High Five for Friday

Hey y'all! I'm linking up with Lauren Elizabeth for High Five for Friday. Such a fun link-up for me to participate in--especially on people's favorite day of the week: FRIDAY! :)

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Hello, World!

1. We moved!

I am officially moved and settled (as much as possible) back in North Carolina. I'm a Carolina (not UNC) girl again! :) Austin and I will be doing some long distance relationshipping over the next few months because of his rotations and my job. It will be hard but we are just viewing it as little "trips" that we will be apart.

2. My new job starts next week!

I start working at The Design Network next week. I am very excited about this new adventure and pumped to see where this road leads. God has been doing some amazing things in my life and blessed me with opportunities I didn't even know were possible.

3. I'm still not eating desserts, except on Sundays.

haha--this is a big deal for me! Lent is still going strong...my friend, Amy, and I are partnering up to only eat desserts on Sundays during Lent. Amy actually has a new blog: Southern, Classy and (a LOT) Sassy.  Check her out! She is one of my great friends--always keeps me on my toes, reminds me that monograms deserve the be forefront (haha), and gives some of the best advice, and oh yeah...she is an AWESOME gift giver...she always helps me find appropriate gifts for family members and friends (and Austin).

4. I'm changing my workouts.

With my new job starting next week, I have to change my workout schedule. I'm thinking I will workout before work with the new T25 (thank you so MUUUUUCH Kathryn for giving it to me--you are the best). It's only 25 minutes of pure Sean-T awesomeness, the creator of Insansity. I really love these work outs because they are challenging and only 25 minutes. Even Austin likes these workouts and he HATES working out with a video. That's saying something there, people. :)

5. My posting schedule will be different.

You will be seeing some changes around here...I still want to keep The Sweet Mash going and keep it strong. However, with my job not being as flexible as my last (where I could blog during lunch or a break, simply because I worked from home)...it will be challenging for me to post as often as I have been. I will probably post 1 to 2 times a week. QUALITY over quantity, y'all. I'm sure you are grateful. ;) You were probably getting sick of me blowing up your newsfeed.

Stay sweet,

Madison

Question: People who work 8-5 jobs, when do you work out? Before or after work? ALSO, any tips for long distance relationships???

The Thigh Gap Craze

Hey everyone! Sorry for the weird posting schedule I've had over the past few days. Warning: it's going to get worse.

I am in the process of packing and organizing for my move at the end of the month. You know what's craze...I work out 5-6 days a week and rarely get sore (hmm, maybe I should push myself a little more)...but when I spend a few hours packing and lifting boxes, I am sore the next day! I secretly love it. Is that weird?

Let's talk about the thigh gap. I feel wrong even saying it--that's how ridiculous it is. As I was watching E News last night, I learned about a procedure done at the plastic surgeon's office to create a thigh gap. Around $9,000. That's all. What in the world.

What is going on here, people? Why are we putting so much emphasis on our bodies to not be the way they are supposed to be. Thigh gaps are usually genetic. It's my hope that people could be content with their own bodies and know themselves to be beautiful.

It makes me so mad how Hollywood has started this obsession with the thigh gap. People are feeling pressure to get skinnier and skinnier. It's not just a concave stomach anymore, now it's a space between your thighs. This is unrealistic for many people and adds pressure to people to starve themselves to be a certain way. Be YOU and love yourself.

Why do we rely on Hollywood for our definition of beauty? Beauty is from within. Beauty is being strong. Beauty is being kind to others. Beauty is in Christ. Beauty is not in a dang thigh gap.

I'm not sorry for this rant. I'm sorry for the ideals Hollywood/the world is placing on the definition of beauty.

Proverbs 31:25: Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.

Question: What do you think about the thigh gap obsession in Hollywood?