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WHO: Alisa Link
WHAT: Social Media and Website Guru for Channel 13

Hello! My name is Alisa and I work for Channel 13 in Des Moines.  I do their social media and website content.  I’ve lived all over, in Chicago, New Orleans, and now I’m back in my home state, close to my family, and loving all that Des Moines has to offer for us yuppies.  Here are just a few of the things that make me feel beautiful:

1. Laughing: I cry A LOT, I mean like State Farm commercials and Susan G. Komen ads… but I also laugh a lot.  I guess you would say that I’m emotional.  I love making jokes, I was even named “class clown” in my Spanish class in high school… but my teacher later eluded that it was because I talked so much and didn’t really pay attention in class, and that was a nice way of saying she didn’t like me. I just like the way my eyes crinkle when I smile, I like a good gut-busting chat with my best friend, and I love the little things that my boyfriend does to make me giggle.

2. Bike Riding: I love riding my bike, and I’m pretty good at it.  I have been riding long distances ever since I was a little kid, and it just takes me back to Saturday morning rides as a little kid to Casey’s (20 miles away) with the promise of a sprinkle doughnut half way through…  RAGBRAI was always my summer vacation, and last year, I rode RAGBRAI by myself for the first time, and it was one of the biggest accomplishments I’ve ever tallied, both physically and mentally.  I’m working on my running, but I know I can keep up on two wheels.

3My Promise: When I was in college, my relationship with God was always up and down, but during a particularly “up” time, I sensed that God made me a promise that I would be an “amazing woman”.  I’ve always held onto that when I’ve felt myself pulling away from Him.  I know that no matter what I do to try and plan my life out, God has a plan for me and I can’t muck it up.  He promised me, and he doesn’t just throw promises around.

4. Tiara: My grandparents have a tiara at their house that belongs to my aunt who was Rose Queen or something… But I ALWAYS put it on when I’m over there.  Something about the sparkles on top of my head makes me feel like a princess.  My little cousin would even put it next to my plate on the dinner table to mark where she wanted me to sit.

5. Cardio Rotation class at the Y:  I have been taking this butt-kicking class at the downtown Y for over a year now.  It’s one of the toughest classes at the Y. Fit men and women alike take the class, and are drenched in sweat, lying on the floor begging for mama after it. When I started, I was using the lightest weights, I would pretend to check my phone when I was tired, I could finish about half of each workout, and I would be sore for DAYS after. Now, I take heavier weights and make it through the whole workout without pretending I’m coughing so hard I need to get a drink.

Thanks for sharing, Alisa! If you want to share the 5 things that make you feel beautiful, please send me an e-mail ( for more information! 



WHO: Jenn Mietla
WHAT: Grad Student in Biochemistry
WHERE: Virginia
BIO: Hi everyone!  My name is Jenn Mietla and I am currently living in Richmond, Virginia though I am originally from North Carolina.  I am married to my wonderful husband Daniel, and I am in graduate school working towards a Ph.D. in Biochemistry.  I don’t have a blog yet – but I absolutely love reading them!

1. My husband: My husband makes me feel beautiful every day.  He’s keeps me on my toes, cherishes me, lifts me up when I am sad, makes me laugh constantly, and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met.  All of these things make me feel beautiful on the inside and that makes me feel beautiful on the outside.

2. Getting my hair cut: I absolutely love getting my hair cut.  Someone else washing, cutting, drying, and styling my hair always makes me feel like a million bucks when I’m done.  And I adore my hair stylist – so that’s an added bonus!

3. Reading: Reading to learn about myself makes me feel beautiful.  Whether it’s learning about my personality and why I act the way I do, to books that help me understand that God made me the way I am for a reason, constantly keeping in mind that I am the way I’m meant to be truly makes me feel beautiful.

4. Getting dressed up: Since I’m a graduate student I live in cheap jeans and t-shirts pretty much year round; I don’t want to accidentally get anything from lab (especially bleach) on nice clothes and ruin them!  So when I get the chance to dress up I really feel beautiful.

5. Baking: It sounds a little odd to me, but baking makes me feel beautiful.  I’m pretty good at it, so it boosts my self esteem when people tell me that what I made is fantastic.  I also love baking beautiful things – I appreciate beauty in simple cookies and cakes as well as more elaborate things.  I’m baking mini-cheesecakes for my brother-in-law’s wedding this weekend and I’m super excited about it!

