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Just in case you forgot. There is beauty in the mess. Of course, that could make me, with all my mess, a supermodel! 😆 . . . #imperfection #perfectlyimperfect #beautiful #authentic #authenticity #messy #mess #positivevibes #positivity #beyourself #justdoyou #carefree #spirituality #faith #bohemian #hippie #friday #bekind #abeautifulmess #beneaththeperfect
I realized that some might be wondering exactly what Beneath the Perfect means... I explain it in one of my first blogs on the website (.url in bio), but I thought I would post an as brief as possible explanation here. When I found sobriety almost seven years ago, I started the journey to rediscovering who I was before not only the problem that grew, but before I became who I thought I was "supposed" to be. The dreams of my youth, the artistic soul of my youth, the free spirit of my youth was lost somewhere along the way as I built an “outside” that I thought was expected of me. Two college degrees, a nice house, a rising career, a nice car, fashionable clothes, a husband, a child. I spent so many years presenting myself as an "image", that I forgot who I really was. The authentic me. I'm not alone in this journey to self as so many people I have met "trudging the road to happy destiny" have similar stories. Of course there is a lot more to the story that I will continue to share through the blog, and I hope to inspire and help others through my posts, but the basic idea is that I'm reaching my authentic soul, which has been hidden "beneath the perfect" facade. I'm finding love for myself again, and truly, just peace. XO #sobriety #authentic #destiny #peace #justdoingme #free #trusttheprocess #journey #spirituality #authenticity #bohemian #selflove #sober #sobermom #imperfection #perfectlyimperfect #honesty #positivevibes #woman #mytribe #happiness #loveyourself #beneaththeperfect
I’ve had to remind myself of this the last few days. If I keep my side of the street clean, I can be confident that their behavior is due to something inside them. Not me. #goodkarma #karma #namaste #positive #peace #mindfulness #conciousness #spirit #spiritual #happiness #waynedyer #instagood #beneaththeperfect
Focus on your goal as if you’re living it in the present. What we give energy to gains power. Stop giving energy to self-doubt, negativity and fear. #energy #goodvibes #positivevibes #positivity #focus #mindfulness #spirituality #bohemian #hippie #truth #authentic #strength #beneaththeperfect
I choose to be happy today. It may sound trite, but it really does work that way. #happiness #behappy #choosehappy #beautifulday #hippie #bohostyle #boholife #smile #mindfulness #love #beneaththeperfect
Small beginnings can lead to big beautiful things. We just have to start with bravery and believe. #beautiful #motivation #gratitude #bebrave #brave #strength #wildsoul #bohemian #gypsy #happy #mindfulness #goforit #positivevibes #beneaththeperfect
If you don’t risk looking foolish, you’ll never do anything special. Gotta take the risk for the result! I so admire people when they just go for it! #risk #confidence #try #dreams #strength #instalike #hippie #positivevibes #positivequotes #trusttheprocess #believe #beneaththeperfect
Just over here reveling in my happiness. Every day brings more growth, one more step towards my authentic self, more learning, more willingness, more clarity about where my journey is going. Take a good look at how beautiful you are. #evolution #growth #spiritual #beautiful #trusttheprocess #journey #higherpower #authentic #positivevibes #motivation #beyourself #happiness #beneaththeperfect
There is nothing that holds us back from living a happy joyous and free life more than holding onto the trauma of the past. We are not defined by it or others. Forgive them. Forgive yourself. #strength #spiritual #letgo #letgoletgod #forgiveness #faith #authentic #beyourself #believe #beneaththeperfect
Heavy heart today after another school shooting. Dropping my daughter at school today was heart wrenching because we all think it can’t happen to us. Just keep being brave and kind to others. #brave #prayforflorida #strength #havefaith #alwayssayiloveyou #spreadlove #kindness #courage #havecourageandbekind #positivevibes #pray #beneaththeperfect
