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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 1d ago

I’ve discovered a new favorite city.

Denver, Colorado.

Home of the Broncos. Home of the Rockies. Home of rugged mountain men and crystal blue skies.

And I fell in love.

…With the city that is.

But quite honestly, I had an incredible stay. In between my shoot days, I had the pleasure of exploring! The city is a fabulous destination for young people, and I wanted to share with you my adventure!

You already know my church-filled weekend at Red Rocks Church and Holy Ghost Church. That’s the beautiful thing – people believe in God out here in the mountains. It was so refreshing compared to, say…NYC.

I bopped into daily mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception too — definitely worth the visit — even just for the stained glass windows!

There is so much to explore in the city. And the weather was so nice that I did most of it by foot, or on their super-user-friendly public transportation system.

That’s the thing – there are so many different neighborhoods, each with their own distinct feel. There’s Union Station, LoDo, RiNo (River North Art District), Capitol Hill, Colfax, City Park, Five Points. Just get out and walk around! I had so much fun wandering into different shops and book stores and coffee shops, just getting a flavor of the area.

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I loved all the street art throughout all the different neighborhoods too. The graffiti itself is a work of art.

Speaking of art…Denver has a vibrant museum scene! I spent one afternoon at the Denver Art Museum. My favorite exhibit showcased fashion and textile arts.

Later that day I wandered into the Molly Brown Museum at her historic home! And yes – Molly Brown as in the “Unsinkable Molly Brown” – who survived the Titanic. She and her family have deep roots in Denver. It was really an interesting stop!

And then the food. Wow – Denver has an incredible food scene. And lucky for me, they make a real conscious effort to be inclusive for people with gluten allergies out here.

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My favorite meal of the trip was from a Grain and Gluten Free restaurant called The Just BE Kitchen. And seriously it was like the menu was created for my Specific Carb Diet! I had this gorgeous “Enchanted Salad” with all these roasted veggies and pumpkin seeds and toasted coconut. I will definitely be trying to recreate it!

(This is the camera I use!)

And much to my surprise, they sold Generous Coffee at the register! Just last week, I went to an event for Generous Coffee in NYC! It’s a truly awesome organization that sells “life-changing” coffee to create and multiply good in the world. They’re providing jobs and opportunities for people in Honduras. And it’s co-founded by the former Bachelor, Ben Higgins. So pretty cool that this cafe supports the cause! (And this is not sponsored or an ad, I just really love their mission! You can learn more here.)

I also enjoyed several smoothie bowls. The more almonds, the better!

And to keep the cost down, I also had several dinners from the Whole Foods salad/hot bar. That is such a great tip for traveling on a budget. Stock up on snack/lunch foods from the local grocery store! (This is my favorite travel snack!)

Next – the bar scene. Let me just tell you – there are so many watering holes in this city. Each with its own story. Each with a different vibe – relaxed, trendy, quirky, “granola.” You won’t be disappointed.

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 2d ago

Hello from Denver!

Yes, friends I am still in the Mile High City. And boy, it’s turned into quite the beautiful summer, hasn’t it?

I was walking through a farmers’ market this morning, and I was struck by one thing: TOMATOES!

Ah, summer is seriously the best time of year for these guys. Heirloom, Roma, Beefsteak, Cherokee Purple, Grape, Cherry, Green Zebra — I love them ALL.

Bring on the Lycopene!

(Which, in case you didn’t know…tomatoes are the #1 source of lycopene – which helps prevent prostate, lung and stomach cancers.)

So, being tomato-inspired, I wanted to share one of my favorite tomato recipes!

This brilliant recipe is actually courtesy of my bestie. She knows that I have to follow the Specific Carb Diet for my Ulcerative Colitis…so she researched and made this absolutely stunning dish at a recent get-together! (I seriously have the best friends).

It was a hit, let me tell ya. Layers of fresh veggies – tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini, all smothered in a delectable tomato and red pepper sauce. YUM.

And it’s Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and Paleo!

