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A LITTLE ABOUT ME

 

If you are just getting to know me and this blog, I’m Lisa, and this is my puppy, Joy Rose. We are here to spread happiness.

After spending years dealing with all of life’s unpredictability, I found through writing I could start to heal. Life has a way of challenging us, but with every obstacle, we also learn to grow. While each of our stories are unique to our own set of circumstances, many of us find ourselves becoming warriors of our own lives. Through massive loss and devastation, I was able to find coping mechanisms that became my tools to help me navigate through all of life’s uncertainty.

Looking back, I could write a book about all the things I’ve lived through. So, it was challenging for me to summarize this “about me” section. Experiencing things like job loss, health issues, relationship strain, and the loss of my mother forced me to grow stronger. When you are in the tornado of life, you don’t always realize the valuable lessons it’s teaching you. So, while each of those issues were extremely difficult, they have become my own personal story and legacy.

At one time my writing was strictly about fashion. Now I’m ready to expand into additional areas of interest. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good fashion tip and I will continue to share those, too. So, what will you find here is a little bit of fashion, a sprinkle of fur baby and a touch of fitness. Oh, and I dye my hair pink once a year, so you can look forward to that, too! Life has taught me how to become a warrior. My goal is to empower you to do the same, all while looking and feeling your best!

PS: (Because I always have one more thing to share!) I’m not only a writer but a designer as well. If interested, take a look at my design page here!

PPS: Keep scrolling down to find out why I named my page STYLE SHE SMILES.

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graphic designer

FUN FACTS:
I worked at Bonne Bell (the land of Lip Smackers)
as a Graphic Designer for over ten years.
I expanded my skill set, working for a small business and well known local artist, Susie Fraizer.
I love designing, styling, organizing, and planning.

Take a peek at my DESIGN page to learn more.

BLOGGER

FUN FACTS:
I love spreading joy in Cleveland, OH.
I have a passion for fashion, fitness, fur babies, food and so much more. I find writing to be therapeutic, giveaways to be glorious, and our #CLE locals to be filled with tremendous talent.

I was an extra in a major movie.
THE AVENGERS - Pause at 39:55 to spot me.

PILATES TEACHER

FUN FACTS:
I have a herniated disc in my lower back.
I manage vertigo issues, and tendinitis from years of working on the computer. Pilates was the missing link my body needed.

After taking private sessions for over a year, I saw first hand the many benefits Pilates has to offer. I took the plunge and am becoming an instructor to help others feel better too.

the meaning behind…

STYLE ONLY SMILES

 

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve had a love for fashion. While my sense of STYLE has evolved over the years, what remained clear was how it made me feel. No matter what battle I faced, when I dressed better, I felt better. The thing is, not everyone was on board with that. Judgment comes in many forms, and I found it extremely difficult to understand why others would judge me based solely on my appearance. I took that pain and put it into a passion. I created a fashion blog, showcasing all my layers, even the ones below the surface.

STYLE is where it all began, and serves as an important foundation for this new journey.

The SHE refers to my mother, who suddenly passed from this world. I not only want to honor her, but encourage us to learn from her wisdom. She was grateful, caring, creative, and the worlds best cheerleader. SHE would want us to embrace and live a life of full happiness.

This might seem strange, but I want you to take a minute here to simply smile. Think about something, anything, that makes you smile. Now I’m going to do the same. Together we are spreading smiles and that feeling is incredible. Even on my darkest days, I have forced myself to find those little moments that bring me joy. I have journaled about them, and now I am back to share them. While smiling is something we often do in front of a camera, I want to encourage you to do it in your daily life. Together we can share and spread SMILES, and that is how this new journey begins. Welcome to Style Only Smiles.

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