It’s Been a Year

I’ve been trying to write this post for the past month but I just don’t know how to do it. I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus but I want to tell my story the way that it happened. So I guess we’ll just dive right in at the request of several people who want to know how I made such a significant life change last year.

This time last year I was in a very different place. I mean, not locationally or anything but mentally and emotionally. My heart was so different from what it looks like now. I’m reminded of that because of the beauty/ horror of Facebook telling me, every day, what I did or said 1, 2, 7 years ago. So in addition to showing me how problematic I have been in the past, it also lets me know that I did brave or scary things. On New Years Eve of 2015, I quit my job. I quit this job that was killing me.
Ryan took me out for sangria at 2:00 pm and we sat together feeling like we’d just jumped off a cliff without knowing what was at the bottom.

I’m not sure we’ve landed yet.
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It Sounds Terrifying and Awesome. Let’s Do It

Ever since the incredible Kalene of Blue Muse Photography asked me to be a part of this project, I knew I wanted to write about it.

Ever since I got the results back on the reader survey that I sent out into the internet, and I read about how many of you are challenged by your own sense of body image, I knew I wanted to write about it.

Ever since Saturday afternoon when Kat and I were driving home from this exciting, mind-shifting experience, I knew I wanted to write about it.

Ever since Kalene showed me these final (not-photoshopped) photos and I squealed over them, I knew I wanted to write about it.

Man, but what is there to say when I don’t have any words? Or, rather, I have so many words that I can’t form them into anything coherent? But I know I need to write about it so here we go, I’m going to just do it and allow the magic that happens when you trust the process take shape.


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Take the 2017 XOXO, Lib Reader Survey!

Hi! I’m just popping in to ask you if you could do me a favor?
Blogging can be a little bit awkward because it gets a little one-sided. Because of that, I wrote up a quick eight-question survey so that I could get to know my blog readers just a little bit more.

Some of the questions are super basic, some require a little bit more thoughtfulness. I just hope that you take some time to let me know more about you. Responses are completely anonymous and they’ll help me to just see how I’m doing, how you’re doing, and how I can serve you better.

Just click here to take the survey. Thanks again! You’re the very best.



Seventeen In Seventeen: A Bucket List

I’m not sure that I’m crazy about the whole “New Year New You” mentality. I’ve spent my whole life trying to make myself into someone else. And ever since I started to get to know Me, I’ve started to really like me and that’s not going to change. In fact I just keep falling deeper and deeper in love with me.

Some people like to start out the new year with resolutions. Some like to focus on one word that they’re going to try to embody more fully. Some say “to hell with it all” and just keep living their lives without taking stock and I admire that. I, personally, like to think ahead and write out a bucket list of sorts. It’s a mixture of all of it. Some things to look forward to, some new habits to implement, and some themes I want to amplify.
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Best of 2016

There were a lot of horrible parts of 2016. We all know that. It’s not a secret. We’re good at remembering the crummy things that happened. But I think we need to do one last difficult thing that will be good for us before this year’s up. Let’s make a list of the best parts of 2016. I’ll tell you mine if you tell me yours.
But before we start, here’s a curse-word-laced, completely, hilariously accurate list of the less than pleasant aspects because Matt Bellassai is so funny.

So, anyway, here’s my Best of 2016 List!


Art by @jennakutcher

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