You know what's starting to make its way back at Target Spring/Summer clothes! I love summer clothes, give me all the tank tops, sunglasses, and especially flowy summer dresses! What I do dread is bathing suit shopping. 😑😑😑
I don't think there has been one year I have truly enjoyed the process of finding a bathing suit. Why Because I know the body shame cycle it has always had on me. I put one on and all the negative comments come flying out of my head and out of my mouth to MYSELF! Why do we do that as women Why are we always constantly judging ourselves and criticizing every ounce on our body
This year I am making a promise to myself I am going to rock my suit confidently this summer because I am committed to putting in the effort to make changes to my health physically and mentally. That alone should be celebrated.
Will you promise yourself the same I challenge you to!
I've spent a lot of time and a fair amount of money over the years on gratitude diaries. Each one prettier and more enticing than the last. Ever hopeful that I will stick to that daily routine of completing a list of everything I'm grateful for in the quest for happiness, or contentment or whatever it is that the grateful people feel! 🤷 then every night before bed, I would dutifully fill in my list. Always being grateful for those around me first. My family, my friends, the roof over my head, my health, the food on the table bla bla bla ...... It became an increasing struggle to find something original every day 🙄 and like the rest of my pretty journals and stationary, they gather dust on a shelf........ It wasn't until recently, I was guiding a meditation and it occured to me that I was overwhelmingly grateful in that very moment. Grateful to know that that small part of my day could help to make someone else's day just that little bit better. I felt so thankful 🙏 I didn't even have to try and since then it's been easy to recognise the small and the huge things that I'm grateful for each and every day. Without effort and without a pen 🥰 "Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life" Rumi. #gratitude #thankslife #gratefulforthesmallthings #findinghappiness #closeyoureyes #breathe #givethanks #livefromaplaceoflove #❤️
Cheers to you this lovely Friday! 🥂 ⠀
A thought to end your week with – The only way to true long lasting happiness is to live your life each day from the depths of your heart and soul - to live your life each moment according to God’s greater plan for your life. 📸 by @anneyarbroughphotography
Any one have any tips / must do activities for Disney
Booked our hotel this week! Not paid for yet due to my wonderful banking mess up. Where I managed to transfer the money to who knows whose account. Yeh I’m smart like that. But despite that palaver and the fact it’s months away I’m excited!
This weekend is going to be perfect for a bike ride with my hubby! I will be taking some time to just slow down and enjoy life over the next couple of days! I have learned to truly appreciate my weekends with the ones I love 💕 #scottsdaleaz #weekendvibes #enjoylife #findinghappiness
I wasn’t always confident. I haven’t always felt beautiful. I didn’t always love who I was.⠀
✋🏻Stop waiting for self love to just happen to you. ⠀
✋🏻Stop believing because you don’t haven’t now that you never will.⠀
❤️Rewrite negative thoughts with what you’d want to hear.⠀
❤️Compliment yourself consistently.⠀
❤️Celebrate the little wins.⠀
❤️Focus less on what other people think of you and more on what you think of yourself.⠀
Because the woman that stands before you didn’t get here by accident, she didn’t wait for someone else to change her. ⠀
She decided enough was enough and got out of her own way, did what felt hard in the moment but changed her for the better. ⠀
And that woman can just as easily be you.
Nearing the end of week 3 and really breaking a sweat. I don’t want to pretend that any of this is easy or that I’m truly happy all the time because that wouldn’t be realistic. Truth is... it has been trying times for me lately and these workouts have been a saving grace. They allow me to release everything I hold in and challenge my mind, body and spirit everyday. I encourage everyone to find an outlet that allows them to feel free even for just a little while. It’s all about taking care of yourself! #morningmotivation #staypositive #staystrong #selflove #findinghappiness #itsaboutthejourney #mind #body #spirit #challengeyourself
I think part of the reason I love small children and the elderly is because they are so willing to show you their soul. Children have not yet been jaded by the hardships of life. The elderly have learned that human connection is more important then deadlines and status quo. They both take the time to truly see the person in front of them, as if they hold the magic key to see past a person's outershell. Perhaps they do. If we all saw each other for the person we are and not the image we create the world would be a much more caring and loving place to exist.