Here’s what you need: (Serves 6 as a side dish)

2 zucchini, sliced thin on a mandolin
2 yellow squash, sliced thin on a mandolin
2 medium eggplant, sliced thin on a mandolin
3 tomatoes, sliced thin

Sauce:
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp EVOO
1/2 cup raw cashews

*Optional: Parmesan cheese (for those not dairy-free)

Tools:
Mandolin slicer
Good Chef’s Knife (Here’s the one I use and love)
Food Processor Large Skillet
Large, Round, Oven-safe casserole dish

Directions:
Prep your veggies by carefully slicing them on a mandolin. (Use a hand guard!) Set aside.

Next, make your sauce. In a large skillet, sauté your onion and red pepper with the EVOO, herbs, salt and pepper for about 5 minutes over medium heat, until softened. Then add the garlic, and let it cook for about 2 more minutes. Finally, add the tomatoes, anklet them cook for about 2 minutes, until warmed through. Set aside.

In your food processor, place your cashews. Process them for about 30 seconds, until you get a fine powder. Then, carefully add your vegetable mixture. Process until you get a smooth, creamy sauce. (You can make this a day ahead of time, and store in a Tupperware container in the fridge if you’re making this for the holidays, or a party/BBQ).

When you’re ready to bake it, place 1/4 cup of the sauce in a large, oven safe, round casserole dish. Spread it around in a thin layer. Then, alternate your sliced veggies in a circular pattern, overlapping like so: Tomato – eggplant – zucchini – yellow squash – tomato etc.

Then, pour the remainder of the sauce over the assembled veggies. Bake for about 30 minutes, until warmed through and bubbly.

*If you are not dairy-free, this would be great with some Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top!*

Serve warm.

My goodness, this dish was not only beautiful, but seriously delicious, too! It was the hit of the dinner! And not to mention, wonderfully healthy!

The sauce was cozy and warm with the oregano and basil, and rich and creamy from the cashews.

The oven worked its magic on the veggies – they became soft and tender. A perfect pairing with the tomato sauce!

Alright, that’s all for now! Just one more day here in Bronco country, then it’s back home to Ohio for a commercial shoot next week!

Hope you have an amazing day!

Do you like to shop at Farmers’ Markets? What are some of your favorite Farmers’ Market finds? 

See you tomorrow for programming as usual! OR – If you listen to my daily podcast over on PatreonOh What a Beautiful Morning! – I’ll see you tomorrow, bright and early!

This post was made possible by my wonderful sponsor, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

Quick sponsor shoutout…Did you see my FabFitFun unboxing video!? Well…it’s time for the SUMMER BOX!! It is valued at over $320 and includes my favorite makeup brand, Tarte! It’s a quarterly box of beauty, fashion, home and fitness products for only 39.99? YES. PLEASE. You can get $10 off when you use my code HEATWAVE at check out too

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKS, BLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“*** CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY! ________________________________________________________________
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A big thank you to my sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy. I can’t begin to express how beneficial therapy was for my recovery from anorexia.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

Next time you’re shopping on Amazon, be sure to stop by my link, amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones first! Doing so is absolutely FREE for you, and a great way to support this blog! (When you stop by my link first, whatever you get on Amazon will give this blog a little kickback :))

For Podcast versions of my posts, please check out Patreon! It’s only $2 a month!! You make this blog possible

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 4d ago

Hey friends!

So if you’ve been listening to my podcast, Oh What a Beautiful Morning!, then this is old news to you, but I’m in Denver, Colorado right now!

I’m out here for a shoot, and in my downtime, I’m just enjoying the mountain air in the Mile High City!

Well, this weekend, I had some much appreciated time to myself.

So what did I do?

I went to church…twice.

Now, I know – seems kind of a bit…much. But here’s the deal. I have heard so many amazing things about Red Rocks Church. I was at this nonprofit event on Thursday in NYC and had an incredible conversation with one of the organization’s founders about Red Rocks in Denver, and how I should check it out when I was there this week.

So I did.

Here’s the catch.

Being a dutiful Catholic, I didn’t want to miss Mass either. SO on Saturday evening, I went to mass at Holy Ghost Church, and then Red Rocks on Sunday.

And honestly, I could not have had two more different, and yet equally moving experiences in my life.

I mean, wow.

Spoiler alert, I ended both experiences in tears.

First of all, walking into Holy Ghost, I knew that I was going to be having a meaningful date with Jesus, as right when I walked in, I was greeted by a huge image of the Divine Mercy. And you know my affinity for that, and its “Jesus I Trust in You” message. So already I knew I was in the right place.

