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Make-Up, Dress Up, Level Up

About 4 weeks ago, I said yes.

My word for 2022 is MORE.

More money.

More happiness.

More love.

More sex.

More success.

More adventures.

More smiles.

More laughs.

I want more of everything and so I am living my life with MORE always in the front of my mind. I want only things that bring joy to my life and that will help take me to the next level.

I almost didn’t apply.

I didn’t think I would be good at it.

I didn’t think I was qualified for it.

And then I remembered the Ted Talk by Reshma Saujani called Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection. One of the best Ted Talks I have ever watched. So I just F*** it and apply.

Almost instantly, she replied, “Hi! Yes, you’re hired!!”

Of course, I thought it was a joke. I know Nikaela and this woman is a powerhouse and I am so honoured to know her and watch her grow throughout the years. We met back in 2016 after I started my business, BeYOUtiful Box. She was a vendor in the boxes and made incredible body products.

I have watched her become this incredible businesswoman and my support for her is unwavering.

When she said yes, I thought she was joking.

Who would want me to work for them? I wasn’t qualified to be doing what I applied for. I thought she was joking that I put off meeting with her. It took me a week or two to finally go in and have a sit down with her. I started the next day.

Oh, the self-doubt was running rampant but I was determined to be MORE.


I always felt like I was made for more. I don’t know really how to explain it.

When I was younger, I always imagined myself wearing a business suit and being in the board room of some building. Leading a team and changing the world. I honestly had NO IDEA what that meant but that was always my vision.

Then my real life took over. I live in yoga pants when working from home. I started my own business and there are days when I second guess everything that I do. I worked a part-time job in a photo lab. I LOVED the people that I worked with but still felt like something was missing.

When I got the job as an admin for Lil Bettas Swim School, I had to uplevel everything that I was doing.

I had to get new work clothes.

I had to take a shower and do my hair.

I had to manage my time even more than I was used to.

I was ready for this uplevel but there were some bumps in the road that I hit.

Leveling up means surrounding myself with women who aren't afraid to step into their MORE every single day, allowing me to safely do it too.

I found that finding cute clothing for my plus-size body wasn’t going to be as easy as I was hoping. I would leave the dressing rooms feeling defeated. I saw the racks full of cute clothes for smaller sizes and wondered if I was ever going to be able to find clothes that made me feel powerful, business-like, and cute. Even with my body size, I deserve to feel cute in the clothing that I wear.

I had long given up finding clothes that made me feel good and so my default was yoga pants and t-shirts. I may not have looked professional but they were comfortable.

I found a few things pairs of pants that I loved and so I bought them. I didn’t and still don’t know how to dress in those pants but I have a few staple items that are allowing me to build up my business attire.

Every morning I wake up and I am excited to go into my closet and see what I can put together.

I have more confidence when I put on this clothing.

I have more pride when I put on this clothing.

I will say…