Style, Uncategorized

How to Start Editing Your Closet

October 28, 2018

It’s already cold here in North Carolina and personally, I am LOVING the cooler weather. I’m excited for my favorite fashion season to be here! Hello boots, jeans, scarves and sweaters. Even though I enjoy dressing myself for the Fall weather, I am so in love with dressing my little Everett (5 month old) in old-man sweaters, hats, jeans and cute booties. I mean, can you get enough of this cute-ness? The answer is no. (obviously because I’m his mom)

Every year I do 2 edits of my closet, one right before the cooler temperatures swing into NC and one when it starts to get hotter (in April or May). These 2 seasonal transitions are the perfect time for you to get in your closet and edit your wardrobe.

How do you go about it?

  1. Set aside a couple of hours because you do not want to rush this process. Considering how long it takes for us to collect these clothes and get unorganized (months), it’s going to take longer than 5 minutes of your time to edit your closet.
  2. Start by pulling your clothes out of your closet. I find it easier to lay them all on my bed and create stacks that way. Some closets are bigger than others and it’s better to see your options spread out. Spreading out makes decision-making more efficient!
  3. If you are only doing 1 seasonal edit, just pull those particular clothes out. More specifically, if you are trying to organize your Fall/Winter cloths, only pull those out. If you are doing the whole whammy, pull it all out. I, personally, recommend just doing 1 at a time (Fall/Winter OR Spring/Summer), so it won’t be overwhelming.
  4. Separate shirts, pants, jeans, sweaters, skirts, dresses, scarves, shoes and accessories into stacks.
  5. Once you have your stacks, this is where the true work and decision making goes into place. All the work leading up to this is purely organization to allow for decisions to be made. Start with one of the stacks and one-by-one go through each article of clothing. Ask yourself these questions, “Did I wear this last year?” and “Am I excited to wear this piece of clothing this year?” It’s that simple, y’all. If you have not worn something all year, you are not going to wear it this year. The exception to this is if you have changed sizes and/or bought the piece of clothing at end of season and are able to wear it now. Those are the exceptions! If you are holding on to it “just because you bought it,” DONATE it. I know it’s not easy to part with clothing because it is an emotional experience, but it’s essential to have only clothes in your closet that you will actually wear. You don’t need clothes in your closet that you are keeping just to keep. Donate, donate, donate. If you second guess it and think to yourself, “Maybe I will wear it…?” then chances are you will not wear it and you need to get it out of your closet.
  6. Create stacks to donate and stacks to go back into your closet. Put the clothes back into your closet that you are keeping and bag up to donations. Next topic we will discuss is all about how to get your outfits ready for the week…I am telling you it’s life changing. So, stay tuned for that coming soon.

This closet edit is my specialty and my favorite thing to do! It’s my favorite simply because it makes such an impact on people’s lives. Having an organized closet of clothes that you actually wear, clothes that you love and clothes that make you feel confident…that sets each day of yours up for success. For my friends and clients, I am truly a decision maker and I can personally tell you if you will wear it again and let’s be honest, if you “should” wear it again. It’s nice to have someone other than yourself with you when you’re editing your closet. You need a friend (or me) who is not emotionally attached and can tell you with absolute truth if you should keep it or donate it. If you’re interested in getting help with your closet edit, please comment below or email me at styledbymadison1@gmail.com. We can simply discuss your options and I can tell you more about the process.

 

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Life

Just Say YES

May 25, 2017

Hey friends! Whoa, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to check in on my blog and I’ve missed y’all.

I’m here to share something personal with you regarding a shift a noticed in my life. I used to say NO to everything. Really…I did. My gut reaction was almost always, “No, I cannot do that” or “nah, I don’t want to do that.” When I met Austin and actually started to listen to him (hahaha), I started saying YES more and more and slowly but surely, I’ve found myself saying yes to tons of things I would of said NO to years ago.

I said YES to pursuing fitness full-time a few months ago.

I said YES to moving to Tennessee with Austin for medical school.

I said YES to that brownie. ūüôā

I said YES to taking a rest day.

I’ve been saying YES and I’m not looking back. I’ve noticed that since I’ve started to say yes, I’ve had a ton more life experiences that I reflect on in a positive way. I used to be very regimented and would force myself to work out every day (even when my body craved a rest) and only eat dessert once a week and go to bed by 8:30pm every night…I was structured to a T. Well, then Austin comes into the picture and disrupts my structure in the best way possible. Yes, I’m still structured and organized but I also know how to have more fun and experience life in a FULL way, instead of a calculated way.