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We’re not always perfect. When you encounter trauma it can throw your world off. Especially, if you’re like me and swallow your emotions in order to keep it moving. .
These images represent the journey I’ve been on for the past 7 years. The first image I was anorexic and thought because I was modeling it would make me happy. I wasn’t really happy. The second image I stopped modeling and had a terrible trauma that left physical, emotional and mental injuries. It took 3 years to understand the effects of it all and I was miserable. I found comfort in food and binge ate. The third image is from this past year. Finally everything I had been through with the physical, emotional and brain injury hit me. I needed help to heal everything, not just the physical. .
God/the universe/ something greater than me heard my cries and placed people in my life to help me heal. I am truly happy now! My weight, my looks, my age, my injuries do not define me. My soul and spirit do. I love myself and I’m truly blessed to have reached this point in life. .
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* Trigger warning: Disordered eating * May 2017. I’m nearly 18 here. It was prom season which means that I had to go shopping for a prom dress. As a person who likes shopping now, this would be such a fun time. But back then, I was worried nothing would fit me, that I would look fat, etc, etc. by the way, when I was 17, I was a size 8. At this point I was slowly starting to gain some weight, which was good because I wasn’t eating enough to support my height and frame. After finding a dress I liked, which was essentially skintight and showed every “imperfection,” i made the decision to not eat- or, eat very little- the week leading up to prom. Of course this isn’t plausible, I was going to school like a normal teenager and was around food like anyone else. But that week was brutal and in the back of my mind I kept thinking about how skinny I would look on prom night. Prom is meant to be fun, it’s meant to be a night for you and friends to hang out and have a good time before graduating. Though I must admit my prom was pretty shitty, I can guarantee that in no way did I look fat. It’s weird to look back on this picture because I think my body looks good, and I still fit into this dress today(how, I don’t know). I was 30+ pounds lighter than I am now, and over 2 years later, I still remember this time in my life very well. Unhealthy relationships and bad eating habits plagued me and impacted my everyday life. That whole week I survived on iced coffee, gum, and crackers. It’s so wild that I thought I was “getting fat” when in fact I was getting healthy and rebuilding my relationship with food and my body. Prom or not, it’s never ok to starve yourself or put yourself in a bad place just so you’ll look thin for one night. Because even if I did look like a supermodel on prom, it wouldn’t have made the night more fun- in fact the opposite. Be gentle on yourself today! Remember your self worth outside of your physicality; your body will thank you. •
#bodypositive #bodypositivity #throwback #eatingdisorderawareness #disorderedeating #selflove #effyourbeautystandards #allbodiesaregoodbodies #glowup #love #loveyourself #advicetomyyoungerself #equality #motivation
Believe in the power of YOU!
I was so much weaker 4 years ago when I started my health and fitness journey. I remember doing one of the plyo leg exercises and thought I might break my legs, lol! I had to do some serious modifying. But that was absolutely ok. I continued doing my modified version until I was strong enough to do more!
We all have to start somewhere and allow ourselves to be a beginner. That can be extremely hard, however, be kind to yourself! You will get there!! 💪🏻 .
#healthyandhappyforlife #workingmom #fitmom #fitforlife #findinghappiness #workingforit #smallstepsbigresults
We're always told to be ourselves, it's the thing that everyone says. A motto that shows up everywhere.
It's funny how you can hear something like that your entire life, but it doesn't really click until much later on. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I didn't really fully understand what being myself was, I thought I was being myself... My insecurities, and self consciousness ruled my life. I thought I knew who I was, and it wasn't someone I was very proud of. Until I realized all those negative things I thought about myself weren't really me. They were lies that I let in, and started to believe. I was letting myself stay stuck in one place for years, all because I was choosing to believe something that wasn't true.
And then all the sudden... It just clicked. Being myself and knowing my true identity in Christ means telling those lies to hit the road, and filling myself with truths. Owning up to the fact that I've been the biggest thing stopping me from achieving goals. I never would even set goals, because I didn't want to disappoint myself when I wouldn't reach them. It really feels like waking up, when you realize all you need to learn to do is be comfortable in your skin, change your mindset, and not worry about how you look to others.
