About Me

Hello, hello! I’m Colleen, and I’m so happy you’ve stopped by The Lunchbox Diaries!

pennylapHere at The Lunchbox Diaries, I do my best to call it like I see it. It being life. I’m always striving to be my best self, but I make a conscious effort not to take any of it too seriously. The Lunchbox Diaries is a place where I want you to feel empowered, confident, and inspired. I promise you’ll laugh [unless you have a shitty sense of humor], and I hope you’ll want to stick around.

About Me

I’m all about self-acceptance and self-love here at The Lunchbox Diaries, but I haven’t always been the most confident of girls. Throughout middle school and high school [and most of college!] I struggled with self-acceptance. I thought that “skinny” was synonymous with “beautiful” – and I thought the only way to be “beautiful” was to obsess over and restrict what I ate.

Thankfully, those days are long gone [for the most part] and I’m currently the best version of myself to date. I like myself. A lot. And that feels super good.

I try my best to be a relatable, approachable internet beacon of positivity, but I also like to keep it real and be the first to admit that I’m so far from perfect or reaching some self-esteem enlightenment. But if I can inspire one girl to love herself or feel less alone in her struggles, I’ll consider it a success.

Other things you might want to know

I have a dirty, foul mouth. If you have virgin eyes, I suggest staying away from this filthy blog. The Lunchbox Diaries is like a pretty trucker stop.

This blog started out as a “healthy living blog” but has morphed into something much different. I officially said goodbye to the HLB label a while ago, but I still enjoy living a healthy lifestyle. It’s just boring to write about, IMO. For me, healthy living focuses less on workouts//salad and more on mental and emotional health.

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A not-so-fun fun fact is that I have Muscular Dystrophy. I mention it, because it’s a pretty important part of who I am. My dad has this disease, and because of it’s hereditary nature, I ended up with it as well. MD is essentially the progressive degeneration and shrinking of muscle tissue. I was diagnosed in the beginning of my sophomore year of college. It rocked my world, that’s for sure. I am beyond lucky that I am virtually unaffected by the disease so far, but it serves as constant motivation to take care of my body now so that it stands a chance of being healthy later. The diagnosis helped me stop thinking about only the outside of my body, and it helped turn the focus inward. A blessing in disguise. [Check out my story that was published in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s magazine, Quest.]

Moving away from the intensity of that, I have a fantastic husband and we are obsessed with our Great Dane, Penny. Cory is my better half, my smarter half, my more creative half, and the main reason I’m as happy as I am today. I’m his funnier and better looking half, but that’s neither here nor there, now is it? [Also, we’re HGTV celebrities.]

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I can’t assume there’s anything else you’d possibly want to know about me, but if these is, shoot me an email and we’ll chat. If you spam me, I’ll hate you forever. lunchboxdiaries[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog!

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