Almost 6 months out and I finally feel ready to focus on my fitness. I know it doesn’t seem like a struggle on the outside but trust me, the postpartum body changing is no walk in the park for ANYONE and I felt so weak in my back and core whenever I would lift Ezra. My shoulders were painful from breastfeeding and my neck was always tight. I started by cutting out soda and unhealthy snacks (a bad habit I picked up during my pregnancies) but for me the hardest part has been not feeling as competent as others present. My legs feel like jello, I’ve got no makeup on, and the fear of weakness lurks in the back of my head but when I saw the abs peek out in this photo I had a moment of pride in the journey my body has taken me on. I want the future me to be stronger than the pre-babies me, both mentally AND physically and that means getting over my intimidation and stepping out the door 💪 Anyone else have the same mental block? What did you do to get past that gym fear? _ 👚: @aloyoga 📸: @michelleyo0n
10 years ago I was making some of my very first YouTube videos, including this monolid smoky eye look. Who remembers this one?! 👋 I definitely go for more natural colors now, but my eyelids are just as wonky 😘 #10yearchallenge #2009vs2019
Working on my baby bicep curls 💪😜 My tips on how to look healthy after having a baby are: 1. Spend half your energy on making your baby giggle (which is a VERY serious workout, never let anyone tell you otherwise) and 2. Use @schwarzkopf Gliss Color Guard for that gorgeous, luminous hair which seals in color and keeps it looking perf for up to 12 weeks. No matter what life throws at me, at least my color won't fade and neither will Ezra's smile as long as my arms are burning! 🔥🤣 #blissofgliss #haircare #ad
I still can’t believe 6 months ago I was still pregnant, just waiting for the moment in this photo to arrive 🥰 My Labor & Delivery Story for Ezra’s crazy, intense, FAST birth is now up on my Youtube channel! Moms, was your birthing experience anything like this? 👉 https://youtu.be/crNaYhfvIzo Direct link is in my profile!
Get you some friends who will: 1. Always make you laugh 2. Make you cry for the RIGHT reasons 3. Lift you up for being who you are 4. Down to take silly selfies (cause you gotta remember those good times 😜) Tag a friend who are these things for you! @hellomeganlee @arden_cho @kiirstinleigh @eslee
I had an epiphany today that the #Konmari method has infiltrated my entire life. A trip to the mall to return a couple things taught me that the Victoria’s secret sales bin that I used to dig through for printed-cotton treasures? No joy. That Macy’s shoe rack with tempting red signs? No spark. I’ve done a bit of online shopping but my method now is to wait on the cart for a couple days and reassess later if what I chose I really LOVE before I purchase. I’ll even talk through my reasoning out loud and if I even begin to say, “well, would I...” or “how...” or “if...” then I stop myself and remove the item because if it’s still a question, it’s not a spark. What DOES spark joy is this top gifted to me by @eslee for my birthday, this pre-loved purse, and these Mary Janes from last year. Anyone else having some serious life-decluttering moments lately? _ Event: @diormakeup 📸: @sweetleemade @thetidyteacher @mariekondo
Are you happy? Today, like many days, I asked Aria this question and she gleefully replied, “YES!” Unlike past days though, she asked me the question back. I was a little stunned because I realized I don’t really ask myself this question much. Am I happy? Do I really consider my own happiness very often? As someone who loves caring for others, my priority is often making sure those around me are happy instead. I looked at her grinning face, gave her a big hug and replied, “Yes, I’m happy.” 🥰 I will be endlessly impressed by the wisdom we can learn from confident little girls. _ 📸: @_sunnyykim
Here’s to a FRESH START: not feeling guilty over things we can’t change, forgiving ourselves for being imperfect, and accepting ourselves in our current state—as we are—so that we can focus on what we ARE capable of. My dad always tells me “You can only do what you can do” which means when you feel like you can’t keep up or your burdens seem too great, just do what you can do. I felt like 2018 was a year where I took many small steps thinking I wasn’t getting far enough, but it took looking back to see I ran a marathon instead of losing the sprint. Each step counts. 🏃🏻♀️💪 Was 2018 a sprint or marathon for you?
I had a full on anxiety attack 2 days ago because the family was sick again, Aria had a bad sleep regression and was climbing out of her crib many times a night and I only got 2 hour chunks of sleep. To be honest, I’ve been having a hard time looking at instagram lately seeing everyone’s epic recaps of the year and their resolutions for 2019 when I feel like I’m just struggling to sleep without nosebleeds or to make it to the next day when I’m running on empty. So for my last post of the year instead of a pretty outfit with the perfect makeup, fireworks, or high heels, it’s just me as I really am. 2018 was tough with all the growing pains of loving greater than ever before but I hope I can let the little moments in 2019 fill my heart daily because these are the moments I don’t want to forget ❤️ P.S. If you suffer from any type of depression or anxiety, try not to take this season with too much pressure. It’s just another day but even taking one step is a step ahead of where you were. We can get through this together 💪
WOW 2018. This year felt like a full life cycle crammed into 365 days and my top 9 shows it! Here’s a recap of what happened in these photos: 1. Announcing my 2nd pregnancy 🤰🏻 2. Ezra is born 🤱🏻 3. @ben.ja.mins & I celebrated 10 years of marriage 💍 4. A very Pokémon Halloween 🎃 5. Jen & Ben the dating years 🤝 6. Throwback from Aria’s dol (1st bday) in hanboks 🇰🇷 7. Mini-me selfies 😗 8. Princess ballgown life on the #unfo gala red carpet 💃🏻 9. Now a family of 4 👨👩👧👦 Despite overcoming mountains of physical trials, my heart also exploded into a whole new depth of love. Thank you for allowing me to share such life-changing moments with you here on instagram! #topnine2018