Body Positive Talk Tuesday – What Confines You?

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What confines you? What walls have you built around you that keeps you stuck? What obstacles have you created that prevents you from living your best life?

Perhaps it is fear; fear of embarrassment, of being ridiculed, of being made to feel unworthy or less of a person because of how people interpret your exterior?

Perhaps low self-esteem is holding you back from trying new things because you simply don’t feel that you deserve a good life?

Is it lack of confidence; a feeling that you’re not smart enough, strong enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, talented enough to be able to accomplish your goals?

Whatever walls you have built, it is time to break through them. Everyone deserves a good life, including you. Your size, shape, colour or any part of the outside of you does not define what you are capable of achieving or deserve to have. You have the strength, talents, values, morals and character that you need to make dreams come true.

Allow the walls to come tumbling down and Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and live your best life, the life you so richly deserve!

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Marvelous Monday – You Are…

I saw this on Facebook and think it perfectly states everything any body positive advocate is trying to tell you. If you are suffering, hating your size or shape or any part of your physical self, you must believe that is not who you are. Your body is merely the shell that holds all the wonderful things on the inside of you together.

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YOU ARE SIMPLY MARVELOUS, PRETTY, PLUS AND PROUD!

Fashion Friday: My Styles This Week

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My sister in-law saw this comic on Facebook and thought of me. I can’t imagine why? LOL ! It would be nice though!

I hope everyone has had a great week of fashion, fun and feeling fabulous! I have five OOTD photos to share for Fashion Friday. I hope these outfits give you some motivation to try something new or give you ideas on how you can style some things already in your closet. Maybe, you’re in need of some retail therapy and you spot something you’d like to purchase to add to your wardrobe. Whatever your reason for reading today, you know I appreciate your time so thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic long weekend ahead! Stay Pretty, Plus and Proud in these last few days of summer holidays!

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Torrid blouse size 2, Addition Elle jeans size 16, Charlotte Russe earrings, bracelet from Reitmans.

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Everything from Maurices including the jewellery; top size 2, jeans size 18.

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Torrid top size (2?), Torrid shorts size 16, earrings (?), Torrid bracelet.

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Torrid top size 2, Maurices jean capri pants size 18, earrings (?).

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Sweater from Maurices size 2, jewellery from Maurices, jeans from Forever 21+ size 16.

 

Beginnings and Endings

It’s been a very mixed emotions kind of week. I’ve witnessed the end of one life and I see in my daughter the beginning of a life of her own separate from mine. Let me explain:

Our neighbour across the road passed away this week at the age of 90. He had not been well for a few years. Yesterday we attended his funeral and got to know more about his life and who he was through the eyes of his family he’s left behind. We learned he started  his life in rural Prince Edward island on the east coast of Canada. He was born in a time when there was no electricity, indoor plumbing, televisions or telephones. He was, as he grew older, a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a hard worker, a devout believer in God, and a great neighbour. He wasn’t afraid of trying new things and once you were his friend, you were friends for life. My husband shovelled his walk and driveway in the winter. We went out for dinner with him and his wife on several occasions. We have been neighbours for almost twenty years and he will be missed. My heart is sad for his wife who has to find a way to go on without him. He lived a long and beautiful life, not without its hardships, but it was time for his journey on this earth to end.

My daughter, now sixteen, is eager to venture away from the family unit and begin a life of her own, making her own decisions as to the journey she wishes to take. There was much discussion this summer about where to go to university, as well as a European exchange student program she is interested in. At the beginning of the summer we dropped her off at Chicago’s North Western University for a National Student Leadership Conference focusing on Health and Wellness. Bringing her there gave me a taste of what dropping her off at university will be like and I didn’t like it! I know she has to grow up but it’s so hard to let go of my only baby! As hard as that may be, letting her fly off to Europe on her own for a year sends me into full panic mode! I know she’d be part of a well-respected program and placed in a safe family home but still, it would be so far away. While I cry at the thought of my girl growing up, I know that is the natural way of life. I am proud of her independent spirit and her desire to experience the world. She’s much braver than I would have been at her age! Her life is beginning to get exciting for her, making decisions that will direct her path for a life I hope is filled with wonder, joy and satisfaction.

So one life ended and another is still in its early stages. As for me, I’m kind of in between. Certainly, not at the end any time soon, I hope, but still not at the beginning either. However, I have come to learn that no one’s journey or capacity for learning something new is ever over no matter what age you are. Whether you are a 90-year-old grandpa being shown how to use the computer by your grandchildren or you’re a fifty year old woman like myself learning how to write a blog, or you’re a sixteen year old-young lady yearning to move away from home, we all have the opportunity to add richness to our life or change the direction of our path.

Do not wait one more day to fulfill a dream.  Do not wait until you have lost weight to put on a bathing suit and taste the salt water on your lips as you splash in the ocean waves. Do not wait until you’re a size smaller to buy your power suit and apply for your dream job. Start checking things off your bucket list now!

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud no matter where you are in your journey of life; it’s never to late to begin!

 

Body Positive Talk Tuesday – Small Aspirations

I belong to a Facebook group called BeBeautiful Community and if you’re looking for daily doses of body positivity, look no further than this group. A regular contributing member, Julie Power, posted this little list a few days ago and so, with her permission, I’m sharing it with you today. Inspiration for my blog comes from many sources and I’m always grateful when I’m given the go ahead to share ideas that are not my own. (Ideas in parenthesis are my own.)

