How to Stop Letting Fear Hold You Back: A Guide to Gaining Clarity + Getting Closer to Your Dreams 

Have you ever felt paralyzed? 

Really think about it. Have you ever put off the dreams and desires living and breathing on the inside of you? Have you ever felt anxious about taking the leap of faith? Have you ever said “Tomorrow is the day” only to get there and still put it off? Have you ever felt so scatter-brained about who you are, where you are going, and what you want to do with your life? Good news: you’re not alone. 

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7 Ways to Silence Your Inner-Critic & Start Living Unapologetically

“YOU’RE FAT. YOU’RE NOT CREATIVE. YOU CAN’T START A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.”

These statements used to be on repeat in my head quite often, and the crazy thing is that I didn’t even realize it. After experiencing deep heartbreak and developing early signs of anxiety and an eating disorder, my inner-critic was spewing out harsh accusations and jabs so often that I became somewhat numb to them. I had become BFF’s with my inner-critic, and my thought-life and actions were truly showing it. 

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5 Ways You May Be Holding Yourself Back from Your Dream Reality

Here’s the hard truth: WE create our reality. 

About a year and a half ago, I was sitting at my desk in a small office building. I was scrolling through a fashion blog, awing at the “perfect” pictures, envying her never-ending travel explorations, and wishing that my life could be like that. I quickly caught myself in the act of comparison and brought myself back to reality. Then, I heard these words echo in my mind: “Ashton, YOU have the opportunity to create your reality. You can create your dream life or you can create a life you’re not happy with. The truth is that at the end of the day, it is ultimately up to YOU.” 

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Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Care, & Boundaries with Rini Frey

1| Hi Rini! Welcome to the blog space. Can you start by introducing yourself and sharing some fun facts and weird quirks? Give us the down low! 

Hi there! I am Rini and I give great hugs ☺ I grew up in Germany, my family is Greek and I met my now-husband traveling in Australia. We now live in Canada with our 9-year old Boston Terrier “puppy” Bruce. It’s been a wild ride so far, but our lives are now pretty “normal” I would say. 

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3 Ways To Not Let Comparison Kill You

There is a girl on Instagram I wish I could be so badly that I can’t even follow her.

I wish I could roll my body like a Play-Doh snake to be as skinny as hers. I wish I could have a huge flock of followers like hers. I wish I could sew sentences together like her. I wish my life could live up to her level of earth-toned atheistic. 

Feel free to laugh at the fact that I have legitimately followed and unfollowed this girl four times because I just can’t deal with her pure perfection randomly projecting on my feed, reminding me of the imperfections I had forced myself to forget about. 

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Her Messy, Beautiful, and Continual Journey to Becoming an Artist with Anna Nùñez

1. Hi Anna! Welcome to the blog space. Can you start by introducing yourself and sharing some fun facts and weird quirks? Give us the down low!

Hey there! Thank you so much for inviting me into this space! My name is Anna Núñez, and I’m a multi-passionate artist, working as a designer and illustrator – from my home-base in Fort Myers, FL. I am such a weirdo, with many quirks, and thankfully, I’m married to a guy whose weirdness may even top mine.

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety

I am here to tell you that anxiety is not a permanent sentence. Sure, it doesn’t really go away forever, but it can be managed. 

First, let me define anxiety for those of us who may not fully understand what it means. As a fleeting feeling, anxiety is worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

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5 Ways to Love the Skin You’re In

As women, we often battle our bodies. 

Have you ever looked in the mirror and nit-picked at every blemish, curve, indentation, imperfection, and “flaw?”Have you ever hidden behind layers and layers of clothing because you felt like your body didn’t meet the standard of beauty? Have you ever felt so insecure about your appearance that you avoided a party, event, or social gathering? Girl, me too.

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Radical Vulnerability and Honest Conversation with Sarah Hartley

1| Welcome, Sarah! Please start by introducing yourself, sharing who you are and what you do, and any odd habits or weird quirks you have. We want the full scoop!

Thank you for having me!  I’m Sarah, the creator, editor in chief, publisher, designer, etc. of Holl & Lane Magazine.  As most entrepreneurs know, when you start your own business, you wear all of the hats at some point!

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A Mom’s Note to Her Daughter: 7 Truths You Need to Know TODAY

I think a lot about the type of woman I want my daughter to grow up to be. 