Don't let the negative things you've told yourself you are dictate your life. Because life is too short to live in fear. 🧡 📸: @liv.by.nature
Did you know there are no rules around food None at all!
They are all just myths that someome decided to make up one day for lols (and profit) and now everyone has been brainwashed into believing them! 😱
So just in case you didn't know....
🔥Carbs are NOT the devil (we need carbs).
🔥You CAN eat after 6pm.
🔥Low calorie ISN'T always healthy.
. 🔥Vegan/GF/DF DOESN'T necessarily mean healthy.
. 🔥White carbs WON'T kill you.
. 🔥Fruit WON'T make you fat.
. 🔥You don't HAVE to be vegan/vegetarian/paleo/gluten free etc. to be healthy. Just eat however the hell suits you.
🔥You don't HAVE to follow a low fat/carb/protein diet to lose weight.
🔥You don't NEED to cut out a whole food group to be healthy.
🔥You don't HAVE to eat organic.
🔥You don't NEED protein powder in your diet.
. 🔥Calories are NOT the be all and end all.
🔥You don't have to RESTRICT yourself to be happy.
🔥Chocolate ISN'T bad for you.
🔥In fact food isn't good OR bad, it's just food.
These are just a few of the silly food rules I have come across in my time but I am sure there are hundreds more 🙄 Stop following these MADE UP rules around food and stop creating your own because you think you have to! 🙅♀️ FOOD IS FOOD and it should be ENJOYED 💛After all it keeps us alive! 🙌 If you have a restrictive relationship around food and are obsessed with calories/macros/nutrition in general then I personally do not believe this is healthy. Do you really want to be obsessed over how many grams/calories of rice you're eating when you're 80 😳 Don't be a slave to food and don't let it control your life. It is there to nourish you and for you to enjoy 🙏 not for you to stress and be scared of 💔
This vegan brownie cookie recipe is from the amazing @thelittleblogofvegan 😍
#foodforthought #nutrition #dietculture #vegancookies
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“Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” -Brian Jacques, Taggerung
#findingyourroots #findinghappiness #movingforward
Anyone else brave the #snowmageddon2019 shopping scene Our grocery store was out of everything from bananas to pretzels.
Checkout lines stretched down the aisle and one very feisty old lady gave me a dirty look as I took the second to last carton of buttermilk.
And while the whole mess was a bit extra, I also stood in line with three different folks who we’re all so full of joy.
The four of us, complete strangers, watched the madness around us unfold with a bit of a chuckle.
We swapped warm, hearty recipes. (I told them about my ramen because it really is amazing.) And one by one we made our way into the cold parking lot with our supplies.
What craziness have you encountered How have you prepared for the coming storm
Because of you, I have found myself. I have found my passion.
You have taught me to fill my cup and work on myself, so that I can be the best mom for you and your brother. .
Thank you Wyatt James, for making me a mom, and for changing my life for the better. ❤️🌎⚓
It's been four months since I was knocked in the head...been slowly recovering since.
I've been thrown curve balls along the way, all of which could be knocking me down. Most of you only see my workout posts and maybe I need to do better to share the mental part of my journey as well. Would you want to see and learn more about mental health The tools I've use to change my mindset
If this injury happened to me four years ago I would be handling these curve balls in a completely different way. Focused on the negative, the woe is me, and slipping towards depression. Not believing it would get better.
Instead I choose to take every curve ball as an opportunity to learn and rise above. It's challenging. Sure I have moments of frustration, especially since I don't process words correctly and mix up messages.I get irritable and angry.....what Ive learned is to forgive myself in these moments, to accept my brain is damaged and there will be mix ups, to slow down and learn to manage stress better by implementing more lifestyle changes.
This injury is making me choose to become a better version of myself. For that I will be grateful.
You have support during your hard days. Find a friend. A sister. A mother. Someone to lean on.
You can find the tools to help change your mindset. There are affirmations, meditation, religion etc.
You too can be grateful for whatever life throws at you. Are you willing to open yourself to try
One of my BIGGEST victories is waking up everyday truly EXCITED to live my life. One year ago, that wasn’t the case. One year ago I was struggling with depression, letting my anxiety consume me, and fighting a losing battle trying to control the things that I physically could not control.