It wasn’t anything flashy. Humble in fact, as one of the oldest Catholic churches in Denver, founded in 1905. A sparse – mostly older – Saturday 4pm crowd was attended to by a lovely priest who gave a homily about mortification – aka the spiritual discipline of putting the flesh to death. Not exactly a sparkling, feel good topic.

And as I was about to tune out, he began to describe the process of pruning and blooming.

And quite honestly, at first my ears only perked up because of the mention of my book’s name sake: Bloom.

But he began talking about how a gardener has to prune the flowers and the branches in order for the plant to grow and produce even more blooms and shoots. That, although hard to do, it is necessary for a healthy and vibrant plant. And in fact, the pruning is done by a loving and caring gardener, wanting the best for his plants.

And it was in that moment that I fully appreciated how my past, and everything I went through with my anorexia and ulcerative colitis, and my mom’s stroke – those were all pruning seasons. And that I need to let go of the, admittedly anger – I can sometimes feel about those seasons of my life. Because God knew what He was doing. That pruning, was actually done in love, so that I could become fully the person I am, blooming with full capacity.

So walking out of mass, I felt completely revived. Having gained a new perspective.

Little did I know what was waiting for me in the morning.

Friends. I’m not going to lie. Amongst “diehard Catholics,” there is a bit of a stigma about the “Big Box” non-denominational Christian churches. The trendy sermon themes, and the coffee-touting patrons, ready to be entertained in cushy chairs by a too-hip pastor with Justin Bieber-hair, that shops at Zara, or Hollister. Catholics love to snark on it. We really do, and admittedly, I have partaken in many a conversation about just that. Zingers included.

So when I showed up to Red Rocks, with the free specialty coffee and donuts, and the concert-style worship music from a man with a perfectly groomed handlebar mustache, a pastor in ripped jeans that were tighter than mine, and a graffiti background/skateboarding-vibe sermon series called “Freestyle” – I could feel my snarky inner Catholic checking off every stereotype box there was.

But after about 30 seconds inside the building, I realized just how dead wrong those stereotypes were. (Surprise, surprise.) And how — real talk — Catholics really have a lot to learn.

I mean, wow. The Spirit was SO ALIVE inside that Vietnamese-grocery-store-turned-church.

I loved it so much I almost stayed for a second service.

I walked in, and the first thing I noticed was that not only was everyone super attractive, but I would say that 70-80% of the congregation was my age. Mid twenties to mid thirties. And they all wanted to be there! 

And within 5 minutes of me being there, I was warmly greeted by – no kidding – six different “staff” greeters, many my age – all genuinely glad to see me, and welcomed to their community.

And it’s not like it was a small little gathering where I stuck out as an obvious “newbie” — although my “Sunday best” Lilly Pulitzer attire kinda stood out among the “come-as-you-are” athleisure wearing counterparts

The church was literally packed. It was standing room only. Probably 3 or 4 thousand people. The worship music was truly radio-quality — playing current worship songs that are on the radio. And I know I knocked on the handlebar mustache man, but boy could strum a six-string, lemme tell ya! The crowd was so into it. And so was I.

But here’s the thing that really was what made it truly special.

And maybe this says more about where I am in my life, but the sermon was so personal. So life applicable. And so moving.

You walked away from that hour and a half heart-fest feeling so incredibly loved. SO loved by our Father. SO welcomed by a community of imperfect people just like me. And SO on fire for Jesus.

By the end of the sermon, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Then they brought in the band – people continued crying like babies, and singing their hearts out to Jesus.

That God-high stuck with me for the rest of the day. I can only imagine what that would be like to go back to the well like that, week after week.

My two church experiences could not have been more different. And yet, both brought me close to the heart of Jesus. And it revealed a gross prejudice I had been harboring, that frankly I need to put in check.

As far as I’m concerned, God is God. And no one form of worship is better than the other.

And frankly, -let’s call it what it is – the judgement from both sides of the “worship line” are doing nothing but create walls instead of bridges.

Because both sides are guilty. The Catholics think the “Big Box” churches are too “entertainment based” faith-periences and the “Big Box” churches think Catholics worship wafers and are too rigidly stuck in tradition, lacking a personal relationship with Jesus.

