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6 Soul Resolutions

December 3, 2013

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Summer isn’t even here, so why am I already thinking about bikini season and those painful trips and excruciating journeys to the mall in order to find the perfect swimsuit? Why does something so small have to be such a daunting and depressing task? Most swimsuits only have about 1-2 yards of fabric incorporated- some-even less! It’s a self vs. self, self vs. society’s skewed body image ideal, and self vs. mirror conflict.

It is so funny how superficial and shallow we can become. We will nearly kill ourselves for a flat stomach, but we will ignore an unfit relationship with our minds and souls.

So how do we prepare for the swimsuit challenge? We amp ourselves up with a great playlist on our iPod, plan out our meals and work out. We say goodbye to carbs, sugar, fatty foods, fried meals and carbonated beverages and say hello to water, fruits, veggies, lean meats and the gym. We do whole-body cleanses, rid our body of toxins, ignore harmful additives and dyes and renew our inner self. We sit in saunas, sweat through our tanks doing cardio, tackle circuit training and do other forms of crazy exercise. Even though it’s a daunting task, it’s so worth it to lose those 5, 10, 15, 20 extra unwanted pounds and gain self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment and begin a healthy lifestyle.  We feel like stronger, powerful and healthier women when we work out physically. With this being said, why is it so hard for us to work out spiritually or get emotionally healthy?

It is so funny how superficial and shallow we can become. We will nearly kill ourselves for a flat stomach, but we will ignore an unfit relationship with our minds and souls. These relationships are the most important things a woman can have in her life. Why can’t we seem to get motivated to cleanse spiritually, do relationship cardio and walk in full stride towards becoming the healthy and well-rounded women we were called to be?

Sometimes I’d much rather run 5 miles after a 30-minute circuit training session than have to address personal weakness and issues that deal with the heart and soul.

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I think it’s due to a pain, need for self-control and a sense of uncomfortable vulnerability that far outweighs any workout’s demands. We have to be real, be open and continuously be vulnerable- not always easy! Sometimes I’d much rather run 5 miles after a 30-minute circuit training session than have to address personal weakness and issues that deal with the heart and soul.

What does one have to offer with only a beautiful, hollow shell? My favorite quote, Proverbs 31:30 states that  “charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” This reminds me that our actions and words should reflect truth and integrity. One day, our wrinkle-free faces will have smile lines; our hair will turn gray with age; and our bodies not quite like they once were.

Crunch your inner struggles, detox your unhealthy surroundings and run (actually sprint) from unnecessary negativity. Keep hitting the gym and salad bars by all means, but start getting in shape all around.

 Our 6 Soul Resolutions:

1. We will make time for self-reflection (prayer, meditation, journaling, quiet time)

2. We will make time for positive and inspirational relationships (ladies’ night out, date night, family game time)

3. We will make time to give back to the community (service at the local homeless shelter, donating old clothes)

4. We will love our bodies (workout, eat clean, accept what we can’t change)

5. We will love our souls (positive self-affirmations daily)

6. We will love one another (encourage others-especially other women-be a cheerleader)

 Brynlea Taylor

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Photo Credit: 2b Photography – Becca Bell

Welcome to Modern Lace

November 21, 2013

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On my mind constantly is how women are portrayed in the media and how it molds our thought processes and perceptions.

My heart breaks for our culture. It breaks for those women who think their worth is in their looks alone. It breaks when I recognize that pornography has become mainstream, Playboy is celebrated, and celebrities gain popularity through sex tapes.

It breaks when I read that the average age for viewing pornography is eleven years old. I am appalled when I read that the latest surgery craze is reconstructing the labia – to make it appear prettier. And you think we as a society are not affected by what is bombarding us?

Just the other day, I visited one of the leading women magazine’s websites, and flashing in the sidebar was “Sex Position of the Week.” This magazine is also known for providing the “latest” sex tips for every issue with a provocative (of course, digitally enhanced) celebrity displayed on the cover.  Their cover girls are getting younger with each year and so are the readers. In August 2012, the star of Pretty Little Liars (a popular teen television show) and the third installment of  Cinderella Story was seen on the cover.  Beside her beautiful face reads: “25 Sex Moves.”

Unfortunately, sex sells, and it is being sold to young females – your sister, daughter, or friend. Do they even know how it affects their self-image? Do you know how it affects yours?

The United States is the only industrialized nation who does not teach media literacy in schools. Yet, we are the number one global exporter of pop culture. Children need to know how to filter through messages in advertisements.

Why rant? Why care? The media will continue to produce what sells. It seems like a war that cannot be won.

You may ignorantly think: “Oh, she must be bitter. She’s never received attention from a man.” Or worse, “She must not be very pretty.”

No matter a female’s age or size, they are affected. I simply want to create awareness and begin a conversation. I want to explore questions like: How do we balance the desire to be beautiful? What is my standard of beauty? What is a healthy perception?

I want to celebrate women who are stylish but who also have a beautiful story to tell. I want to learn about the newest fashion trends and makeup tips just like you. (Hey, I’m a woman, too!) But I also want some substance.

I want to know what’s going on in our world. I want to broaden my world view. I want to know the good things people are doing to better our community.  I want to talk about real issues and sometimes talk about issues that are really hard to talk about.

And if I had my guess, you do as well.

- Brittany Windle

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