5 Beauty Mindset Shifts // Plus: Season 2 Sneak Peak!

In this totally impromptu episode, I share a view ideas that have been resonating with me since we finished Season 1. These 5 points seem to come up again and again, and have been game-changing mindset shifts allowing me to feel beautiful more of the time. I also indulge by sharing some of the topics we're going to explore in Season 2: coming Aug. 6! I've missed you + I can't wait to hang out again soon!

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In this episode:

  1. Recognize what beauty feels like
  2. Own who you are
  3. Don't dwell on what you don't like
  4. Appreciate Variety
  5. Give grace to others

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // @taylornick // taylornick.com

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1.12 // How the Enneagram Reveals Your True Beauty

SEASON 1 FINALE! Today we discuss the Enneagram as a tool to tap into what's going on inside + express the beauty in being the most authentic version of ourselves. We chat with Anna Skates, 9, children's author from 1.2, Melissa Greene, 8, Pastor + co-founder w/ Anna of Imaginarium from 1.11, and Teri Murphy, 3, PhD + therapist who teaches healthy sexuality. These brilliant women lead us down the most beautiful rabbit trails of self-acceptance + belonging, cracking me up the whole time! 

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In this episode:

  • Exposure to ourselves
  • Clarity of our patterns
  • Our greatest strength is our greatest weakness
  • Being admired is not the same as being loved
  • The true self is what people actually want to be around
  • How we instill what true beauty is in our kids
  • The disconnect between health + beauty
  • Beauty is holistic
  • Complimenting people based on more than what they look like
  • You have to really know someone to recognize them on a deeper level
  • Why are we styling ourselves a particular way?
  • Identifying our internal motivation
  • Enneagram's Healing Attitudes
  • The Pretty Industry

References:

1.2 // How Dinosaurs Help Express Your Truest Self
1.11 // Inherent Worth
The Liturgists Podcast - The Enneagram (Episode 37)
The Road Back to You
Suzanne Stabile - Life in the Trinity Events
Chris D'Elia - Drunk Girls
Imaginarium // @imaginariumcommunity // imaginarium.life
The Liturgists Podcast - Body Image
Chris Hardwick
Schitt's Creek

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // @taylornick // taylornick.com
Anna Skates // @anna_skates
Melissa Greene // @melissagreene
Teri Murphy // @drterimurphy

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1.11 // Inherent Worth

I have admired Melissa Greene for years as a wise, fiery, strong women whose radiance you feel as soon as she walks in the building. She’s an award-winning recording artist + pastor, fueled by her love of beauty, truth + goodness in the world and her belief in the inherent worth of all who inhabit it. In this episode, we talk about being beauty personified, why she brings concerts into prisons, and that beauty is not about looking perfect but expressing the deepest truth about ourselves.

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In this episode:

  • Bringing art, beauty & life to maximum security prisons
  • Retributive vs Restorative Justice
  • The inherent worth of humanity
  • Beauty is anything that calls out the deepest truth about the world and ourselves
  • The energy we put into the world draw people to us
  • Becoming aware of our connection with life around us
  • Exploring beliefs that differ from our own
  • Speaking affirmations over ourselves
  • Removing the imperfections from our images erases the life
  • Intentionally filling our lives with things that light us up
  • Little choices lead to big changes over time
  • Your worth is not determined by others’ opinions of you
  • Becoming beauty personified in how we live

References:

Timothy’s Gift
Sleeping at Last
This Is Me from The Greatest Showman
101010 by Sleeping at Last
Imaginarium Community
Richard Rohr

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // @taylornick // taylornick.com
Melissa // @melissagreene // facebook
Imaginarium // @imaginariumcommunity // imaginarium.life

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1.10 // Rollergirls

My friend Megan McCormick is a retired captain of the Nashville Rollergirls. During her 8 years on the team, she learned to recognize beauty in strength, assertiveness, and the confidence that comes from playing your part in a bigger story. She also shares how her recent meditation practice has helped her cultivate empathy and a culture of kindness.

