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Grit + Glitter Co. | Lauren  Real Women. Real Conversations. Real Inspiration | Catch new eps of the #GritandGlitterPodcast every Tues, Wed, Thurs (on iTunes + stitcher)

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((Swipe and 'tap for sound' for a sneak peek of today's episode!))
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There's a new episode of the podcast up with this lady! I usually condense a podcast episode into a few short sentences. I somehow attempt to summarize someone's story into a little more than a twitter post (by the way 140 characters is way too damn short. or maybe I'm too damn long-winded!).β €
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I won't even attempt to do that here, though. But I will tell you that Jessica (@quirkcreativedesign) shares about living with debilitating anxiety, losing someone to suicide, divorce, miscarriage, and the hardest trial she faced in her marriage. We also talk about her business and how it recently evolved, but the bulk of our conversation revolves around her life story.β €
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If like me, you love sneak peeks, swipe to hear a clip. Then download ep 92 to listen.

So, let's take down the curtains, wash of our makeup, wear what makes us feel the most us, wear our hair like we woke up like thisss, and let go of that giant weight of feeling like we have to pretend.
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You're normal. That means your house is messy sometimes. (Caught me πŸ™ˆ) Your business isn't always making money. "Put together" sometimes looks like a messy bun and mouthwash (because you didn't have time to brush your teeth). And you don't have all of your shit together.
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It also means that we're all just trying to figure out who the hell we are. And it's OK to do things differently. And if, like me, you need that remind every damn day (ahem, hour), today's episode with Kelsey of @paperandoats is all about doing things differently than other people in your same bubble.

β€œI don’t feel like that’s me and so, I’m going different directions with things and just trying to be a little more true to myself and authentic to me and not necessarily doing something just because everybody’s doing it, even if it’s working for those people.”
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Kelsey of @paperandoats is my idol and I want to be just like her. Or, well, I at least want to feel the deep conviction about doing things my own way like she does. It's wildly inspiring. And because it's Wednesday, and we could all use a good do-you-boo-butt-slap, find 30mins this afternoon or on your evening commute to listen to this episode. It's episode 91 and the latest one in the #GritandGlitterPodcast feed.

I sat on the couch last night and cried. For no reason and every reason. And it felt really good. And that's huge for me. Crying. Just sitting there and letting the sad wash over me. I've been terrified of the depth of my own emotions. Terrified of hitting that low place I hit three years ago.
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And then I woke up this morning and realized all the really, hard shitty things and moments are working together and brewing up a bigger story far greater than the low depths of these hard moments. In true serendipitous fashion (I see you world), I'm sharing about therapy and anxiety on the podcast today. And a post I wrote for @hollandlanemag about a month ago was posted this morning. Want to know what it was about? Learning to feel again. I'm pretty sure the universe just winked at me.
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Anyways, go listen and go read. I poured my heart into the words in the @hollandlanemag post. And it may have made me cry again reading it. It feels so good to feel again.

"This is something about life that you just cannot control. You cannot control somebody else's actions. You cannot control somebody else's reactions. The only thing that you can control is what you say ... and what you allow yourself to go through ... what you allow yourself to experience."
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If you missed this episode with @chakaylajtaylor, do yourself a favor. Pour a glass of something good. Grab your headphones. And listen. It's episode 86. You can download it on iTunes (or Stitcher for my android peeps). Just search for "the grit and glitter podcast".

"This is one of the most honest and open podcast interviews I've done." @jesscreatives
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Sugar-coating is only helpful when it's time for dessert. Life is hard. Business is, too. And I'm never more inspired than when women courageously share their stories honestly - real, raw, no sugar-coating. This conversation with Jess Freeman was nothing short of honest. If you need your Monday reminder that you're not alone sister, grab your headphones and listen while you work. πŸŽ§πŸ’•πŸ™Œ

"We know what the world wants from us. We know we must decide whether to stay small, quiet, and uncomplicated or allow ourselves to grow as big, loud, and complex as we were made to be. Every girl must decide whether to be true to herself or true to the world. Every girl must decide whether to settle for adoration or fight for love. There on the bed, in her pigtails and pain, my daughter was me - the little girl I once was, the woman I am now, still struggling to answer the questions: How can I be expansive and free and still be loved? Am I going to be a lady or am I going to be fully human? Do I trust the unfolding and continue to grow, or do I shut all of this down so I fit?"
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Do yourself a favor. Read @glennondoylemelton's book "Love Warrior". I'm 42 pages in and my heart is on fire.

