Real Sh*t

Let’s talk coming off BIRTH CONTROL. Awkward? Maybe. But I’m going to talk about it.

This blog is all about honesty, and if you’ve been a reader for awhile, you may know that I’ve written about other taboo topics such as negative people, anxiety, and divorce to name a few.

Taking birth control is such a personal decision, and at the end of the day, you need to do what is best for you. I am here to share my story with it.

I started taking the pill in high school for horrible period cramps. You know the ones. I took it pretty much continuously for 15 years. Crazy, right? When I started taking the pill, I was in amazing shape as a swimmer on the high school team, but I did notice some weight gain after I started taking the pill. Nothing crazy, and TBH, as a teenager, I didn’t pay close attention to my body at all. So I continued to take it.

I did not experience any other issues with the pill other than having zero acne. It was smooth sailing.

A year or so ago, I got a nagging feeling that I should to reconsider taking the pill. Simply because I didn’t like putting synthetic hormones into my body, and after learning about Natural Family Planning, I decided I was done with the pill. We’ll get into NFP another day because that is a HUGE topic. And I’m still learning.

So here I am, sharing the changes I’ve seen in my body since going off the pill. I hope that it will prep you for what’s ahead if you have chosen to go off the pill and help you feel not so alone.

MY 5 THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO MY BODY AFTER COMING OFF BIRTH CONTROL:

  1. Acne. Just to be clear, I have never struggled with acne. Not before taking the pill, and not during. I would get an occasional zit every once in awhile, but nothing crazy. Now? I get zits around the time that I get my period. They’re not bad, but little ones pop up around my chin area, which is the spot that women have hormonal breakouts.
  2. Oily hair. I used to be able to go over one week without washing my hair. Welllll…my hormones paid me back, big time after going off the pill. I had always had a VERY dry scalp and very dry hair. I still struggle with psoriasis on my scalp, however, my hair becomes greasy if I don’t wash it every day. That party is over!
  3. Thicker hair. This happened super fast, like within 2 months after no more pill. And the change has been very noticeable. I color my hair, so it requires extra TLC, and I haven’t been using any new treatments. It is healthier, thicker, and longer than ever! Not complaining about this one.
  4. Regular periods and ovulation. To be honest, I was really terrified that I wouldn’t get my period again (I know, I know, paranoia at its best, but after YEARS of not having it, I was scared) and when I got it within 20 days of coming off the pill, I was SO excited. Since then, I have gotten it every month like clockwork. I’m learning to track my cycles and it is so amazing how our bodies NATURALLY work. I was so clueless to the signs that my body was clearly showing me before I started taking the pill because I was never taught how to read certain signs. Again, more on that when I talk about NFP.
  5. Weight loss. I have lost 8 pounds since going off the pill, with no other changes to my diet or exercise routine. Much of this weight loss was around the hip and thigh area.

I really spilled my guts on this post, and I hope that you found it helpful. Please feel free to email me, DM me on Instagram, or leave a comment to let me know about your experience.

xo, Lynn

Having a good routine for feminine hygiene is just as important as regular hygiene.

I hope that the subject becomes less taboo than it is now. Having clean & HEALTHY lady parts is nothing to be ashamed of.

So today, I’m sharing all of my top products and tips from keeping boob sweat at bay to cleansing your vagina. Every single item I talk about in this video is CLEAN, cruelty free, and gentle.


 

We ALL have those people in our lives who complain, complain, complain.
You know, the type of person that is just always negative? I don’t mean the occasional complaint, because we can all be ‘negative’ sometimes. But incessantly? It is suffocating.
I’m writing this post because the past year’s theme for me has been to focus on the positive. It is so much more energizing and powerful to just be positive.

If you think of yourself as a Negative Nancy, think about how it serves you. What does it do for you? It really does come back to you – am I right or am I right? When you are feeling negative, stressed, depressed, or just having a bad day, you’d want positive people surrounding you…not people who make you feel even worse.

Here is what I have learned on the topic: when someone comes to me and tells me about a negative situation, or is cynical about something, it is so easy to go down the rabbit hole with them. I am so guilty! HOWEVER, guiding the conversation into a more positive light does wonders. Think about how you can respond with a positive. It helps you and hopefully, the other person.

If you have a negative people in your life that make you feel overlooked, unloved, etc., remind yourself that you are choosing to let that person make you feel that way. You know that quote: “you allow what you tolerate”? The key is to take their power away. This takes practice, but the more aware you are, the easier it gets.

xo, Lynn

SWEATER | SIMILAR SKIRT | BOOTS | BAG

Every girl likes to feel a little (or a lot) glamorous. Am I right?

I love being a girl. My family and friends would tell you that since day 1, I have been a girly girl. It’s in my genetic makeup. I was always that little girl who wanted to get into any makeup that I could, and Barbie was my favorite toy. Not much has changed!

There is so much power in being a badass glamour girl. When you step into that feeling, you can unlock so much inspiration. Personally, I feel my best when I feel glam. For me, that means wearing some dainty jewelry (Miranda Frye is my favorite), wearing my favorite perfume (Santal 33 is ah-mazing and gender-less), having a fresh manicure and pedicure, and being in a clean house. Let’s not forget having a couple of candles burning. When I have these things going for me, I get my best work done, I’m a better friend, and a better partner.

Here are my top tips on feeling more glam:

Decide on the kind of world you desire to live and create it for yourself.  

Know the feeling of the world you desire to live in.  Each day, create the essence of that world for yourself.

Invest in the Details of Your Life.  

Glamour is all about creating FEELING into your everyday life. You can do this with so many little things such as decadent candles, music, fresh flowers around your home just to name a few. These are all an affordable access into glamorous living. It really is the little things!

How do you raise your level of glam? If you haven’t thought about it, try making a list and checking it off daily, weekly, or monthly. You won’t regret it because it feels so damn good.

xo, Lynn