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Even though we may not look alike please know I still think you're:
🌟 d i v i n e
🌟 c a p a b l e
🌟 w o r t h y
🌟 h o n e s t
🌟 v a l u a b l e
🌟 i m m e a s u r a b l e
🌟 b e a u t i f u l
🌟 i n t e l l i g e n t
🌟 a g a m e c h a n g e r
So even if you're not feeling yourself know that I'm here rooting for you cause I believe in you. I know life robs us of our power, I know it's not our fault, I know we need to work on ourselves for a better future.
You got this cause we got this.

If I can do it (self love, accept, embrace) then so you can you
#youareloved (@sophiesahara on 📸)

#tuesday is here! Time to kick this week into high gear! Today practice - JUST BEING YOU! #youareenough ❤️❤️ Had a BLAST emceeing the @ainshow Saturday night! Amazing local designers & a fabulous fashion show!!! 💖💖 #RHOD #realhousewives #dallas #fashion #fashionshow #designers #designer #bravo #chanellover

My body has been a vessel for four beautiful creations. I am a Woman. I am Mother. I am a Wife. I am who I am. My worth is not measured by what society perceives me to be it is measured by the thoughts in my head. I am strong, I am proud and I am worthy. #youarebeautiful #youareloved #youareenough

It’s been about a year since I first posted about my journey on Instagram. To my 300-ish followers, all of whom were family, friends and acquaintances, I posted the picture here (without the pink writing.) I hadn’t taken any photos at my highest weight, & had already lost about 20-25 lbs. I decided it would be harmless to use some photoshop & fatten myself up a little bit to reflect it.

It was not harmless. The before & after started getting shared across Instagram. A lot of people I didn’t know started to follow me. I felt anxiety about the photo going around, but decided there was nothing I could do about it. To save face with my conscience, I only used the original going forward.

But the internet never forgets. As I went on with life, people began comparing the photos & were calling me out on the photoshop. I wish I could say I just came clean, but instead I denied it. Insecurity can turn us into the worst version of ourselves. I became defensive. Finally, In an attempt to squash the rumors, I made the obvious choice: compound the lie. I created several versions of the same pink shirt photo to “prove” they weren’t the same. Once I made the montage, I posted it.

I remember looking at the post & thinking, “But… they ARE the same. You ARE lying. Why does this matter so much to you?” I realized I didn’t know. I had gone so far down the rabbit hole, I forgot why I’d started digging it. I looked deep within myself & saw that this spoke of much deeper insecurities: not being proud of the actual work I had done & believing I wasn’t enough.

I deleted the (obviously) fake montage. There was only one way to fix this: Come clean. A day or two later I posted this image again, this time with the words, “This image is a lie: Read below for how & why,” printed across it. I explained that the before photo was altered & I had lied about it. I apologized for the deception & promised not to edit my physical attributes in my photos. I was nervous, but had decided I was not going to spend the rest of my life trying to prove I didn’t do something I clearly did.

As you may have guessed, the response was far more positive than negative. (Continued in comments.)

Did you see the picture I posted of my "baby abs" this weekend? Well, I look like that 1% of the day. This is what I look like 99% of the day. Nicole from 2014 would have seen this picture and deleted it as quickly as she could. Nicole from 2017 is embracing her body in every stage.

@omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp DAY 25 is #embracethesquish

#recoveryisworthit #recoveryforthewin #baddaysbuildbetterdays #crushfitness #embraceyourreal #bodykindness #YouAreEnough #loveyourbody #flauntyourflaws #bodybeautiful #rawbeauty


this church is part of the huge hospital area where I used to work the last 1,5years. I've noticed this building just a couple of weeks ago - amazing #exploreyourhomecountry #austria #vienna #hitzing #church #architecture #asthesungoesdown #ohyes #dietitian #dietitianontour #grateful #itwasmypleasure #trustyourself #youareenough #believe #youmeetpeopleforareason #ilovemylife #nextadventure #livelovelaugh

Debra Kay Photography:
In Courtney's own words:
I was so excited when Debbie asked me to be apart of project beauty 360 because this is a cause that is so near and dear to my heart. Throughout my teenage years, and in college, I was not confident in myself at all. I had acne, struggled with body image issues, and I tried so hard to look "perfect" just to fit in. I have always been so focused on how others view me, that I forgot to work on how I view myself. It is still a struggle every day, but I wake up with the intention to be confident in who God made me to be. I would never have dreamt of taking pictures without makeup but when I look at these, I see myself, imperfections and all and feel more beautiful than ever, just being me. #ProjectBeauty2017 #yorbalindaseniorphotographer #ocseniorphotographer #debrakayphotography #debrakayphotographyseniors #debrakayphoto #youareenough

Resting doesn't mean you're lazy - take care of yourself first. 💕
With a full day at work, then therapy and a housewarming party after that - I never stopped moving today. Lately, I've been full blast posting and writing 24/7 for the blog. Don't get me wrong, I live for it and love every second of it, but I've been forgetting to take care of myself. Going to bed later than I normally do (I'm usually at grandma status passed out by 10) due to finishing up posts and setting up graphics for the next day, I'm in need of this beautifully drawn reminder. Writing helps me to heal, but so does sleep, and rest. My body feels sick today, but that's because it's telling me to stop for a minute and rest. Writing will be there tomorrow - for now I sip some tea and put myself to bed early. Make your mental and physical health a priority - goodnight friends 😴

