Mary J (@thrivingoutloud) [similar]

Thriving Out Loud * Living an Unedited Life * Mom to 1 Beautiful Girl * Finding Joy and Hope in this Journey of Life *

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

When Party Planning for your almost 8 year old daughter...Go with the design she picks out! She's got style! #momlife #singlemom #partyplanning #birthday #dontgrowup #daughter #design #craft #hotoffthepress #icecream #yummy #birthdaygirl #love #sprinkles #wishes #march #prepping #love

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

My "natural" comedian of a daughter sure has a habit of losing teeth right before a holiday and/or special day. She's trying to make the "tooth fairy" pay out big! Cha-Ching...💰💰💰 #toothless #toothfairy #daughter #comedian #candid #funnychild #momlife #pixiedust #toothpillow #love #humor #laughter #smile #silly #igkids #kidsofinstagram #instagood

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

And my daughter's School Valentine's Cards are complete. I think there may have been a "bad apple" according to her funny expressions. 😆 #school #valentines #cards #treats #candid #child #daughter #love #momlife #moments #laughter #funnygirl #teacher #class #heartday #fun

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

The smell & beauty of "Fresh Flowers" make for a delightful Saturday! The pops of color are hopes of spring. Create. Faith. Harmony. #raedunn #simplicity #raedunnclay #create #faith #harmony #flowers #sweet #fragrance #love #home #beauty #chic #decor #life #color #bloom

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Love my daughter's imagination as she created a "Custom Laptop" for her American Girl doll to enjoy while she's at the beauty salon. She even got dressed up to go to work at the "salon de koah" as she calls it. Saturday fun. #create #salon #americangirl #love #kidlife #style #play #time #americangirldoll #daughter #momlife #children #girls #kidsofinstagram #creativity #salongirls #relaxedhair #saturdayfun

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

"You Have Nothing to Lose" and everything to gain when you go the "extra mile" and bless someone. Whether it be through random acts of kindness, a smile, a handwritten letter (doesn't happen to often these days), a simple conversation over tea or coffee, a giveaway, a hand in times of need, a hug, a care package filled with love, an encouraging comment and so much more.

Today, I am extremely blessed by the acts of strangers whom collect an artist's pottery that I just started collecting. I won a fabulous loop contest on IG. These women are artists as well. They have perfected the art of "giving". I needed "strength" this month (more than they know) and my mugs and other items will be proudly used/displayed and will serve as a reminder that in a world filled with dissaray there are those that are still filled with love.
Remember: " You have nothing to lose". Be an encourager and uplifter to others. Blessings will abound.

#strength #courage #journey #blessed #lovewon #thankful #raedunn #raedunncollection #giveaway #winner #encourage #uplift #smile #whitewalls #decor #randomactsofkindness #love #xoxo Thank you @ourlovinghome @our_cozyhome and anyone else that I may have not tagged.

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Dreamer's Advanced Dance Team. Performance Time. I love my little Dreamer and her fellow Dreamer's ❤️ #dancers #dancemoms #affairoftheheart #rhythm #dance #team #tinydancer #daughter #love

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Nothing like receiving a few pieces of "Love". Custom made pieces by the lovely Rae Dunn. My heart is happy. "My Love" and "Love". Perfect addition to my "newbie" Rae Dunn collection.
❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️💋❤️
There's no placing a pricetag on
L-O-V-E ! These go with my previous post. 2 Loves represent my daughter and I. The My Love represents her daddy whom passed away on Feb. 25th, 3 days before her second Birthday! #raedunn #raedunnclay #custom #original #love #happy #joy #clay #classy #rare #style #whitewalls #adding #mylove #treasure #forever #healing #stones #gratitude #journey #momlife #singlemom #loveisintheair Thank you, @watsonkennedy 👍

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Time. A simple concept. An important aspect of Life. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "There is a Time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens : a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..." This verse came to my mind today when I received my Hugs Canister to go with my small Rae Dunn collection.
February can be a hard month for my daughter and I as the unexpectant passing of her "Daddy" occurred almost 6 years ago and 3 days before my precious daughter's 2nd Birthday. Loss occurred and riveted me deep down to the "soul" level. Grief, sadness, and emotions that I hope others never have to go through came upon me as I was given the news. I will never forget falling down to my knees in the kitchen in utter grief and shock and with tears flowing uncontrollably. Time did not stop. Time did not heal all wounds nor will it. However, I embrace the Time, Joy, Laughter, Hugs, Kisses & the "I love you more wars" with my daughter. We have an unbreakable bond and I am ever so grateful. We live and thrive out loud. We share compassion, we encourage, we give, we love, we embrace TIME. I'm reminded to "Be Strong" this month and journey forward but to also allow myself to grieve.
The Hugs Canister was hard to find and I needed it as I will be placing special notes and memories that are somewhat "Heaven Sent" inside for every day of the year. The notes will encourage and uplift my daughter. Sweet Love.
So to all that are facing a difficult TIME. Be Strong. I'm here to encourage and uplift all because together we rise and there is so much beauty in our brokenness. xoxo

