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.

๐Ÿ’‹ to find pleasure in the things you do

๐Ÿ’‹ to want different things than the crowd

๐Ÿ’‹ to make choices based on your experiences

๐Ÿ’‹ to have your own set of preferences and values

๐Ÿ’‹ to dream your dreams and plan your future

๐Ÿ’‹ to know what you need and provide it for yourself

๐Ÿ’‹ to dance to the beat of your own drum

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

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The world needs you. The real you.

๐Ÿ’‹ xo

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Stay Strong and Carry On

Ever had a day where you wonder if it’s all worth it or questioned if youย are doing enough or even doing it ‘right’?

If so, then this post is for you.

These quotes are my go-to pick me ups that I return to time and time again when I’m feeling inadequate, unworthy or just like I have no more to give.

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You can only do what you can and your job is not to do it all. Nor do you need to save the world or everyone in it. Your job is to do what is requested of you. However, we all know that the list is never ending… so this quote is here to remind you that you have a finite amount of time, energy and resources.

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It really does. Whatever your role. Whether you provide, create, care, heal, inspire, encourage, teach, support or entertain – you have a purpose and it is needed.

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We are so quick to judge ourselves when we don’t know how to do something or if we make a mistake. We have this unrealistic expectation of ourselves that we should act, look and behave perfectly all of the time. Well I’m here to tell you sister to give yourself a break! We should always, always feel driven to improve ourselves and raise our standards. Have high expectations no matter what. But don’t ever put yourself down (or let anyone else for that matter) for doing the best you know how to at this moment in time. Look for the lessons in all that comes your way – there is much to be learned should we put our minds to it.

Stay strong. Keep moving forward. Be fabulous in all that you are. Be authentic and never, ever feel you are not worth it.

You so are.

๐Ÿ’‹ xoxo

The Feeling of Christmas

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Christmas is the season of cheesy songs, corny cracker jokes and movie one liners!

But it’s also a time of great celebration, fun and frivolity and good wine!!

Here’s a few quotes to sum up the season.

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Last but not least, how about this classic from Home Alone!

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What’s your favourite seasonal saying?

What Are You Thinking?

Did you know that on average we think between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day?

That’s an astounding 40 thoughts per minute!

As an overthinker, I have to work really (and I mean really!) hard to govern what those thoughts entail.

If I’m not having a good day or am tired, I will often find myself caught up in negative self talk, being judgemental or simply wallowing in the depths of a pity party.

We’ve all been there.

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But I’m here to tell you, you don’t have to think every thought that pops into your head

Our thoughts and the effect they have on our lives have been pondered upon by some of the greatest thinkers in history. So it’s not a new subject – but it is one we haven’t mastered yet.

For me, the trick is to notice when you are in this mindset.

When you find your thoughts are less than helpful, negative or unkind – simply acknowledge them and move on. Don’t dwell on them, give them room to grow (because they will) or allow them to take up anymore of your headspace.

Let themย go.

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When you allow yourself periods of quiet time, to reflect, journal or simply be still – you give your soul the opportunity to communicate and maybe influence your thoughts.

The stillness is where you can be mindful of your thoughts; when answers might be presented; when your intuition takes centre stage; when your muse comes out to play; when you can really hear what your body is telling you.

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Our thoughts can make us anxious. We fill our lives with stuff and expectations and rarely get off the treadmill long enough to recharge our spiritual batteries. It can be difficult to put life into perspective sometimes and we may feel that everything and everyone is against us. But rarely is that the case.

For me, anxiety rears its’ ugly head when I have not taken care of myself. When I have allowed myself to become overwhelmed, overworked and forgotten to meet my own needs in the process. Do not let yourself get caught up in the shoulda, coulda and have-to’s of life.

Remember to be kind to yourself. Always. Not just when you are feeling low.

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We need to actively be aware of how much our thoughts affect our lives. If you are a glass half empty kind of person, your brain will work hard to confirm that; to show you where your life is not up to scratch or where you are not successful. Likewise, and I truly believe this – if you choose to live your life in a way where you look for the good in people, have gratitude and are more positive – more will come your way.

I promise you this is true.

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You can choose to be happy. Choose to be your own kind of beautiful. Choose to smile. Choose to connect with others. Choose to look after yourself. Choose to noticeย the little thingsย that make your day brighter.ย Choose to think helpful thoughts; warm, loving thoughts.

About yourself and others.

Every single day.

Care to share?

What thoughts occupy your mind? Are they productive, helpful and beautiful? Are they full of love and excitement and kindness? Are you in control of what you think?

I’d love to know

xo

Last day of sumptuous sayings and wise words

Just like the last course in fine dining – these quotes are intended to leave you feeling satisfied and fulfilled.

This is Day 3 of The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Check out Day 1 and Day 2 for all the information on what it’s all about, if you’re new here.

The rules are:

Thank the blogger who nominated you

Post 1 – 3 quotes a day for 3 consecutive days

Nominate 3 bloggers each day

Today’s quotes are all by John Lubbock.

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Set your intention to be happy every day
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So. Don’t. Worry
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Look for the magic in your everyday life

Bloggers I’m nominating and you should totally check out:

Foreign Lauren London

Roberta Pimental

Lynn Thalerย 

I hope you have enjoyed a little inspiration to see you through the day. Stay strong and remember you got this!

With love

Nicky xo