And truthfully, a lot of that depends on the type of women she sees. Reflecting back, my mom showed me strength, courage, and servant leadership simply by being herself. Sure, she taught me about science, how to dress, what to say in conversation, but the most important lessons of all, she lived out right in front of me.

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4 Ways to Cultivate a More Positive Mindset 

Your mind is where all your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, values and behaviors stem from. 

The quality of your mindset will therefore determine the quality of your life. If you learn to cultivate a more positive mindset where you welcome any challenge and see any situation as an opportunity to learn and grow, you will start seeing your life transform because nothing will phase you. You will unlock your true potential. 

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10 Ways to Love Your Body Through Chronic Illness

I am a chronic illness warrior. 

I say that loud and proud now, but that wasn’t always the case. When my chronic illness story began over 15 years ago, I did not love my body. I despised it. I cringed at the fact that I didn’t know what was happening, that I had no answers to my symptoms, and I felt like a medical mystery no one could solve. 

Fast-forward to today, and I have three diagnoses: chronic migraine, generalized anxiety disorder and depression.

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Relationship Advice 101: 5 Qualities to Look for in Your Significant Other 

Diving into a new relationship is super scary. 

All the doubts and questions flood your mind. “Are they the right one for me? How do I know this is the right decision? Are they going to break my heart? Are they going to be “the one?” Will this turn out to be a huge failure? Or will this be one of the best decisions of my life?” Every question is valid. Why? Because we are dealing with your heart here. We are dealing with the most fragile, complex, and beautiful part of who you are.

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4 Ways to Stop Focusing on Your Flaws & Fixate on Your Beauty

Perspective is everything. 

From angles to lighting to colors and to sizes, we view things from a very unique perspective. This also applies to how we see our body. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve scrolled through Instagram and marveled at how the light hit someone’s face just right to showcase their perfect skin, or at how the right angle, pose, and curve seemed to be accentuated perfectly.

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7 Ways to Take Control of Your Body-Insecurity + Feel Good in Your Own Skin

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” 

This is something we hear from a very young age. Do you believe in this statement? I haven’t always been the best role model when it comes to loving my body, my features or my curvy waistline. My body image negativity started taking a dive during my teen years. In middle school, I felt out of place, awkward, sad, scared, disproportionate and overweight.

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5 Ways to Build Self-Confidence through Journaling

Six years ago, I was a HOT MESS! My life was in chaos. My MIND was in chaos. I was depressed, confused, and frustrated. I had no vision, no direction, and could NOT see my next steps. I was STUCK. I had no goals, and I felt defeated! During this time, my body began to change.  My hair thinned dramatically, I lost 20 pounds (and trust me, it wasn’t cute y’all, I was skeletal!)

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Discover Your Voice, Pursue those Big Dreams, & Find Balance While Doing it with Abigail Dyer

I’m Abigail, the owner and creative director at Abigail Dyer Design Studio. I currently reside in my hometown, Knoxville, Tennessee with my sweet husband Jacob and our adorable puppy (and the cutest, fluffiest studio assistant), Nala! My favorite days are spent working with creative, driven women who desperately want their business to look as stunning as their work! 

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How to Love Your Body - Overcoming My Eating Disorder

I never felt like I was enough. 

As a little girl, I compared myself to my friends who were more outgoing, popular, stylish, and thinner. I was quiet and shy, and believed I would never measure up or be successful because of it. My self-loathing magnified when I hit puberty and started noticing changes in my body.

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The Beauty of Pain + Why it Leads You to Success

AS HUMAN BEINGS, WE TRY TO AVOID PAIN AT ALL COSTS. 

We want to ace the class, but we don’t want to read and study. We want to land our dream job, but we don’t want to do the presentation. We want to create a successful online platform, but we don’t want to embrace slow progress. We want to raise children, but we don’t want to go through labor.

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How to Let Go of Your Imperfections and See the Beauty

WE EQUATE OUR BODY’S SIZE TO OUR SELF-WORTH. 

“You are not thin enough, tall enough, tan enough, your skin or hair isn’t flawless, your teeth could be whiter…” where is this invisible scale on which we measure ourselves? Honestly, it’s all around us. Of course, we hold ourselves to an impossible standard. This level of beauty is distributed to us daily.

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