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Embracing Where You’re At

By Jessica Williams

As I type this, I am currently sitting on my couch with my three year old. She’s feverish, not feeling well, and only wants to be near mom. She napped late in the afternoon and she hardly ever naps anymore. So I know it was going to be a late night, and here I am at 10:00pm and she is STILL UP. I had big plans for this particular evening, as in, I was going to get SO much work done. Instead, I’ve wiped her forehead with washcloths, checked her temperature, filled…

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March Issue 2017

Whether you’re learning to embrace where you’re at, the mess you’re in, your singleness, or actually physical touch, we’ve got it all for you this month! Learning the art of EMBRACE is something we can all grow in and I believe it’s something we all struggle with. This month, we are encouraging you BIG with ways to sink into embracing certain areas of your life more. You won’t be disappointed! Grab a cup of coffee, and click the link above to dive on in to some strong and fierce encouragement from ladies who are JUST LIKE YOU AND ME….

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A Hug | Sarah Humphrey

By Sarah Humphrey

One of the most common forms of affection is the hug.  It shows connection, encouragement, sorrow, joy, peace, and protection. It is the universal sign for “I care.” Humans need physical touch. It’s wired into our DNA so much that it is the first thing that happens to us after we are born.

We are held.  Embraced. Nurtured.

In a hug, we feel love. I’m a hugger by nature and will gladly hold my arms out to those I’ve just met for the first time. I also love…

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Look Up

This might seem like a lame piece of advice, but it’s something that I live by. As a photographer, I inherently am forced to ‘look up’, just as a part of the job. I am forced to see every little detail, the whole picture, where the sunlight falls and to be aware of my surroundings and how they are changing at all times.

It’s been the biggest blessing of my entire life, and one that I never saw coming.

By remembering to look up, I have realized that there is an entire perspective that I am missing if I keep my…

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Clothe Yourselves In Compassion

“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Colossians 3:12-14 The Message (MSG)

We do whatever we can to cover our nakedness. Shame is the name of the game; we were born into a fallen world, and we are…

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Confidence To Find Your Own Style

By Jessica Williams

Somewhere along the way, I stopped truly caring what others thought. Any time I say that, I always get the one person who says, “Of course you care what others think. Everyone does to some degree.” And they would be half right. There is a small, inner circle group of people whose opinions I value, treasure, and cherish and I DO care about what they think.

As for the others? I truly don’t mind what they think, especially about me.

Somewhere along the way, I had to look deep down…

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Reflecting The Good

By Sarah Trapp

Style has always been a difficult concept for me. As a girl who struggled with being confident in her own skin, let alone clothing to display the body I was born with, in the past I have hidden in my clothes. As I’ve grown, I’ve had to come to terms with how I look, and the reality that style isn’t simply a surface level description of who are. Style is and has become my outward expression of who God made me to be.

I’ve never been a frilly girl; I like clean…

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Through My Weaknesses

I wanted to take a few minutes- a time out if you will- to interrupt all of our sharing and talking about style, to encourage in a different direction for a minute. I’m praying that this is for at least one of you, for if it is then it is all worth it.

I struggle with chronic pain. Anyone else?

You wouldn’t know it all the time necessarily because I try to be brave and while I don’t want to be fake, I definitely DO want to try to smile through it all. I never want chronic pain to get me…

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Golden Globes Style

By Courtney Bareman

There are many fashion lessons that can be learned from the red carpet at awards shows and we are squarely secured in awards show season (YAY!!).   While tens of thousands of dollars will be spent on fancy dresses and suits by Hollywood elite, this isn’t in the budget for most people, but we definitely let the red carpet be our inspiration for our own personal style.

First off, if you see a look you LOVE from an awards show figure out what it is exactly that you love. Do…

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Style, It’s Not Just About The Clothes On Your Back

By Jenn Lloyd

Fashion is exciting. It’s a simple way to communicate with others without having to say a word.  Whether you realize it or not, we all communicate to others through the choices we make with fashion.

Style is, of course, subjective. What I think is stylish for my four year old is not always what she thinks is stylish and vice versa! Style is the way we do something or the way we have grouped things together. The fact it’s different for everyone is what makes it fun.

Not…

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The Truth About Red Lipstick

By Rennai Hoefer

The truth about red lipstick: it works on everyone, no exceptions.

The one thing you need to pull off a red lip is this: the courage to wear it out of the house.  Red lipstick is one of the most iconic and timeless looks in makeup, suitable for afternoon errands or black tie affairs. When I first began venturing into the world of lipstick, I thought bright bold colors would be more reminiscent of clown makeup on my bigger lips. After coveting the pigmented pouts of other women for far…

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Stellar Day Magazine, February Issue, 2017

STYLE. It’s different for everyone. Wholeheartedly embracing who you are, who you were created to be, and living that freely and proudly is what Style means to us! The women of this issue took so much time to convey a message loud and clear: YOU are beautiful and YOU should be proud and celebrate who you are. Style is much more than fashion. It’s a way of expressing yourself and others so that we all feel empowered, lifted up and championed in who we were designed to be.

Special Thanks To:
AFC
Grounded and Surrounded Blog
Honeybook

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Skinny Chocolate Fruit Dip

I’ve never met a dip that I didn’t like. No, seriously. Dips are my jam. Ooo jam.

If you’re feeling festive this month in lieu of Valentine’s Day, this would be the treat to try! It’s healthy, it’s low on the calories, and it’s easy to whip up. AND it’s dip. You can’t beat it!

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
-1 tbsp cocoa powder
-2 tsp coconut sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1/16 (a couple drops) almond extract
-Dash of salt
-Apple, strawberries, or fruit of choice

Directions:

Mix all ingredients (minus the fruit) in a small bowl.
Wash and slice apple. Cut into wedges or prepare other fruit of…

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5 Ways To Make a Fresh Start With Your Money

By Rachel Cruze
Photo of Rachel By Cameron Powell

January is all about fresh starts.

That’s why it’s so hard to find an open treadmill at the gym this time of year. That’s why everyone seems to be talking about the new diet they want to try in 2017. Everything is fresh and new in January.

But one area where a lot of people miss an opportunity for a fresh start is their personal finances. Year after year, many of us make the same old mistakes with our money—credit cards, car payments, too much…

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SDM January Issue Is Live!

Happy New Year! We are kicking this month off with a bang and our biggest issue yet! Our theme this month is SPEAK. We believe that every woman has a voice and deserves to be heard. Whether it’s in front of one person or one thousand people, what we hold inside as our truths needs to make it’s way out. It’s destined to be heard. It needs to be listened to.

Do you feel like you are heard? Are you afraid to speak? Let this issue sink in and encourage you to find your inner voice, your strength, your truths….

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