Beauty

3 Essentials For Looking Like a Pro While On-The-Go

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I discovered toner for the first time back in January. For a girl who sweats a little here and there (or a lot) and usually does some type of movement everyday this toner is the bomb. Herbivore Rose Hibiscus toner is organic, plant based and free of fillers and preservatives. In the winter it helps add a little moisture back into the skin while reducing inflammation and redness. 
PLUS Herbivore is a local Seattle company and can now be found in all Sephora stores nation wide! Check em out! 

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Bumble and bumble salt spray is amazing! I don't wash my hair daily and I have naturally oily hair which can make for a very, very sad hair do. Salt spray helps give my hair texture and volume throughout the day and after day two of wearing (along with some dry shampoo) it just gets better. 

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I live on a boat so there are many reasons why I don't want to take a shower every day. If I had to wash my hair every night that'd be an ordeal. I've tried many dry shampoos over the last couple years and in general it's been a game changer for me. This is definitely a middle of the road dry shampoo. $8.99 at Walgreens to be exact and it's good stuff. If you're like me and not wanting to spend $30 on a bottle of dry shampoo smaller than this because you'll go through it so quickly then give this product a try. Bonus: smells like a warm, sunny Hawaii beach with palm trees blowing in the wind! 

Confidence.

How many of us want to be a more confident person? I'll be honest and say that l've spent a lot of energy in my life trying to figure out how to be more confident. I was searching for an unwavering, unshakable confidence that no matter the turbulence life brought I had everything together (or at least looked like I did). It was exhausting. Since becoming a Christian and hanging out in Christian communities one thing I've noticed and admired is this sense of settledness - not to be confused with apathy - they have in their identities regardless of the circumstances. 
The key to being a more confident person is not by becoming more confident in our abilities but becoming more confident in our identities in Jesus Christ. Because at that point when we are completely settled in Him, our abilities don't seem to matter. Sometimes we're going to crush it and sometimes we're going to mess up badly but if you have a relationship with God you will always be a valued, adored and cherished son or daughter of the King! 
Rest in Him. He made you uniquely and wonderfully in His image. You don't have to try to be anything. The most beautiful thing you could be is you ❤ 

Navigating Beauty

I've worked in the fitness industry for over 10 years now and been thinking on how we as women are faced with a lot of pressure around physical beauty. The fashion, ideal body shape, diets and workouts have all changed and I can't really think of a time when women did not define themselves by some ideal of physical beauty. Though the definition of beauty changes over time one thing remains constant - it is always a definition of beauty that is just beyond our reach. We want what we cannot have. If curvy is hard, we want curvy. If thin is hard, we want to be thin and this expectation of physical perfection hits us early on in life and often. 

I was reminded as I sat in a Hawaiian church last Sunday that God loves us exactly where we are. For real! He Does! Not the skinnier version. Not the stronger version. We are image bearers of God. He made us just the way we are, in His image and likeness. This truth is so much more powerful, hopeful and encouraging than any worldly, societal pressure making me think some definition of physical perfection will bring ultimate happiness. That's a lie. Beauty is fleeting and our health will not last forever.

In this as in all things, there is hope and good news for the believer: one day we will enter Heaven and be free from our self-loathings and live in harmony with our physical looks. In the meantime we should absolutely steward the gifts of our physical bodies but for the sake of health and wellness not beauty.