April 18, 2015

Introducing Lauren from Cupcake Thighs

I am off running around my hometown and enjoying a bloody mary, but I have a special treat for you today - Lauren is here to introduce herself to all of you and share a little bit about her blog. She writes a lot about self love and positivity, plus she has a 30 before 30 list just like me.  Show her some love and go visit her blog and say Hello!

My blog is a very freeing space for me. I read blog enteries and articles on Pinterest that say I should find a brand for my blog. Well, I think my brand is just me. I kind of write about whatever I want.

Sometimes I write about my girl crushes including Taylor Swift and Ursula. Sometimes I do reviews, mostly about fashion. I'm trying to work towards more outfit of the day posts as my friends on Instagram seem to like my clothes. It can hard for a bigger girl to find the fashionable items, even these days. I also write lists - things I'm loving, way to destress, my 30 Before 30 list. I also love to share the adventures I have - WichitaMinnesota, the Oklahoma State Fair!

What I seem to write about the most are personal stories and struggles. I figure if it's something I'm thinking about, something me and my friends are talking about, it's worth writing about. I've covered a lot of topics that are awkward to bring up in every day conversation. I do it anyway, but sometimes my blog is a good ice breaker for these topics. When I was trying to explain my job as an ostomy product specialist, I wrote about it to demonstrate the process to my friends and family. I heard on the radio women being dissed for "waiting too long" to have sex and I was outraged - so I wrote about it. I'm part of a community on Instagram that promotes body positivity and self love for ALL - all genders, races, sexual orientations. I love this movement so much, but I still have my struggles with body image. So, you guessed it! I wrote about it. I went to Minnesota with my partner over Christmas and had such anxiousness about his family liking me. It all went well as it's wont to do and then I felt silly for letting this anxiety take over my vacation. So, yup, I wrote about it.

This month, actually on April 18, I'm run/walking a 5K for the YWCA organization. They are a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic and sexual abuse/assault and stalking. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). While I've never been abused, this is an organization that is very near to my heart. I believe that everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home and especially in their body. Being a woman or a child or a whatever else should not make you a target. However much you drink, whatever you wear, wherever you go should not make youmore likely to be a target. The only reason for assault is the assaulter. There's nothing the victim could've or should've done differently. As you probably guessed, I have a lot more to say on this subject. You can read my full blog post HERE. I'm also working on a blog that tears down more specific victim blaming.

Every week, I have someone from my past, present, or a stranger reach out to me about my subject matter. It feels like I'm making a difference. That's why I write my blog. I write to start conversations.

See You Soon,
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