9 Ways to Break Through a Creative Plateau

If you consider yourself a “creative” (a term I kind of hate using because aren’t we all creative in some way? Also it just brings to mind imagery of every smug “creative” type I’ve ever known and puts a bad taste in my mouth which is admittedly my own baggage but maybe you relate? This intro is already too long), then maybe you’ve gone through a slump. 

A plateau. 

A period of days or weeks or months (hi.) or even years (hello!) when your brain and heart just didn’t combine forces to do ... 

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Body Positivity During Weight Loss

Why Weight loss? 

I mentioned over in this post that Justin and I started Weight Watchers at the beginning of the year, and then kind of breeeeezed on past that to talking about cooking. Which might have led to some of you wondering why I, a self-proclaimed body-positive and very opinioned anti-diet-culture blogger would join such a traditional…well…diet. 

I wish the answer was deep and complicated. 

That I had discovered some sort of hidden meaning in the Weight Watchers philosophy and it was actually NOT a diet, but a lesson ... 

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The 6 Things I’ve Worn a Million Times

When it comes to most things, but especially clothes, I am a creature of habit. I have a closet absolutely FULL of stuff (despite all of my attempts at NOT having a closet full of stuff…Marie Kondo, help!) and I still gravitate to a handful of pieces that I absolutely wear out and then buy again. 

Please tell me we all do this. 

While I attempt to step outside of that comfort zone and branch out and use the other pieces of my wardrobe…I always come back to these. 

Here are the 6 things I’ve worn a million times (at ... 

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Do You Cook?

The hubs and I joined Weight Watchers at the beginning of the year, (more on that later), around the same time we started trying to stick to a budget, and a funny thing has been happening. 

We started avoiding restaurants like the plague.

Makes sense, right? Restaurants are expensive, and total calorie bombs.

Here’s the thing though – we’ve always been restaurant people. Like, dining out was a full-blown hobby. Maybe even more than a hobby. It was a way of life. There was no sit-down chain that was exempt. Drive-thrus ... 

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The 5 Best Health Investments I Made in 2018

Hey friends. It’s 2019.

I know, I have no idea how it happened either, but here we are. 

I bet you’re also seeing a TON of (like…so many) posts, ads, captions, more ads, about how you need to change. How you need to be better. Do better. Workout harder. Eat cleaner. New year, new you, or whatever. 

I get it. I’m feeling the pressure too, and it’s overwhelming.

But guess what? Your worth (or your health!) isn’t defined by a number on a scale or the tag on the back of your jeans or how many glasses of water ... 

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Done with 31

So long, you surprising, wonderful year.

As it would be completely off brand for me to have done this two weeks ago near my actual birthday, I saw it fitting to do my long-planned year recap…late.

I didn’t have any expectations last September when I eased on into being a 31-year old. 30 was the big one, that’s what everybody said, so I figured 31 would be pretty chill, right?


31 was not chill. Not in the least.

Instead, it was dynamic, exciting, surprising, energizing, disappointing, upsetting, spontaneous, educational, ambitious, scary, confusing, blissful, and ... 

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Hi! I’m so glad you’re here.

Hi friend! Welcome to all things Kristy Johnson. I’m so glad you’ve found your way over to this corner of the internet.

I’m Kristy – the chief decision-maker, dad-joke-slinger, cat-cuddler, lady behind the lens, attacking the keyboard, and slinging safer personal care products.

You can usually find me, my husband, and our weird cat Paul Simon coming up with every excuse possible to stay inside our Durham, NC home.

I LOVE hanging out on Instagram, so hop over ... 

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Long-distance is hard, y’all.

Have you ever been in a long-distance relationship?

Long-distance relationships are hard. Nobody says they’re easy, but it’s shocking how hard they can be, especially when – as in my case – the relationship is your marriage.

This marriage isn’t hard. In fact, it’s the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Trusting this man with my heart and sharing our lives and making plans together and each trying our absolute hardest every single day to be the best teammate we can be? Not hard at all. Not with him.

It’s not even that hard from a logistical sense. While ... 

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