Fully. Today I do rely on my higher power. Ever heard the fable of the boiling frog? I’m surprising myself with the ”real”! New blog post on the website. www.beneaththeperfect.com #strength #beyourself #higherpower #fullyrelyongod #believe #trusttheprocess #journey #spiritual #healing #truth #god #metoo #growth #authentic #beneaththeperfect
Embrace the grace and power of positivity by unfollowing negativity. Those “emotional vampires” you find in people, places with bad vibes, and yourself. Not just online, but everywhere! Bring on the positive vibes and open up to the blessings flowing your way. #positivevibes #grace #health #grateful #inspiration #instagood #conciousness #goodvibes #positivity #peace #energy #soulhealing #blessed #beneaththeperfect
You just have to stay wiling and open to see it. When something or someone has suffered damage and has a history, they become more beautiful. #beautiful #brokenisbeautiful #growth #spirit #recovery #kintsukuroi #beauty #addiction #faith #trusttheprocess #journey #friday #beneaththeperfect
I’m very grateful to know a lot of heroes. Accepting powerlessness takes immense courage and grace. #acceptance higherpower #power #courage #rockbottom #hero #humility #beyourself #sober #strength #grace #riseup #magic #goodvibes #higherconsciousness #beneaththeperfect
The process of struggle can create something really beautiful if you don’t run from it. Be in it. Feel it. Grieve. Something really good is coming. #beautiful #feel #strength #spirit #recovery #trusttheprocess #motivation #lifeisbeautiful #lifelessons #beneaththeperfect
I’m so thankful that I’ve received the gift of living in gratitude. When those 5 a.m. panic work emails start coming, I just breathe in peace! #grateful #gratitude #attitude #breathe #trusttheprocess #spiritual #serenity #thankful #god #love #peace #beneaththeperfect
Believe it! No more hiding behind the perfectly crafted facade of “normal” to disguise my pain or who I really am. I changed from art to business in college to fit that mold. So happy to just be me! #artist #writer #lifeisgood #authentic #freedom #weird #different #embraceyourcrazy #sober #mindfulness #trusttheprocess #imperfectlyperfect #hippiemom #hippie #bohemian #justdoingme #strength #beyourself #beneaththeperfect
Positive affirmations. Start each day with them and you’ll see amazing things happen. Wonderful things coming your way! #positivevibes #positivity #wonderful #beautiful #beautifulday #positiveaffirmations #trusttheprocess #believe #happyfriday #lifeisgood #positiveenergy #selflove #beneaththeperfect
Feeling a little hippie power over here with our new peace sign pillow. Now available along with other pillow designs on the website. #hippiestyle #hippiechic #homedecor #pillow #peacesign #peaceout #harmony #retro #60s #hippieculture #beneaththeperfect
It takes awhile to get here, but life is good on the other side of playing to an audience other than your own soul. #freedom #authentic #authenticity #serenity #lifeisgood #letgo #justdoyou #peace #bereal #teal #followme #soul #beneaththeperfect
I tripped up stairs today (again) and used this phrase my daughter taught me. It worked! I wasn’t embarrassed and I got a laugh. Wisdom and self-awareness learned from an 11-year-old. Just keeping it real. #selfawareness #real #lifelessons #authentic #lifeisgood #clumbsy #klutz #trusttheprocess #letitgo #letgoandletgod #beneaththeperfect
This applies to everyone, not just women! Take those bricks, feel the pain, allow the emotions, then take the lesson and use it to better yourself and others. #buliding #overcome #authentic #strength #love #growth #motivation #power #empowered #supporteachother #sobriety #trusttheprocess #trusttheuniverse #embracethepain #grow #beneaththeperfect
Yep, this is me. Not a fan of selfies or of pictures of myself in general, but it’s about authenticity right? Acceptance & Gratitude are superpowers, and I’m grateful for all of you. New Blog post on the website. #grateful #gratitude #acceptance #superpower #dogood #authentic #authenticity #writer #blogger #recovery #selfie #girl #agegracefully #truth #beneaththeperfect
Do you agree? I wish I had realized this sooner in my life. Now I pay more attention and engage with new people daily. You never know where a kind word will take you! Stay open to what the universe brings to you. #different #transformationtuesday #trusttheprocess #positiveenergy #truestory #beopen #bekind #kindness #friends #love #beneaththeperfect