@raedunnclay
#raedunnclay #hugs #kisses #homedecor #time #momlife #singlemom #love #live #instagood #heart #life #mother #daughter #kindness #bond #strength #courage #journey #prayer #joy #homegoods #tjmaxx #raedunclayaddict #raedunnpottery #simplebutpowerful

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Always Follow your Heart❤️ Don't forget to #hustle ! May fortune and luck follow you throughout your journey. #motivation #heart #fortune #go #love #journey #momlife #singlemom #flatlay #create #happiness #inspire #design #freedom

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Some things in life require a "greater" Hustle and a dash of confetti to celebrate! ♡Be Mine♡Rae Dunn Collection. Valentine's Day is near. Seriously in love with the entire collection but the hunt is like trying to find a "Hatchimal"! However, the reward is long lasting with Rae Dunn Collection and simplicity never goes out of style. {I hunted them down and gave them an extremely gentle "noogie" they will never forget 😅} ❤️#raedunn #raedunnpottery #1st #find #raedunnobsession #simplicity #love #valentines #day #hustlehard #raedunnclay #iwillneverbedunn #create #flatlay #fun #confetti #hearts #treasures #hunted

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Hey Darling, You are Beautiful. Stay true to yourself. I want to remind YOU that there is no other YOU. YOU are BeY💋Utiful. Now, I've got my hustle on and some shopping to do.

Just love my daughter's candid personality. She said she's headed to town in style😅 #love #beauty #kindness #children #igkids #fashionsita #momlife #live #laugh #darling #hustle #kisses #vogue #moments #fun #joy #styling #daughter #hustle #dream

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Allowing myself to be vulnerable...In hopes that many are encouraged. 2 years ago in February...I had a surgery that was to remove Endometriosis. Only for it to return 2 months later confirmed by intense and unbearable pain. Anybody that knows me...knows I'm typically a tiny person . However, the surgery also caused a tiny amount of weight gain and my "swelly belly" did not reduce much. I became very self conscious and did not like my weight. 6 months post op, I began working out and eating better and did control my weight. However, this time last year (1 year ago). I let myself go and was working a desk job, not watching what I ate and started gaining. The picture on the left is a reminder to me as it was taken by my director and shared with coworkers because we like to have fun. I saw this picture and was saddened. After all, I live in chronic pain and discomfort many would not know how bad it actually gets. I saved the picture on the left as I started researching ways to reduce pain for those whom have endometriosis. I wanted my body back for good. How could I be gaining and enduring pain?! It was happening so I started in May 2016 with a clean eating regimen and plan to reduce pain. Within a month I had a significant pain reduction and lost a bit of weight as well. Within 2 months, the difference was notable in pain reduction and my weight flew off. A bonus! By the end of Summer and into September, I dropped a tiny bit more without even trying. Clean eating and cheating in moderation with unhealthy foods was just a way of life for me. I'm not as strict about my diet the way I was in the 1st three months and eating healthier has just become a way of life for me as it proved to reduce my pain. Fast forward from Sept. 2016 to Jan 2017...where I thought I would gain because of Fall and the indulgences as well as stubborn winter weight and I have kept it off. I have to say that I'm proud of myself and have essentially retrained my brain and reset my metabolism. Now, this is where I usually am and I have my body back. The saying goes: "You are what you eat"...I agree to some extent. Just wanted to share and encourage others. #eatclean #endolife #endometriosis

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Love is in the air. Preparing to design Valentine's Day Cards with my daughter❤️ Tic-Tac-Toe or Heart?! Washi Tape. Monogram Initials. Do what you Love. Be bright, be bold, be you and Sprinkle love everywhere! Glitter will be used☺️ This mother/daughter duo loves to be creative. My 2nd Flatlay. #love #create #momlife #mother #daughter #design #washitape #tictactoe #heart #style #arrow #glitter #sprinkles #glitter #targetstyle #memorypinboard #targetlittles

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

L❤️VE. Major props to my recent bargains and finds. New Skagen Watch in multi tone color along with my favorite brand of Jeans, Flying Monkey Denim. Love fashion. First attempt at a flatlay. #love #fashion #flyingmonkey #denim #skagen #watch #gift #xoxo #heart #flatlay #design #create #shopping #chic #style #24 #classy #trend #instagood

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

"It is found in the moments, the minutes, the seconds where you give and believe and try and laugh and cry and mother.

It’s found in laughter, tears, sighs, hugs, laments, I love you’s, and dreams shattered in the midst. It’s not in keeping it all together – it’s in being real and admitting that life isn’t perfect but that you aren’t quitting. You are fighting"
So, to all the moms I know...Keep on Dancing. Rest if you must but Dance through the storms of LIFE. YOU are ENOUGH!
#positive #love #momlife #moments #laughter #dance #adventure #beautiful #life #journey #blessed #daughter #significance #smallthings #encourage #dream #believe #do #my #angel #wednesday #comfort #soulfood #instagood

Mary J (@thrivingoutloud)

Fearless at 4 years old. Hard to believe she is almost 8 years old. Joy of my life. #throwback #child #daughter #fearless #momlife #singlemom #dreambig #flyhigh #love #adventure #big #dreams #dontgrowup
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