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SEEING BEAUTY SESSIONS EPISODE 3: Learning To Love Myself Through Illness by Shaena Ragna

In this episode I talk candidly with a long time support, friend, and amazing human Shaena Ragna. Shaena share’s her story of how she transformed her relationship with herself & her body over the years. How self-care has played such an important roll and how she’s learned how to truly care for herself after illness. She also shares her take on motherhood, beauty, and much more!

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How To Prepare For Your Next Boudoir Shoot!

So you’ve done it or you’re thinking of doing it! You’ve decided to be brave and take the plunge! You’re ready to dive into the deep end of the photography swimming pool and have a boudoir session! Now what?! How do I prepare for a boudoir session? What will I wear? What the heck do I do with my hands?! OMG, what have I gotten myself into? No worries Brave Beautiful One! I’m going to ease your mind and calm your fears. This is a question I’ve been asked hundreds of times over the last decade and I’m here to help ease your mind. Please keep in mind that each photographer is different and their processes are different of course so you’ll want to find out from your photographer what they recommend. For my beauties, this is what I tell them…

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I Got A Glimpse In The Mirror Today...

There was a time not that long ago that I never thought I’d shed the extra weight I’ve carried due to sexual trauma but that time has come. I’m just 10lbs away from being out of the 200lb club and I’m feeling amazing! Not because of the number, but because I’m taking back my power and shedding the weight so I can live a long and healthy life, a lighter life. This transformation has been a very personal and intimate journey for me and as a result of the healing I’ve done it’s all coming together. I’m reclaiming my self as whole and revealing more of myself each and every step of the way.

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Celebrate the journey!

I’m 36 days into my weight loss journey and closely approaching the 20 lbs down mark [like literally ounces away]lol. Often I’ve had a tendency to focus on the destination and forget to celebrate the journey. 

So I wanted to take a moment to do just that. This has been a long road for me. It started with 100lb weight gain after sexual trauma in my early twenties. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin and spent over a decade hating my body yet living like everything was just fine. Until it wasn't.

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Losing Weight & Healing Trauma

I started this weight loss journey a little over a month ago and while it feels familiar to attempts in the past. The main difference is that I'm committed and ready. It is time to release the extra weight I've been carrying with me for so long. I finally feel and believe that: I am safe, my body is safe, and I'm grateful for all my body has done for me after experiencing sexual trauma and now it's time to let it all go.Healing emotions & trauma is one of the most powerful things we can do in our lifetime.

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The Danger in Learning To Love Myself + My Body

It's been over 5 years now since I had my spiritual awakening. When I decided it was time to make myself a priority and to start taking care of myself. I spent years working through my past trauma and learned to love myself and my body again.

It's been an incredible journey and I can say standing here today that I love the skin I'm in and most days feel pretty damn confident & sexy. What I have noticed in the past few months though is that I've allowed my "self-love" to be an excuse not to take care of my body at a deeper level. I noticed I'd tell myself "well I love and accept myself right where I'm at" so... I'm good. It's what I believe can be the dangers in the body positivity world. Yes, it's important to love and accept yourself right where you're at and it's (I believe) important to also take care of our bodies. If I allow myself to fall into old unhealthy eating habits and don't take time to move my body am I really being loving?!

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My Grandmother passed Last week While I was Away...

This gorgeous woman is my grandmother. She passed recently at 89 years old. My grandma was and is a dish and I am sad to see her go. She's had been dying of cancer. What makes me even sadder than her passing from cancer?! The fact that she was 89 years old and still concerned with the number on the scale broke my heart! 

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Did you have body image issues as a little girl? I know I didn't...

We aren't born with body image issues. We don't just come into this world hating ourselves and our bodies, in fact, I remember loving my body when I was little. I'd dance, swing my arms and legs in funny directions wiggling all over the place and never thought, gee my fat sure jiggles a lot! No, I celebrated myself and my body. It wasn't until I got into end of elementary into middle school that I became aware of "what others" saw as what was wrong with my body. It all starts with...

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HOW TO GET A HOT SUMMER BEACH BODY!

Want a hot beach body for summer?! Summer is the time when we loose the clothes, show more skin, and show off our summer bodies. Often times come winter/spring we dive into the gym and get to work on our bodies. We kill ourselves in the gym and diet like mad and that's all good but I've got a super quick and simple solution to get that hot summer body!

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Live Now Weight Yourself Later

I spent so much of my life trying to lose weight or obsess over the number on the scale. I've heard so many people say they're waiting to take the photos after they lose more weight, waiting to go to the gym until they lose weight, waiting to go get a massage or mani-pedi until they've lost weight. So much waiting, what you're really doing and what I was doing was waiting to live!

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Meditation For Self-Love

Self-love is so needed these days. We are so caught up in social media, entertainment, and advertising as the way to show us our worth but it's not real. We need to get back to loving ourselves for who we are. We need to be ok with who we are and accept ourselves as is right here and now. Here is one of my favorite meditations for self-love.

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