I’m so grateful to Austin for countless reasons but I’m most grateful that I learned to relax and experience life the way it’s supposed to be…life isn’t a structured to-do list…life can be messy and there is such beauty in that.

To wrap up this little story, try to say YES to more and see what happens. I’m betting you won’t regret it!

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Fitness

Promise Me.

March 23, 2017

Okay, y’all, I am going to apologize in advance for getting on my soap box. I tend to go overboard sometimes on topics that I’m passionate about. ūüôā But then again, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while now: you know that.

Promise me one thing: you will focus and commit during your workouts.

Here’s the number one question I get asked as a fitness professional, “I am not seeing any changes in my body. I’ve been working out every day for the last several years and haven’t gotten stronger or more defined.”

99.9% of the time this is the answer: you aren’t committing to the movements in your workouts. You aren’t present in those moments.

For example, when the instructor says lunge with your right leg. Most of the time people are just doing the movements and going up and down. Don’t go through the movements or settle into the same movement you’ve always done…instead focus on how you can engage more in that lunge. When you lunge, focus on getting your back knee lower to the ground, drawing and engaging your abs, tightening your glutes, keeping your shoulders relaxed and away from the ears….there are many, many aspects of each movement that you can focus on.

You may ask, “Why should I focus?”

Well, that’s because CHANGE comes from focusing and committing. If you are present for your 20-30-45 minute workout, you will start to notice how dialed in you can become and aware of your body. Once you become aware of your muscles, you will start to notice strengths and weaknesses and you can begin to fine-tine and improve.

In my PiYo class, I tend to cue the HECK out of each move because #1) I’m OCD and want to make sure people are getting the most out of their workout and #2) I don’t want people to SETTLE into the move. For example, Warrior 1 (Yoga and PiYo move), don’t just go where you’ve always gone. GO FURTHER. Lunge deeper, hold your shoulders back, tighten your abs. With each move, you can push yourself to a new level.

So, promise me. The next time you workout you will focus on your body and yourself during the entire workout. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How can I go further?
  • What can I do to improve?
  • Am I settling into this move?

If you focus and commit to your workouts, you will start noticing you become stronger and stronger.

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Life

Barb’s Story

March 12, 2017

Let me introduce you to my beautiful and fearless friend Barb. I met Barb at the YMCA because she is always there in the morning working hard. She started coming to my PiYo classes and I was immediately drawn to her because of her incredibly positive presence. After I got to know Barb a little better, I learned even more about her tremendous strength. I asked Barb if she would share her story with you. Please read below because she is an inspiring woman!

My God strengthens me in so many ways. When I first learned that I had Ovarian Cancer of course I was shocked. I went into the hospital with what was thought to be an infection in my abdomen. After three days in the hospital receiving intravenous antibiotics my doctor decided to do emergency exploratory surgery. This was on Labor Day 2016. Before allowing the doctor to do the surgery I asked if I could have my pastor pray for me. A friend who just happened to be in town was with me at the time and she jumped in and became my secretary and put a call into my pastor and his wife. I was expecting a conference call on speaker phone in my hospital room. But no, God had something bigger planned. My pastor and his wife headed straight to the hospital after they got my call. Not only did they pray for Tom and I but they stayed in the waiting room with Tom the whole time while I was in surgery.

While I was in surgery little did I know how big God was taking care of Tom. Not only were our friends (our Pastor and his wife) there with him along with our out of town friend but two women whom my husband did not even know ended up in the waiting room to pray for and with us. They all were there when the doctor came out and informed Tom that they had found a tumor and that they had to do a total hysterectomy. The doctor told Tom that there was a 95% chance that the tumor was cancer. Our pastor commented ‚Äúwell we serve a God of 5%s.‚ÄĚ As God provides, the women, one whom I knew who was there because she had heard and answered God‚Äôs calling that day that told her to go to the emergency room for me, the other I did not even know, both had had cancer and were able to ask questions from their experience that we would have never known to ask. They were a great comfort to Tom.

Once back in my room and after the others had left I asked Tom if they had to remove my ovaries. Luckily for me Tom is a strong man of faith. He looked at me and simply told me they had found a tumor and removed it. The strength in which Tom was able to give me the news was just so matter of fact that I took in the news and then asked what’s next. Of course the mass needed to be tested. I have been blessed by the knowledge that my cancer is Stage 2…. it has been explained to me that it is rare that they find Ovarian cancer so early.