Always believe that something wonderful is going to happen. The universe will not let you down if you open yourself to abundance. #positivevibes #possibility #believe #positiveenergy #trusttheprocess #abundance #yesyoucan #love #beautifulday #beneaththeperfect
My kitchen. Kinda boho and Brady Bunch kitschy right? My sneaky ego pops up when I feel inferior to people with new perfect kitchens. It’s progress not perfection ya’ll! New blog post. www.beneaththeperfect.com #ego #boho #bohemian #letitgo #progressnotperfection #blessed #homedecor #home #embraceyourimperfections #trusttheprocess #trustthejourney #believe #humble #beneaththeperfect
Just another Southern California January Sunday. Peaceful afternoon of self care by gardening. #beautiful #garden #positivevibes #zen #growsomething #nature #peace #beneaththeperfect
See all things through rose colored glasses... living in gratitude for what you have versus longing for what you don’t creates a happy life of abundance! If at first you don’t see the beauty in something, look again. #beautiful #abundance #positiveenergy #freespirit #trusttheprocess #seethegood #rosecoloredglasses #thinkpositive #gratitude #beneaththeperfect
He’s an insightful one. Look who carefully curled up with my daily meditations book stack. Perhaps he’s looking for a little growth and renewal like the rest of us? Book: The Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie. #meditation #spiritual #spiritualgrowth #letitgo #letgo #letgoandletgod #inspiration #beneaththeperfect
It’s raining, it’s pouring (yay for Southern Ca). Do you get redecorate your nest “itis” when you’re cozy at home like I do? New and fun pillows now in the store! Stay safe in the winter weather y’all! #decorate #bohemian #gypsy #gypsysoul #wildheart #nesting #inspiration #pillow #homedecor #beneaththeperfect
I heard this from an amazing woman in one of my first AA meetings six years ago. She was living with, and eventually lost the fight against, brain cancer. There is such truth in this. I was broken and through the grace of God survived to help others and live happy, joyous, and free. And who knows what mighty things I have yet to do? #miracle #mighty #strength #higherpower #believe #happy #joyous #free #sobriety #soberlife #hippiemom #beneaththeperfect
When we stop to notice, we are blessed with so many of God’s miracles. My journey to happy, joyous, and free included realizing that miracles don’t come with a flash of lightning. They surround me, are often subtle, and I am one. Happy 2018! #miracle #noticethelittlethings #godsmiracle #iamamiracle #happy #joyous #free #cleanslate #sober #happynewyear #positiveenergy #abundance #beneaththeperfect
2018 is going to be so amazing! New blog post at www.beneaththeperfect.com about abundance and happiness in spite of big challenges. Happy New Year! #grateful #celebrate #newyear #newyearseve #abundance #believe #love #sobriety #sober #positivevibes #beneaththeperfect
Let’s all promise to live in gratitude and be 100% in the moment with our loved ones today. There’s a lot to do during the holidays, and I totally identify as a mom trying to do it all, but I promise... the world won’t end if the Christmas dinner dishes sit in the sink for awhile. None of us know how many of these magical holidays we have in our future. Happy Christmas ya’ll! #christmas #bepresent #love #higherpower #grateful #gratitude #holidays #magic #believe #breathe #sobriety #beneaththeperfect
If something no longer serves a purpose in your life, it is clutter. Whether it’s a physical thing or a belief, holding on to things that don’t feed your soul will eat your energy. Free your space and expand your energy... let it go! #free #letsgo #letgoandletgod #positivevibes #cleartheclutter #believe #freedom #energy #soul #positivevibes #beautiful #beneaththeperfect
A gypsy soul is a person always in need of change and/or adventure. We seek the best in any situation. Passionate, inspired by different ideas and experiences. Basically, my tribe! And now our bestselling hoodie has given birth to a tank! #gypsy #gypsysoul #positivevibes #adventure #inspired #boholife #wildheart #nevergiveup #hippie #believe #beneaththeperfect