Small Aspirations

  • smile a lot (Smiles are contagious.)
  • smell good all the time (I love perfume!)
  • be kinder (at home and towards strangers – pass out a few compliments)
  • step outside of your comfort zone (This summer I applied to two contests; FabUplus magazine feature and Torrid model search. You never know what might happen!)
  • discover new music (I love country music but maybe I’ll check out some jazz.)
  • laugh (Look for joy in the people you share your life with and don’t take your mistakes so seriously either.)
  • be passionate (Do what you love!)
  • care less about others’ acceptance (The only person who should care so much about you is you!)
  • show love (I tell my daughter and husband every day I love them!)
  • take better care of self (I found some yoga videos at Value Village to try out for something new.)
  • value nature (Go for a walk, sit on the sand at the beach, take a picnic to the park, take the dog out, sit outside and listen to the music of the birds.)
  • make goals happen (Making my goal of being a motivational speaker happen; more about that in an upcoming post.)
  • be happy (Surround yourself with people who accept and love you as you are, do things that make you smile, wear clothes that make you feel beautiful, treat yourself well.)
  • Don’t allow anyone to make you feel less than Pretty, Plus and Proud!

 

Miscellaneous Monday – Summer Loving

Summer is coming to a close here in Canada. We’ll still get some warm days throughout September and October but for the most part summer fun is done (insert sad face). I had a fabulous summer vacation. I’m so lucky my husband is a teacher so we get to truly enjoy the summer holidays and lots of family time. I think that’s why going back to school time is hard for me; I miss my hubby and daughter as they begin a new school year while my puppy and I must resume our own solitary routine. It’s not all dismal though. I do enjoy alone time for reading, blog writing, house cleaning and outings with friends who are retired or stay at home moms like myself. Some exciting opportunities are coming my way this fall but I’ll write about that in another post soon.

Today I simply wanted to share some highlights of my summer holidays through some of my favourite photos. I was Pretty, Plus and Proud all summer long, no matter where I was!

What did you do this summer? Share your adventures with me. Maybe your summer fun will inspire plans for next year!

SUMMER LOVING!!

SHOPPING:  

GREAT TO CHECK OUT SOME NEW STORES AND MY STANDARD FAVOURITE WHILE IN CHICAGO.

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EATING:

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CHICAGO PIZZA

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TRAILER/CAMPING COOKING

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LUNCH TIME DINING ON THE HALIFAX WATERFRONT!

SIGHTSEEING:

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LOVED CHICAGO!

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BEAUTIFUL NOVA SCOTIA!

FAMILY:

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ME AND MY DAD; HE’S 89 AND CUTE AS A BUTTON!

TRAILER LIFE:

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BEST OF LUCK TO ALL RETURNING STUDENTS; HAVE A WONDERFUL SCHOOL YEAR! SAFE TRAVELS TO ANYONE RETURNING FROM HOLIDAYS OR TO THE LUCKY ONES JUST STARTING THEIR DOWN TIME!

XO

Shopping at Maurices – Truro, Nova Scotia

While most of my summer holiday was spent swimming, biking and visiting, I managed to make a little bit of time for shopping (not much though). My hubby and I made the hour-long drive to Truro, Nova Scotia, which is the closest location of Maurices to Halifax, where we were camping. I had been to the store before on my last visit to NS, but definitely wanted to check it out again, especially to see if there were any summer clearance deals to be found.

I tried on several pieces but as luck would have it, the ones I liked most weren’t on sale. However, the saleslady kindly offered me 25% off of my order which I was pleased to accept, of course! It’s nice to shop somewhere different every now and then, if only to pick up a few items you might not normally see even at your most favourite retail spots. HAVE NO FEAR TORRID, YOU’LL ALWAYS BE MY FAVOURITE!

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OOTD: Torrid cropped leggings size 1, Torrid tank size 0, Torrid sweater size 0, Torrid jewellery, ugly crocks size 6 (it was raining that day, lol)

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The cropped jeans are a size 18, a little loose but at half price I couldn’t resist. They are super soft and comfortable with no buttons or zipper. They do have front and back pockets. They were on sale for approx. $25.00 CAD. The top was cute (I think a size 2) and I liked the pattern and cold shoulder detail but decided not to purchase this item. The price was approximately $39.00 CAD.

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Here I’m wearing the same jeans (which I bought) and a top from the “straight size” section, xxl). I loved the “Choose Happy”graphic but decided not to purchase. I think the price was in the $25.00 CAD range.

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This top was a definite win! Loved the print and flow of the top with the knot detail at the hem. I bought this one and wished they had more prints in this style! 

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I’ve worn this a few times and love it. It’s a size 2 and the price was approx. $29.00 CAD (I no longer have the tag).

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I purchased this sweater which I forgot to photograph in the dressing room. It’s a very flattering style with a criss-cross style on the bodice and a slight cowl neckline. It has 3/4 length sleeves and is very soft. Can’t wait for the cooler weather to wear it! It’s a size 2 and retailed for $39.00 CAD.

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Along with the jeans and two tops, I picked up this gold tone owl necklace. I loved the colour and shiny stones! Super cute! Jewellery was BOGO 1/2 price.

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The gold tone of the necklace was different from most pieces I have so I found these earrings in the same colour to match. 

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Have you picked up any summer clearance items lately? Or perhaps you’re starting to add to your Fall/Winter wardrobe? Share with me your bargain finds! Be Pretty, Plus and Proud with all your fashion choices and wear what you buy with confidence and a smile knowing how gorgeous you look!