I am so very blessed with the people that the Lord has placed in my life. Many times over the next couple of days so many came and went and all shared their faith and prayers with us. There were times when I was alone in my room that I struggled with what our new normal might look like. I’ve had two very special woman close to me that have been on this journey with Ovarian cancer. Both are strong in their faith and both have been there for me through this.

I do not recall ever asking God ‚Äúwhy me‚ÄĚ. I did cry out His name though because I know there is healing in His name. Two women that visited me while I was in the hospital provided me with scripture that resonated with me. The one that gripped me the most is 2 Chron. 20:15 ‚ÄúThis is what the Lord says, Do No be Afraid! Don‚Äôt be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God‚Äôs‚ÄĚ. I decided at that moment that I was going to live out this journey in a way in which others will see that Cancer is not a death sentence.

Tom and I have felt the prayers of our family and friends. It is truly amazing to know that God loves us and that He has provided great Christian friends to carry us through. I know that it is because of those prayers that I have been able to remain strong. He has blessed us by this journey more than we can even imagine.

So many times during this journey we have witnessed how God shows up strong. Before I started on Chemo my beautiful friends gathered at our house and prayed over Tom and I. He has enabled me to be able to continue to work full time. I have not had to modify my workouts, in fact, I have even branched out and tried new classes. Along with Metabolic Effect three days a week I now take Warm Barre and PiYo. Just as I couldn’t imagine going through this journey without God, I couldn’t have done it without my workouts. One of the ladies who had just recently been on this same journey told me that she would go home from treatment and drink a lot of water and walk for an hour so that is what I did. I saw her continue to show up at the Y and workout and I wanted to do that too. I was afraid that if I stopped I wouldn’t start again.

No matter where I go I have a very strong support system and I hope that I have been able to give back to everyone who has given to me in some way.

God has strengthened me in ways that I may never realize. He has kept me healthy through this journey.

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Life

How I Became Confident Without Makeup

March 6, 2017

I’m sharing my heart with this post because it’s definitely not been easy.

I used to be one of those girls who couldn’t leave the house without her mascara, eyeliner and concealer. I wouldn’t go to the gym without those “essentials.” I felt that everyone could see my dark circles, my pimple, my short eye lashes…that everyone was looking at me and seeing my flaws.

Do you know what changed my outlook on this?

  1. Hot yoga

  2. Austin.

  3. God.

First of all: the yoga part. Y’all are probably thinking, “What, Madison, you crazy?” Okay. If you have ever been to hot yoga, you will understand. You absolutely cannot wear makeup at all when you go to hot yoga. You sweat from every pore and if you wear makeup, you will look like a melted painting by the end of class.

Secondly, and way more important than hot yoga: Austin changed the way I look at myself in the mirror. When we first starting dating and would go on hikes together, I would make sure to have on a full face of makeup. I didn’t want him to see me without my mascara on. It was super important for me to have a certain “image” around him. There was one date where I couldn’t have on my makeup, maybe it was at a pool (I do not remember)…all I remember is the way Austin looked at me, regardless of if I have on makeup or not. He looks at me like I am the most beautiful person in the world. He’s never given me any sort of insult on my looks and compliments me daily on my inner beauty. Austin gave me the confidence to actually feel beautiful – no matter what I wear or do.

Lastly, and the most important of everything in my life: I asked God for help in this shallow feeling I was engulfed in…to always be perfect…to project the “perfect” image to everyone.

No one is perfect but God.

I felt I had to show everyone the “perfect Madison” because that’s the image I’ve always projected. After a specific period in my life, I started looking at myself in the mirror a bit differently. Before: it was “how can I improve on this look?,” “I wish I didn’t have love handles,” “I have dark circles.” Now, I am so proud and happy to say that I look at myself and have started to say, “what can I do GOOD today?” “how can I spread joy?”

Here’s the challenge: my profession is in fitness. Fitness is image driven. Thankfully, I have an awesome best friend (HEY MELISSA) who helps keep me grounded and reminds me of the reason why I do what I do.

I help people become and stay healthy in order for them to live out to their fullest potential.

I’m sharing my experience because it’s not easy. There are days when I get in a rut and I’m so hard on myself. However, it’s a journey and we’re all human. I am here to tell you that there is FREEDOM in going makeup-free and walking out in the world without “hiding” our flaws. There is actually beauty in the imperfections and you can achieve the freedom I have.