We’re surrounded by devastation today, with our beloved Ventura County literally in a firestorm. And now, Los Angeles too. Praying that good prevails, that those who have lost everything material find the strength of faith. The Beautiful good of people helping people and our brave first responders empower love and hope. #faith #love #hope #believe #powerofprayer #prayforventura #pleasebringrain #letgoandletgod #serenityprayer #beneaththeperfect
I believe in them. A new blog post at www.beneaththeperfect.com gives one example of why. I say believe... I promise you’ll feel lighter in your 💜! #believe #angels #angelsamongus #authentic #authenticity #alwaysfindaway #lifeisgood #trusttheprocess #higherpower #beautiful #beyourself #bohemian #boholife #love #beneaththeperfect
Ever feel like you’re trying to move mountains and getting nowhere? This week had me thinking back to my visit to the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu China years ago. Wisdom from him: “the man who moves mountains starts by carrying small stones.” I remind myself of this often. Step by step, one day at a time. We can accomplish great things! #confucious #havefaith #fairh #youcandoit #onedayatatime #strength #positivity #youareenough #positivevibes #trusttheprocess #believe #beneaththeperfect
I took this after we returned home from our four days away for Thanksgiving. He can’t get close enough or stop staring. If only we could all be so purely grateful for the gifts in our life. BTW...we rescued each other! #rescuedog #grateful #gratitude #gifts #love #dog #lucky #blessed #beneaththeperfect
I 100% believe that the decision and then small steps of action, doing what you can with what you have at the moment is the miracle of achieving abundance. I’m still taking the steps, living on purpose for a purpose, no longer paralyzed by the fear of the unknown. #abundance #trusttheprocess #progressnotperfection #progress #positivevibes #positivethinking #positiveenergy #mindfulness #dontlookback #purpose #beneaththeperfect
Just don’t. It’s a saying we use in sobriety but it works in every part of life. I’m living proof. New blog post at www.beneaththeperfect.com. #miracle #sobriety #trusttheprocess #trustthejourney #faith #authentic #dontgiveup #courage #motivation #nofear #beneaththeperfect
Have a blessed Thanksgiving! It’s all about how you live in gratitude and influence others to do the same! #beautifulday #thanksgiving #blessings #sobriety #sober #love #happiness #beneaththeperfect
While I make it a practice to live in gratitude on a daily basis, the upcoming holiday makes us all focus a little more on the blessings we have. My family, my dog, my home, my garden, my friends... it goes on and on! #grateful #gratitude #thankful #beautifulday #authentic #blessed #givethanks #holiday #thanksgiving #beneaththeperfect
Have a relaxing and serene Sunday everyone! The serenity prayer is one of my often used tools for making it through rough moments (and let’s face it, rough people I cannot change)! #serenity #relaxation #selfcare #prayer #recovery #love #beautifulday #beneaththeperfect
I know that I’m not the only one that believes in the power of intention and of trusting the universe to bring you what you need when you are ready for it. Last night my daughter and I only had time for a quick dinner and I never got around to the fortune cookie. This morning, after I dropped her at school and started my long commute I noticed one sitting on the console in the car. I honestly don’t know when she put it there.I love her beautiful soul. She knows it’s been a “week”! And I love the message. And now I’ve spoken it to the universe. #beautiful #trusttheuniverse #goodfortune #daughter #blessed #happyfriday #intention #beneaththeperfect
✨My morning rituals include a mug of hot tea and a mental list of what I’m grateful for. This reminds me of how far I’ve come and allows me to quiet the voices in my head that tell me I’m not good enough (screw those voices, right!!??) What daily ritual(s) keeps you in a positive mindset? mug: @beneaththeperfect
As the holidays approach it never hurts to have this reminder. No matter what you’re in recovery from, even just life, remembering to stay in the now is one of the best tools in existence! #onedayatatime #progress #mindfulness #sober #soberlife #life #breathe #beneaththeperfect www.beneaththeperfect.com/
