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Timeless Beauty

March 2, 2015
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My grandmother and mother

I love words! What can I say? I’m an English teacher. I love the juxtaposition of old and new, which is where the name Modern Lace was derived. Over coffee, Brynlea and I knew exactly what modern and lace meant to us.

How do we live in this modern world yet keep the values and ideals that our grandmothers and those women we admire taught us?

I love “old” things from furniture to small nick knacks. I keep them. I look at them, and I imagine who once used them. As a matter of fact, my great grandmother’s cookbook sits atop the antique curio cabinet in my dining room.

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My grandmother taught me grace. She taught me how to move forward joyfully when things didn’t always turn out the way I expected. She would often recite poetry and sing sweet songs to me when I was a child. Sitting in her front yard on a handmade quilt with my sisters, we would look at the clouds and feel the warmth of the sun on our hot skin. She taught us how to appreciate the small joys of daily life.

To be truly beautiful in a modern world full of new technology, photoshopped images and unrealistic expectations of body images, we must remember and never forget what those timeless beauties taught us.

What women do you admire? What have they taught you?

Brittany Windle

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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