When the Fat Girl Cries

Hi you,

Most people in my current life don’t know this, but I used to be what Mr. Gilbreth and myself found so offensive to be called: plump. Losing the extra sent me on a roller coaster of mind, body, emotions and spirituality.

And throughout, the fat girl cried.
And changed.
And wrote about it.

L. Raine

My #1 Beauty Hack under $10

Hi you,

Sometimes I spend a cringe-worthy amount of money for my hair and face, and then sometimes my favorite products range in under $10. Like this amazing oil that works so well as a moisturizer while taking about five years off one’s face. Well, maybe four, but it is wonderful. I love being able to find things like that to balance costs for things like professional haircuts.

Basically the best beauty hack I’ve ever tried.

L. Raine

Laying Expectations Down for a Rest

Hi you,

Do you get tired of the endless round of doing, action, hustle and dreaming of dreams and setting goals? This morning, I woke up exhausted and knew I had to write out the struggle so I could understand why I was waking up as mentally tired as when I went to bed.

As it so often does, writing gave me the perspective I needed to find the true problem.

If you are tired too, please join me through the link below.

L. Raine

On a Whimsical Tide

Hi you,

The other day as I sat in a room full of people the muted roar of talking suddenly became the ocean to me, with its ebb and flow, power, and potential to open majestic worlds for us to explore.

It made me see conversation in a new way, kind of as a vast frontier to be explored, and has made me so happy to be alive with the power of being able to communicate. It’s incredible to be human.

Counting my blessings,

L. Raine

Loneliness is not a Waste of Time

Hi you,

I’ve been learning a lot about how to let the loneliness serve me, how to let the spaces and lapses that life inevitably holds teach me about identity.

We all wonder who we really are, deep down inside.

At least I do,

L. Raine

Summer Beach Camping at Carolina Beach, NC

Hi you,

Among the dazzle of the beach vacation lies a humbler option: camping. Having put it on my NC bucket list a few years ago it was a delight to accept the offer to go with friends.

It was hot, but wonderful. I’ll always have best memories of a July weekend spent in Carolina Beach, North Carolina.

Red,

L. Raine