The Lovely Life
Life, Love and the Pursuit of Plus Sized Fashion
I want to let y’all in on a little secret...9 out of 10 women who are plus size do not wish to be plus sized.
Every women who walks through our door is on her own special journey that we may or may not ever be told about. Take myself for instance, my thyroid is basically dead and I take a huge dose of meds every day to try and mimic the hormones my thyroid is suppose to produce. Can I lose weight? Yes. Is it extremely harder than a person without medical issues? Of course. But being overweight is hard. It is hard to hear not so kind things. It is hard to have thin family members or friends make remarks about your size. It is hard to hear what your doctor has to say when you step on that scale. It is hard to go to a restaurant when you see a booth and not chairs. It is hard to have to sit things out because you are scared you wont fit or you exceed the weight limit. It is hard to look back on years past when you thought you were “fat” and realize that is probably the closest to skinny that you will ever be...but know what is harder? Finally waking up one day and realizing that you are the one who allowed fear to control you. “What are you talking about, Erica?” I’m saying that every day we hear women come out of the dressing room and criticize at least one thing about their body and make themselves seem unworthy enough to wear certain things (this applies to ALL women of ALL sizes too) I am here to tell you that chances are, the one thing you beat yourself up over about your body, goes unnoticed by anyone other than yourself. Read that again. You are your absolute worst critic. I know that sounds so cliche, but it is so true!
We as women, as mothers, as friends, as role models, have to stop tearing ourselves down to try and fit the mold that we have made up in our own minds. You can love the current skin you are in no matter what phase of your journey you are on. So many of us are constantly going through transitions and trials of weight-loss or trying to find our happy medium and think “oh, i’ll wear a tank top when I drop 20lbs.” (I’m guilty) or “i’ll wear shorts when my thighs no longer touch”. (My thighs will never “not” touch) There is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with learning to love yourself through it all...and that is exactly what I challenge you all to do.
Make it your daily mantra to try a little harder to NOT be so hard on yourselves and for every one thing negative you say about yourself or to yourself, you also say 3 positive things.
You are a child of God. You are beautiful. You are loved. You are worthy. If at anytime you need reassurance, just come on by LLB and pop a squat on a couch and we can talk it out❤️
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Welcome to another lovely showcase! Here we will feature one of our lovelies and their business. Today, you'll enjoy meeting DeAnna and her accounting business in Kannapolis who was awarded NorthState Technology Solutions New Business of the Year in 2018.
We met DeAnna at a Cabarrus Chamber of Commerce event and hit it off! She's the sweetest and encouraged us as we barely made it to our tax deadline with our disaster of a mess for 2018. (Don't worry. We survived. We now use QuickBooks and we have a grasp on financial organization, but it was a little trying during tax season.)
How did you get started in accounting?
I have an undergraduate degree in Political science, and after moving from TN to Chapel Hill NC and working in my field for exactly one week I realized that was not for me. After several years of soul searching, I met my now amazingly supportive husband who recommended I help out a friend of his who had opened his own construction business as their office manager. I taught myself QuickBooks and found myself loving accounting. I ended up going back to UNCC to get my Masters and becoming a CPA. I always knew at some point I wanted to be my own boss, and after an awesome experience at Potter and Company I decided to go out on my own and have not looked back!
What sets you apart from others in your industry?
I would like to think that our customer centric approach is what sets us apart from my competition. We focus on accounting for small businesses and try to make it as easy as possible for them. This allows them to focus on what they do best and leave the numbers to us. Unlike many other CPA firms, we will work on site at client's offices, since that is where their information is and where they are comfortable.