And you know what – both are wrong.

And in fact, I’d like to submit that both have something to learn from the other. IF we could stop speaking past each other, and constructively come together to talk about one another’s strengths and areas of improvement.

Catholics are reeling, feeling the threat of parishioners being “poached” by the Big Box, but how about we all come together, and compare notes? Because clearly, they’re doing something right.

Does this mean I’m going to abandon Catholicism and jump ship to Hillsong NYC or something else where young people abound (and I could probably meet a husband)? Absolutely not. I love the beauty in the history and tradition of our faith, and the meaning behind it, (namely the Eucharistic miracle and the sacraments) which make it so truly special and sacred.

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 1w ago

So one of my absolute best friends is a yoga teacher. And one of the perks – in addition to being the “Teacher’s Pet” – is that I get to take her classes in the city and cheer her on!

It’s so fun. I always love watching someone shine in their element. It’s a little glimpse of Heaven, if you ask me.

But one of the things she does, is that she has you set an intention to think about during the class — A little something to think about during the deep breathing and focus. And so I always use that time to meditate on Jesus, and pray.

And well, for whatever reason, this week, I decided that during the class, I would pray for my future husband, whomever he may be.

You see, I don’t know what it is, but in the last three weeks or so, I have just been absolutely overcome with emotion and feelings about my future spouse. I just feel this overwhelming tidal wave of “Now is the time!” 

For the first time, I think ever, I feel like my life is in a really good rhythm. Mind, body, and spirit. And honestly, it doesn’t surprise me that this feeling of wholeness coincides with the beginning of my new podcast, Oh What a Beautiful Morning! And this really is not meant to be a plug. It just is incredible how starting the day – even for just literally 5 minutes – and reading and reflecting on the Bible (which is what we do on the pod) — how it has completely changed my life for the better.

My life feels completely at peace. Except for one gaping hole that has been tearing at my heart with extra fervor here recently, and that is the place in my life for my future husband.

But anyways, back to yoga. It was your normal class – run expertly by my bestie, if I might add And at the very end, where we close our eyes and are quiet for 5-7 minutes and just breathe, I began to cry.

Yes, friends. I was that girl – weeping in the middle of a packed yoga class. Talk about embarrassing! Mascara running. Flushed cheeks. I was the definition of a literal hot, sweaty mess.

But I was just overcome with just this desire to let someone into my life. I am ready. I am ready to let someone in.

And afterwards, talking with my friend, a little embarrassed that, here I was her guest, and I…well…brought the waterworks…she gave me some of the most beautiful words of encouragement.

This blog has truly been a journey. It’s hard to believe that it’s been going for over three years now. And what a ride it’s been.

But truly, the absolute hardest, most difficult aspect of my recovery has been to let someone in. To open up my heart and my life to another person.

Feeling undeserving of love, ashamed to let anyone too close, I have stiff-armed my way into a situation that frankly, I am dreadfully tired of.

I am tired of being alone. 

There. I said it.

My life is full of love from so many different places: my friends, my family, this very blog family. And I have so much love in my life.

But I want to share my life with someone. And I think I am finally, finally ready to open my heart to that possibility.

I think we get to the point in life, where we reach our limit, where we get too tired, of being sick and tired. Or in my case, tired of the walls – or fortress – I’ve built around my heart.

And I know I’ve talked about dating apps in the past. And how the swiping phenomena has killed romance. (Which I still stand by.)

But this time, I’m going to be going about this differently.

I’m giving it to God.

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The transformation I’ve had this past month, that has come about from giving my free time to God, and truly committing to making Him a priority every single day, has given me the perspective to see love differently.

I’ve placing my love life in God’s hands. I’m going to follow where He leads. Be open to whomever He puts in my path. And stop working myself up into a verklempt mess that cries at a yoga class.

I’m going to trust Him.

I’m going to listen to Him.

I’m going to welcome His promptings, and seek His guidance, even if it’s not always what I would typically do.

“Keep working on yourself, Caralyn. You deserve love.” My friend is able to speak to my soul in ways that only a friend of twenty-something years can.

I feel a bit as though I’m in a freefall. Like I’m out of control in the best way possible. But I think it’s because I’m on the cusp of an entirely new chapter in my life.