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In this episode:

  • What is Roller Derby?
  • A game for all types of women
  • Beauty looks different on everyone
  • Beauty is not a finite resource, We’re not going to run out
  • Exercise gives us a natural glow
  • Pretty vs Beautiful vs Confident
  • Bigger apart of something bigger than you
  • No one thinks about you as much as you do
  • Meditation
  • Empathy + Kindness

References:

Nashville Rollergirls
Rollergirls, TV Show
Ask Science Mike, podcast
The Liturgists, podcast, meditation episode

Bonus // Meditation Apps:

Calm
Headspace
Insight Timer

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com

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1.9 // Looking Different. Also, David Bowie.

Jessica Weckherlin Boyk is a rad hairstylist from William Edge Salon in Arlington, TX, born with a port-wine stain birthmark on the right half of her face. Overcoming bullying, figuring out there is more to who you are than what you look like, and deciding what kind of role model she wants to be have given her an interesting perspective on true beauty. I especially love when she shares her advice for young girls growing up looking different than those around them. Some adult language. Enjoy!

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In this episode:

  • Being born with a port-wine stain birthmark
  • Growing up with a “genetic mutation” and bullying
  • Who you are vs what you look like
  • What is the currency that you will offer society
  • How becoming a role model changes how you care for yourself
  • Being a Badass
  • The power of self-care
  • Overcoming physical abnormalities
  • It’s okay to look different
  • It’s exhausting trying to be like everyone else
  • Learning to be vulnerable
  • What’s important is how you make others feel

References:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
CoverGirl’s first model with Vitiligo
Tony Robbins’ Unleash the Power Within Event

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com
Jessica // insta - @jessicaatwilliamedge

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1.8 // Overcoming Greek Life

Vanderbilt University is considered the Harvard of the South, with alumni as members of Congress and Nobel Prize laureates. My friend, Sydney Waitz, shares her story of how attending such a school, and participating in Greek life, affected her self image, ultimately teaching her how to better care for herself and others. We talk about beauty in strength, being open about struggles, and finding creative outlets to bring good into the world.

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In this episode:

  • Vanderbilt University + Greek Life
  • Mental Health support for students
  • None of us have it all together
  • How the Rush process affects self image
  • Looking composed all the time
  • Being honest about the internal struggle
  • Having a community that celebrates you
  • Getting involved in something
  • Mutual caring in relationships brings out each others beauty
  • Why you shouldn’t say “I’m sorry”
  • Spoken word poetry
  • Finding things that make your heart happy

I started spending my energy trying to put good things out there in the world instead of trying to keep the bad things [bottled up] inside. - Sydney Waitz

References:

LEAPS - Liaisons Educating + Advocating for Psychological Support
Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Brené Brown on Empathy

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com

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1.7 // Healing + Metamorphosis

YOU GUYS. I don’t know how to put into words how much today’s episode means to me. Vanessa Oakley is a licensed professional counselor, mental health service provider and one of my dearest friends in town. We sat down to talk about beauty’s role in healing from trauma and suffering, self-acceptance, and the metamorphosis of becoming who you already are. While the subject matter can be heavy, in her true nature, Vanessa had me laughing the whole time! I can’t wait for you to hear this.

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In this episode:

  • Adventure Therapy and our bodies holding stories
  • Trauma is unique to each person
  • How we deal with our personal suffering
  • Beauty as an anchor of hope
  • A regular awareness practice of beauty
  • Metamorphosis: becoming something you already are
  • Our true self can be buried by our experiences
  • Comfort in one’s own skin
  • Everyone is recovering from something
  • What beauty feels like
  • Asking: Does this make me feel more or less like myself?
  • Overthinking things drains your energy
  • The gift of silence
  • We have to be comfortable with ourself before we can invite other people in
  • How to help people who are in the healing process
  • Allowing people to have their own stories

"True beauty feels like the first day of sun after the coldest winter." - Vanessa Oakley

References:

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

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Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com

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1.6 // Feeling Hot vs Looking Beautiful

Nada Taha has quite the reputation around Nashville: Creative Director / Owner of Blind Copy Creative, previous on air personality for the Bobby Bones Show, & 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Those lucky enough to call her friend mostly just think about her love of cats + pizza. We got to chat about when your story becomes your style, becoming who you surround yourself with, & challenging the status quo. She also shared great insight on filling your life with the things that light you up. Enjoy!

