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What makes you happy?

My husband, Matt, traveling with him my to new places, writing stories at my desk, shopping for expensive items online (I put hundreds of items in my cart to make me feel expensive—only sometimes to buy two), and the smell of my dog, Spunky.

What makes you sad?

When I judge myself or think others could live their lives better than they do (Aren’t we all doing the best we can?). Also, the news.

Do you have any role models or inspirations?

My Mom is a badass and way more of a role model than I could ever be—she raised two of the most difficult (IMO) and creative kids, and she still swears we’re the greatest. I will always disagree—she’s greater!

When do you feel most beautiful?

When my outfit has been styled by my girlfriend Kate Moore (I limit my personal styling capabilities to athleisure, only), when I’ve moved my body for fun (a jog, bike ride, swim, yoga, dance...), and honestly? ...even the moments when I forget I’m embodied!

What is your relationship with your body like today?

Much more stable and healthy but not completely different. What’s completely different is now I have sustainable tools to help me cope with the messaging our society tells us—the we have to change ourselves to look better, etc...

What did you want to be when you were younger and how has that changed or evolved?

I wanted to be a veterinarian, a Country music star, and a grocery store checkout clerk—there’s something so rewarding about the beep when I scan a barcode! When I applied for those jobs and never got them, I decided to model...and then try my hand at writing a book.

What is something you wish was taught in schools?

How to get pregnant, how to eat intuitively, and how to embrace being unique.

Describe your perfect day.

Wake up, go for a jog in 65 degree sunny weather (Florida winter), make breakfast and a big pot of tea, and go upstairs to my treehouse office and write until my husband comes home for dinner. Also, a simple lunch...but that’s implied with the whole work from home thing.

What's something you believe in that not everyone else does?

Telling the truth.

What's the last book you read?

The Gentleman in Moscow.

What obstacles have you overcome on your journey with self love and what did they teach you?

Bravely choosing to leave a career that celebrated my physical body in a body-obsessed world—and to choose a career that (hopefully) admires my pretty basic brain.

What is your favourite physical, and non-physical attribute about yourself?

I love how I accept my husband’s love! I'm proud that I did, and do—he loved me even when I couldn’t.

What makes you fall in love with others?

Honesty. I’m obsessed with truth.

What makes you fall in love with yourself?

When I’m brave enough to tell the truth.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

Keep it simple.

What do you think we can all do to make the world a better place in regards to body positivity, self love and acceptance?

To raise children and celebrate them as unique individuals, and to accept our family members and friends without judgement for their journey.

What was the turning point for you in your journey towards becoming the confident, happy, healthy, pretty brave woman you are today?

Hearing Amber Valletta come out about her drug addiction. I thought, if she can tell the messy truth, so can I!

Having worked in the modelling industry between sizes 0-16, what changes do you think can be made by consumers and creators to demand a more inclusive, diverse and realistic representation in professional media?

We should use models of all sizes—not just straight size (0-4) or plus size (8-16). We should have healthy women represented in the in between sizes too. Alas, we live in a world of extreme measures!

What changes can be made on social media to help girls feel better within themselves?

Have social influencers and celebrities shine a more truthful light into their worlds to humanize this unreal idea we have of perfection and beauty.

Finally, if you could tell one thing to your teenage self, what would it be?

Be brave enough to believe you’re perfect, just the way you are!