This is classic! I think this one will be going viral. Here's to all my fellow instagrammers. Put a filter on it!!!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
|My article, "Your Personal Body Project"|
Hope you are having a great week! I'm starting to smell fall in the air, are you?
I got the best delivery in the mail today...my copy of the very first issue of Darling Magazine. I know you might think I'm biased, but I'm not lying when I'm telling you this is hands down the best women's magazine out there!
Sarah, Natalie and the dozens of creatives, photographers and writers who collaborated on this project did an exceptional job and I feel unworthy to be listed alongside them.
When Sarah first asked me if I would write an article for the print issue, I did a happy dance inside, but then I freaked out, fearing I would have nothing of value to offer. I kind of urged her to ask someone else instead and told her that if she didn't like my article she wouldn't have to put it in there! I'm still sort of in disbelief that I got to be a part of this project. My article is titled "Your Personal Body Project" and focuses on the life-sucking opportunity cost of making our body a project.
One of the best parts of being involved in the launch issue is that so many of my friends and girls I'm inspired by were a part of this project. Starting of course with Sarah (the chief-dream and visionary), Natalie, Kristie, Christianne Taylor, Emily, Joanna Hyatt and my friend Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes.
I definitely invite you to get your own copy - Darling isn't just a magazine - it's a piece of art and literature you'll want to keep on your coffee table for months or years. It will inspire, challenge and encourage you.
I'm taking it with me to Hawaii so I can really savor it once our conference is over! Let me leave you with this:
Keep your little girl dreams big! Never let the dreams of your heart die. One, because they matter and two, because they are more than possible!
Love & Hugs,
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 4:02 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Many of you girls already know about my love for Josh Garrel's music and my affinity for all things country, so it's safe to say this was the dreamiest concert I've ever been to! Held at La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo, the night featured a premiere of the film The Sea In Between, a potluck, pie contest and best of all, an amazing performance by Josh Garrels - accompanied by several multitalented musicians from Mason Jar Music.
The word of the night was definitely "dreamy." Did I say that already?
What is the "dreamiest" concert you've ever been to?
The word of the night was definitely "dreamy." Did I say that already?
|Michelle and Makenzie - a few of our Westmont wmGirls!|
|Josh and Mason Jar Music tearing it up|
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 10:29 PM
Hi Lovelies -
I thought you might be inspired as I was by Jennifer Gaither, a Lululemon ambassador and SoulCycle instructor who championed a mini-movement called the Sports Bra Challenge. Jennifer felt challenged to face her personal fear of exposing her midriff. While, I'm all about the motto modest is hottest, I'm also all about women feeling comfortable in their own skin and I think that in the right context (no guys around please!) the Sports Bra Challenge is pretty freeing and inspiring!
Watching this video made me want to join the Sports Bra Challenge madness, which they hosted in Time Square. I've even been flirting with the idea of doing a women-only Sports Bra challenge for one of the spinning classes I teach. I'm thinking an 80's theme would be pretty sweet!
Would you ever do a sports bra challenge?
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 4:57 PM
Monday, September 10, 2012
Hi Friends -
Here is a post I initially share on Know Your Value two years ago. The words I shared are still fitting today so I thought I would repost it here in honor of National Suicide Prevention Day (and week).
The convergence of these dates and their significance in my life leave me without excuse to be silent. For me they have become my Ebenezer stones or “stones of help” - reminders of God’s divine intervention in my fragile, fleeting life.
I am a survivor.
There are moments like right now when I second guess why I continue to share the ashes of my life instead of forever bury them beneath false appearances of someone who has always had it together.
But I’m alive and for the sake of my Savior I will not be silent.
But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! (Psalm 54:4).
I’ve known the feeling of death and dying within a body that keeps on living. I’ve known the ruminating, relentless thoughts of self-hate. I’ve known what it’s like to want to disappear forever and to believe the lie the world is better off without you in it.
But I also know that hope is real.
I know that such pain doesn’t equal permanence. That God is still mighty to save.
That the God who formed you and holds your life in His hand can heal your mind, mend your broken heart and give you a new song.
I believe that clinical depression is a very real, but very treatable illness that can have emotional, spiritual and of course physiological components. I know that if you are suffering, you are not alone and that there is hope for you too. Do not give up.
How has mental illness and/or suicide impacted you or your loved ones? Do you have a message of hope to share or a verse of encouragement?
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 6:53 PM
Saturday, September 8, 2012
As one of the quotes I added to the Body Beautiful iPhone app says, "We don't know who is healthy and who is not just by looking at their body shape (Cheryl-Ann Webster)." A common assumption so many of us make is that if you are thin you healthy and if you are overweight you are unhealthy. However, the reality is that body shape is not an accurate indicator of a person's health - there is far more to a person's health than size suggests.
I found this article titled "Are You A Skinny Fat Person" fascinating and informing. I definitely suggest you read it. Here are a few of my most valuable take aways:
It requires looking "under the hood" to get a a more accurate reading of your personal health. Here are a few insightful nuggets I gleaned from the article:
- Just because you might be thin, it does not mean you get an automatic health pass!
- The medical term "MONW," or metabolically obese normal weight means you are. under lean but over fat -- not enough muscle and too much fat (especially belly fat).
- Nearly 1 in 4 skinny people have pre-diabetes and are "metabolically obese."
- It appears that only about 20 percent of children in America are healthy.
- Getting certain tets taken can help you get a more accurate assessment of your personal healthy.
Personally, I'm not a skinny girl nor will I ever be (I have no intention of starving myself to change my natural shape). I've seen this happen to too many girls I care about and it is as frightening as it is sad and dangerous. Like I've said before, "Forget skinny. I’d rather be healthy. And strong. I have mountains to climb, waves to surf, oceans to swim and beautiful adventures to tackle."
How do you gauge your personal health?
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 2:29 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Hi Lovelies -
If you're in the Santa Barbara area and don't have plans, I'd love to see you tonight at Believing Women, a ministry started by my dear friend Naomi. It will be a casual Q & A style and I'll be answering questions about my personal story and things I've learned on my journey. I'll also have all of our jewelry, books and other WM goodies for sale! I look forward to seeing friends and meeting new ones!
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 12:53 PM
Monday, September 3, 2012
I so needed the following truth today from the September 3rd reading of Streams in the Desert. Things are about to crazy up in here....our first out-of-state Wonderfully Made Conference in Oahu, Hawaii (pinch me!) is in less than three weeks! There is so much to be done and as I'm sure you girls can relate when you're overwhelmed by responsibility, I'm tempted to strive and work myself into the ground.
So this was so timely this Labor Day...
"Straining, driving effort does not accomplish the work God gives man to do. Only God Himself, who always works without strain, and who never overworks, can do the work that He assigns to His children. When the restfully trust Him to do it, it will be well done and completely done. The way to let Him do His work through us is to partake of Christ so fully, by faith, that He more than fills our life."
It goes on to share one man's motto: "Not overwork, but overflow."
So my hope these next few weeks is that I'll be able to successfully find a fruitful, effective balance between work and rest, trust and action.
What do you think about the motto "Not overwork, but overflow? What does that mean to you?
Posted by Allie Marie Smith at 11:52 AM