REBLOG: 23 Pictures Of Women That’ll Inspire You To Feel Great In Your Skin

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This is something that just needed to be shared. Over the years, a few of my friends has also been getting really into Thought Catalog articles which I love! I wanted to share this because I know there are still a lot of you out there who don’t size the opportunity to appreciate and read a Thought Catalog article unless it comes across your docket. So, check this out.


challenging “standards”

who sets those anyway?

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I know this article is a little old and I’ve been meaning to write a really thought provoking blog about this article, or at least highlighting it but since January nothing has come to me. Thanks to Delta Phi Epsilon, one of their philanthropies is ANAD, and since college the topic of body image has always been on the forefront. I wanted to get the word out about this awesome new campaign and rather than writing something you don’t want to read, let me just give you the facts, how’s that?

Body image is huge for both men and women. When you see a photo in a magazine or on a billboard it’s more than likely “touched up”. Airbrushing is something that is detrimental to our society. We need to stop comparing ourselves. We need to put them emphasis on health rather than skinny or fat.

Back in January, aerie announced that the ads are “challenging supermaerie 1odel standards by featuring unretouched models in their latest collection of bras, undies and apparel.” Sure, one campaign isn’t solve the complicated of an individual’s self-esteems and images of women in media, but we have to start somewhere. The fact that one brand, aerie, is now showing off their cute bras and undies on bodies with real rolls, lines and curves, is certainly going to help.

american eagle unretouched

So, what do you think about the ad?

Always, remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and you, my dear, are beautiful. The real you is sexy, don’t think otherwise.


involvement with The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.® (ANAD)

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One huge draw to Delta Phi Epsilon was it’s philanthropies. Delta Phi Epsilon has two organizations that we are involved with philanthropically, ANAD and CFF. Each year, DPhiE tries to out-do themselves when it comes to the events, promotion and raising money. The promotion of philanthropy and these events become bigger and better as the years go by. 1dc44b7d12bc528f5829f51ffb288c33

Sororities (and Fraternities) support a wide range of charitable causes across the nation. Most make an annual, national commitment to the same cause . A basic tenet of all National Panhellenic Conference member groups is service, a word that most sorority women take seriously from college well into their retirement years. NPC’s 26 member sororities, Alumnae Panhellenic associations and College Panhellenic associations have the freedom to choose how they spend their service time. “The opportunity for wide and wise human service, through mutual respect and helpfulness, is the tenet by which we strive to live,” according to the NPC Creed.

DPhiE now recognizes ANAD twice, once in fall semester and once in spring semester, by the sisters.  ANAD advocates for the development of healthy attitudes, bodies, and behaviors.  The organization promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families and professionals.

Today is our third annual Deepher Dude (man) pageant. All proceeds go to ANAD. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at Winona State for this monumental moment for my Chapter (Alpha Tau). Participating in a cause that is so near to my heart is exciting. I am excited for my Chapter to woo me with their knowledge, grace, hilarity, and creativity.  The toughest challenge is getting people to an event, but once they are there– sit back, relax, because these girls are going to stomp the stage. I have a great feeling about this Deepher Dude event.

Remember, beauty isn’t a mold; break it.


no makeup november

& we’re off

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Men have No Shave November, which is awesome. Cool, grow a crazy beard and cut it off just in time for the holidays. It’s getting chilly out so it’s just another layer to keep you warm. I get the craze. Everyone wants in on the new fad. A few years ago in college, some people would participate in No Shave November for charity– that’s even cooler. I am all about doing something for cause and promoting awareness.

Men have a month, so why can’t women? In the past, the month of November has been considered to be No Makeup November. During My senior year in college, three women and I pledged to not wear makeup for an entire month. This was a lot harder than expected. As it is, I hardly wear makeup a few bushes of mascara and maybe a touch of blush– then we are good to go. But with No Makeup November, I want to explore who I am without hiding behind a mask. Unfortunately, our culture and society has painted us a picture that you are only beautiful with a painted face, and often that is not the case.  I understand that wearing make up is more necessary (essential) at times, and there are times when it isn’tsmile_large_large. For instance, I know when I mean meeting with my company’s executives, it’s not a bad idea to have a fresh face and to put on a touch of makeup. This isn’t to over do it.

No Makeup November is an experiment in confidence. By not wearing makeup for a month, you will naturally grow confidence in your own beauty and in your own skin. This month is a search for  answers. The goal of No Makeup November is to free women from beauty extortion. It will be challenging, but it will allow you to see the dependency makeup has on our lives.

I pledge, here and now, to not apply makeup & society’s definition of beauty to myself for the entire month. Realistically, I would love to allow myself to do this for an entire month; however, with a few business trips and a campaign on the horizon, I am pledging to not wear makeup for 20 of the 30 days in November.

Of course it will not be easy, but the outcome will be worth it. The goal: learn about myself, ideas of beauty, bringing awareness to others.

Stay beaYOUtiful.

do re me fa so la ti do

you guessed, it The Sound of Music

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An adventure in Salzburg, Austria was the breathtaking and fun things. Salzburg has repeatedly been chosen as Austria’s most bicycle-friendly city. Joining up on the Fräulein Maria’s Bicycle Tour was the perfect way to visit the sites and film locations from The Sound of Music movie. The opportunity to explore Mozart’s city and all its 49 churches, squares, palaces, fountains and attractions by bike was incredible!

Our bike tour was bright and early, right outside of Mirabell Square.  Our route lead from Mirabell Square through the Mirabell Gardens, the Horse Pond, crosses St. Peter’s Cemetery to Nonnberg Convent, on to Leopoldskron Palace, to the Frohnburg and through the beautiful Hellbrunn Avenue to Hellbrunn Palace and back to the city in 4 hours. We avoided large, busy roads and we got to know the city of Salzburg.

Salzburg is a must-see! The city is beautiful and a bike tour was the most exceptional was to experience Salzburg in a new view. My experience of Salzburg was far different than most people’s. We saw the quiet and gentle side, mixed with the hustle and bustle of the city. Biking down the ancient streets of Salzburg, made me realize how beautiful this city truly is. We had the opportunity to grab a beer at one of the oldest breweries, ate at the oldest bakery in Europe, and really enjoyed the scenery.  If you are heading to Salzburg, I would absolutely recommend the bike tour, with such a great way to explore the city–you can’t go wrong.

Now as I have been talking about The Sound of Music, I am sure you’ve been singing this to yourself the whole time, so enjoy: