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The New Me

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Winner of $20 to You’re Gonna Love This is…

HOLLY who commented…
‘I am loving the kid necklaces and the tree necklace for me. Can I also just say that YOU ARE AMAZING! Love you girl!’

No Losers Here:
Visit youregonnalovethis.etsy.com and enter BLOG10
for 10% off anything in our etsy store!

I’m so grateful to Modern June for asking me to be a guest blogger on her blog! I have absolutely loved reading all of the other entries!

Like most women, when asked about my flaws I immediately had a list of 20 things come to mind. I’m not young. Not thin. Have a messy house. Sometimes I go all day without even thinking about brushing my hair. I’m a busy, tired mom.

But, as I thought deeper about my biggest flaw, I knew. It is my body. But, not the fact that I’m out of shape. Not the few gray hairs I have found. It’s the

2 years ago I started waking up with massive joint pain. Like can’t walk for the first 2 hours of the day joint pain. I tried to ignore it. But, it got pretty hard to ignore the fact that my fingers would not work. Then came the day… The day I could not pick up my son from his crib. I sat on the floor, bawling hysterically, not knowing what to do with my life. Luckily someone was looking out for me. A good friend showed up at my door for a reason unknown to her. She helped me get through that day. But, I realized then I couldn’t ignore this anymore. I needed to face the pain.

It took a while to be diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was glad to have a name for the disease that was taking away my life. But, being diagnosed with a chronic disease I was now faced with kissing the old me goodbye.

The old me…

was super competent
was the first to volunteer to help others
took dinner to sick friends
was an elementary school teacher
had a clean house
took good care of my kids

The new me…

sometimes needs a cane
has trouble getting out of bed each morning
can’t open jars
drops full gallons of milk on the kitchen floor
sometimes can’t walk the full length of the grocery store
can’t button my children’s buttons
needs 5 different medications each day and one injection per week to function

So, my life has changed. But, my life is NOT over! It took me a while to realize that, but it really is true. I am still me. Maybe a new me, but I’m me. I am very proud of who I am. I’m proud of the life I have created.

I am…

*I am now a preschool teacher. I LOVE my preschool kids. It’s the perfect job for me. I work and play for 2 hours, then I take a break. Watching them learn makes me so happy!

*I am a jewelry designer. I started a business to pay down my medical bills and cover my monthly prescriptions. It has become one of my favorite parts of me. I love creating custom pieces that mean something to the people who wear them. And using my hands this way helps them to function better. I am so proud of my little business!


*I have found new ways to help the people I love. It might take a little more thought or planning, but I can still be a service oriented person.

*I have a wonderful husband, awesome friends and a super supportive family who love me.

*I am a mom to 2 wonderful children. They understand what I’m going through more than they should at their ages. They are phenomenal kids, and the thing I am most proud of!

I have days of frustration, but I really do love who I am. I don’t need to compare myself to others. And I don’t need to compare myself to the old me. It may have taken me a while, but I’ve figured out that I’m happy with me.

We want you to be happy, too! So, we are giving you $20 to our shop!!!

4 entries available…
1. Favorite our Etsy Shop.

2. Like our Facebook Page.

3. Post on FB about this giveaway.

4. Let us know your favorite item from Our Shop.
Comment for each entry!
You have 48 hours to enter!

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Hi… I am Beth Quinn of Beth Quinn Designs… I am a mother, wife, sister, friend, business owner, jewelry maker and the list goes on and on..I have soo many roles in my life that sometimes its very overwhelming as I am sure so many of you can relate …Each one of us has soo many shoes to fill and we sometimes set our standards very high.. so loving ourselves inside and out isn’t always easy…

what do you do when that inner voice inside your head tells you no , its not good enough ?  I think as women in some form or shape we all struggle with this ..  I know I struggle constantly with the inner voice inside my head whether its about not being a good enough mom at times, because I am being pulled in too many directions or just being too busy..  Sometimes its that nervous feeling thinking that people won’t like what I put out there and questioning myself…. Its that vulnerable feeling .. and we are our own worst critic.. we pick at our flaws and imperfections …(whatever it may be weight, style, creativity, motherhood) we compare ourselves too often to others…    but what it all boils down too is somehow we still do it , we take the leap and get out of our own way..

we are not perfect and it is unrealistic to think we are .. .. we are brave and courageous souls each and every one of us ..

and we are all perfectly imperfect…   so with that being said I would like to giveaway my perfectly imperfect spring necklace to one lucky winner ..

to enter the giveaway :

Follow my blog  here

Become a fan on my facebook page .. here

Twitter, blog , or facebook about the giveaway – Then just come back here and leave a comment for each thing you do to get an entry..

and remember no matter what .. that you can do it !!  Dream big and follow your heart !!

xo,

beth

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Hi guys! My name is Chrissa and most anyone who knows me on the internets thinks of me as The Design Junkie, or perhaps has “met” me via my Pinterest or Etsy shop, like the lovely Kathy here. One of my absolute most favoritest things about having a hobby and side business that relies heavily on my meeting and making new friends online is that I get the opportunity to come in contact with the most amazing individuals. People that I would have likely never had the potential of meeting had it not been for that vehicle. To say that I am grateful for that is an understatement, to be sure.

To tell you the truth, historically (and habitually) I haven’t always “loved thyself”. I tend to be such a perfectionist that I am never good enough for me. No matter how hard I would try, I always fell short of my own expectations. I didn’t go to college, I’m not some svelte trophy wife, in fact, there is nothing truly spectacular about me…with the exception of my having met online and then in real life over 300 of my closest friends. True story.

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The more I began to interact with new people and hear and see so many fresh ideas, I began to (not to be totally cheesy) blossom. I had always been a creative person, but suddenly I found myself with such a plethora of ideas. I equated them to helium filled balloons, each threatening to float away whose strings always teased me by slipping out of my grasp. I tried to write things down, to take photos of what I wanted I wanted to make, but as the journal and notepads stacked up and the images started to flood folders and editing programs with nary the time to process, I started to think to myself, “I’m doing it wrong”.

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I tried to simplify, I gave up Farmville, I found myself being more particular about what I did with my time and who I spent it with. Still, I became pretty good at over-promising and under-delivering, flaws that I still struggle with. I’m trying hard to work on this, not only because I have to let others down, but because I don’t want to let me down. Which brings me to a promise I made myself this past Christmas… I had become so active in large part to my blog and its Facebook page, as well as piles of freelance projects, that I found myself thinking about how much I could do, if I didn’t have to go to work every day, which I know sounds absolutely all kinds of crazytown. I had been working for the past 15 years in a position that (I think) I was very good at, I have pretty much the best boss in the history of ever, and employment in a state that has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country. I was always comfortable, so it allowed me to be very sedate, to do anything else would throw shove me pretty far out of my comfort zone. I was scared.

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Then something snapped inside. I felt like I had quite literally cracked open. It finally occurred to me, that if I failed, it wouldn’t kill me.

Again, not having an 8-5 day job WOULD NOT MAKE ME DIE.

For some reason, this was a prettttty big deal to really let that sink in. Everything in me told me I’d be okay, I’d kick butt and take names and all of that, but mostly, I have faith. My faith tells me that I will always make it. I have a ginormous network of support from people who love me all over the world, not to mention, I’m the kind of girl that can make the best of any situation. Case in point:

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So I’ve decided not to worry. I have a summer position on the table in Chicago. I’ll help coordinate, sell and organize weddings. Right up my alley. Part of my mission, should I chose to accept it, is re-designing a chicken coop into an office and bridal suite. I’m pumped. I had a nice, super positive talk with my boss, and I’d just like to reiterate that I have been fortunate enough to have worked all of these years for the most supportive guy ever. I called my Grandma to tell her that I wanted to see her soon, that I would likely be gone for the summer. I told her what I was doing. Her response, “What are you, crazy???”

I thought about it for a very long moment before responding.

“Perhaps. Perhaps I am. But I am okay with that. I’ve worked hard and I’m worth this.”

Because you know what? I totally am.

And So are you.

Don’t ever forget that or let anyone ever try to talk you out of your dreams.

“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” – Elsie de Wolfe

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A little Giveaway business before we get to our amazing hostess for the day….

The winner of the You Can’t do Everything Giveaway:

Rachel DeVaughn

“You can do anything but not everything” and list one way you are going to cut yourself a little slack today and everyday:

I am not going to freak out if I can’t get caught up with my scrapbooking albums by the end of the year. I will do a little at a time instead of thinking of a huge looming project in front of me!

Winner of the Flaws are Beautiful Giveaway:

Misty O’Brien

I have had 3 boys (all 10lbs) and 3 c-sections. I will always have that leftover “shelf” no matter how small it may ever get to be. However, I pay no attention to it anymore :) Heck, the first thing I do when I get home and relax is peel off my clothes down to my skivvies and parade around the house, showing off that proud momma leftover belly. Doing this has made me comfortable in my own skin. Thank you for sharing your story and making it relatable to other mommas out there. We appreciate it!

email me at DaisyandJuneshoppe@gmail.com for your information!

Thanks for playing along everyone! Now lets get to know Amie…

Hi. I’m Amie. I blog over at {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}. Sometimes I blog about crafting (my main passion, besides cats), sometimes I blog about my life. Sometimes, I don’t even blog! My life can be a whirlwind sometimes. I also have an Esty {shop} by the same name. That’s how Kathy and I “met.”

To be honest, I had a little trouble with the concept of “Love Thyself.” I battle a fun little disease called major depression, and I can be more than a little hard on myself at times.

“I am such a bad wife.”

“I am the worst business woman in the world.”

“I can’t even take care of myself, how will I ever be a good mom someday?”

“Ack, I’ve gained weight. Just go running you lazy butt!”

And so on, and so on, and so on. It can be crippling; the self doubt, the guilt, the physical and emotional pain. Haunting my every thought, paralyzing me like a helpless child. Burrowing me into a hole I feel I can never climb out of. I would desperately claw at freedom. Buying things I thought would make me happy with money I didn’t have. Pushing the hurt onto my poor husband in attempts to relieve myself of it. Physically trying to “cut” the pain out of the very veins. Anything, anything to get me out of my head, to make the pain stop.

In a perfect world, none of these ailments would plague me. I would be free and unspotted from the world. But then again, what’s the point of a perfect world? Isn’t our whole existence based on growing and learning and discovering ourselves? To enjoy our lives and fulfill them as best we can. Our lives are a precious gift, as is every moment we are blessed with. How easy it is to forget that, to forget how blessed we are.

It is opposition that makes is strong. You’ve got to be sick to appreciate your health. You’ve got to be sad to appreciate your happiness. And you’ve got to face adversities to appreciate your bounty of blessings. Weak things CAN become strong.
If there is one thing I believe in, it is that you can handle anything that is thrown at you. Anything. Sure, in my darkest days and most painful moments, I would call you a fool for saying such things. However, deep in the very fibers of my soul, I know that I can do it. I would not have been given this life if I couldn’t handle it, I was given this life because I was strong enough to take it on. This life I have been blessed with is to make be a better person. My weaknesses can become my strengths.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll always handle it in the best way. Oh no, I’ll screw up. I do screw up. I miss deadlines, I have bad days, I say things I regret, I let people down, and I don’t always seize every moment to be happy. But that, under no circumstances, makes me a failure. As long as I learn from my mistakes, I can pick myself up, dust myself off, and stand back up. (Even though sometimes it takes me a few days to do the dusting and picking up.) I truly believe that with every step you take to fight against your weaknesses, you are one step closer to making those weaknesses your strengths.
I wish to give you a flower. A sunshine yellow peony, forever in bloom, to remind you that you CAN do this. You can handle anything, and you can make your weaknesses your strengths. If you would like this little reminder, you can enter the giveaway by any of the following methods.
  • Follow my blog, {Kitty Cats and Airplanes}
  • Like my facebook page {here}
  • Heart my Etsy shop {here}
  • Tell your friends, by means of facebook, blogging, and/or tweeting. {One entry for each}
  • Like the Daisy & June FB Page here
None of them are mandatory, but you must do at least one to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each qualifying entry. You have until Saturday Night at 10pm CST to enter!
Thank you Kathy, for inviting me to share my thoughts. Have a blessed day!

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A quick note before we get to our amazing post for the day…
Rachel(Pretty in Green) is going to give her kit away to everyone who commented on her post. Please email me at daisyandjuneshoppe@gmail.com to receive your code.
Hi ladies I am so happy to be hear today to talk about my flaws!
I want to thank Kathy for letting me do this, she is a sweet heart.
Before we talk about my flaw, I would like you to get to know me a little bit.
My name is Cerrisse I am a 26 year old stay at home mom to the cutest bundle of energy son Jaxon.
 I married my high school sweetheart Curtis who is my support and my rock! I don’t know what I would do without him.
I am loving staying at home with my son, it gives me the chance to blog and work on my online business. Me and my mom started our little business in September of last year. We are loving it! and are starting to pick up. We make necklaces, headbands, and hand stamped jewelry. If you ever want to come and take a look head on over to our shop and take a look at our blog .
Our shop is a little bare at the moment, we are moving to a new shop this month with our brand new spring line!!! so excited 🙂
So lets get down and dirty and talk about my flaw. When Kathy asked me to talk about my flaw I didn’t know which one to choose…YES I have more than one. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to talk about a non physical flaw or physical. But then I asked myself what flaw do I have that bugs me the most? Well that was easy….
Big pregnant with my son at 38 weeks
You are bound to end up with this….
Now some of you are thinking “it’s not that bad” but to me it is.
This is something I have to deal with everyday. Sure I could be a crazy work out machine and get this to go away, I could eat better…so on and so on. I do what I can with the time and resources I have. But whatever I do this “flab” will not go away.
I get asked all the time “when are you due” that is the worst!!!!
Sometimes I compare myself to other women who shrink back down after they have babies. Like my sister she is thinner than she was before she had her baby. But you know what she did get?….she got really bad stretch marks. That made me think, every woman is flawed. We all have something even if you are the skinniest most gorgeous woman ever…right?
We just have to embrace our flaws and know we are beautiful, that is what makes us happy.
 I know I wont have this “flab” forever, and I shouldn’t get down on myself or be self conscious about it. There are more important things in life. It’s time for me to wear that bikini and own my body, be proud of it! No matter who is looking and judging because I can be a judge too!
So own your body because it is beautiful!
We all have flaws, I have to remind myself of that everyday.
So in light of this post I wanted to give you the chance to win something from my shop. Nothing more appropriate than this necklace
You can win this “I am beautiful” hand stamped necklace.
Just answer this question:
What flaws make you…you? and how do you deal with them?
To enter:
-Comment to the question below
-Like my shop on Fb.
That is it! You have until 9pm CST tomorrow to enter! Winner will be announced Friday morning 🙂
Thank you for letting me share something so personal and revealing with you guys.
There is still time to enter to win the 8×10 Print from yesterdays post as well!

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Hey bloggers scrapers and crafters, I’m Rachel the digital scrapbook designer behind Pretty in Green, you’ll find my designs at Ginger Scraps. I also love to bake and sew, altho I seem to be working with digital more often these days… I like the Undo button, lol… I am one of the many fans of Modern June and follow all of her posts and drool over her talent. So I just had to jump at the chance to be apart of this. I am a wife and stay at home mom to two little kidos Gage-6, and Ana-3. We as women and moms have been surround by unreal expectations for ourselves, from super models to “super moms” but I believe as long as your a good mom and love them with all your heart and feel good about yourself nothing else should matter. Yes I will admit, my house isn’t perfect heck as I write this post the kids rooms are a disaster area, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love and care for my children.

I swear her room was clean last week!

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And I will admit, for long time I hated my freckles, I’m too short, my belly is a little squishy thanks to mother hood and my breasts are not to standerd size, lol. BUT these “imperfections” are what make me, me. When I was in high school I had a multitude of teen magazines of course filled with beautiful young women, but one day I happened upon a fashion spread with a unique beauty, she was fair skinned freckled and had light strawberry blond hair. From that moment on I could see beauty is not a standered it is uniqueness it was having that something special that no one else had. So what if I’m not a size two, have flawless skin, or a perfect hourglass figure, I know I am beautiful because of who I am inside and because I am who I’m meant to be, surrounded by my beautiful kids and loving husband. What’s that saying… God broke the mold when he made me!
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So whats is that something special I feel makes me a Unique beauty, even as I write this it’s hard to think that’s beautiful, but I believe it’s my “big” nose… yes I know silly right, I’ve stared in the mirror more than a few times thinking about what I would look like with out such a prominent nose, but really I love my eyes, they sparkle when I’m happy, and change from blue to green, and with out my nose I just think my face would look off, and then my eyes wouldn’t look right, or natural. so that is my unique beauty, and its me.

