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WSP: Feathers & Flower Crowns

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This weekend was full and oh-so-wonderful!  Any time that flower crowns and baseball games meet is a-ok with me.  This weekend included… bright blue skies and stunning sunrises and sunsets (I saw both multiple times)… a trip to my happy place aka the floral warehouse… quality time with people that have I adore and make my world so much more sparkly.

I kicked the weekend off with prop styling and prep for the Beautiful You Photoshoot with my beautiful friend Emily of Either/Or Design.  She’s also part of the Piccadilly Creative team and I am constantly blown away by her creativity and ability to turn what could otherwise be ordinary objects into a work of art.  We made made flower crowns and played in a tent.  It was basically the best time I’ve had since I was 10!  Oh, and did I mention she has the cutest puppy ever?!?!

This weekend also included a first for me… watching a Nats game from a suite… guys, OMG, you guys… I’m ruined for watching a game any other way.  Talk about being spoiled!  It was such a fun night with the best roomies in the world.  #sportsandsparkles

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Saturday I had the privilege of working with the Piccadilly Creative team to style the annual Beautiful You photoshoot.  If you haven’t checked out Beautiful You yet, I can’t recommend them enough. It’s an incredible group committed to seeing women understand their value, pursue their dreams and step into their purpose.  What a privilege to work with them!  They’re also an incredibly creative group and getting to spend the day creating and capturing beauty with them was an absolute blast.  On top of that we got to work with one of our favorite photographers from Piccadilly’s Little Black Book, John Jacks.  The shots he captured are mind-blowing. Can’t wait to show you.  These are just a few that I captured on my iPhone.

 I hope your weekend was just as inspiring and beauty-filled!

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Giveaway Winner – Starfish Project “Camille” Necklace

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I’m so excited to finally be announcing the winner of last week’s giveaway of this amazing necklace, the Camille, from the Starfish Project.  I loved reading through all of your responses on things that you think know are beautiful about you.  All I can say is… IT’S TRUE… you are an incredibly beautiful inside and out!

camille So without further ado, the randomly selected winner is…

DIANA!!!

Congratulations beautiful! Your laugh truly is a amazing! Send me an email at lovehannxoxo (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll drop it in the mail to you right away!

Thanks again for entering and don’t forget that you can do some shopping of your own on the Starfish Project website.

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Girl Talk : GLAM Thoughts & Living the Life of your Dreams!

girl talk Having girlfriends is the best.thing.ever.  Someone with whom you can swap stories, giggle and share life’s wonderful moments. There’s so much wisdom that I have gained from the amazing women in my life; whether about the best product to get rid of dreaded frizz or advice on how to live my life with passion.  My life is better because of the girlfriends in it.  That’s why I started “Girl Talk“.

This is my friend Eileen.

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She’s one of my favorite people in the whole wide world.  I met her when I was a scared little freshman at GW and she instantly reached out to me and made me feel welcome.  I remember being a little bit in awe of her and always overwhelmed when she would make it a point to ask me to hangout? Over the years she has been one of my best friends, a constant encouragement, an inspiring leader, a supportive cheerleader, my first call when deciding where to put my couch, my style icon, mother to some of my other best friends (two, soon to be three of the cutest kids in the world) and the list goes on and on.  Needless to say, I’m a fan.

On top of that, Eileen is launching her new Blog – it’s sort of a ‘Joyce Meyer’ meets ‘Rachel Zoe’ guide to overcoming stress and anxiety in order to reach your dreams.  I’m thrilled that the rest of the world is going to get to see all the wisdom and fun that I’ve seen over the years!  It’s also another reason why I am beyond excited to have her on the blog today.

LAH – Tell me a little bit about your journey thus far? 

Eileen – I’m a Long Island girl, who came to DC for College with a New York accent and no idea what I wanted to do with my life.   I bounced around, actually switching my major 5 TIMES (much to my parents chagrin) and right before I graduated – I discovered a passion for Art and Music.

I started using this passion to serve people in my local church, making graphics and writing music.  Eventually I started my own design business, later becoming the Creative Pastor in my local church. I may have lost my accent – but I totally found my dream.

LAH – What were some of your dreams growing up?

Eileen – I have always had a deep desire to reach people, to impact them at a core level….I just had no idea how to do that.  I remember as young as 5 years old I had dreams of singing “The Sun Will Come Out” from Annie, before large crowds.  People were being super touched in my dream…really affected by my amazingly brilliant song!

It seems so silly – but I think the singing was a metaphor of my art, inspiring people. It’s what still lights a fire in me today.

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LAH – What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve faced in going after your dreams?

Eileen – At 5 years old, the same age as my “singing dreams” began, was the same year I had my first anxiety attack.  On a normal everyday bus ride I started trembling, my heart started pounding at a rapid pace that totally scared  me – and I got nauseous – all over the bus, in front of my friends.  

