Thoughts By Natalie » perfectionism honest talk about beauty, style, wellness and life Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:00:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gathering With Friends Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:00:00 +0000 0 progress, not perfection Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:43:00 +0000 0 expectations vs. reality: final Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 14 expectations vs. reality: part three Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 4 expectations vs. reality: part two Sun, 21 Oct 2012 12:00:00 +0000 2 expectations vs. reality: part one Sat, 20 Oct 2012 17:21:00 +0000 8 better than yesterday. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 11:00:00 +0000 0 my story: finding balance. Fri, 01 Jun 2012 14:14:00 +0000 Many of you have requested to hear my story recently, and I recognize that a story of healing can provide hope for those of you who find yourselves in the same situations I’ve found myself in. Below is my story of disordered eating and self-hatred, as well as freedom and God’s faithfulness. I hope it encourages you and reminds you of the good, faithful love of God even in the darkest of times. My high school experience was different from many. I was always very confident growing up, and I never struggled with my body image as many girls do–even through high school. I was on the cheerleading squad for all four years. As one of the more muscular fliers on the squad, I always viewed my strength as a positive, rather than wishing I were thinner. My strong legs helped me in sports, and my strong back and stomach made gymnastics easy for me. Much to my surprise, moving away to go to college at Pepperdine totally rocked my world. Being at Pepperdine made me feel like I needed to be smart AND thin AND in fashion AND overcommitted in order to be successful, and I started to second-guess ...]]> 28 water the grass. Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:00:00 +0000 2 little drummer boy. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:00:00 +0000 3