Try it out because I am telling you that the vulnerability you feel of showing people the “real you” is totally worth it.

Life

Envy and the Comparison Trap

February 27, 2017

Last weekend, I found myself sick with a cold at home. I looked across the street and saw a couple in my neighborhood getting home from shopping and then doing yard work together. I immediately thought, “That must be nice….to be able to hang out with your husband two days a week and do stuff together.” I got into a little rut for a few minutes thinking about Austin being a first year resident. He was at work sick and I was at home sick. For those of you who don’t know about residency, first year for internal medicine residents is one of the worst and we are lucky if he gets 1 full day off a week, working 6 days a week from 6am to 7-8pm. He is working so hard and I’m incredibly proud.

Comparing ourselves to others is SUCH an easy trap to fall into.

It can happen to me multiple times a day! If you start to notice it, you will be shocked at how often we compare ourselves and envy others.

“Must be nice to be her.”

“I wish I had her legs.”

“She doesn’t know what it’s like to be me.”

“I hate my stomach and wish it looked like Jane’s.”

What got me out of my comparison rut from last weekend? I thought a few things:

  1. I am on God’s timing. And this season in our life with Austin’s residency may be hard at time, but it’ll be worth it.
  2. What are the positives of the situation? I thought to myself, “why am I fortunate?” and I could list at least 20 items. That is GRACE right there!

I think as women, we use our bodies and image as comparison the most. That breaks my heart when I see myself and friends doing that. Since I’ve changed the way I view exercise (see this BLOG POST), I honestly look at my body in a healthier way and exercise because I love my body, not because I hate it. When I catch myself thinking, “I wish I had thinner thighs” or something negative like that, I think that I’m so fortunate to have strong legs to carry me through this life.

Take that item you’re self conscious about (and comparing to others) and list 3 reasons why it’s AWESOME.

Make a note to try and practice those positive affirmations for 1 day. Constantly remind yourself of your beauty and why you are uniquely YOU.

Does anything good come out of comparisons? When has comparison been a good thing? Follow me here…

What I’m getting at is this: no results come out of using envy as a motivation. For example, if you say “Jane has the best abs, I’m going to get abs just like hers,” that is not going to motivate you to your goals. That is a short-lived and shallow goal. Instead, try and turn motivation into this, “I want a stronger core to protect my back and to be able to lift my kiddos easier.” Use positive and life motivation to achieve your goals. You’ll be more motivated and be working toward something that matters.

I hope y’all don’t think I’m preaching to you. I am just very passionate about helping others with¬† positive self talk and avoiding the comparison trap (just ask my friends, I love to “annoy” them about this hehehe). If you ever want to talk about this or need any help, I’m here for you and would love to offer my personal stories and advice. Send me an email!

 

Recipes

My Most Requested Recipe EVER

February 23, 2017

Hello, hello! I’m here with my most requested recipe ever ever ever. No matter how many different and unique things I try, when I ask people for their request…I get “Peanut Butter Cookies” in response. I’m not mad at that because I love them OH SO much!

If you follow me on instagram stories (which you totally should @styledbymadison1), you will notice that I bake quite frequently, at least twice a week in fact. Baking has always been one of my favorite things to do. I not only love the act of baking itself but more so I enjoy people’s responses and happiness from a homemade baked treat. In my opinion, what is better than a box of homemade peanut butter cookies? NOTHING (other than a glass of chilled white burgundy wine waiting for me when I get home, hint hint Austin).

I baked these peanut butter cookies for a friend and fellow fitness instructor, who willing subbed one of my classes last week when I was sick. Thank you, Whitney, for being so sweet! Also, one of my good friends and fellow baker, Travis, loves my peanut butter cookies. He gave me delicious oatmeal cream pies earlier this week, so I “owed” him peanut butter cookies!

Bakery-Style Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from Sallys Baking Addiction

  • 1 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (plus more for rolling)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups all purpose flour + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Cream butter and both sugars for 5 minutes, or until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time and beat for 30 seconds after each egg. Stir in vanilla and peanut butter.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl and then slowly add into butter mixture. Stir in until just combined (DO NOT over-beat this or you will have tough cookies).
  3. Roll into big balls (haha), I usually get about 1/4th cup of dough and roll into balls. Then roll into sugar. Continue until you have no dough leftover. Place balls on a plate, wrap tightly and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. I like to leave them overnight to chill. This step is key to their fluffy deliciousness.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place balls on a greased baking sheet and push down with a fork to create crisscross effect. Bake for 10-11 minutes or until lightly brown. Do not over bake or they will not be soft. You’re going to think they are too gooey and not ready, but trust me: they will be ready after 10-11 mins! Take them out and let cool on a cookie sheet. ENJOY!

 

Tell me: What is your favorite dessert?

Fitness, Style

My Top 3 Favorite Places to Buy Activewear

February 14, 2017

Workout clothing could be my favorite thing to shop for! Maybe that’s because I’m usually in my workout clothes all day, every day, with multiple “costume” (hehe outfit) changes a day. In all honesty, the clothes you choose to workout in can definitely affect the way you work out. You need to be comfortable and you need to feel GOOD.

Here are my top 3 current favorite places to find fitness clothing!

Anthropologie

I have several pieces of Anthropologie leggings and tank tops and almost always get compliments when I wear them. Anthro is where I shop when I want something unique and high quality. Their clothing is definitely not cheap but they have 25% off promotions quite often. Anthro clothing has a feminine quality to it that I love! Shop the activewear line HERE.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is forever my favorite store of all time but specifically their selection of activewear is AMAZING. My favorite line is a Nordstrom brand called Zella. The price is pretty reasonable and the quality is high. Nordstrom has a great return policy and customer service team too. If you aren’t happy with something, they almost always take it back! Check out the Zella line HERE.

Gap Fit

Gap is a recent fitness friend of mine! I did not realize how cute their workout attire is until my bestie Melissa told me about them. They always have the best sales too! Tip: when ordering from Gap Fit make sure you order the “Blackout” technology leggings, otherwise they will be a little too thin (aka see through when you bend down). Shop Gap Fit HERE.

What are some of your favorite places to find activewear? Please comment below to share with us!

Style

Finding the Right Jeans for You: Part 1

February 5, 2017

Hey y’all! One of the questions I get the most when it comes to style is this…

“How do I find the right jeans for me? I feel like mine never fit perfectly.”

Little known fact, I consider myself a true denim dork. ha! In my graduate program at N.C. State, I even wrote my thesis on premium denim and loved every minute of it. My thesis involved me surveying tons of customers in Saks Fifth Avenue and smaller boutiques in Raleigh. I was “that annoying person” coming up to you asking you to fill out a survey. ūüėČ

Anyway, with that being said…I can help you find the right pair by educating you on what to look for when purchasing denim.

We are going to be tackling these topics:

  • Style and Fit
  • Color
  • Fabric/Fiber Content
  • Where to Shop

Let’s start with Style and Fit. To me, these are the most important concepts to grasp when searching for your ideal jeans. Straight leg. Bootcut. Flare. Skinny. Legging. Jegging. Relaxed. Cropped. Wide leg. Boyfriend. I could go on and on. And on.

Straight leg: simply put the jeans go straight up and down and are usually fitted around the waist and slightly relaxed in the booty. These are the traditional fit jeans.

Bootcut: usually a little more form fitted on the waist and butt. Cuts out slightly at the bottom of the jeans to allow for boots to go under your jeans.

Flare: these flare out at the ankle 70s style! (and are actually super flattering, trust me)

Skinny: skinny jeans are the most popular jeans out there today. They are fitted all the way down your legs and rear. Can wear boots over them most of the time.

Legging/Jegging: think of these as a tighter skinny jeans. Most of the time they feel like leggings and are super comfortable and thinner than normal jeans.

Relaxed/Boyfriend: Loose throughout and usually cuffed a couple of times are the bottom hem of the jean to provide a bit of style to it. (super comfy)

Those styles are the main ones for us to grasp. So, how do you know which one is right for you? That is the million dollar question. You will need to definitely try them on and experiment but you can also know that off the get go, higher waisted skinny jeans are the most flattering on our body types. You may be thinking “What? There is no way my bootay is getting in some skinny jeans.” Yes, yes there is. There are different versions of skinny jeans based off age and body type.

Everyone has a unique body type and we’re all different but here are my general recommendations based off body type:

Athletic Build…strong, muscular thighs, average waist

If you have strong legs, I’d be all about showing that off! It’s something to be proud of in my opinion. However, if you want to keep it more streamlined, go for a straight leg jean that is fitted through the waist and tush but goes straight down at the center of the thighs. This will even out your look.

