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Beauty Redefined: 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Own Beauty

Nicole Smithee and bridal party

  I was 6 years old when a boy first made me cry.  He called me Plucky Duck on the playground in front of other kids, laughing over his own clever joke about my “big” lips.  I ignored him and kept playing with my friends as if nothing had happened, but later that evening I stared at my reflection in the bathroom mirror, biting my lips to make them appear smaller while holding back tears. I didn’t wear lipstick till…

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Living Sacred In a Scandalous World

Nicole Smithee

  I was in the back of a beat-up Honda Accord with stained carpet upholstery and a nagging smell of smoke when I first read the New York Times article that revealed sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein dating back to 1990.  We were stuck in traffic and my Uber driver had just turned up the volume to some sort of generic smooth jazz radio station.  Trying to distract myself from both the traffic and the elevator music, I quickly…

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I Used to Hate Fasting, and How That All Changed

Nicole Smithee

I have a confession to make.  For a very long time, I hated fasting and avoided it like the plague.  I became a Christian when I was 12 years old, and I was eager to learn and grow in my faith at the time.  But fasting never made much sense to me.  It felt like a hunger strike at best and an unhealthy diet plan at worst.  I did a few short fasts throughout my teen years, but the whole…

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Why I’m a Fan of New Year’s Resolutions and How to Keep Them

Nicole Smithee

In my opinion, New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap. Sure, January 1st is, in truth, just another day on a calendar.  It might seem a bit much that a simple date change elicits such widespread motivation to achieve goals, become better versions of ourselves, or try new things.  But that’s like saying, “It’s Christmas, and because everyone gives gifts on Christmas, I refuse to.”  You can stand in defiance against the norms of Christmas time, but in the end,…

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7 Signs He’s Dating Material

I’m a recently married woman.  I’m a wife.  Getting used to being called someone’s wife and being handed a new last name is well… still new.  The best kind of new, but still new. What’s it like being married?  I’m not a marriage expert.  Like I just said, I’m new at this.  But I do know that marriage can be AMAZING… if you marry the right person.  Every day, I thank Jesus for bringing my husband, Ben, into my life. …

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