Thanks for being willing to share, Jenn! If you’re interested in sharing the 5 things that make you feel beautiful, shoot me an e-mail ( for more information. -Madison

WHO: Cassandra Jones
WHAT: Massage Therapy College Student
WHERE: Idaho
My name is Cassandra, and I hail from the dessert reaches of the Southwest, though my heart is permanently and irrevocably planted in the state of Idaho. I’m currently a first-time college student in pursuit of my massage therapy license, a soon-to-be fiance planning a wedding to my true love (Princess Bride, anyone?), and an administrative assistant for a non-profit agency that helps abuse survivors.
1. Clear Skin
I have struggled for years and years and years with bacne (never realizing it was related to a medical condition!), and I’m finally starting to get a grip on it. (Did you know that topical colloidal silver can help get rid of acne? Yeah, me either. Until now!) Even if no one else can see it, knowing that my skin is clean and healthy does amazing things for my self-confidence.
2. Dressing in Garb
Did I mention I’m secretly a Rennie? Okay, this doesn’t make me feel so much “beautiful” as it makes me feel like… myself. I revel in the strange looks I get when my roomie and I hit up WalMart in garb.
3. Holding a Baby
My maternal instincts kick in and suddenly I’m beautiful, the baby is beautiful, the whole scenario is just beautiful. (As far as the picture goes… what can I say? I started young)
4. A Good Bra
When the girls look good, you look good.
5. Smarts
Being able to discuss the virtues of Tesla vs. Edison/traditional nuclear reactors vs. liquid fluoride thorium reactors or explain the role of the hypothalamus in endocrine function/break down the dopamine reward cycle and subsequent addiction cycle (all real-life conversations I’ve had at least once this past week) makes me feel pretty darn beautiful. Granted, it’s more of the “beauty is on the inside” type, but you get the idea.
If you want to share 5 things that make you feel beautiful, please shoot me an e-mail ( for more information!

WHO: Natalie Borton
WHAT: Managing Editor, Darling Magazine
WHERE: San Diego, CA
BLOG: Thoughts by Natalie

Natalie is a lover of the written word, avocados, beach picnics and champagne. She lives in San Diego with her hilarious and charming husband Brian and scruffy puppy Maggie, and is a Managing Editor for Darling Magazine. You can find her blogging at Thoughts by Natalie, or follow her on Twitter at @natalieborton.

1. Learning. The more I know, the more beautiful I feel. I enjoy reading (books, blogs and magazines alike), traveling and watching documentaries—and I also record nearly every show on Discovery Fit & Health. I love cultivating a beautiful mind (which lasts much longer than a beautiful body) by learning about people, cultures, and especially the way the human body works.

2. My hubby. Brian challenges my mind, encourages me to pursue my passions, leads me closer to God, and makes me laugh more than anyone I know—all things that make me feel radiant, alive and, yes, beautiful.

3. Embracing the natural. I’ve learned that I feel most beautiful when I let my hair air dry and skip my mascara. It makes me feel free to be my authentic self, and takes my focus off of my physical appearance because I spend less time on it.

4. Writing. I love writing truth that encourages other women—especially about real beauty and true identity. It’s how I express myself most authentically.

5. A morning run. Morning is key here, because after 9am my run is sure to be a chore rather than a beauty-infuser. In the morning, the air is crisp and the day is young. I love it when my shoes hit the pavement as the sun is creeping into the sky.

Who: Justine
What: Writer and Social Media Pro
Where: NYC
Blog: Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One

Hi, E&C-ers! My name is Justine, and I blog about life, love, and awkwardness over at Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One. (Some of you may remember me from my No Fat Talk post back in February.) I’m so thrilled to be contributing to Madison’s “What 5 Things Make You Feel Beautiful?” segment—isn’t it just like her to come up with something so upbuilding and fun?

1. Getting gussied up.
I’m pretty capable in the ways of getting dressed up and doing my own hair and makeup, but I absolutely love having someone else take care of these things for me. Nothing makes me feel fancier than getting my nails, hair, or makeup done, and I’m a pretty big fan of feeling fancy.

2. Physician’s Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Ultra Black
When you have eyes that rival most cartoon deer’s, you tend to gravitate toward products that help you play up that feature. This particular eyeliner claims to offer “longer, fuller, more enhanced” lashes. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I do know that it comes in a user-friendly pen format that makes creating the perfect cat eye a breeze. Sold.

3. An exhausting workout
It might seem counterintuitive, but I never feel prettier than after I’ve completed a grueling long run or a killer lifting session at the gym and am covered head-to-toe in hard-earned sweat. It makes me appreciate everything about my body and how strong it is. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt when I notice I’m lifting heavier weights than some of the boys!)

4. Conair Double Ceramic 1 ¼” Curling Iron
Even when I’m doing my own hair, I always feel my prettiest with big, soft waves. (I can’t help it; it’s my inner southern girl creeping out.)  Nature wanted me to have pin straight hair, but a big curling iron helps me get the perfect shape, and this particular model has a ceramic barrel is less damaging to my hair. I’m so obsessed, I even posted a tutorial on my blog about how I do it. Like I said. Obsessed.

My husband
I don’t think a single day goes by without my husband telling me how beautiful he thinks I am. His admiration (for my inner andouter beauty) was such a crucial part in my overcoming so many of my own insecurities, and he’s a constant reminder to me of the things I should love about myself.  A perfect example? One night, we were cuddling on the couch watching a movie and he started running his hand over my stomach. I groaned and told him to “stop playing with my fat,” and he replied, “That’s not what I was doing…your skin is just so soft…” How could you not love that?

Thanks, Justine, for sharing your 5 things! If you’re interested in sharing your 5 things for No Fat Talk Tuesday, shoot me an e-mail ( for more information! 


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