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So I’d like to hear about what makes you a Unique Beauty, what do you love or kinda love about your body that isn’t exactly the “norm” as society sees it. I will pick 5 random comments here to win a free copy of my newest, not yet released kit called “I am Beautiful” the winners will be picked on 3/14.
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I hope you all feel Beautiful in your own skin. Don’t let anyone or anything bring you down, you are beautiful.

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Hey everyone! I feel so honored that Kathy allowed me to be a part of this. I have been so inspired reading what all the other ladies have written and see a little of me in a lot of them.

A little about me. My name is Alyssa, but in the last few years have started going by Aly…not even sure how that came about. I have been a digi-designer for 1 year this month! I can’t believe it. Truly feels like yesterday I started. I married a graphic designer and once I found digi-scrapping I quickly found that I wanted to create stuff on my own that matched my kids pictures. So now I create for fun and for a little spending money (mostly for fun)You can find my store at DigiridooScraps and also find me on Facebook! I would LOVE to have you like my FB page :).  I also love to read, bake, cook and learn. I am planning on taking Greek for fun next semester at the University hubby works at because it sounds fun and I love to learn as I said! I also sell Usborne Books on the side as well to help me be able to stay at home! Check out my Facebook page!

Hubs and I on moving day

I have been married to the love of my life for almost 11 years. When we took the vow through better and worse and sickness and health I don’t think we realized what those words met, but we have faced many of those challenges in the vows head on and come out on the other side stronger. He is a graphic designer and recently we moved from the East coast to Texas for him to fulfill his dream to be a teacher. He is an amazing man and I am so blessed!

I am blessed to stay at home and home school my 3 beautiful daughters. Online they are known as Boo, Roo and Loo and they are amazing kids! They are 7, 5 and 3 years old and the oldest has just decided to start a bread baking business (she is really amazing at it already) She is so smart and I am constantly amazed at how quick she catches onto stuff from Math to piano to gymnastics and basketball. My youngest is the sweetest most polite child and her smile…well it melts my universe even at 3 am when she crawls in bed with me. Then there is my middle daughter. She is so much like me. I am the middle of three girls too! She tries so hard to be like her oldest sister and feels constantly not good enough. But she is my introspective child…the compassionate one.

My handsome husband reading to our girls

That reminds me of the reason for this post LOL. Self Esteem. That’s my issue. No matter what I do…I never feel good enough. As a kid I struggled for years with being as neat as everyone else and was told I would always be a slob in the heat of the moment. As an adult, I still struggle and no matter how clean I can be, if something gets out of place I feel like just giving up.

I was told by a teacher I was stupid and my middle school years were horrible. I was made fun of and treated badly by the kids at the private school I went to. Each issue caused me to be just a little more insecure with myself.

Now here I am as an adult and I feel like I can never live up to what ever people want. I feel like my kids aren’t good enough, my cooking isn’t good enough, my housekeeping isn’t good enough, etc. You get it. I still hear voices in my head telling me I will never be good enough. I push to prove them wrong but one small thing may happen and I want to just give up. I have said more then once I will never change. This has led to downward spirals and depression so many times at not being able to be good enough and live up to what others want from me.

In the last few years, I have taken a step back and realized that sometimes its ok to be “good enough” not having to have everything in my life be exactly how everyone else feels it has to be. It has been freeing. My home doesn’t have to look like a magazine photo shoot is about to happen like my moms house was but I can just try and keep up with the dishes and whatever else and let my kids live and love in it. I can release myself from feeling like everyone is a better mom then me and realize that I only need to judge myself based on me and my kids.

I am slowly learning to let go. I am a good mom and wife. You may be better then me, but that is ok. I don’t have to be the best…I just have to be me and the best me I can be. I have to believe in myself. This quote has been something has really helped me as I have struggle to overcome my low self esteem:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. –Marianne Williamson

So I am trying to learn to take this to heart. I am ready to unleash the amazingness within me. I hope you all join me. You all are AMAZING! You are TALENTED! No matter if people make you feel otherwise you can give yourself permission to ignore them and believe in yourself!

So what do you think of this quote? Does it speak to you? Leave a comment and one commenter will win a $10 Gift card to my shop and another will win a $5 Gift card!

Hugs, Aly

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