So often I find myself focusing in on the things about my body that I don’t like. The cellulite on the backs of my upper thighs is a BIG one for me. I literally did a double take at myself tonight and went BACK to the mirror to see just how bad it looked when I was leaving the bathroom. While checking to see if it looked as bad as I thought it did, I mentally smacked myself upside the head.
Traci what are you doing?? Yes. You. Have. Cellulite.
YOU’RE HUMAN. OF COURSE YOU HAVE CELLULITE.
Does the fact that I have cellulite mean I’m weak? Uh NO! I consistently kick my own butt in my workouts and I am stronger than I’ve EVER been in my entire life!
Does the fact that I have cellulite mean I’m less beautiful? No!
Does the fact that I have cellulite mean I’m less worthy? Absolutely not!
Sadly the fact that I have cellulite used to keep me from living my life. I used to HATE summer because that meant shorts... which meant the cellulite would show. I DREADED wearing shorts and would usually just deal with the heat and wear pants or feel BEYOND SELF CONSCIOUS in my shorts.
There was one day last summer that I was getting dressed. I put on shorts, looked in the mirror, saw my cellulite, felt instantly self conscious and quickly changed into pants. I had been scrolling on Insta earlier that day and was inspired by a girl I follow to not let things like this keep me from living my life. So I got up the courage and changed back into those shorts. And it felt so freeing.
Sometimes I still struggle with the self criticizing thoughts, but overall I’m in a place now where I don’t let things like cellulite get in my way of being happy and living my life. AND YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER.
So wear those shorts girl! Embrace everything about yourself! Even the things that you don’t like!
You are beautiful.
You are strong.
You are worthy.
“Flaws” and all💜
"For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8) 💛
Jesus Christ is the light of the world and as ambassadors of Christ, we are His beacons of light in a dark world. 🌞 The greatest thing is that by following His light, eternal life can surely be found. 🌞 So thankful to Christ for giving us all a way to life! 💛 #lightsofChrist#Hislight#bealight#ephesians58#light
You can hate on network marketing all day and judge how people support their families, but you can’t be mad about a company who preaches giving back and helping others. You know you’re part of the right company when the priorities are in order to make a financial impact in causes that are so in need. ❤️ so much so that they have a whole non-profit organization that donates to six different causes!! On our family call tonight our CEO announced something incredible⬇️⬇️ This week our company will be matching MANY donated $50 gas cards for families affected by pediatric brain cancer. The traveling back and forth between home, hospital, and other errands makes for a larger investment for fuel than normal. I can’t wait to hear about how much this will help so many families. These cards will be donated to the #PaytonWriteFoundation
We also will be making a large donation to the nations largest organization fighting against Sex trafficking. Selah Freedom
Keep an eye out for the impact that will be made!! Can’t wait to share the details 😍❤️
At convention we were touched deeply by learning about @healingfaithuganda ❤️ We felt led to make it a part of our daily prayers and monthly tithe. This weekend we celebrated with our team at the Live Your Passion Rally. Our team raised $70 for this ministry. We send our love to Uganda and the @younglivingfoundation as they faithfully distribute 100% of our donation ❤️
💡I LOST CONTROL 💡
The quality of your mental health is relative to the quality of your current state of presentness. -
When I used to have anxiety attacks or panic flare ups, I never was able to pin point where the culprit rested. -
I would cast the light towards social judgment and outward pressures because I didn’t want to accept the responsibility of fixing the problems that were my own to remedy. -
I didn’t want to come to terms with the idea of my own personal faults and as a Man, I didn’t want to seem weak.
It took me coming to terms with the fact that I didn’t have control over myself to break through this fallacy & redeem the authority I had once had over my mental well-being.
Presently today, I feel like I am in control.
It’ not perfect or cured, but I feel like myself and like I have a say in what I think and how I feel ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’re seeking to break free from the mental shackles you find yourself in, the first move is to step back from the overwhelming sense that you aren’t allowed to feel this way or that there’s something wrong with you for being in the current situation you find yourself in.
