The year is almost over!  Thanksgiving is almost here and I have so much to be thankful for!  2017 has definitely been a year of overcoming, growth, and learning!  I’ve accomplished things that I never thought I could.  Here's just a short list of 17 things that I am thankful for in 2017!

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1.  Having the guts to quit a job I hated!   Back in March I quit my job working in Corrections because every day I was miserable and I hated what I was doing. Quitting was one of the best decisions that I've ever made and even though it was hard I don't regret walking away.

2.  My family, even though it's small. We only have a few members and some of those members don't even talk to each other.  That's sad but I'm still thankful and we still have a lot of love to make up for it.

3.  Life, health and strength. I don't always feel a hundred percent every day but I'm thankful that I'm able to get up and do the things that I love doing and even the things I hate. This year, I've lost about 20 pounds through intermittent fasting which I'll talk about in a later post. It's been a tough but rewarding journey and I am enjoying the benefits.

4.  My fans and followers. I've been blogging for almost 8 years. I've gone through a couple of name changes and even shifts in focus. My blog has grown from just a few page views to over 20,000 last month. I'm beginning to be more consistent and it is slowly paying off. I'm so thankful that I have a supportive fan base that make this journey even more worthwhile.

5.  How much the body positive & plus size fashion industry has grown. Both of these movements have a lot of work to do but I'm so thankful that they have grown into what they are today. There are so many fashion options that simply weren't available when I was a struggling fat kid. I'm working on building a wardrobe that I love and not just one that I've settled on.

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6.  Lola. Yes I'm even thankful for little monsters. My little puppy has been one of my favorite joys since I got her.  Several chewed up extension cords and shredded notebooks later, I still love my little monster and I'm thankful that she has grown out of her chewing stage.

7.  Amazing friends that I consider family. I don't have many friends but the few that I’ve got have been consistently amazing and supportive.  Even though I don't talk to them everyday, I know that I can count on them and call on them when I need them.

8.  Meeting new people that motivate me. I have met so many people that are living the lives of their own choosing and that is so inspiring. I don't have a traditional job and sometimes it's hard to stay positive when work isn't steady. I'm so thankful that through social media, visits and phone calls I'm able to connect with those who remind me of why I do what I do.

9.  My blogger Boos are the best! Bloggers are so amazing and I've had the opportunity to meet many of them through conferences and just connecting through their blogs and social media. Seeing the fresh way that they approach content keeps me on my toes- plus they are almost always very kind and helpful because they know the struggle.

10.  Mental health & self-confidence that are growing stronger too. Quitting a job without a job has definitely played on my mental health but I am so thankful that I have come out strong. Soon I'll be in entering therapy and I'll be so thankful for the opportunity to process and unpack some emotions that I've carried for my entire life. Therapy is something that I think that every individual can benefit from.

11.  The opportunity to work with kids and be a positive influence. I've had amazing opportunities to work with children throughout my career. Most recently I worked at a summer camp for kids with autism and I have also placed foreign exchange students with host families in the United States. I’ve learned so much from kids and I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a role model and mentor to them.

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12.  A spiritual connection to God that has been strengthened and renewed. I don't go to church near as often as I used to or perhaps should but I think that my faith and spirituality is the strongest that it has ever been. I know exactly where my help and good fortune comes from.  All of the amazing things that I'm able to experience come from grace that I certainly didn't deserve.

13.  The opportunity to travel. I've only had the opportunity to travel outside of the country a couple of times but I'm looking forward to adding more travel into my life. Traveling the world is a surreal experience and it really puts things in perspective. Being able to see other countries and how they operate gives one a greater understanding of the world around them.

14.  Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fire Sticks, Wi-Fi. Being unemployed, I've had quite a few unproductive days. Thank God for these things because they carried me through. LOL I know that I have spent entirely too much money this year on Amazon! With that being said, I'm looking forward to Black Friday & Cyber Monday!

15.  Tough times. I'm thankful even in tough times because I know that they don't last always and that they make you stronger.  Finishing my Master's degree this year was tough but thank God, I made it!

16.  Dresses. At my last job I couldn't wear dresses because... Inmates... Now, I'm in a dress every opportunity I get. Plus a dress with pockets = love. I had no idea how much I really, really missed wearing dresses.

