The Yellow Conference

By March 13, 2014 Uncategorized
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There’s something happening August 28th and 29th I’m so excited to share with you girls. It’s called the Yellow Conference and it’s a gathering of creative women, like you!

The Yellow Conference is a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living.

Created by graphic designer and branding genius Joanna Waterfall, The Yellow Conference is for women who know they were built for a greater purpose. The earth shakers and ground movers. It will inspire you and leave you with practice advice on how to make your dreams a reality as a woman living in today’s modern world. I still don’t know what Joanna was thinking when she asked me to be one of the speakers which includes my dear friend Sarah, the Editor-in-Chief of Darling Magazine and other creative masterminds such as Promise Tangeman, Aja Brown, Hannah Brencher, Lindsey Eryn Clark, Carlos Whittaker, Caroline Howard, and Dale Partridge — the Founder of Sevenly! The conference will take place at Smoky Hollow Studios in El Segundo, California right near LAX and the beach! I hope you’ll be able to join me and lots of amazing women as well as Carlos and Dale!

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Giveaway: Darling Magazine {Issue 7}

By January 23, 2014 Uncategorized
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Hi Girls!

Most of you know how much I love and adore Darling Magazine by now and if you’re not an adoring fan yet I’m sure you will be once you get your hands on your very own copy (available online and at Anthropologie). I was honored to write another article for the upcoming Spring issue of so I thought it would be fitting to share the Darling love and give away a copy. Enter below and good luck!

 

 

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Six Ways to Be Unlovely {Darling Blog}

By January 8, 2014 Uncategorized
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Below is my latest article for Darling Magazine’s blog. I have a feeling this one might ruffle some feathers with the selfie comment – nothing personal if you take selfies. It’s just the motivation behind them that I’m referring to.

6 Ways  to Be Unlovely

1. Get lost in your own reflection.
For a sure fire way to be unlovely, gaze into the bathroom mirror more frequently than you peer into the beauty of others’ soulsTrue beauty and loveliness is outward-focused. It invests in others more than oneself. Be that kind of girl.

2. Build your life on your outward appearance.
As my friend Jennifer Strickland says, “Anywhere you find a girl building her life on her outward appearance, you will find a broken girl.” You are not your looks. Be a woman of substance — your physical beauty is fading fast.

3. Take lots and lots of selfies.
Let’s be honest, do you really like it when a friend or foe posts really good looking pictures of themselves all the time? I didn’t think so.

4. View others as competitors and see your “friends” as threats.
In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Comparison is also the enemy of contentment. As women we should be focusing on completing one another, not competing against.

5. Question your value relentlessly.  
If you want to lack in the true beauty department, never stand secure in your true identity. Insecurity is unattractive. Know your value.

6. Build your worth on shifting sand.
A sure way to lose your true beauty is to build your life on things that are destined to perish: talents, looks, accomplishments and possessions. True beauty transcends time.

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Punta Mita!

By January 3, 2014 Uncategorized
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alliesurf2We’re off to Punta Mita!!! Our house sitters arrive tomorrow, our bags are back and we’re ready to go. Just hoping for some good waves. I plan on doing a lot of reading and writing and logging some good water time. We just got a new surf mat for Christmas, which is turning out to be my new favorite water toy. What is your dream vacation?

 

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My Favorite Fashionable & Socially Conscious Possessions

By December 29, 2013 Uncategorized

As you may know I love items that give back. Today, I thought I would share my growing collection with you in hopes of inspiring you towards investing in items that give to a greater good.

1. Zia Leather Leaf Earrings {Raven and Lily}
This unique pair is handcrafted from locally sourced leather by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

2. The Giving Keys: Grace
The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE.

3. 31 Bits Necklace
I have this necklace in teal, but it was limited edition is an is no longer available. Designers earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. They are cared for holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in the 31 Bits program, their beneficiaries are ready to graduate.

4. Della Laptop Case
Della is a socially responsible fashion line working directly with a community in Ghana, West Africa. Every product is carefully handcrafted using authentic textiles sourced in the Volta Region. The passionate, talented women and men who create the pieces are given an opportunity to build a foundation for a better life through jobs, education and skills training.