One last thing: I was on the phone with my mom, talking with her about this very topic, earlier this week. And you know, that woman is always the anchor to my ship, caught in a storm. We were talking about my spirit’s weariness of singleness, and for the first time I admitted out loud, “It’s because I don’t let people in.”

And she just softly said, “I know.”

That’s the thing. So often we’re the last to the party. Everyone else can see it, but in order for us to come to understand, we have to go through the process. Do the work – just like my best friend encouraged me with.

And it turns out that doing the work, meant actually humbling seeking Jesus, and giving Him that which we are desperately holding onto.

So anyways, that’s where I’m at for now.

I’m open. I’m ready. And I welcome Jesus’ plan to come to fruition in my life!

This post was made possible by my wonderful sponsor, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

Quick sponsor shoutout…Did you see my FabFitFun unboxing video!? Well…it’s time for the SUMMER BOX!! It is valued at over $320 and includes my favorite makeup brand, Tarte! It’s a quarterly box of beauty, fashion, home and fitness products for only 39.99? YES. PLEASE. You can get $10 off when you use my code HEATWAVE at check out too

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKS, BLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“*** CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY! ________________________________________________________________
STAY CONNECTED!

@beauty.beyond.bones – Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

A big thank you to my sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

Next time you’re shopping on Amazon, be sure to stop by my link, amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones first! Doing so is absolutely FREE for you, and a great way to support this blog! (When you stop by my link first, whatever you get on Amazon will give this blog a little kickback :))

For Podcast versions of my posts, please check out Patreon! It’s only $2 a month!! You make this blog possible

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 1w ago

Hello from NYC!

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If there’s one thing I love about summer…it’s the abundance of berries! Strawberries, raspberries, but my all time favorite are blueberries.

And I recently discovered an amazing treat that I’ve been topping practically everything with. Dried blueberries. (This is NOT a sponsored post – just good old fashioned, genuine love here, people! )

They’re these fabulous sweet little nuggets of chewy goodness. I top my banana ice cream with them, I put them on top of smoothie bowls, I top my apple and almond butter slices with them, and just eat them by the handful!|

But today, I did something extra special — I made cookies with them!

Have you ever had a Larabar? They are my favorite energy bar. They’re made with all whole ingredients, like dates and nuts and dried fruit. Well, they have all different types of flavors, but hands down my favorite is their blueberry bar.

So, I decided to do a riff on that, and create Blueberry Muffin Bites!

These, friends, are exquisite. And I promise you, what they lack in visual aesthetics, they make up for in flavor. Trust me! 

And these “poppable” little treats are actually good for you! They’re grain and gluten free, vegan, paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!

Here’s what you need: (Makes 12 cookies)

1/8 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup reserved almonds, halved
1/4 cup dried blueberries
4 dates
1 “dropper-full” of alcohol free, vanilla stevia
5 drops alcohol free, lemon stevia (option: sub 1/4 tsp lemon zest)

Tools:
Food processor
Good chef’s knife (this is the one I use and love)

Directions:
This truly couldn’t be simpler. Throw everything except the reserved 1/4 cup almond halves into the food processor. Process for about 2 minutes, until it starts to clump together. You may need to scrape the sides a couple of times.

Then, carefully take the blade out and mix in the almond halves.

Form into 1 Tbsp balls. Child for at least 30 minutes. Makes 12 balls.

Where to begin!? These little sweet treats are outrageously good! They’re chewy and sticky, slightly crunchy and 100% fantastic!

The dried blueberries are sweet with a hint of tang that is complimented beautifully by the intensely sweet dates! And the vanilla makes them seriously taste like blueberry muffins! You can allllmost taste the streusel topping! hahah They are SO GOOD!

And they’re healthy too! They’re full of fiber and protein to keep you full! Dates are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium and Calcium. The nuts are full of Vitamin E, Manganese, Zinc, and Copper! They’re practically a health food!

Just try not to eat them all in one sitting!

See you tomorrow for programming as usual! OR – If you listen to my daily podcast over on PatreonOh What a Beautiful Morning! – I’ll see you tomorrow, bright and early!