17.  A safe place to lay my head. Moving back home wasn't easy but it's been a pleasant experience so far.  I’m thankful to have my mom on my side.  Dare I say, it’s even been…fun?

Honorable Mention:   
Mixed drinks. Cuz duh...  LOL


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Dress:  eShakti
Photography: NG Photography
Lip Color:  Stila


What about you?  What are you most thankful for this year?


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How to Deal With Family Members Bringing Up Your Weight & Eating Habits at Holiday Gatherings

With the colder months comes all the wonderful family gatherings.  Warm fires in the fireplace as family and friends meet to enjoy each other’s company and everything is all warm, fuzzy & fabulous, right?!?  Yeah me either! I am of the firm belief that family gatherings are sent by the Gods to remind us of how wonderful adulthood (and the ability to run fast and far, far away) is.  I don’t know about you other plus size gals, but there are some times that being in a huge, boisterous family can be a bit of a curse.  Especially if said family isn’t the most, circumspect, shall we say, with their (hopefully) well-meant yet awful comments on one’s appearance. I think that there is no worse time of the year to be self-conscious about your size.  Of course, some of us are capable of telling a family member to mind their own business with no problem but not everyone has that kind of gall.  So here are a few simple tips for those of us who just want to make it through the holidays and just hold onto our sanity.

How to Deal With Family Members Bringing Up Your Weight & Eating Habits at Holiday Gatherings

In the light of the fact that a lot of people really subscribe to the “looks are everything” theory, one of the best ways to be forearmed is to make sure you are practicing excellent self-care.  I am not just talking about the journaling, long baths and candles kind of self-care, either. I am talking about the more physical self-care- getting “all dolled up”.  Clothing, jewelry, make up and great hair are all things that as a plus size woman, I use as pieces of my defense. When I am well dressed and have taken the time to really take care of myself, I feel strong and much more on point. A killer bracelet, having your nails done, and other little things make me feel put together and therefore much more confident.  As a plus size girl, I find that there are so many times that a really good outfit makes me feel so strong and self-confident. When planning for one of the multitude of family events that come with the holiday season, I make sure to plan my clothes a few days before. If I am happy with what I am wearing, then it is much easier to deflect great aunt Gertie when she is obnoxiously inquiring about how your “diet” is going- mind you, you aren’t on a diet because you are happy with yourself.  Another good idea is to take the time to get a killer haircut/’do before the events.  As a larger woman, taking care of things like gorgeous hair with a fresh cut and color works wonders for my self-esteem-   Aunt Gertie be darned, I know I am awesome. Having my nails done, and taking the time to have my make-up set all help build on an extra layer of mental armor.

How to Deal With Family Members Bringing Up Your Weight & Eating Habits at Holiday Gatherings

I know that there is going to be random people who make comments- these things happen on every Thanksgiving all around the United States. Watching social media, I see so many beautiful plus size woman come into their private groups, the closed spaces where no one can see and they vent, cry and lament over the harsh words of “family and friends”.  Now while I wish I could just go up to all these bullies- yes Aunt Gertie, I am pointing my finger at you here, and smack the stupid out of them… I know that doing so isn’t possible so I’m making sure that my all plus size and curvy sisters know that they are beautiful and worthy of having a wonderful time without having to sideline Ol’ Gertie and her “advice”.

Sooner or later, it will get easier to put people in their place. You’ll find that it’s necessary at times.  It’s perfectly ok to set boundaries but I know that with family it can be really hard.  Let them know that uninvited comments about your weigh and eating habits are not okay.  You don’t have to be mean but you deserve the right to be comfortable and making comments about the size of your body or the amount of food on your plate are unacceptable.


How do you deal with unwanted comments from family around the holidays?





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#THEPMSPACKAGE, The PMS Package review

If you’ve kept up with my social media, you probably noticed that I did a Facebook live on #ThePMSPackage.   The amazing folks at The PMS package sent me out my very own box to review!   I had so much fun showing you guys what was inside and I wanted to talk a little bit on the blog and share my thoughts regarding the products inside and the box overall. Here's a little bit about company.