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In this episode:

  • How your story turns into your personal style
  • Looking appropriate for your work environment
  • Taking effort with your self-image says you care
  • You are who you surround yourself with
  • Hair + makeup just accentuates who you are inside
  • Having a strong skin care routine
  • Looking Hot vs. Feeling Beautiful
  • Filling your life with empowering, inspiring women
  • Freedom in the authenticity of close relationships
  • Filling up on beautiful things
  • Activities that force you to grow
  • Introversion / Extroversion: Allowing yourself to recharge
  • Challenging the status quo
  • Removing toxicity from our lives

If you surround yourself with beautiful, smart women, you’re going to feel beautiful and smart.” - @nadameansnothin

“Clothes and makeup are just fabric and pigment until the wearer brings them to life.” - @taylornick

References:

Blind Copy Creative on Forbes
Taylor's Pinterest
Free People, clothing brand

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com
Nada // insta - @nadameansnothin

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1.5 // Cultivating Self Love: Inside Aveda

I work at a fantastic Aveda salon in the heart of Nashville, William Edge. Our liaison with the mother brand is Patti Bankston, Territory Manager and Aveda guru. Having been in the beauty industry for 17 years, she has a rich perspective on what contributes to true beauty. We sat down to chat about empowering people to take greater care of themselves, and cultivating a space for self-love and authentic connection. Please, join us!

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In this episode:

  • Aveda back in the day
  • Bringing wellness to a community as a social activity
  • Self care starts with great education
  • 90’s Supermodels
  • Authentic connections in the salon
  • Caring for people’s internal wellbeing as well as what they look like on the outside
  • We’re all in this together
  • Little lifestyle choices that lead to beauty and balance
  • Empowering people to take better care of themselves
  • Beauty as an action and a temperament
  • Cultivating space for self-love

References:

Cindy Crawford
Linda Evangelista
Naomi Campbell
Twiggy
Lauren Hutton
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com

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Special thanks to Nashville based musicians, Matt Kass and Vance Fite, for creating the theme music for Pretty Please!

1.4 // French Beauty Lessons from a Country Star

Sarah Darling is a Top 40 Country Artist, owns a French macaron patisserie, & has an ethereal, feminine presence that has intrigued me since we met. We talk about what “star quality” means, how French beauty is different, & if we have evolved to be attracted to certain traits to survive? She shares about being true to yourself amidst all the voices telling you what to do & reprogramming our minds about wrinkles & plastic surgery. This episode is PACKED with gold & I’m so glad you’re joining us!

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In this episode:

  • Becoming a Nashville Country Artist
  • Parisienne Beauty
  • Style that showcases the wearer instead of the trend
  • Finding clothes that make you feel beautiful
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy personal beauty standards
  • The journey of constantly evolving
  • Evolution + survival shaping beauty ideas
  • "Star Quality"
  • Staying true to yourself
  • The love of cooking
  • Being over-critical of ourselves
  • Reprogramming how we feel about wrinkles
  • The motivation behind plastic surgery
  • Makeup: expressing yourself or masking yourself
  • Finding what makes you feel beautiful
  • The importance of rituals
  • Switching on our inner light
  • Making time for gratitude

References:

Brenna Perkins’ Episode: 1.1 // Pageants + Pizza Sticks
Bobby Hamrick, Nashville Songwriter
Sarah’s song, Montmartre
And Other Stories, clothing brand
TED Radio Hour: What is Beauty?
Survival of the Prettiest by Nancy Etcoff
Kacey Musgraves
Margo Price
Sweet Darling Pâtisserie, Sarah’s Nashville bakery
French Holiday Playlist on Spotify
For Love and Lemons, clothing brand
Coldplay
Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com
Sarah // insta - @officialsarahdarling // sarahdarling.com

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1.3 // Nobody Looks Perfect

Have you met Elisabeth Donaldson yet? Professional thrifter, vintage stylist, actress, and model. She shares how owning your uniqueness is what makes it appealing to others, why she refuses to engage in putting herself down, and how, NEWS FLASH: nobody looks perfect. Words cannot express how much you come alive in her presence. Her confidence and authenticity gives you permission to be your truest self, and I can’t wait for you to experience it.