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Pear Shaped…smaller waist, bigger hips and thighs

High waist high waist high waist! I cannot say it enough. I know some people don’t like to have anything near or above their belly button, but high waisted jeans are SO flattering and help minimize any rolls we may have. ūüôā To even out pear shapes, the most flattering jean is fitted all throughout your waist and hips and flares out a bit starting at the knees. The KEY to wearing a slightly flared jean is that you MUST wear heels or look stumpy. Always wear heels if you wear flared jeans. Also, pear shapes can most definitely get away with skinny jeans but in my opinion not jeggings because that tends to draw attention to the bigger areas in our booties. ūüôā

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Apple Shaped…bigger waist and more to love in the middle.

As a general pattern, apple shapes usually have smaller and lean legs but have trouble finding jeans that fit around their waist and still keeps their legs fitted. I would recommend going with a skinny jean but a softer waistband that allows for more grace. I’ve been discovering amazing jeans that don’t have a traditional waist band and are super flattering. Back pockets need to be more mid level and not high up as to even out the tushie. Ankle jeans that end right above the ankle are also GREAT!

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Super Lean…straight up and down skinny minnies.

Lucky son of a gun! The challenge you have is that you want more of a booty and more shape to your legs so you want to accentuate what you have. I’d go for a high-waisted super skinny jean that have pockets higher up on the booty– that makes our butts appear more lifted and perky. As a rule of thumb, you’re body type allows you for FUN and you’re lucky with tons of options! You can get away with playfull bottom hems like this one below.

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More important than anything: these are just suggestions. If you feel confident and beautiful in your jeans, that trumps everything! Confidence and happiness is the key. ūüôā

There is a lot more to consider like coloring of jeans, fabric/fiber content (one of THE most important) and where to shop. Stick around because I will be covering all of those!

In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions…please comment below.

 

Life

The Power of Positive Self Talk

January 31, 2017

Hey y’all…I had a whole series of posts I’m planning to do on denim this week (so exciting) but I’ve got something else on my mind that I felt was more important to share with you.

We all do it. We look at ourselves in the mirror and cringe. We lift our shirts up and look at our stomach, wishing it were smaller. We look at our thighs and hope for a thigh gap. We joke with our friends that we have “birthing hips.” We shake our arm flab and ask ourselves “how do we get rid of this?”

I’m going to be completely honest and vulnerable here…up until 6 months ago, I talked to myself this way almost every day. I looked at myself in the mirror and instead of seeing the positives, I saw the negatives. I would dissect myself and each body part and wish it looked a different way.

What changed for me 6 months ago?

My motivation changed. Instead of waking up every morning thinking of “Madison.Madison.Madison”…I am instead trying to think “How can I make today great?” and “How can I help someone today?”

Looking at ourselves in the mirror and talking negative to our bodies is not only harmful to us but it’s SO SELFISH. And I know some people will read this and think “get off your high horse, Madison,” but I am here to share what’s on my heart and to tell all of us women (and men) that we can STOP the negative self talk by shifting our motivation to others and how to make a difference in someone’s life that day or week.

I’m so lucky to be able to teach fitness classes so my motivation is challenging the participants in my class and helping them feel empowered when they leave their workout. THAT is what makes my heart happy.

The second I stopped focusing on Madison and the “wrong things” about my body…I started to become a better wife, friend and instructor. Somehow getting rid of all that negativity in my brain and heart, left room for so much more! I find myself being more present in day to day life and for that I am so happy.

I’ve struggled for years with eating issues and this positive shift in my life changed me drastically. It’s what made me fully be invested in my fitness career instead of doing something I didn’t love. This positive shift empowered me to pursue what I love. I still remind myself of this when I have bad days (hello HORMONES) but I’ve improved drastically.

The amazing news is that we can all do this! ūüôā There is a key to living your life in a way that lifts others up…we’ve got to get rid of the negative self talk and LOVE ourselves.

Loving ourselves and seeing the beauty is where the secret lives.

Start small…every morning before you shower or get ready for the day: list 3 reasons why you are beautiful. Or great. Or awesome. Or fabulous. The more you do this, the more comfortable you will be in your own skin and the amazing thing:

The more positive we look at ourselves…the more light we see in others!

WHOA ūüôā It opens up a whole new world.

I know this is long but it’s been on my heart for a long time and I’m taking each day at a time. Please reach out to me if you need help in any way. I’m here for you always!