self-acceptance, self-care, body acceptance, self-esteem

About Me


Hi! Welcome to my blog. My name is Leigh Bryant, and I’m owner and author of Flawed, Messy Life.

Before I was a blogger I was a SAHM for 17 years. I tried a few times to keep up a personal blog, but each time I got too busy being a mom to write about it.

A photo of Me (Leigh) lying on a bed with my four kids next to me.
E, C, F, and W goofing around with me in our camper in 2012, before I got sick.

Four years ago (2013) I started showing symptoms of the chronic illnesses I would eventually be diagnosed with in 2014. (Technically I had shown signs of fibro since I was 18, but it had never impacted me like it soon would.)

Photo of me and my youngest son (age 3) with a lake and early autum trees behind us.
W and I in 2012 during our trip to Ohio.

I am being treated for inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia and dysautonomia. On top of that, I have depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety.

Photo of me with my younger two kids.
C and W with me early 2014. Later in the year I’ll finally make the doctor appointments I need.

I live a totally different life now than I did before my diagnoses. This change left me in an identity crises of sorts. I spent a lot of time learning about self-acceptance, self-worth, self-love, etc and then I had this break through.

I decided I wanted to do what I could to help others to not feel the way I had. If you:

  • feel worthless
  • don’t like yourself
  • are looking for some purpose
  • feel you are wasting your life
  • struggle with depression and/or anxiety
  • or struggle with your self-esteem due to chronic illnesses

then this blog is for you. ♥

I will be including posts discussing spoonie issues (What is a Spoonie?) but this blog is for anyone wanting to work on loving themselves. You will find resources on self-acceptance, self-love, self-care, and even some cooking and cleaning tips to help you save your energy for other things.

I’m hoping to create a supportive community of people who learn how to love themselves, and how to live the one life we get in the fullest possible way. To do that I’ve started a Facebook group you are welcome to join. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Growing In Self-Acceptance
My Facebook group is called Growing in Self-Acceptance. Please join us there and help our community grow.

Please look around, check out some of my freebies, subscribe so you don’t miss out on anything, and feel free to contact me anytime.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about me check out these posts:

The author's name, Leigh, in red script, to the left with a coffee cup to the right.