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BEHIND THE LENS | BEING CONFIDENT & LOVING YOURSELF
2013: Starting My Blog
I have been reminiscing about my journey when I started blogging. I was encouraged by my close friends; they loved my style so much they suggested I should start a blog. I was inspired by their confidence in me even though, looking back, I had probably little to none. Although I was full figured in high school I was super healthy and worked out all the time. I played sports throughout school and was really athletic. Being plus size at such a young age was really a struggle because I didn’t have any friends who had to shop at adult women stores to find clothes that fit. I remember that really lowered my self-esteem and made me feel like I couldn’t tell people where I actually bought the item when they asked me in person.
My photos starting out weren’t great. I used my iPhone a lot of the time with the help of my family members taking my photos right after class almost every day. Looking back those photos make me cringe but 18-year-old me really needed that outlet that was all her own to be creative and herself. In school, it was taboo to be big and be stylish, let alone to be a blogger. At this stage of the game, graduating was what really made me feel better knowing that I was free from the label of having to look a certain way to dress a certain way.
2014-2016: Growing Pains
This is hard for me to admit but I think after going to college it really hit me how uncomfortable I was in my own skin and how it moved. I wasn’t as athletic anymore and I was stressed all of the time that my eating and health was low. I moved someplace where I didn’t know anyone, which at the time terrified me because I need people around me to feel happy. Unfortunately, the people I let surround me definitely dictated everything I did. Because I chose to surround myself with negative people who picked out all of the bad qualities in everyone around them, that is exactly what I did to myself.
I ended up limiting myself to what I could wear. Even though the year before I was wearing crop tops, bodycon skirts, & see-through-mesh tops right before college. I took ten steps back and started wearing things that were practical for my stereotypical size. Moving home really helped me I think to accept that not everyone is going to like the way you look, and the only person’s opinion that matters is yours. I don’t think it was until I moved back home last summer that I started to feel comfortable wearing clothing that was more revealing because I liked the way it looked on me.
2018-Present: Today’s Journey
When I was trying on swimsuits (top photo) with one of my friends I put on these bottoms that are lower on my stomach than what I normally like. I stepped out and showed my friend and said that I wasn’t sure because I didn’t know if it was appropriate and that someone might be offended by showing so much skin. She looked at me like I was nuts and said “Why would you care what other people think let alone if what you’re wearing offends people? The only thing that matters is how you feel & you look amazing. Your confidence shines, that’s all I notice about you.”
This really resonated with me & compelled me to want to talk about my own struggles I’ve had with being body positive & confident. Not every day is going to be perfect. There are days where I just do not feel good about the way I look, but I have been blessed by a community of women who always know (somehow) that I am feeling this way and I instantly receive so many messages on how pretty and confident I look, and how much I inspire them.
You are your biggest critic. If you wake up in the morning and automatically pick out all of the things wrong with you and start your day negatively, then the whole rest of your day you’ll just have a bad attitude. That is not a life to live. Blogging might not be the answer for everyone but there are ways to feel comfortable in your skin! Like keeping a journal to write out your feeling when you are down. I used to put quotes on my bathroom mirror every week/month when I was in college, as a reminder that tomorrow is always a new day. I surrounded myself with people who are positive, fun, and help me grow. Get dressed up for no reason and go to dinner with your significant other, friends, family, or even by yourself! I promise you that will feel like a million bucks. Go for a long walk when you don’t feel good, don’t seclude yourself to your room (I still struggle with this). Or if you don’t want to walk then go for a drive at night with the windows down listening to traffic and low music in the background. Eat healthy foods and don’t skip meals even when you are in a hurry. Also, make sure to be drinking tons of water.
These are all things I have changed in my life that I saw were affecting how I felt about my body. Remember that this took time for me to feel comfortable and it won’t happen for everyone in a day or even a week. But you are worth making small changes in your day to day life, with the people you surround yourself with, and/or your attitude.
Phoenix Elementary School District
Garfield’s Garden on the Corner Partners- The Mollen Foundation
The Mollen Foundation recently received the 2018 Farm to School grant. The Community Food Bank in Tucson also received the grant that will last up to 2 years.
With this award, the Mollen Foundation will be working to increase the availability of local, fresh produce into select Phoenix Elementary District #1 schools. The grant funds the work and expansion of the harvest of the month program. They will expand their current 6th-grade farm to school initiatives at Garfield Elementary School to include experiential, project-based integrated curriculum for 7th and 8th-grade students. This will help provide fresh produce to the local cafeteria.