If you took a tornado and threw in glitter, feathers, one of those longgg multi colored clown scarves, 60’s polyester, and blue eyes that see to the center of your soul, you might have some semblance of what to expect.

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In this episode:

  • The 21 year trend cycle

  • Refusing to engage in putting ourselves and other women down

  • Owning your uniqueness

  • How spirituality changes how you view your body

  • Beauty is not the end game

  • Self-obsession imprisons you in your own body and robs you experiencing the world

  • The connection between hair color and personality types

  • You don’t have to be beautiful to be funny

  • Nobody looks perfect

  • Caring for ourselves the way we care for our prized possessions

  • The more we know ourselves, the more we can start accepting ourselves

 

“Style is an opportunity to bring a little art with you wherever you go. Your body is like a little museum. It’s an invitation to bring beauty into any environment.” - @elisabeth.donaldson #prettypleaseshow

References:

Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
30 Rock
Iris Apfel
Advanced Style

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // taylornick.com
Elisabeth // insta - @elisabeth.donaldson // 365 Days of Thrift

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1.2 // How Dinosaurs Help Express Your Truest Self

This is Anna Skates, ya’ll. Lady pastor, author, illustrator, activist, and vocalist. Occasionally all at the same time. Remember when Mr. Darcy said he had a hard time finding a truly accomplished woman? Well, here she is. We got to chat about using fashion to express your true self, what kids teach us about beauty, and why self-consciousness is actually an important part of the journey. AND. SO. MUCH. MORE. Buckle up, friend. You’re in for a treat.

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In this episode:

  • The power of color
  • Expressing your true self through fashion
  • Love of thrifting
  • Being a female religious leader
  • Downplaying beauty to be “professional”
  • What kids teach us about beauty
  • How to teach kids about self-love
  • Prettiness vs. Beauty
  • Beauty points to something bigger than us
  • How creating art is like discovering your own beauty
  • Why self-consciousness is part of the journey
  • Hair + makeup as a means of expressing what’s going on inside
  • How do you want to exist in the world?
  • What does beauty feel like?
  • How do we talk about beauty to adolescent girls in our lives?

References:

The Liturgists Podcast - Ep. 37, The Enneagram
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick
Anna // insta - @anna_skates

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1.1 // Pageants + Pizza Sticks

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Brenna Mader Perkins. As Miss Tennessee 2013, host of shows on CMT & MTV, an actress, model, and makeup artist, the world of beauty surrounds Brenna 24/7. We got to chat about what she learned during her career as a pageant queen, whether personal style comes from nurture or nature, and the trap of comparing ourselves to other women. This lady is a gem and I can’t wait for you to hear her stories and insight. Enjoy!

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In this episode:

  • The process of becoming a “beauty queen”
  • Why we start wearing makeup
  • Does personal style come from nurture or nature?
  • How faith shapes how we define beauty
  • Comparing ourselves to other women we know or online
  • Good days & Bad days - Giving ourselves grace
  • How beauty is different around the world
  • Accepting compliments
  • What we tell ourselves becomes our self image

References:

Emily Henderson
Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore
Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
Yes Please By Amy Poehler
Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz
The End of Average by Todd Rose

Let’s Hang:

Taylor // insta - @taylornick // prettypleaseshow.com
Brenna // insta - @brennamperkins // wanderlustandglitterdust.com

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1.0 // A Beauty Guide for the Inside

I want to introduce myself and tell you why I started exploring true, inner beauty in the first place. Being a hair and makeup artist for almost 10 years, I’ve discovered that the most beautiful people have something that transcends how I style them. They have a glow about them that draws others in. I want to start the conversation to figure out what that is and how we can get more of it on our lives. Please, join me!

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In this episode:

  • How I got where I am today
  • Beauty vs. Acceptance
  • Am I worthy of the space I take up?
  • Gratitude & Vulnerability
  • Where does inner light come from?
  • Appreciating Uniqueness
  • We are just getting started

References:
One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Searching for God Knows What by Donald Miller

Let’s Hang:
insta - @taylornick

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Special thanks to Nashville based musicians, Matt Kass and Vance Fite, for creating the theme music for Pretty Please!