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Nov 14, 2017

HOW A WEEK WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANGED MY LIFE…

By: Ayla Sorochuk, #TeamRawBeauty

When Erin asked me to join her in our social media Raw Detox, I truly didn’t think I could manage. In all honesty, I had no idea how this detox was going to be possible for me. Not only is it an every day clutch, but it’s also my job. I have clients who I am responsible for posting on their behalf on social media every.single.day. Thus, the panic sunk in.

I attempted to get all my clients social posts created in advance, in hopes that this would allow me to only post for them and then immediately sign off. Turns out this not only worked like a charm, but I was also more productive and left feeling more on top of things than ever before. Instead of having to come up with copy and images on the fly, it was all complete for me a week in advance, taking away that stress and anxiety of not being able to think of something creative to post in real-time.  If you work in the online or social media space – you will fully understand this struggle.

Here are 6 ways my social media detox changed my life:

  1.   I found the time to do fulfilling things I’d been putting off forever. I did not realize how much of my day-to-day time was being sucked away because of social media.  By disconnecting, I found myself having more time for myself than I knew what to do with. It was actually quite shocking. Instead of sitting and scrolling before bed, I opened a book – this was the first time I have done this since University (sad, but true).  I was able to sit, think, plan and tackle more in my day-to-day routine than I ever imagined.
  2.   I did things for me vs. Instagram. I realized I was quickly losing my drive to do things for me, and instead doing things that were “Instagram” worthy. Stepping back allowed me to snap out of it, see the bigger picture, and jump back into my own reality.
  3.  My real relationships got stronger. This was a BIG one for me, especially when it came to my fiancé. Since I was no longer participating in the downward daily/nightly scrolling funnel, it forced him to take a step back as well. We started talking after work, and before bed, and during dinner, and the list goes on….I didn’t realize how much of our time together was spent pretty much ignoring one another and scrolling on our phones. This was a HUGE wake up call for us.
  4.  I felt better about my own life.  When there are so many people posting every single day and so much information coming at us, it’s so easy to get caught up in someone else’s highlight reel. During my break I was able to turn the focus back on me, instead of focusing on all the things everyone else is doing. I was able to look back at all my own accomplishments, and be proud of where I am in this stage of my life. I realized that the only power and control I have is my own, and as long as I love what I’m doing and who I’m with, then the rest will simply fall into place.
  5.  I started living moments fully. This one hit me pretty hard in the beginning of the 7-day detox. I honestly had no idea how much I was missing on a daily basis when the majority of my time was being taken up by my phone. I quickly felt as though I had missed so much of my life the last few years – little moments, the ones that actually matter. Without having to post daily I didn’t pick up my phone for every little thing, and instead, I could preserve for the moments that really moved me. I am now finding myself living for the moment, enjoying life as it is and staying present in life rather than documenting/sharing it 24/7.  It’s been the best.

At the end of the day, life is all about balance. As with anything, even a good thing, can be harmful. I’m already back on social media, but the way I approach it moving forward will be different. I have turned off all my notifications, my phone will go away at a certain time of each day (WAY before bed), I will post for me and me alone, and I will remember that it’s important to step out of the virtual highlight reel of social media, and step back into my own pretty freaking awesome world.

-Ayla xo
#TeamRawBeauty

One more thing! If you happened to miss joining the detox with us, we encourage you to still try and schedule one in on your own time. Trust us, you won’t be sorry.

Let us know how you do by sharing your story in the FB Raw Tribe or by using the hashtag #DisconnectToConnect on social.

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Oct 10, 2017

5 YEARS AGO I NEVER WOULD HAVE SHOWED YOU THIS PICTURE…

Photos by Ainsley Rose

These are my hips.  The very first part of my body that I wished would disappear. The reason I went on my first diet at age 15.  The point of comparison with every girl in every magazine. There is nothing wrong with them but at the time I managed to find a million problems with them.  If only I understood then how trivial the appearance of my legs is compared to other things happening in the world.  If only then I felt the gratitude I feel for them now.

These faint marks tell a story of a time in life when I was lost.  A time when I placed immense value on the size of my legs and the number on the scale. They are a map of years when I starved myself, then stuffed myself, and counted calories and found my worth in the distance I ran on the treadmill and the size of my jeans.  My body shrank down and then stretched out as food provided an easy outlet for whatever emotion I was feeling. Luckily I never lost sight of a bigger vision for myself, so after years of struggle I got down to the very difficult work of rebuilding the mind, body and soul that is now my home.  Aside from the acute care I received in the hospital, working with a wellness life coach was the most pivotal step in helping me get to the place I am now.