We get so caught up in the day to day and sometimes it is hard to look into yourself and change into the person you want to be. I have always thought of myself as a positive person that can self motivate and self change but this year has been really trying for me in so many ways and I have found myself in a place I never thought I would be in. I have done all I can to become the person I once was but even better but it hasn't worked. I realized this week that I need to have people in my life that help me get there. Luckily I haven't completely pushed everyone away. And I have hope.
#life #lifequotes #youareenough #quotes #quotestoliveby

Today was back day. Added weight to my cable row and my lat pull down. Also now I will be doing low intensity cardio in the mornings and HIIT cardio after weight training. I am hoping that will help me shred more and get the more toned look I'm looking for. Lately people have been asking me if I compete and sadly no.. not at this time. I would like to do a show sometime in my life but as of right now I can't manage it. After my schooling is finished then I would think about preparing for a show. I also poured all my money into my diploma program as well so.. this girl can't really afford much right now let alone at badazzled sparkly suit lol 😂 but yes it's always good to have goals and dreams, but like my mother always said "if you're not going to do anything about it right this very second then stop thinking about it and get the things done you can do!" Remember guys only take on what you can handle, if you start to become overwhelmed you will likely crap out early. Stick to a to do list and just get one thing done at a time! 😊💕

If you love them, tell them. If you wonder - ask. If you need something , be prepared to ask for it - but most important - be ready to receive it. Be kind. Be good. Do well but most important - Do good. I will do the hard things. From here. Start where you are with what you have - and do the best you can - holes are not filled by being erased. If it exists, it it exists for a reason. Listen , learn, love. But most important- LIVE. #800273talk #outofthedarkness #AFSP #lifeline #youareenough #iloveyou #RIP 💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔💔

Y'all, this is SO hard. In my last post, I put a picture of my monthly order, and to be a little transparent with you, it was very difficult to order some of these products. See, for the longest time, I have lived with the subconscious belief that I do not deserve to be a priority. I will 100% of the time put myself on the back burner. I can't tell you how many many months I've placed products that I NEED in my cart, only to bump it for something else "for the family". Or the times I've felt guilty about buying necessities (like, new underwear or a decent moisturizer). The list goes on.
@brenebrown in her book, The Power of Vulnerability, talks about "gremlins", the negative self talk that goes on in your head. My gremlins frequently tell me that I do not deserve good things. That I haven't worked hard enough, that I haven't earned it. Ugh. What hideous lies. But the truth is, I never will make myself a priority, if I wait till I feel like I've "earned it". Little by little, I am learning to love & accept myself a little better. Brene's book was the catalyst to a revolution in self-love in my life, and I am ever so grateful that she wrote it. If you haven't read it, you need to do it yesterday.
#brenebrown #thepowerofvulnerability #selflove #priorities #encouragement #positivity #youareenough

I make for a pretty picture from far away, zoom in all you want you're still not seeing what's inside

"There are times in our lives when the most beneficial thing we can do is to be still so that we are in a position to allow God to show us the way."
~Harold Leffall #youareenough

This one for you moms! #MarleneEdwards
I remember when I started high school and I was upset because I wanted to go to a magnet school down the street with all the "smart" students. Moms looked at me and said "Shan, it's not the school that makes you, it's what you make out of the school." #GrowthMindset
Homie was cold with the word switch up and turning your sad moment to a "check yaself" moment where you humble yourself and make it better. She was a supawoman.
She had this way about her where she never allowed a moment to pass the moment, like she fixed it in the moment because I guess she knew better than most that "tomorrow isn't promised".
Moms was never a survivor of #BreastCancer, she was a champion, a MASTER of that sh*t. Real talk this woman was diagnosed with metastatic stage 4 breast cancer that never went into remission and MASTERED the art of making things the way she wanted them to be by living a life, the life she controlled.
After she passed away 12/7/13, I became homeless for 45 days 1/24/14 and I was trying to make sense of my life. I went from being in denial, to numb, dazed, happy, confused, unfulfilled, to overwhelmed.
I took that same "school logic" and applied it to saying "YES" to obtaining my MBA, a degree I didn't think I was good enough for. A degree I allowed to intimidate me at the beginning until I remembered my why, to change the world, to make a difference, but most importantly to make my Moms proud.
This degree is for us, for you, for my Mama. I miss you #WCW
#issaMBAcelebration #blackgirlmagic #selfconfidence #speaker #selfadvocacy #youmatter #youareenough #yougotthis #dopetastic #yougotthis #selfesteem #motivation #inspiration #speakerlife #selfworth #model #celebration #motivate #tedtalk #Chicago #positivevibes #dope #MBA #NYC #education #WaldenUGrad @waldenuniversity

Hey ✨YOU✨
Just a reminder that
YOU are so damn worthy
JUST as you are.
You're also beautiful AF
And perfect just the way you are.
P.S. I ❤️ you

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