Find your light and remember that mastering your state is the first shift to mastering everything else around you.
Laughing myself into a strong Monday and laughing at those that think that I just have "good genes". I won't lie, genetics play a small (very small) part but anyone who knows me personally knows that I am not in a physically fit family at all (like literally I'm the ONLY 1) I work hard for this. And by THIS I mean my life!
I tell people all the time looking good is just a perk to this healthy lifestyle I live and share. My main thing is TRULY being a light and an inspiration to those who struggle with it. It's so doable especially when you do what's best FOR YOU.
No I have never been over weight because I have many family members that are and I KNOW EXACTLY what lies in my genes and if unmanaged could cause so many issues. I vowed to myself in younger age to never let those genes catch up to me. Though I have never been over weight I have had my own battles to fight, Breast Cancer being the biggest of them all. Because of the lifestyle I lived prior to, going through, and after I'm here THRIVING and shining ready to share it with others through my journey.
Funniest thing is, I looked at this picture and thought "Man I look good for someone who hasn't lifted a single weight or done anything consistently in over a month". I mean @glutecamp & @thehillsatl has still been kicking my butt but I'm use to at least 5 days of heavy weights so taking off is RARE. I took time off cause I wanted too but still focused on my eating and I feel good. 💛
When you do it for the right reasons it makes so much more sense. Setting goals are great but TRULY living the lifestyle makes ALL the difference. I teach the concepts and live by example. I challenge anyone struggling with living a healthier lifestyle to really sit down and figure out your WHY. Mine is and will always be to live longer, be stronger, and inspire. Rolling into Monday ready to INSPIRE!
Everyday of our lives WE are gifted the opportunity to make SOMEONE ELSE feel special!
Everyone is special, amazing, unique, God made & Treasured! I hope I am embracing every opportunity to share this in my daily life!!! I hope you will too!
I am so proud of my girl @kandeejohnson for embodying this in her life! Head over to her page to see the difference she made in a strangers’ life this weekend by caring!
We all have the power to change a life... take an extra second in a store or mall to say something encouraging to someone that looks as if they are struggling! #MakeADifference#LoveOneAnother#Care#Share#behumbleandkind#ShareLove#Inspire#HugAStranger#BeALight#YouCan#BlessedSunday
We had a great weekend with WCU Miracle learning all about Children’s Miracle Network! Stay tuned for WCU Miracle’s big event in the spring. 🌟 #BeALight
@erinmp01 @emily_pfister @molly_anna_mann
"May your spirit soar above any mountain peak. May the beauty of your spirit transcend all barriers of space and time. May your heart be blessed and your soul eternity bound. May you reflect all that is perfect and good. May your essence leave a sweet fragrance of love to all whom encounter you".
Happy Sunday Fam!! May God bless you today and everyday! #soulsearchsunday#realoneinyourreflection#bealight#godsplan#transcendtrends
Do you ever feel like you just don't fit in? Do you ever feel like everyone else seems to have it all together or that your just seem to be different?
Well on my walk God revealed something to me. Listen to my stories at the top of the page. Maybe this is just the encouragement you needed.
Anchored in Hope has been given 2 books of stamps! Let’s use them for spreading love and hope to people we know could use the reminder of encouragement!
If you are someone needing a reminder, send me your address and you will get a personal note this week!
If you know someone that YOU want to encourage, reach out and we will get you a stamp (or more if a few people come to your mind) so that you can reach out to others!