I went from constantly feeling unsettled in my body, unsure of my purpose, fluctuating in weight, obsessing over food and exercise, lacking confidence, dating all the wrong people and never feeling like I was living the life I imagined for myself to being married, having two beautiful babes, a dream job and tools to help me navigate those difficult days, hard conversations and times of transition (because despite what you see on your Instagram feed life just isn’t picture perfect).

When I look at this photo of my legs today I feel proud.  Five years ago I never would have shared it because I only would have seen imperfection. Now I see legs that helped me carry two babies for 9 months and deliver them safely into the world. Legs that have taken me on a thousand adventures. Legs that will take me on a million more. I feel grateful that I’m no longer fighting the battle that left these faint marks.  But I am also grateful for the battle. It made me stronger than I ever could have imagined being. 

Here’s what I want you to know…

  •  It’s not your body’s fault.  Whatever it is that you’re trying to blame it for. Whatever you’re using it for. It only wants love.
  • Your body will only start working with you, when you start showing it kindness, love, patience and gratitude. When you learn to listen to it. That’s when you’ll land at a happy weight.  That’s where you’ll find your energy.  That is how you release anxiety.  That is how you get the most out of your beautiful body for this short time that you’ve been given it.
  • From the countless conversations I’ve had with women I’ve come to realize that the way we look has very little to do with the amount of self esteem we have.  That comes from something much more than skin deep.

I desperately want anyone who is reading this and struggling to feel at home in their body to know that life can be better.  SO MUCH BETTER.  The way I feel now in comparison to how I felt then is what inspires me to do the work I do.  I want EVERY woman to feel the same way.  I want you to be free of negative self talk and the battle with your body. I want you to see your unique strengths so you can step into your power.  I want you to walk through life operating as your best self so that you too can live the life that you dream of.  That’s why I created Raw Beauty Talks and why we’re working hard behind-the-scenes right now to create a program unlike any other designed to help you step into your happiest, healthiest, most confident self.

We will be releasing the course exclusively to our private Raw Facebook Tribe in the next couple of months so if you’re interested in stepping into your best life click the link above and join a rad group of supportive women who are on the same journey.

Xo

Erin

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Sep 06, 2017

AN ORCHARD SUMMER BRUNCH IN SUPPORT OF FREE TO BE TALKS

An Orchard Summer Brunch This summer we teamed up with The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Petite Pearl Events to host an intimate summer brunch in support of youth media literacy and positive body image program, Free To Be.  Forty incredible women and men joined us at The Orchard for delicious soul food, raw conversation and […]

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Jul 16, 2017

SIMPLE WAYS TO INCORPORATE MINDFULNESS INTO YOUR DAY

Mindfulness and meditation are no longer just trendy buzzwords but proven health practices with a dedicated line-up of high profile practitioners including Jennifer Aniston, Gisele Bündchen, Katy Perry and Lena Dunham.  Despite the long list of benefits (think increased happiness, reduced stress, greater productivity and increased self awareness) it can still feel really hard to squeeze […]

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Jul 10, 2017

GET THE GLOW | 5 WAYS TO STAY HYDRATED THIS SUMMER

Everyone knows you’re supposed to drink about 8 cups of water a day, but how many of you aren’t meeting that quota?  I get it, you’re busy and that next jolt of java is your number one priority. If you’re really serious about improving your health though, the habit of hydrating needs to be at […]

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Jun 21, 2017

HOW SELF LOVE HELPED ME FIND HEALTH, HAPPINESS & CONFIDENCE

What is all this talk about self love and self care and can it really make a difference in your life? I know it’s a bit of a buzz word these days and it can sound a little woo woo at times but I truly believe it’s the number one needle mover in feeling healthier, happier, […]

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May 17, 2017

A LETTER FROM ERIN

Hi beauties, Raw Beauty Talks began with a simple wish. To see more real, raw and honest images and stories of women in media. Why? Because I believe diversity in media expands our personal vision of beauty, helping us to embrace and make peace with our own bodies. To be honest, I created Raw because […]

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May 11, 2017

JOIN MARY YOUNG’S #THESELFLOVECLUB

The Self Love Club is a movement powered by MARY YOUNG, a Canadian lingerie and loungewear line that empowers females to embrace their individuality and to refuse contortion into industry definitions of sexy. We want you to be a part of it.  The club is not the company, the club is not purchasing a garment, the […]

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May 11, 2017

SOUL FOOD | KATE HORSMAN’S BLUEBERRY LAVENDER SMOOTHIE BOWL

Meet Kate Kate is a Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Foods Chef who is passionate about being able to help people discover the power of food and it’s key to wellness in a happy, meaningful and healthy life; What she refers to as Rebel Health, living outside of the box, astray from the norm. Kate was […]

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