A lot of people ask me how I came out on top... two things....
1. I stopped telling myself that it was selfish to invest in ME. Time, energy, money... I was SO good at putting those things towards others, and not so good at putting it towards myself. I realized that my health and happiness had to come first, or I would NEVER have the ability to help others.... and that’s my passion in life.
2. I surrounded myself with good people. I found out who was actually there for me and I LEANED IN. When you lean into positivity & surround yourself with people who are ALSO on a mission to grow... You will find it’s a lot easier to let go of the things you can’t control & the negativity that is holding you back in life.
(I realized that negativity didn’t make me special... there were tons of AMAZING people -that I looked up to- who had gone through MUCH worse than me. Difference is, they were moving and I wasn’t. Difference is, instead of leaning into the positivity, I sat alone with my thoughts and continued to feel sorry for myself.)
Thank you coaching. Thank you for surrounding me with these people who have taught me to love myself, believe in myself, and achieve things I never even imagined.
#overcomingdepression #overcominganxiety #findingmyself
You know those things you think need to be said but you really don't want to say them This is one of those things. But I'm pushing my fears aside, hitting post and running away from my phone so I don't have to see what happens next or what people are thinking 🙈
To adress the elephant in the room: NO, Baby Schaefer #3 is not on the way.
Yes, I am a health and wellness coach.
Yes, I workout 4-6 days a week.
Yes, I still eat chocolate, cake, Goldfish, pasta, rice, cheese, tacos, and drink wine.
Yes, I try to stay balanced and eat lots of fruits and vegetables, too.
But I'm human.
I deal with human problems, too.
I ate my feelings during the month of December and got back on track in January.
Yet I still experience on and off bloating due to hormones (I repeat - not pregnant) and some things that aren't in my control.
If I'm being honest (which you guys usually tell me you appreciate me being!), this bloating has caused me to revert back to having body image issues. Why is my "baby" almost 3.5 years old and yet I'm constantly catching a glimpse in the mirror that looks like I'm several months pregnant again
It kinda sucks.
But here is what doesn't suck - having people who support you. It also doesn't suck having friends and family who will tell you to get over yourself and keep going. Keep taking care of yourself. Keep pouring into others. Keep loving and serving and giving because if you stop that, you'll go back to the old you that was exhausted, drained, anxious for everything and doubtful that God could use you.
All this to say - I'm NOT giving up. And I don't want you to either! I care so much about this lifestyle that I'm hosting a wellness bootcamp this month to focus on not just nutrition and fitness, but also our mindset using a book "The Gifts of Imperfection" - letting go of who you think you're supposed to be and embracing who you are.
Sweet friend, we are all imperfect. Let's embrace it together and work through it so we recognize how much we can gave even through our imperfections. Please message me, drop a 🙋 below or click the link in my bio if you could use this in your life, too and I'll get you plugged in!
Yesterday I went to my OBGYN.
It. Was. Horrible.
The drive there was full of anxiety. Then it got worse. When I was pulling into the parking garage I saw my IVF doctor. Giant tears immediately poured from my eyes.
Riding in the elevator with women & their newborns...
Sitting in the waiting room with a bunch of pregnant women...
I tried to hide the tears.
Just when I thought it couldn’t be any worse I had to sit through the nurses questions.
Have you had any surgeries since we saw you last
(I literally thought I was going to throw up. Or pass out. Or both. I barely managed to choke out the words, as I broke down.)
Total meltdown. I couldn’t be strong anymore.
Tears ran down my face for the rest of the day.
Some days are hard. ...and that’s ok.
Give yourself grace, rest & recovery.
#PenneyFarmsPrincess #1in4 #healing #miscarriage #MultipleMiscarriages #StepMom #BonusMom #SelfCare #FindingHappiness #yoga #prayer #Jacksonville #PonteVedraBeach #igersjax #LiveYourBestLife #recovery
Finding happiness.... is knowing that when you get to choose everything that happends. You get to choose the way your life flows. So #choosewisly because one road leads to the troll tree and the other leads to certain DEATH DEATH DEATH 🤣🤣🤣 #namethatmovie
Pensiero della giornata! ✌🏼