What @creativeintro said.β €πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ
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I sat down with Cat, the creator of The Creative Introvert, to talk about the challenges of being an introverted solopreneur. Because leaving behind the corporate world didn't get rid of all of her introverted woes.
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If you're an introvert, this episode needs to be on your weekend must-listen list. And in my extroverted opinion, all of you extroverts should listen, too! Cat shares some fascinating insight into how our introverted/extroverted-ness has to do with how we process information, and what we (extroverts) should know about working with introverts. It's. So. Good.β €

I bought my first cookbook sophomore year of college. It was called "How to Boil Water". No shit. πŸ˜‚ I became obsessed with watching The Food Network and learning everything I could about food. And I'm pretty sure in another life (or hell, I'm only 27, maybe later in this life) I was a chef. What I'm trying to say is, I. Love. Food.
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So, when I got this gigantic (it's seriously huge, you guys), gorgeous, made-for-a-coffee table cookbook in the mail, I swooned. And I've read it every night in bed this week. Karen Mordechai of @sundaysuppers created this work of art and y'all it's goood. I found an interview she did awhile back with @williamssonoma and she said something that made my heart go πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ when asked what makes a magical dinner party...
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"Good people and good food is my motto. You’re always going to remember the people you were sitting with and the conversations you had."
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Swipe through the photos for a few peaks at the 😍photos inside. And because we're keepin' it real here on IG, swipe through to the last photo for a real life (totally unedited) moment of what I'm doing as I type this: back in the πŸš— w/muh boys πŸ‘±+🐢 headed to Charleston for the wkend!!

Happyyyy Mondayyyy, you amazing human beings! πŸ’πŸΎπŸ’πŸ»πŸ’I'm working from the living room rug this morning, slowly rolling back into work after a long weekend away! I know Monday's can feel a bit like diving into an ice cold pool ... scary, uncomfortable, and leaving you wanting to run back to the warm comfort of your bed. So, just in case you need the kick in the pants I did this morning, episode 86 from last Thursday with @chakaylajtaylor is πŸ™Œ!
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Seriously, I was hardcore emoji praise-hands during our entire convo. I call it church. Because @chakaylajtaylor was preachinggggg, y'all! And I was hella inspired! She shared her story of struggling as a young girl, dealing with her mom's death at the age of 13 and her father dying 8 months later, battling self-hatred, and how getting pregnant with her son changed everything.
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Go listen. Go follow her on twitter. And take your headphones with you as you dive into the Monday pool. And remember, no pool day is complete without a 🍹!! #its5oclocksomewhere

#SipView: just spent the past two hours with two of the most amazing women I know. Sweet people, comment on someone's post on Instagram that you love. Reach out. Send them an email. Ask to set up a Skype date. Three years ago, I sat on our bed skyping @spoonfeathers for the very first time. We didn't know each other. We'd never met. We'd only followed each others' businesses on Instagram. And today, her and her amazing other half (and soon to be wifeeee!!!!!) are some of mine and Josh's dearest friends. Heather, you are the most amazing human being and I'll be forever grateful that these little squares on the internet crossed our paths. πŸ’•

We've been on the road for 5hrs now and we're 3 episodes away from finishing @stownpodcast! 😳 It's my second time listening (I'm obsessed) and le hubs first (I think he's obsessed, too)!
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And speaking of amazing podcasts, I lovedddd yesterday's convo with @alexisannecreative! We talk about the guilt of chasing our dreams (anyone else?! πŸ™‹πŸ½πŸ™‹πŸ»πŸ™‹), and Alexis shares part of her story and how after she began pursuing art, she felt this guilt/shame around doing something that didn't live up to her previous expectations of what she'd be doing or others' expectations, either. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say, "ME TOO!" It's such a great convo. Oh, and we chat about the importance of art in society. So good! Go listen 😘🎨

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