It’s okay to be you

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We live in a world where we are bombarded with ideals and suggestions for what to think, do, choose, how to act, where to eat, what to wear…

Social media is our basis for comparison. The ubiquitous presence of peer pressure has been experienced by all at some point. And we question ourselves relentlessly.

Are we good enough? Doing enough? Have enough?

Well, I’m here to tell you that you are enough.

A perfectly unique individual.

Exclusive. Exceptional. Extraordinary.

It’s okay to be you.

πŸ’‹ to find pleasure in the things you do

πŸ’‹ to want different things than the crowd

πŸ’‹ to make choices based on your experiences

πŸ’‹ to have your own set of preferences and values

πŸ’‹ to dream your dreams and plan your future

πŸ’‹ to know what you need and provide it for yourself

πŸ’‹ to dance to the beat of your own drum

SoΒ evolve, grow, become, explore, try, find, do, desire, dream, be.

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The world needs you. The real you.

πŸ’‹ xo

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Monday Motivation #5

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I want to give you a compliment.

πŸ’‹ You are loved

πŸ’‹ You are strong when you need to be.

πŸ’‹ You carry on despite wanting to give in

πŸ’‹ You say yes when really you should say no

πŸ’‹ You make the right choice, not the easy one

πŸ’‹ You give it 100% even though you are tired

πŸ’‹ You put others first. Often

πŸ’‹ You go without and still smile

πŸ’‹ You dream of a better way and a brighter day

Pick a compliment for yourself and carry it with you wherever your day takes you today. Then pick one for someone else and share it with them.

Let’s speak kindly.

Let’s share the love.

πŸ’‹ xo

 

A letter for when you are tired…

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When you are tired of trying

Tired of life’s battles

Tired of pretending

Tired of simply surviving

Tired of always being available…or never

Tired of being persuaded

or put in a box, labelled.

 

Tired of doing for little or no reward

Tired of saying yes…or no

Tired of simply existing,

Tired of longing, looking, wishing

Tired of finding no joy despite persisting

Tired of being tired.

 

I feel you. I am you.Β 

I’m sending you virtual hugs right now. Catch them.

Then stop for a moment. Pause.

Rest when you need to. Because you think you might need to. And you always need to.

Life is too fast, too busy, too soul destroying.Β And it drains our energy, life force, fun…and in the process we become tired.

Do one thing to boost your energy, your self love, your fun.

And write it down. Sing it out loud. Make a mood board. Go shopping. Book the night off. Buy yourself flowers. Eat cake. The whole cake. Put on your best dress and dance in your kitchen. Light candles. Call a friend. Laugh to yourself. Read that book you have been putting off for ever…

Be kind. To yourself. In your thoughts, your actions.

You don’t have to win every battle – hell, you don’t have to even join in the conversation.

But you do have to take a moment every now and then to connect or reconnect with your body and what you desire.

Rest.

Rest often.

πŸ’‹ xo

 

 

Shine Bright Like a Diamond

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Diamonds – I usually burst into song when I think of them.

Think Rhianna…

Shine bright like a diamond
Shine bright like a diamond
Shining bright like a diamond
We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky

Marilyn Monroe…

A kiss on the hand
May be quite continental
But diamonds are a girl’s best friend

Or my personal favourite Lily Allen…

I want loads of clothes and f***loads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them

Did you know that…

The word diamond comes from the Greek word meaning unbreakable

They are the best known natural thermal conductorΒ 

Naturally occurring diamonds are formed over billions of years under intense pressure and heat.

So let’s recap – unbreakable, warmest natural conductor and their beauty is often unearthed in the most intense situations?

Sound like someone you know?

Women, in my opinion are like diamonds.Β 

πŸ’Ž We carry enormous pressures but continue to shine. Rarely complain. Never give up. We prove our strength time and time again by rising to the challenges that life throws at us.

πŸ’Ž We can be our most productive, inventive, brilliant and motivated when facing difficult situations.

πŸ’Ž And we are the warmest creatures I know; spend an evening with your girlfriends and you often come away with your battery fully charged due to the amount of warm, positive energy you share when you get together.

So, how about just for today – you shine like the diamond you are.

You dazzle others with your positivity.

You stay strong when everyone else crumbles.

You are virtually indestructible remember?

πŸ’‹ xoxo

Want to read more fun facts about diamonds? Click here.

How do you measure success?

 

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Perception is everything.

How you see yourself and your successes can elevate you or bring you down.

You may feel success means you have to have many things…big house, new car, money in the bank?

However, I believe that success is a unique quality that can only be defined by you, for youΒ based on what is important to you – not what others tell you it should be.

⭐ Love to travel? It could be you see success as earning enough money to visit a new city or country twice a year.

⭐ Striving for happiness? Success could be working at the job of your dreams – whatever the pay!

⭐ Are relationships the thing that keep you going? I wonder if success is hanging out with friends once a week, meeting new people or going to new places?

⭐ Is rest and relaxation important? Success could be ending a busy day in the place you call home with warm food and a few good books.

You get the idea…

Measure your life against your definition to see how successful you truly are…not by comparing it to someone else’s.

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Notice your achievements, the things you excel at. The tasks you do really well. The little things that bring you joy.

If you change your perception – there will be many.

That is success.

πŸ’‹ xoxo

Quote courtesy of lifehacker.com