Love Your Body with Karen Michelle LA
Wearing an H&M sweater and Joe's Jeans
I was asked to speak at Love Your Body day with Karen Michelle LA on Sunday at the LUXE Sunset BLVD Hotel! Karen Michelle is a super cool boutique in Los Angeles that caters to all sizes, so you can pretty much walk in that store and know you're going to be able to find something that makes you look and feel fabulous. Since I take social media off on Sunday, I wasn't on my phone the whole day, which was refreshing because I was feeling like I needed a break. I have times where I feel like I can easily sit on my phone for hours a day, and on other days, I get overwhelmed and stressed with my phone. It's an interesting feeling to be working and not posting tons of live content, because that's what I'm so used to doing during the week. I had to remind myself yesterday that being off of my phone doesn't mean that I'm not still actively doing something: I'm just living in the moment!
I was one of three speakers for the event, and I was in great company! Shea Vaughn, who is Vince Vaughn's mom, spoke prior to me, and an inspiring eating recovery specialist spoke after me. I don't always get to speak to my target demographic (which is primarily parents and young adults) so I was thrilled to finally speak to an audience that can relate to what I speak on. Each speaker was only given 3-4 minutes to speak, so I briefly touched on my nonprofit, M.I.N.T., and the concept behind my blog. Many people don't know that I come from a small, sheltered town in Eastern, CT, and I initially wanted to be a model because I thought that was the only way I'd be successful. Once I stopped modeling at age 16, and decided to pursue my blog (because I didn't know what else I'd do) I found myself recovering from my body image issues, and truly finding peace with myself and my mission to inspire teens across the globe. The moral of that story is that you may follow your dreams and end up going in a different direction that will lead you to your ultimate destiny. Life is all about experimenting and finding your true passion.