I’ve been getting creative and making stuff I want for the shop. Journals make great gifts and I know I have at least ten notebooks around the house with blog scribbles, book starts, creative ideas... I welcome your ideas for new words and images! #journal #writers #writer #diary #creativewriting #create #shop #holidays #gifts #beneaththeperfect
Choosing the right action and reaction have become so much clearer in sobriety. Today I️ stop and think (or try to. It is progress not perfection!) about what others will see and learn from what I️ do and say. My daughter, my work team, the women I️ mentor, the impatient person behind me in line. Am I️ being the friend I️ want to have? #authenticity #beanexample #dotherightthing #beablessing #liveauthentic #grace #leadership #kindness #positiveenergy #change #beneaththeperfect
I’ve never been known to ignore a needy animal but I’m so happy I’ve learned to forgive and let go of resentments against those that hurt me. Happy, joyous, free! #forgiveness #letitgo #straycat #letgo #letgoandletgod #letgoletgod #happy #joy #beneaththeperfect
My best rescue ever really enjoys our Best Rescue Ever ceramic dog bowl. Makes a great holiday gift and other options available! #rescuedog #rescuedogsofinstagram #rescue #dogbowl #dogs #dogmom #doglove #love #beneaththeperfect
Best compliment EVER! We do not need to fit into anyone else’s mold. Just do you! #unique #authentic #imperfect #justdoyou #happy #beneaththeperfect
The universe is abundant. As i told my daughter just now, the day is only ad good as your attitude when you greet it. #universe #abundance #positivevibes #positivethinking #positiveenergy #beautifulday #beneaththeperfect
No amount of guilt will change the past, and no amount of anxiety will change the future #selflove #selfiesunday #beneaththebeautiful #beneaththeperfect
Trading down is sometimes trading up for peace and freedom. New blog post about this new step in my journey to the real me on www.beneaththeperfect.com. Yesterday I traded in my big over priced luxury SUV (top) for a more practical commuter friendly, fuel saving Subaru. I thought I’d be sad. I’m so happy. It just fits my growing authentic life. #authentic #authenticity #justdoinme #trueself #becoming #real #beautifullife #subaru #beneaththeperfect
Happy Halloween ya’ll! Be safe and have fun! #happyhalloween #resuedog #dogs #love #lucky #beneaththeperfect
Just this for a Sunday evening. Envisioning a peaceful and kind week ahead. #kindness #fierce #authentic #brave #spirit #sunday #sundayvibes #positivevibes #sober #beneaththeperfect
Me is all I can do. No more comparisons or trying to live up to the image of anyone else. #authentic #imperfect #beautifulmess #truth #selfawareness #growth #justdoyou #beneaththeperfect
Is there anyone that hasn’t faced adversity? The key is learning how to grow from it rather than just adding to the pile of bruises. New blog post at www.beneaththeperfect.com. #believeinyourself #authentic #destiny #mistakesarelessons #higherpower #riseabove #trusttheprocess #trustthejourney #trusttheuniverse #letgo #beneaththeperfect
I’ve been asking my daughter this question every day. And then she asks me. Mindful kindness is just what the world needs more of don’t you think? #kindness #mindfulness #love #bethechange #beautiful #beneaththeperfect
I know now that mistakes and trauma and wrong turns are the best lessons life gives us. I spent way too much time building a facade of perfection and happiness was so elusive. So happy on my journey to authenticity. Perfection is very overrated! #perfectisboring #lessons #embraceyourjourney #beautiful #love #mistakesarelessons #learn #progressnotperfection #beneaththeperfect
My empty graduate school classroom before the students arrive. I’m still not sure how I ended up with this additional job, at night no less, after being asked to teach a university course. But I’m loving helping build a new generation of leaders. It’s all about being open to what the universe has in store for us and giving up the rigid plan. #trusttheprocess #trustthejourney #embracechange #letgo #believeinyourself #journey #life #beneaththeperfect
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” - Rumi #spiritualgrowth #spiritual #rumi #journey #healing #light #growth #trusttheprocess #sobriety #beneaththeperfect
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