“Since our start in 2015, we've been focused on curating a monthly care package that helps women feel better about themselves and better overall when that dreaded time of the month arrives. The PMS Package is more than a little pink box; it is a care package that provides comfort, care and a little cheer…we have helped thousands of women feel better and lifted their spirits while dealing with PMS symptoms…PMS symptoms are real and while every woman has different symptoms, we know that women feel pain, discomfort, fatigue, and sometimes bad moods associated with the PMS cycle. Our goal is to create a package that addresses her every need - we also add some surprise and delight items to cheer her up just because she deserves it….Thousands of women have enjoyed the benefits of The PMS Package…Mothers, boyfriends, sisters, and friends have found The PMS package a great way to say "I care".

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Overall I really loved this little box!  I'm addicted to subscription boxes.  I think I have subscribed to at least a dozen of them and it looks like I found a new one!  The packaging is so cute and pretty.  I love the pink box and the beautiful pink tissue paper that everything is wrapped up in.  This box was loaded down with lots of goodies for that certain time of the month.  It was definitely a holistic approach to care during the menstrual cycle.  It was filled with snack goodies, cute stationery items, aromatherapy things and so much more.  If you'd like to see the live video and you can click here or click the first photo above.  I definitely enjoyed going through this box and gobbling up all of these goodies- even though my mom completely robbed me of all the snacks in the Box. I had to sneak them back from her in order to enjoy them for myself.   Looks like she's a fan too!   LOL

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This month’s box included:  a small box of Kotex, 5 chocolatey snacks, packets of Midol, a 12 hour heating pad, feminine wipes, apple scented body butter, a scented candle, a diamond top pen, and a journal.

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Tons of stuff, right?!?  My only suggestion would be that it would be great to have some alternative snacks for those that aren’t so into chocolate.  I know that chocolate is the general go to comfort snack during PMS but not everyone is a fan.  Lucky for me, I LOVE chocolate.  My favorite chocolatey snack from the box was the Cheryl’s chocolate chunk cookies.  Imagine Chips Ahoy but like a thousand times better!  The journal was also one of my favorite things as well.

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The box is extremely affordable and the FREE shipping is definitely a plus!   Boxes start at just $29.99 a month.   You can save even more if you sign up for multiple months.  You can even set your own personal delivery date so that you package arrives right when you need it! If you're interested in a PMS package for yourself, the folks at PMS package have offered my readers a discount code for $5 off your first box!  Head to:  http://www.thepmspackage.com/influencer and
Type in code:   PMS5
After that your subscription renews every month and you'll get an amazingly packaged and beautiful care package that's filled with even more amazing treats!  I'm sure the months just get better and better! 

Have you tried the PMS package? If so what are your thoughts?
Are you addicted to subscription boxes like me? Let me know which ones you love!




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Almost 15 or so years ago, I shared with someone really close to me that I might be interested in becoming a plus-size model.  It was something that I heard from everyone, like everywhere that I went that.   People often said that I wear clothes really well and they questioned if I were ever interested in doing doing plus size modeling.  I knew nothing about the industry- where or how to get started but I figured that if more than one person was saying it then there had to be something to it.


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I wear around a size 26 now but then I was probably around a size 20.   The person that I shared this with, their reply was, “you're definitely pretty enough but you're way TOO PLUS.”  I know right?  That killed my spirit something major and instead of deciding for myself, I took this person's advice to heart and never pursued this path. That was the absolute worst advice I've ever taken from someone. My confidence was already very fragile back then and it was really easy to crush me.  Who knows what could have become of that. 


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Would I like to be a plus size model right now?  Knowing more about the industry through blogging and other things, probably not. I've somewhat found the place that I like being in within the plus size fashion industry. But now I'll never really know. I'll never know if I initially wanted to be a plus size model because people kept recommending it and I'll also never know if I didn't do it because someone discouraged me.



The moral of this story is that you have gather your own dreams, decide things for yourself and sometimes you even have to keep it to yourself. There's nothing wrong with making your moves in silence. Your wildest and even dizziest fantasies can come true with persistence. I'm the type of person that has usually needed some type of validation before I pursue anything.  It's something that I'm working on but sometimes I fall right back into those old insecurities. What can I say, I'm a work in progress… LOL I'm learning to go confidently in the direction of my dreams without permission from anyone else. 


Photography:  Ng Photography
Dress:  eShakti Graphic Floral Print Crepe Bow-Tie Dress
Shoes:  Rainbow Shops
Earrings:  Vintage
Lippie:  Coloured Raine


What about you? Have you ever been discouraged from pursuing a dream or idea?
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