This post was made possible by my wonderful sponsor, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

Quick sponsor shoutout…Did you see my FabFitFun unboxing video!? Well…it’s time for the SUMMER BOX!! It is valued at over $320 and includes my favorite makeup brand, Tarte! It’s a quarterly box of beauty, fashion, home and fitness products for only 39.99? YES. PLEASE. You can get $10 off when you use my code HEATWAVE at check out too

***THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ORDERED MY BOOKS, BLOOM: A JOURNAL BY BEAUTYBEYONDBONES AND “MY BLOGGING TIPS“*** CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY! ________________________________________________________________
STAY CONNECTED!

@beauty.beyond.bones – Instagram

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

A big thank you to my sponsor, BetterHelp Online Therapy.  Speak with an online therapist. Or check out content about eating disorders from BetterHelp.

Next time you’re shopping on Amazon, be sure to stop by my link, amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones first! Doing so is absolutely FREE for you, and a great way to support this blog! (When you stop by my link first, whatever you get on Amazon will give this blog a little kickback :))

For Podcast versions of my posts, please check out Patreon! It’s only $2 a month!! You make this blog possible

***NEW!! For outfit details, you can check out my LIKE.TO.KNOW.IT page or follow me in the Liketoknow.it App!

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BeautyBeyondBones by Beautybeyondbones - 1w ago

Hey Friends!

Happiest of Mondays to you

Real quick – In case you missed it last week, I started my podcast over on Patreon for my $2/month members! It’s called Oh What a Beautiful Morning! It’s a brief daily message from yours truly – a Bible verse and reflection. And they’re five minutes long, so put it on while you’re brushing your teeth and washing your face in the morning, and it’ll get your mind in the right space to start the day Plus, I’m a pretty big goof ball, so enjoy!

And – tonight be Bachelorette Monday and all…I also am starting Bachelorette Breakdown w/ BBB — another podcast endeavor on Patreon. Because I listen to Bachelor/ette podcasts all the time, but I feel like…there are no Christian voices ever represented on there. (Well, except for Mr. Ben Higgins…hi Ben ) So I wanted to do a recap from the Jesus loving perspective. So if the Bachelor/ette is your guilty pleasure, let’s talk about it!

OK – so enough about thaaaat. I’m just genuinely excited about those two things! I’ve got my nifty little microphone and I’m having a blast. Thank you to those who have joined in the fun already! The feedback I’ve received has been pretty awesome! Yay!

Alright – now onto tonight’s post:

God has pretty impeccable timing, doesn’t He?

I mean, when you really stand back and objectively view our world, and the timing of things, it’s as though you can almost hear God having a chuckle from the Great Beyond.

I’m sure you all have heard about Robert De Niro’s spirited demonstration at The Tony Awards last night in NYC.

In case you missed it, the Hollywood elite were packed into Radio City Music Hall like haute couture’d sardines.

It was your classic red carpet event. The spray tans were on full display. Glam squads were on call. And lip filler was flowing like afterparty champagne.

And amongst all the glitz and frozen foreheads, out saunters Good Ol’ Mr. Bobby De Niro himself, looking as though he had just come in from a game of corn hole and threw on a tux.

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Now, just a quick aside. My absolute favorite acting teacher was a personal friend of “Bobby.” They worked together on a hit show. Anywho – so ever since that class, I have always had a “transitive” admiration of Mr. NYC himself.

So I say that last part about the tux lovingly.

But he walks out on stage to present an award, and all of a sudden ABC cuts the live broadcast’s audio. Only to cut back in to show an absolutely roaring crowd, erupting into a standing ovation, with Bobby on stage with his arms raised up like he was freaking Muhammad Ali, cheering in victory.

Well, it turns out, that in an off-script moment, Mr. Bob Man goes, “F— Trump!” To which he was greeted by the arrogant snickers and bougie applause of self-important Hollywood actors.

I mean, frankly the arrogance was disgusting.

OK – before I say anything more about that, I’m going to close my mouth. We’re all caught up.

Button that for just a sec.

Wake up with me now, on Monday morning, the following day. I had actually just recorded my podcast, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, that previous night, unaware of the antics happening at The Tony’s.

Well, wouldn’t you know that the reading for today was The Beatitudes.