5. Sevenly + To Write Love on Her Arms Baseball Tee
Sevenly sells merchandise and gives $7 of each item sold a designated charity of the week. This limited edition tee (which unfortunately is no longer available) supports the work of the non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms, which is dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

6. Mango Wood + Leather Bangles {Raven and Lily}
Handmade from locally sourced metallic leathers by marginalized women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

7. Yami Distressed Leather Tote Bag {Raven and Lily}
Made in partnership with a brand new workshop in Addis Ababa, focused on providing employment opportunities for women vulnerable to labor trafficking.

8. Lux Necklace {Raven and Lily + Tiffany Kunz}
These exclusive designs crafted from melted bullet casings and vintage coins empower HIV+ women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing sustainable economic opportunities, Raven + Lily returns proceeds to fund school scholarships and micro-enterprise training for women and children in this community.

9. Wonderfully Made Scripted Tee
This tee is obviously only a small sampling of my collection of Wonderfully Made items, but every time you purchase something from our store 100% of the proceeds support our work to help young women know their true value and worth.

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The {Cutest} Christmas Story

By December 23, 2013 Uncategorized

We showed this tonight at youth group and I just thought it was the cutest. I had to share it with you! Merry Christmas friends!

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Happy Trails

By December 23, 2013 Uncategorized
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Been spending time on my friends ranches lately. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Happy trails.
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Loving Your Overweight Self {Darling Blog}

By December 20, 2013 Uncategorized
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Over 60 percent of U.S. adult women are overweight, according to 2007 estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally over one-third of overweight adult women are obese. Not all, but many women find themselves overweight and unhappy about it. Feelings of shame, inadequacy, insecurity and self-loathing are common among those who struggle with their weight.

Currently, I am of no exception. Last year, due to a health problem, I had to go on a medication that caused me to gain a significant number of pounds. The question I’ve been asking myself lately is, how do I love myself overweight? How do I value and cherish myself exactly where I am? Regardless of the factors that cause anyone to become overweight, we’re then faced with the decision to either love ourselves through it or battle ourselves forever. It’s been a struggle for me to find joy, health and freedom but I’m discovering insights along my journey. My hope is that these thoughts will encourage you, too.

I’m learning that loving yourself while overweight means honoring your body and creating healthy habits for the sake of wellbeing instead strictly for weight control. It means respecting the diversity of body shapes and size (your own included) believing that a number does not dictate your worth. It’s learning to enjoy the act of moving around and becoming in tune with your body’s natural hunger and satisfaction signals. Allowing yourself to live in an unhealthy state (for not everyone who is overweight is automatically unhealthy) when you can do something about it isn’t self-love— it’s actually self-destruction.

Continue reading over at Darling.

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Your Greatest Woes, God’s Greatest Gifts

By December 19, 2013 Uncategorized

“The gospel is so arranged and the gift of God so great that you may make the very enemies that fight you and the forces that are arrayed against you and make them steps up to the very gates of heaven and into the presence of God.” -Streams in the Desert

It is unnatural to think that the very things that cause pain are the forces that bring us great strength. In my life, it seems so odd to think that severe depression and sickness are woes that God can use for glorious good. I’m learning though, that the key is in surrender.

What is it in your life that causes you the most pain? I pray that you cling to the hope that these very trials can bring you closer into the presence of your Maker. Your greatest woes might be disguised as God’s greatest gifts.

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The Problem With Happy

By December 18, 2013 Uncategorized
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“We are always getting ready to live but never living.–Ralph Waldo Emerson”

When’s the last time you thought, “Once I get that job I’ll be happy” or “Once I meet that guy I’ll be happy” or “ Once I fill-in-the-blank I’ll be happy?”

In his book “Happier,” Tal Ben-Shahar calls this the arrival fallacy – the belief that when you arrive at a certain destination, you’ll finally be content or happy.

The problem is no matter what goal we achieve or what feat we tackle, there is something in us that makes us feel as though we will never arrive. Often times when we accomplish a particular goal we are faced with new challenges or we set our sights on a new, loftier one. We’ll buy that perfect outfit, but then spill coffee on it or get tired of it and covet a new pair of leather boots. We think goals, possessions, or relationships will complete us when they were never intended to.

Read the rest of my article over at Darling.

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