It can be easy for us to doubt ourselves, but as women, this doubt seems to be on overload with the amount of pressure we have to act, feel, behave, and look a certain way. Yes, men feel pressure as well, but the pressure we feel is just different, not worse.
Photographer: Sara Lacroix Photo
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Makeup Artist: Taylor Mckenzie Williams
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- Taylor Made Beauty Experience
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Designer: Ta’lor Pinkston
- Location: Pittsburgh, PA
- @Ladyhood journey, LLC
I have a Pinterest board, I NEED TO WORK THE F’ OUT that I created over 5 years ago, when I was in college.
I had the want and the desire to be healthy, but I did not have drive to get my body to where I wanted to be.
Beginning Monday, May 8-June 24, I will be hosting the challenge, No Makeup Mondays.
I still cannot believe I won the March Monthly Writing Contest for College Mate. I am so thankful to Alexis Chateau, every blogger and reader who took the time to view my article, Decoding the Bro-Code: One Night Stand or Long Term Girlfriend? It really means so much to me; words cannot express.
I have connected with so many of you and it brings me joy to know that so many see the value in my article, so thank you all!!!
Please check out this original post about my journey creating my winning article and my future plans as a blogger and author!
Launching the College Mate Contest was the best thing we ever did for our student branch of the Alexis Chateau PR firm.
Over the last few months, it provided a platform to help writers hone their writing and editing skills, while providing them with valuable experience for working with external publications.
But beyond the goodwill of the contest, there is also the fun, and the drama, and the competition itself. We have to admit, watching the writers go neck to neck, and get their social media engines revved up, is quite the experience.
The New CMC Champion
For the first two months, Shandean was reigning champion. But when Ta’lor submitted Decoding the Bro Code: One Night Stand or Long-Term Girlfriend as Pinkspen, it was an instant hit with our readers.
The girls wanted advice on navigating the perilous terrain of college dating. And the guys were curious to find out just…
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Jacque’ Terrell, shares why he became a Mobile Application Developer; how you can give your audience faster access to your website by using his services for free, and how the purpose of his blog is to help people find their purpose, success, and ignoring negativity.
I found out I was pregnant, one month after I received my Masters Degree…
Just before I was about to transition from student to working woman, I was hit with the reality that I was going to be a working woman who was also a mother.
My boyfriend and I were broke; living with my mother, and about to move into a 1-bedroom apartment, because that was all we could afford.
“She just wants to be beautiful…She craves attention, she praises an image. She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor…she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away, cause Covergirls don’t cry after their face is made…She don’t see her perfect, she don’t understand she’s worth it, or that beauty goes deeper than the surface…You should know your beautiful just the way you are. And you don’t have to change a thing the world could change its heart, no scars to your beautiful…”
Why would anyone want to be LGBTQIAP+?
To be bullied in school?
To be exiled from their families?
To lose friendships?
So that they can know what a hate crime is?
To be judged?
The College Girl Dating Rulebook
Rule #6: If he asks you to “come over and watch a movie” at 10PM or later, DO NOT GO!
I never thought I could be so gullible…
When he asked me to come over to watch a movie, I was so excited because I thought he had asked me out on a mini-date.
University College of the World
College 101 for Freshman Females
Fall-Spring 2016-2017, LIFE 12345, 67890
Instructor: Ms. Pinkspen, MSW
Office Hours: M/T/W/Th/F/S/Sun 12:00a-11:59p
Welcome & Introduction:
Welcome to College 101 for Freshman Females. I am your instructor, Pinkspen. We will begin this course together where we will work together to prevent the most common mistakes that freshman females make when it comes to various forms of relationships on a college campus. This class is for freshman girls in college, “upper-classwomen” (Pinkspen), and high school girls who will someday graduate and be shipped off to a world that I wish someone prepared me for. Enroll in this course today!
College is a group of high-schoolers with no adult supervision.
College is playing pretend.
College is partying, with a little bit of class on the side.
College is a friends-with-benefits relationship.
Dear 18-year-old me,
There are just 3.5 months in between your high school graduation and your first day on a college campus…
Just because you are 18, you are not officially an adult; there are still parts of your brain that have not fully developed.
It’s okay to call your parents for help!
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.
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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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……..
- Day 20: Breakfast Smoothie
- It Works Greens blend
- 1 Pear
- 1 tbsp Milled Flax Seed
- 16 oz Spring Water
- Day 20: Brunch
- 2 Brown Eggs
- Green Onion
- Day 20: Dinner/Stir Fry
- Brown Rice
- Chicken Breast
- Green Onion
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Baby Carrots
- Vadalia Onion
- Sweet Peppers
You are still capable to try again, even when you fail.
Daily Gratitude Journal
Here are the five things I am grateful for today:
- Followers and readers who have supported me throughout this detox
Friday, July 14, 2017
I don’t know why I am so down today. Probably because I can’t go to The Camp to workout some of my frustration and anger about my personal life. I was late taking my daughter to childcare, so I missed the block of time in the morning when I would be able to go to the gym.
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.
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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Thursday, July 13, 2017
I was able to make it to another workout; thank God.
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.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
After going a few days without working out, doing a 15 exercise circuit, for 45 minutes non-stop…. I am destroyed.
Just think about that! (45 minutes)
Monday, July 10, 2017
Today is my second weigh-in for my 21-day-detox at The Camp Transformation Center – Pittsburgh.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
I couldn’t find a babysitter so no workout today. I hate the transitions that life can bring. As a mother, I have no choice to adapt, but it still sucks.
I wish I could take my daughter with me, but at 19 months, she is too busy.