1 August 2017

Back to School Eve

When you live in a small town, you best haul your behind to the store as soon as that school supply list is released. If you wait until the day before school starts (like some crazy mamas do), you’ll be standing in a ransacked Dollar General at nine o’clock at night, looking at a wasteland where crayons and markers once roamed free. You didn’t buy this crap last week when you were in the next town over. The next town over is where the streets are paved in pretty composition notebooks and pink highlighters…

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17 May 2017

The Day My Hair Started Acting Its Age

Beth Hallman "The Day My Hair Started Acting Its Age" On the Plus Side

I knew it was there. I’d seen streaks of it five years ago when I was still embracing my natural brown hair color and a perm. Judge me for the perm, but I truly wanted to look like Beyonce and curls was as close as I was going to get. Back then, the pops of silver seemed innocuous enough, a sweet celebration of the passage of time…

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25 April 2017

Defining Success

Beth Hallman "Defining Success" On the Plus Side

A few years ago, I was driving and talking to a friend on the phone. She’s the kind of friend who’s really good at acting as a sounding board, only asking leading questions which encourage you to explore for yourself what it is you want or need. My friend asked me how I defined success. I had to pull over and sit in a parking lot. Her question crowded my car, my mind. It required all of my attention, because it tripped me up, caught me off guard, and left me scrambling for words…

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12 April 2017

The Photograph

When I was a young girl, my mother kept a photograph of herself on the refrigerator door. I didn’t understand she was using this as a motivator to lose weight. The photo was one taken by surprise as she leaned into that same refrigerator to fetch something. It’s fat Inception, am I right? She didn’t…

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28 March 2017

Hope

I remember something a psychiatrist told me many years ago. He was one of my first shrinkamadinks. I kinda sorta simultaneously trusted everything he said while believing 100% he was full of crap. Look, it was early on in treatment. I hadn’t been diagnosed with all my acronyms yet. I was ball of blame, shame…

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10 March 2017

My Plus Size Book List

Beth Hallman "My Plus-Size Book List" On the Plus Side

Writer: Beth Hallman | When I was a little girl, my favorite place was sitting on a step stool between the stacks in the local library. I poured over books, hoping the words would quench my thirst for knowing myself and my world and worlds I couldn’t even begin to know exist. I grew up…

On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!
23 February 2017

Before and After

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Writer: Beth Hallman | I’m sharing my before and after pictures, but there’s a twist in the end. Stick with me…

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8 February 2017

Sharing Not Comparing

Writer: Beth Hallman | Look, I’m a fat woman, over 40, living in a small Southern town. I’m a writer. I work from home. I don’t have access to, money for, or occasion to dress like most of the plus size fashion bloggers I adoringly follow…

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15 December 2016

Caution! The Holidays Are Ahead!

Beth Hallman "Caution: The Holidays are Ahead!"

Writer: Beth Hallman | Many of us have to get through the holidays, not celebrate them. And that’s such sadness, y’all…

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28 November 2016

Legacy

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Writer: Beth Hallman | My two oldest children, ages 22 and 17, came home for Thanksgiving. They’re both in college now. We had an opportunity to talk about body image, our journeys, and what we can do to help one another learn to love ourselves just as we are. See, I’ve been worried here lately about…

On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!