Now, I know. Whenever I hear that word, I instantly tune out, having heard the same dry sermons about that overexposed passage in the Bible about “blessing those who mourn.”

Well, as a rule, I try to never deviate from something divinely placed in my path. So I dutifully obliged and reflected on the Beatitudes.

Well, as I was reading it, one really stuck out to me:

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

It’s no secret that we’re living in a militantly divided nation right now.

Friendships have been lost, judgements had, families estranged and jobs lost – all over where you find yourself on the political spectrum.

It is a fiery topic, and as you saw in last week’s post, not even a Christian blogger is immune to the rabid attacks that are seen from all sides of the political line.

Here’s the thing: I don’t fault De Niro for not liking Trump. Look – we are all entitled to our own political beliefs! You have yours. I have mine. That’s fine and dandy. But what we’re not entitled to, is throwing profanities in someone’s face for believing something different!

De Niro’s display at the Tony’s was ugly. It was just disgraceful and did nothing but pour gasoline on the flame, deepening the chasm that divides our country.

For better or for worse, he is in a position of influence, and has the incredible responsibility of being a role model. And that’s the way he chooses to behave? By searing the wound of divide we have in this country?

Peacemakers. We are called to be peacemakers.

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But honestly, how are we to do that in the explosive climate in which we live?

Seriously, what can we constructively do?

Because I’ll tell you what…merely throwing a temper tantrum and shouting curse words at the opposing side isn’t going to do anything but deepen the divide.

Here’s a bright idea: how about we listen to one another.

The truth is, the right has good ideas. The left has good ideas. And people in the middle – we all have good ideas. We all have things we could learn from one another. But we’re not going to be able to know any of those ideas if all we do is shout over each other, or hurl insults back and forth.

Often, if we listen to – and seek to understand – each other there is a third idea that comes out that builds on the two opposing ideas, bringing some of the advantages of each to become an even better idea. This only happens if people are really trying to solve a problem as opposed to advancing their own specific agendas. That is the true power of diversity but that only works in a collaborative, peace-seeking culture.

The definition of peace is the absence of hostility.

De Niro’s performance last night was a demonstration of hostility. Communicating nothing but his unwillingness to listen – or even acknowledge – other ideas.

That is not going to solve anything.

And we’ve gotten to a point that politics isn’t something that we can just leave up to our congressmen and women to deal with. We need to make peace with those in our lives who believe differently than we do. And that starts with listening with an open mind.

Coming together, recognizing differences, hearing other positions, and learning how to build a bridge to move forward.

Not that he’s anything close to a shining example, but even our President is doing just that in Singapore as we speak. Another “coincidence” that is not lost on me.

God always gives us what we need to hear, when exactly we need to hear it.

Peacemakers won’t make headlines like De Niro. But they do make headway. And that’s a credit that truly does deserve an award.

This post was made possible by my wonderful sponsor, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

This is the next book on my listening queue – Celebrate Recovery – is about recovery and The Beatitudes! I’ll let you know what I think

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I was literally thisclose to disabling my blog this morning.

Thisclose.

I mean, for the first time, I think ever, I could literally feel my heart pounding in my chest.

And I don’t mean “literally” like an overdramatic and slightly basic Millennial.

I mean, I could literally physically feel the actual beats of my heart pounding, as though they were millimeters from busting through my chest.

Allow me to set the stage.

Tuesday morning. alarm goes off. I roll over to find a message pertaining to my professional acting page.

Hmm, I haven’t checked that in a while, let’s mosey on over there to see if it’s been updated. 

For those that don’t know, there is a website on the internet that is a rolodex of every actor and crew member in the business. It is used by industry professionals, as well as professional Netflix bingers, curious about the past work and personal information about any actor, A-list to Z-list.

Well, clearly, they’re letting in the riffraff, because as an actor, I too have a page on this website. I promise you it is not impressive, but a it’s a page none the less.

Well here’s the thing…much like Wikipedia, random people can add to/edit your page.

Yep…thaaaaat’s right. Random people can go on there and submit trivia facts, biographical information, photos, and in my desperately unfortunate situation…quotes.

And you guys. The quotes that whoever this troll pulled from my blog, taken out of context, make me look like the absolute spawn of Satan.