Far into my 20’s, I continued to have these anxiety attacks at regular intervals.  The anxiety also began manifesting in other forms like low self-esteem, insecurity, depression and eating disorders.  I felt totally trapped.

LAH – How have you overcome them?

Eileen – It was so frustrating!  I totally felt like was on one side this “chasm” – riddled with insecurity, overweight and anxious.  On the other side of the chasm –  there was this fearless, bold, HOT version of me…but I had no idea how to get there.In my twenties, I began to resign myself to the fact that I would never get better. My days became filled with fear about having another attack publicly (my worst fear).It wasn’t until my husband Harrison, said “….so what if you have another anxiety attack? If you give up, and stop trying to fight – that’s when the enemy wins.”

That one statement started giving me a vision to fight.  I began to see I was going to have become fierce with fear – because fear had been fierce with me.  I became a woman determined.  Focused upon creating a bridge to the other side of the chasm. I began to fight fear with a plan.

LAH – Oh wow! That’s so interesting. Tell us more, how did you go about creating this bridge?

Eileen – It was when I started examining the lives of successful people, that I discovered that my thoughts were the bridge.

My negative, anxious mind was what was keeping me on one side, and positive faith-filled thoughts could get me to the other side. I had no idea I could choose my thoughts. That I could think “good thoughts on purpose” – was totally new information to me.

An ancient proverb says “As a man thinks in his heart; so is he.”  Once I got a handle on that – I began a total mind-makeover.

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LAH – What inspired you to start writing?

Eileen – To share what I’ve learned, in an effort to save people all the time I lost – and frustration I went through.

It took me close to my thirties, to finally have peace of mind, to feel truly great about myself.  That’s too long! I really want to save people time so they become their best – sooner than I did. So they can have more peace,  more confidence, so they can be the weight they want – with the joy they deserve, as a child of God.

It’s one of the reasons I started the free GLAM thoughts….because we are all super busy, but yet we need quick, power thoughts to get us going!

LAH – Ohhh GLAM thoughts, I love it.  What does GLAM stand for?

Eileen – GLAM thoughts stands for “Gorgeous, Loved, Amazing & Magnificent” – because the reason we live so far below our potential is because we fail to recognize the stunning beauty that we possess.  It’s impossible to become your best self listening to a soundtrack of negative self-talk.

And let’s be honest – we’re all living full, busy lives!  So GLAM thoughts are aimed at injecting quick, power thoughts to get your mind straight, and you feeling great. Like a great latte before jumping on the metro…power thoughts are the key to crossing the chasm.

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Eileen – To inspire and inform people to become the best version of themselves.

Studies show over 40 million Americans are seeking treatment for fear and anxiety related issues.   9 out of 10 women claim to have a faith in God  – yet women are 60% more likely to suffer from most anxiety disorders as men.

As women of faith, supposed to live fearless lives – the question is “Why are we so afraid? and more importantly – is there a way out from feeling this way?”.It’s not that we don’t see who we’re meant to be, it’s that we have no idea how to get there from here. We have failed to connect faith to our everyday lives.

This is what I hope to do with my blog. Through the Daily GLAM thoughts and weekly posts I want to give readers the practical tools they need. I want to help people cross that chasm. To get rid of that fear.  To get to the absolute best version of themselves.

LAH – If there was one thing you could say to the dreamers among us what would it be?

Eileen – I would say, “Why not you?”   Plenty of people not as intelligent, not as creative, not as good-looking as you…have accomplished success beyond their wildest dreams. Why not you?

At just 5’ 11”, Russell Wilson, the Quarterback for the Seahawks, who recently won the SuperBowl said that his father would always say to him, “Why not you, Russ?”

So why not you?  why can’t you be as successful as you want to be? why can’t you start that business? publish that book? why can’t you be the weight you want? be the best version of you?

and why not start now? because just one thought can change everything.

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Find out more about Eileen’s Blog and GLAM thoughts at http://www.eileenwilder.com

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Happy Halloween!

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I’m super excited that I had the opportunity to guest post over on the Beautiful You Blog today.  Have you checked out their site yet?  You totally should… like right now… go ahead… I’ll wait!

Here’s a little snippet of what I wrote about over there.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

“You’re a fan of Pumpkin Spiced Lattes?  Incredible! Me too!

You got stuck on the X2 bus this week? No way! Me too!

Your favorite color is SPARKLES?  Get out-of-town! Me too!

You could watch re-runs of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” for days on end? What? …. any one? Oh, ok….Just me then.

How many times have you found yourself in conversation with another person and looked for opportunities to say,

“What? You do… me too!”

It only takes a few minutes of conversation to discern that we as women are constantly seeking out connection points.  It’s what makes life fun and is the basis for many friendships.  Yet, true connection, as it turns out, often requires much more than a similar Starbucks order.  In fact, real connection can be hard to come by.

So what is it that keeps us from truly connecting with those around us? ”  

READ THE REST HERE.

Hope you enjoy your day!  Maybe take a moment to pose with a pumpkin.

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