Yet Another Reason to Put Down Your Phone and Reclaim This

When was the last time the shape of the clouds fascinated us more than what’s on our phones? Or we sat engrossed in the sunset without a single interruption?

Chances are, for most of us it’s been a while. As much as we might appreciate these things, the never-ending to-do lists and distractions of our lives tend to desensitize us to the little miracles around us – to the point where we might stop noticing them altogether.

As we get older, it’s natural to grow accustomed to the things that once enchanted us as kids because we’re no longer seeing them for the first time. Before I moved to Los Angeles, for example, I remember how incredible I thought it was that there were palm trees lining the streets here (I’m from Minnesota, after all).

But since living here, that initial fondness and excited wonder has long subsided.

On the one hand, it’s wonderful to be able to adapt to our surroundings and grow comfortable in our environments, but isn’t it tragic when we become dulled to their unique magic in the process? Continue reading

Creating An Environment of Authenticity

Whether we’re chatting with a stranger or hanging out with our bestie, one of the beautiful things about human relationships is that different people bring out different aspects of ourselves. Some people bring out the extroverted, talkative sides of personalities, while others draw out our more reserved, pensive qualities. It all depends on how we feel around a person and what we deem is expected of us.

Have you ever considered what aspects you bring out in others? Do you make people feel accepted, comfortable and loved enough to be authentic in your presence? Or do people leave you feeling scrutinized, judged and exhausted? Often times, making people feel loved enough to be their truest self– even on a subconscious level– is an art.

So, how do we ensure that our presence is uplifting to others? Read more on The Fullest to discover simple ways to encourage authenticity. 

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Life As An Artist: Q&A With Abbey Holden Studio

I met Abbey Holden on the first day of fourth grade, and even then, I knew there was something special about her. She’s gorgeous, kind, personable, and, as evidenced by the pics below, uber talented. Even as a kid, Abbey had a clear gift for art, so it should come as no surprise to learn that she studied it further in college and became a print designer for Lilly Pulitzer (!!!) after graduating. Her most recent endeavor, though, has been starting Abbey Holden Studio, which sells the absolute dreamiest paintings on the planet.

Check out my Q&A with Abbey to learn more about her paintings, what it’s like to be an artist, and how she started her own business! Continue reading

Releasing Rejection And Living Loved: An Interview With Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa TerKeurst, Author of Uninvited
Whether we were turned down for a date, didn’t get the job, or just feel overlooked, rejection affects most of us more than we’d like to admit. According to author and Proverbs 31 Ministries president Lysa TerKeurst, “We are all either trying to get healing from past rejection, dealing with present rejection, or fearing that an unexpected rejection is just around the corner.”

In her new book, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, TerKeurst addresses the topic of rejection in depth and offers practical strategies for coping with it. In sharing her own personal experiences with rejection, she gives an honest look into its roots, shows how it can poison our relationship with ourselves and others, and provides faith-based insights into where true belonging is found. Continue reading

10 Unexpected Ways to Stay Healthy This Summer

We often think of health in terms of diet and exercise, but there is so much more that goes into our well-being than what we eat and how we treat our bodies. Our social, emotional, and spiritual health are just as important in regards to our overall wellness and should not be overlooked. After all, these components allow us to connect well with others, maintain positive relationships, cope with life’s challenges, and find purpose in our actions — all of which are essential to a full, healthy life.

And unlike sticking to a strict diet or workout regime, which can sometimes feel burdensome, there are countless fun and simple  habits we can incorporate into our routines that strengthen our mindset and improve our overall attitudes and well-being.

Here are just 10 ideas to get started this summer. What items would you add? Continue reading

Becoming Brazen: An Interview With Leeana Tankersley

The word brazen means “without shame,” and it describes how author Leeana Tankersley wants us to live. In her newest book, Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding, she invites readers to rediscover their true selves through a series of personal stories and observations. Her words encourage women to honor their intuition, to find their voice, and to be reminded of their God-given worth — even in the midst of a world bent on molding us into its own image.

She writes, “It is time. Time to reach down into the annals of your being and explore all the dimensions of who and what God knit there. It is time to come out of hiding. Let’s go after what’s been silenced, hidden, lost, bruised, abused, abandoned, bullied.”

Inspiring, right? To learn more, Milk & Honey Magazine interviewed Leeana about what it means to live a brazen life and how we, too, can do so. Continue reading

10 Things to Tell Your Mom This Mother’s Day
I think we can all agree that the older we get the more we realize just how much our mothers had to put up with while raising us. From chauffeuring us to tennis lessons and dental appointments to bearing with our adolescent angst and taking care of us when sick, it seems like there’s nothing our moms weren’t willing to do for us.

For many, our moms remain our number one fan, and our relationship with them will forever be one of the strongest bonds we have. Yet, as influential as mothers are in our lives, how often do we stop and actually let them know what they mean to us? Chances are, not enough. Continue reading

How Imperfect People Can Do Great Things

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Whether we wish we could serve the poor and alleviate suffering like Mother Teresa or pioneer critical scientific research like Marie Curie, we all dream of doing beautiful, world-changing things with our lives. Yet, no matter how much we might long to follow in the footsteps of such women, who in fact believes themselves capable of that kind of greatness?

Perhaps we can imagine ourselves doing so in the future — when we are “older and wiser” — but in our present, imperfect condition? Hardly. Continue reading

Hope Heals: An Interview With Katherine Wolf

Katherine and Jay Wolf Headshot Hope Heals Book

In their debut book, Hope Heals: A True Story of Overwhelming Loss and Overcoming Love, Katherine and Jay Wolf share the story of their devastating pain — and ultimate healing — after a brain stem stroke nearly took Katherine’s life eight years ago.

At the time, the couple were raising their 6-month-old son, James, while pursuing their dreams in Los Angeles — Katherine in the modeling and entertainment industry and Jay in law school. The day of the stroke, Katherine underwent and survived a precarious 16-hour surgery, but her future recovery remained uncertain. She spent 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly two years in full-time rehab — re-learning how to walk, talk, and eat. Continue reading

What “Aesthetic Activism” Is And Why Bib & Sola Is Leading It

Bib & Sola - White SetA glassware company that produces striking hand blown carafes and glasses, Bib & Sola offers a stylish and conscious alternative to plastic bottles. The brand’s founder, Kira Heuer, is adamant about reducing plastic waste and providing clean water solutions. Through Bib & Sola’s colorful pieces, she aims to do both, believing that their beauty has more power to inspire education and change than anything else — a concept she calls, “Aesthetic Activism.”

I recently had the chance to connect with Kira and learn more about Bib & Sola’s story, its Aesthetic Activism campaign, and the difference that using glass instead of plastic can make. Continue reading