A quote about my virginity. A quote about my past anorexia. A quote about my menstruation history/infertility (which praise God is now false!). A quote about being “anti” feminist. A quote about voting for Donald Trump.

I mean, the fact that someone would comb through my entire blog to find the most damning sentences possible when taken out of context, and then submit them anonymously to make me look like a monster?! On my professional acting page??

Talk about starting a Tuesday off with a zinger. It wasn’t even 9am and I had cried more than Ashley Iconetti from the Bachelor.

And the best part about this big fiasco, is that all this was brought to my attention by a cute. boy. 

I know.

I KNOW.

I am reeling inside too.

So anyway. I nearly disabled this site.

This blog is obviously anonymous for a reason. I share things on here that are incredibly personal, and not that I’m going to withhold that information from someone, but come on…sharing your past of anorexia, or your menstruation history!??!???…That’s at least 5th or 6th date material. Preferably over a bottle (or 2) of wine. Or in a noisy atmosphere where they can’t really make out what you’re saying.

Juuuust kidding.

But this whole situation did get me thinking.

Who am I, if I cannot own up to my past?

Really?

Am I ashamed of who I am?

It was a very rubber-meets-the-road moment for me.

And I will pause, to preface and say that there’s a huge difference between disclosing this personal information with someone in the proper setting, versus having it blast out on the internet without one’s consent. I stand by that, and have since emailed that website to have them take down those quotes submitted by a malicious troll that should go back underneath the bridge from which they crawled.

But look. I’ve got a past. For better or for worse, I’ve got a lot of baggage in my trunk. (Note that I didn’t use the word junk…get it…junk…in the…) hehehe

But seriously. Yes, there are a lot of things that I’m not proud of. Yes, there are a lot of seasons filled with pain and regrettable behaviors and patterns. But all of those things have worked together to create the young woman you see today.

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And if I can’t own up to that, then who am I, really?

If I can’t accept my own past, how can I expect anyone else to?

The fact is, I’ve been forgiven. I’ve been healed. And I’ve been reborn.

Not from any of my doing. But from His.

And frankly, the young woman you see today is a living, breathing testimony of the glory, grace, mercy and power of God.

So you know what? Yeah. I do claim my past. 

Do I wish that some of the things I’ve said wouldn’t have been taken out of context? Yes. Do I have to shout out my past as the very first thing someone sees when they look at my professional bio? Absolutely not.

But I should never be ashamed of the journey God has taken me on. Because frankly, it has been one big process to destroy the persistent sin in my life: pride.

This morning, waking up I was mortified. Beside myself with shame and humiliation that such information would be the first thing that someone would read about me. As though my life could be deduced to a strategically biased soundbite.

And further, I was filled with rage at the malicious intent that someone would have to use my words against me, and manipulate them to tarnish my name and character by making me out to be a bigoted and abominable person.

This is my story. And I’ll be damned if I let some troll tell me that it’s something to be ashamed of.

Not today, Satan! Not today.

One last quick thing! I have decided to add two new exciting features to my Patreon!

  1. I’m going to be doing a daily bible podcast called Oh What a Beautiful Morning! It will be just a quick, 4-5 minute daily devotion, reflecting on a daily bible verse/reading. And that first episode is already up, so head on over if you want to check that out   
  2. I’ve decided to do a Bachelorette reflection podcast, where I recap/respond to the most recent episode of the Bachelorette. Which, seems a little random. But I literally listen to SO MANY Bachelor podcasts. (The show is my guilty pleasure, and I have a slight inkling that it is one of yours too ) So I will be posting those recaps – from – a – Christian – POV on Patreon every Tuesday, and the first episode is now up! 
  3. Both of these exciting new features of my Patreon, (in addition to the podcast versions of every one of my posts) will be available for $2 a month

This post was made possible by my wonderful sponsor, Audible. Listening to audiobooks while I cook is literally my new favorite thing. And just for you, they’re offering a Free 30-Day Trial Membership. And with this free membership, you’re going to get 2 free audiobooks! Literally. Free. It is the best deal ever. And if for some reason, you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel within those 30 days and it’s zero money out of your pocket, plus, you get to keep the 2 audiobooks. Soooo…it’s pretty much a no brainer. Plus, it’s a free and easy way to support this blog! So thank you!! 

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