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but ENCOURAGING one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Love me some outdoor dining with my family on this fine Sunday afternoon! Enjoying God’s gloriousness after a wonderful message from the beautiful @hosannapoetry today at church!!! #thankful#blessed#findthebeauty#bealight
Today’s #SupportiveSunday goes out to @kylo_lyn! Lyn is so much fun to troop with! She’s so cool, and she has awesome taste in tv shows and movies, as is evident by all of her awesome tattoos. (Also she has awesome tattoos so that alone is worthy of a shoutout 😂.) Swipe to see one of my favorite pictures of her (though be sure to go to her page and check it out cause Instagram is making me crop it weird. And while you’re there give her a follow. Duhhh. 😊) She’s such an awesome Kylo, and I love when she troops without a helmet so that we can actually talk 😂. Again, be sure to go to her page and follow her for some awesome cosplays and the occasional kitty cat in her insta story!
go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
as far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story. -m.e.
✨”This world is not made of shades of gray. It’s is made of colors like azure and coral and emerald and marigold. But it insists on painting everything in black and white and fitting it into boxes that it understands. Do not do this to yourself. Paint your personality a million different colors. Leave them scratching their heads, unsure of how to handle the magic that you are.”✨ - Nakita Gill
When Dane and I got married over 7 years ago we had traditional vows. I loved the biblical history behind traditional vows (I still do) but so much has changed in our marriage over the years and I've dreamed of what I'd say at our own vow renewal. So when @kate_elizabeth_photography asked me to be a part of this editorial centered around recommitting to your spouse I was all in and excited to practice writing new vows to Dane. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
More of this editorial is featured on @cakeandlace_. Will you have traditional vows or write your own?
Vendor love - Photography: @kate_elizabeth_photography | Makeup and Hair: @yourbeautifulfaceco | Design: @leanonme_events | Floral: @collegeparkflowerstx | Cake: @buttercuphouston | Custom dusty blue gown: @dominiqueansari | Calligraphy: @afineflourish | Bride + Groom: @jesshogancrum + @claytoncrum47
"I am sorry" ... I caught myself saying this simple phrase while I walked through the grocery store. Aisle after aisle, the words slipped out as I moved my cart past the other shoppers. I hadn't bumped into anyone. I wasn't in anyone's way. I wasn't doing anything that required an apology, yet I could not stop the words from forming.
I suddenly realized that I was apologizing for my existence. I had conditioned myself to apologize for simply BEING in that store. It made me think of all the times that I had made myself smaller, quieter, and excused my existence.
In that moment, I wondered how many times my children had heard me utter the empty apology and what it was teaching them. I'm not talking about the apologizes that are necessary to heal and make amends. I am referring to the ones that slip out of our mouths allowing the negative self-talk to get the best of us. In that grocery store, I realized that I want to be unapologetically who I am. Radiant. Bold. Inspiring. I want people to take notice of the light that I'm shining, rather than working so hard at stifling it. I want to raise kids that embrace themselves. To show others that acceptance is welcomed within themselves and extended to those around them.
I am determined to do the work within myself and set the example for my kids. To look into the eyes of those around me rather than look at the ground. To smile at strangers rather than simply passing by. To ask "how are you?" out of genuine interest rather than a standard reply.
Be Bigger.Be Bolder. Be Brighter. Shine on!
There are dark places that need your light. 📷: @prettyparachutes
It’s pretty cool how God gives you little signs. I was just talking about this verse with the man over coffee Friday morning and how much I loved the thought of being a light. The very next day I took my visiting soul sisters, Rhonda and Zoe, to hit some shops in Downtown Gallatin and I saw this bracelet. It was the only one. And it hit me last night when I looked down it, God was talking to me. Good one God, good one. ❤️ #thankfulandblessed#itsagodthing#godlovesus#bealight
Always learning, stretching and growing to be more like Christ! I’m not perfect but thankful for His grace everyday. Thankful for the mentors in my life ❤️ that speak truth and love to me daily! #leadershipgoals#bealight#justlovethepeople
Look up little one. Share Him, more than you share you.
Tell his story proudly to inspire others and live it fully so you might be a reflection of who he was and what we can strive to be for the world. Raising you is reminding me of this and what I want to model for you: Good❤