can be one of the most difficult tasks for women. 

Self-doubt seem to be inevitable when all we see is airbrushed and filtered women on every billboard, magazine cover, music video, and every social media profile picture. 

We verbally and internally body shame ourselves which blemishes and scars self-love.

The pressure is in abundance, and we practically kill ourselves with plastic surgery, implants, tanning, and skin bleaching just to fit into that standard. We think that if we look a certain way we will feel a certain way. These horrible habits that we have adopted to try to fit-in, do not cure low self-esteem. 

Self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-love start within. You have to love yourself, flaws and all. There is not enough plastic surgery and Botox in the world to give you high self-esteem.

I reblogged this post because women need to understand that they are beautiful regardless of shaving, contour, bumps and blemishes, stretch marks, muffin tops, or having perfect nails and hair.
We are all beautiful and when self-love is a priority, confidence becomes your standard of beauty.

-Pinkspen

LipstickForLunch

As a person who writes about beauty products on a regular basis, I feel that it is my responsibility to speak about the darker aspects of this world as well. Beauty standards all around the globe are becoming more and more unforgiving by the minute, making it painfully hard for women to feel confident in their own skin. Of course, in an ideal world, everyone should be brave enough to embrace their “flaws” but constant scrutiny at a microscopic level can make the strongest succumb to the pressure. Here are 5 beauty standards that I would banish from the face of the planet if I had supernatural powers (until then, this blog will have to suffice).

1. Greasy roots – So many women feel obliged to wash their hair more often than they want, just to avoid showing up at work with those darned greasy roots. This makes for an…

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Day 17: 21-Day-Detox 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 

I am so thankful for my mother. Without her, I would not be able to go to these workouts.

Being a single mom is rough. It is still very new to me and not easy deal with at times. I am deep breathing instead of yelling more often, focusing on self-love, and going through the stages of grief at my own pace.

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