Katie Poirier, the Execution Director says, “It is very exciting. We are grateful to the collaborative experience. It is encouraging to see this move forward.”
Part of the grant Is going to expand to other schools in the district. It’ll provide the materials, technical support and training for other schools to implement. This will help collaborate with the district food service and align and support the efforts to healthier lead lives.
Paige Mollen, the President & Co-Founder, also had to say, “They (the district) are very welcoming to work with. There is so much support & why we have gotten to where we are. They have really embraced this project.”
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License To Chill: Cold Season Gardening
Who’s ready to learn and grow? Spring is coming up quickly, but before you start your spring cleaning, why not start growing some greens? Winter gardening during the cold season is not only possible, but it’s fun! You can plant a variety of things in the cooler months which will continue to grow through the Spring and yield delicious produce year-round.
So, How Do You Do It?
- Start with a checklist focusing on your temperature, soil, moisture, and animals/insects. Plants can only tolerate certain ranges of temperature so it’s important to find out what will thrive and jive in your garden.
- Determine where you want your garden, and remove any weeds, debris, and those pesky pests left over from winter. Once your plot is exposed, add a layer of compost, leaves, and manure to create a great foundation for healthy soil.
- It might seem silly, but a poor drainage system for your garden could prevent your plants’ growth. We recommend reading up on your local weather and its effect on your soil, as well as designing a water draining landscape.
- Believe it or not, your garden brings all the pests to the yard, increasing the likelihood of them entering your home. Try picking plants that don’t attract local critters or consult a TruGreen specialist for help with lawn pest control.
Don’t Give In To Spring Fever
It’s okay to give your seeds a sheltered start until things warm up. Sowing indoors gives you access to a range of seed options as well as saving you money. So, what do you grow?
- You won’t tear up planting onions indoors.
- Rosemary can be grown year round and survives the iciest of temperatures.
- Don’t underestimate parsley — you could say “the cold doesn’t bother them anyway.”
- Basil is one of the most popular herbs in the world and the easiest to grow in any climate.
- Mint is a strong herb that needs to be planted on its own, otherwise it’ll overpower other plants.
- Finally, this herb is so perfect for the cold, its name is winter savory.
Tip: Allow 6 weeks prior to the last frost to start sowing your seeds indoors.
Outdoor Gardening Is Cool, Too!
Get ready to spice up your life with the four easiest winter vegetables to plant.
- If you are looking for sharp & spicy flavor to add to your dishes, radishes are the veggie to your heart. They grow fast, you pick them, plant & harvest, again!.
- The perfect addition to your pasta and soup is rainbow chard. It grows quickly, can be cut when you need it, and produces all season long.
- For our busy bees, we recommend sweet pea snaps. They take a little more effort to grow but are a healthy go-to snack.
- Finally, thriving the most in cooler conditions, is arugula. You’ll have to cut back the flowers but the fresh green is worth the wait.
Tip: If you don’t know where to start, you can use the National Gardening Association’s hardiness zone finder to enter your ZIP code and find out what varieties of winter plants will likely thrive based on your climate zone. You can also consult with your TruGreen® PhD-certified specialist or your local nursery for planting ideas.
Can’t you just smell the roses? While you focus your attention on your making your yard a lush paradise, don’t forget about the beautiful flowers you will be able to plant come spring. First, make sure your soil is at the optimum temperature, 60 to 85 degrees, for planting flowers. Next, check your local nurseries’ list of plants that are native to your area that you are able to plant – we recommend planting perennials like bear’s breeches, hostas, and red hot pokers because they are easy to plant, require less maintenance, and you won’t need to replant next season.
Tip: Make sure to plant your flowers in a zigzag instead of a straight line, to allow your beautiful buds sunlight & water, letting them grow without competing for attention.
While you’re getting a jumpstart on your garden planning, don’t forget about your grass. To ensure you’re targeting the right applications at the right times, work with trained specialists. TruGreen is here to help you prepare your for the upcoming spring season with the knowledge and services to help your yard be all it can be! To learn more on what TruGreen can provide for you, give us a call at 866.688.6722 or visit our services page.Be your own HGTV dream…even if you’re a beginner, now is the perfect time to start your garden. We challenge you to #LiveLifeOutside for the new year, no matter the season!
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