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I (freaking) love boiler suits, but it’s hard to find the perfect one for your body & personality! I LOVED the color of this one but it was all up in my business – if ya catch my drift. Siiiiggggh. So close.
Do you like these jump suits?! If so, do you have one or do they make you a little nervous?? Remember that feeling a little nervous to wear something you LOVE is exactly what you’re looking for! Happy 76538397th snow day, back into hibernation I go.

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You are enough. You are worth investing in. Your dreams are worth taking the risk for. The things that bring you life are important! As a mom I’ve carried this thought that I’ll be frowned upon for wearing too many hats… that raising my kids and building a career shouldn’t go hand in hand. For so long I fought fear that my kids would feel put on the shelf if I sacrificed even a moment of my time with them to invest in a career. Or that they would turn out to be wretched little humans if I didn’t give up everything and give them ALL of me.
I was wrong. The people who made me feel shame for wanting more than being a stay-at-Home-mom were wrong. I’ve learned that a child who knows they’re loved & feels secure, is there cheering mama on to become a success in her endeavors! Mamas success is theirs to celebrate too!
When Delaney says I’m a great stylist, I feel humbled. When I get to buy the kids something fun with my earned money, I feel proud. When I take a step back and I realize that the dreams in my heart were put there by a God who calls me worthy, deserving & capable, I understand that He also equipped me to walk through motherhood & my career with grace and balance. Moms are bosses.
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The beauty of a new year isn’t that it means I’ll be a new me, it’s the fact that I have a fresh start to becoming a healthier, more intentional me! Goals for the new year shouldn’t simply be ways to fix our current problems, they should be decisions we make intentionally to pursue health where we need it. Because a healthier you means growth, it means an increased capacity & greater sense of self worth, it means motivation and commitment that can’t stop, won’t stop. Imagine what you could accomplish if you were the healthiest version of yourself! You would be a fire so bright that no insecurity, no self doubt, no comparison could squelch it! My dreams are huge, massive, scary big… my goals are small, attainable steps toward achieving them! My goals for 2019 are to grow in self love, to become healthier spiritually so I can’t be shaken & so I can pour out into my business & my family. Healthier mentally so I’m aware & calculated, healthier physically so I’m peaceful & full of energy to chase after those big dreams. Cheers to 2019, I’m so ready for this!
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Photo taken at: Ada, Michigan

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Purging & rebuilding feels so dang gooooooooood!!! Get rid of the stuff that you constantly second guess or better yet, get a second set of eyes to help you see things differently! Maybe items will go but just maybe you’re sitting on treasures just waiting to be styled and worn!
Is it faded? Misshapen after the laundry? Worn? Pitted out? Does it fit a little weird? Does it wash you out? Does it make you feel boring or insecure?? Get rid of it!! There is nothing that can’t be replaced for something you’ll love & feel confident in!

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I swore I’d never post a bathroom pic but ya know what, I’m not too good for a bathroom pic! That & 50% of my time is spent at home with kids so photo ops for a killer outfit just don’t happen often. I wonder what your behind-the-scenes looks like and if it resembles mine at all… A (mostly) happy, (sometimes lonely) mingling of motherhood & boss. I’m reminded today that although dates with my husband are far too infrequent, my kids consume my energy & my business is still a one woman show – I am living & breathing the unraveling of a dream… I get to date the man of my dreams forever, I have 3 beautiful, kind kids to pour my energy into & my business continues to grow & flourish! I am grateful for this season, I embrace it & I’ll choose to be present and invested in my life through every season!
Ps. Thanks to @thesovengard for having the cutest bathroom for this rare bathroom pic sighting!

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Heeeeey it’s LivStyled in a magazine!! Big thank you to @grmagazine & @missykblack for this stellar feature of my business for Grand Rapids Magazine!! The article is an on point introduction to my business & I’m one grateful girlboss! For the full article and to learn about a few other local GR ladies click the link in my bio!
I am so proud to offer Grand Rapids a little more style, the best is yet to come!! 🖤

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I love yellow shoes, like all of a sudden they’re on the top of my list! Practical? Nope. But you better believe I would wear them with errrrrythang! This is fun little combo for a babe client of mine, maybe it’s a little outside of her comfort zone… but was she ready & excited to give it a go?! YEA buddy! I never push my clients too far outside of their comfort zone but I most definitely give some nudging. Usually they don’t see what I do, the hues of color that compliment each other or the patterns that actually work and why. And sometimes my clients don’t realize a that life long frustration is a matter of simply buying the wrong size or not understand the shape of their body and how to dress it. I feel really stinking grateful to get to do what I love!

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Photo taken at: East Grand Rapids, Michigan

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GIVEAWAY WINNER!!! @ariannakae I’m so excited we get to meet you at Bright + Becoming on June 21!!! You’re now entered into the $1000 giveaway, you get to enjoy all of the tasty treats and drinks, mingle with some of the most magical women in GR, pre-shop 7 local boutiques, learn about some exciting things with female girl bosses AND you get a 1 hour styling session with me!!! Let’s be friends!! So happy! DM me with your email address and let’s make your spot official!! **Limited spots are still available for purchase to the event so grab one at Bright and Becoming on Facebook and meet us there!!**
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SO happy I get to bust out these babes again! Ok fine, I wore them during summer too. But hardly and only inside so they wouldn’t get dirty. (Can you believe the ivory color of those legs though?! 😳They need the Ca sunshine! 12 days and counting.) The day these boots die is the day I’ll shed my first tears over shoes. Siiiiggggh.
Photo: @kelseyhettinga

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Photo taken at: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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I love the thought of being captivated with purpose! That idea offers so much space to dream and wander around the possibilities of your future. (It also leaves less room for comparison to sneak in.) I wonder if purpose can ever be completely fulfilled or if it just continues to evolve and grow as new doors open that lead to new seasons and opportunities within our purpose. •

Maybe that’s too deep for a Tuesday but it’s definitely swirling around in my heart today! •

Ephesians 2:10 – We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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Photo taken at: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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