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Holly Swasko  馃搷 Chicago Writing 路 Photographing 路 Life-loving 馃晢 馃摲 Photography Student | NYIP 馃捇 Beauty | Fashion | Lifestyle Blogger 馃拫 Clothe In Confidence

To the best joke teller, my best teacher, and the wisest, greatest father.

As I've gotten older, I realized how many parts of you I've come to recognize in my own self. Maybe it's in that humble quietness we both have, or that consistent knack for always wanting to be on time. Maybe it's that love for writing; the art of finding the right words and stringing them together so eloquently. Or maybe it's that quick-to-forgive, unconditional heart of great faith that's there from our good morning smiles to a hug goodnight.
Whatever it is, Dad, I owe it all to you. Thanks for supporting me and shaping my heart into what it is today. You're a pretty amazing guy. Happy Father's day. 馃挍 -

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Double tap if you want healthy skin this summer! 馃檵鈥嶁檧锔 (really, who doesn't?) Then I've got ya covered! Head to the blog to read up on my two new favorite skincare items featuring the @savannahbeeco 馃悵馃拫 LINK IN BIO! -

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You say you're not a writer, but you have a keyboard and your own story to share somewhere in that heart of yours. 鉁

You say you're not a photographer, but you have eyes that can see and a camera on the back of that phone you're holding. 馃摲

You say you're not a speaker, but you have a voice that someone is able to hear. 馃憘

You say you're not well-versed, but you've got a passion for something, right? 馃挱

This world is huge and our phones may seem tiny, but they sure are powerful little vessels of inspiration...and guess what? So are you. 馃摫

So I dare you to share something. A passion. Your story. Something real. Something raw. Something imperfect. Something kind. Share something, and share something good. Because realness doesn't require loudness, perfection or a crowd. It just requires YOU. Someone might just be in need of it.馃拫 -

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Hey there, I'm Holly. 馃憢
I think that my smile is crooked and that the left side of my face is the better one. My eyes get small and squinty and my cheeks are round and chubby when I laugh. I was afraid of wearing jeans up until a year or two ago. My legs aren't flawless. I still chew on my nails. My hair never stays in place, and I still get extremely shy when people walk past me posing for a photo in the park.

So why am I telling you all this? Because we can either keep acting like we have our 馃挬 together all the time, or we can start being human and celebrating realness! You're not perfect, neither am I, and the rest of the world? Yeah, not them either. 馃拋鈥嶁檧锔 But hey, isn't it better like that? 馃拫 -

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I could have made some cute and pretty caption about golden hour but I'm just gonna keep it real and go with the latter: *burns retinas for The 'Gram.* 鈽锔忦煒 -

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NEW POST IS LIVE! LINK IN BIO 馃拫 // Think of the last time you ripped off a band-aid; you probably anticipated that it was going to hurt, overthought it, and made the process a whole lot worse for yourself than it really was, right?

Isn't that kind of like how we treat our insecurities?
I think we know the feeling of the band-aid effect all too well. We're tend to overthink our little "flaws" that only we notice (especially during the summer time) and in turn end up making things much more stressful than they need to be.

It's time we break this band-aid effect and realize that our band-aids, or the little flaws we dwell on, will never be a part of who we are, no matter how stuck may they seem! We are more than them and that's what this week's blog post is about! Head to the link in bio for a real talk #ConfidenceChat and some summer time words of encouragement! 馃拫 -

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Because when your usual tanner is out of stock...it just gives you an excuse to try out a new one 馃槑鈽锔 I've been hearing good things about this @Jergensus Instant Sun Mousse! 馃Leave a comment if you've tried it! Happy Friday! 馃拫 -

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Sometimes it's the tiniest glimpses of the wonderful ordinary that catch us off guard; like the day's last bits of blue sky & that golden hour haze that warms everything in your sight. It's often not the expensive and the grand, it's not some fancy, faraway destination. Sometimes it's just those glimpses of the ordinary everyday that can catch us and leave us in humble awe of this crazy, beautiful creation. 馃尦馃摲 #HappySunday -

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