Bloom with grace.
Sometimes, we just need that little reminder... whatever it is you're going through, #youarenotaloneinthis . xo
Tag that special person in your life who can use this reminder.
Yesterday was the first day of spring. I was so determined to get up early on a Monday morning and go to my spin class, but my body had other plans…Anxiety was high and I found myself curled up in bed and not able to get up. I was NOT about to bloom whatsoever. So, I had a mix of emotions including frustration and disappointment. I felt I was letting myself down by not doing what I had planned on doing.
Then, I remembered what I always share with you guys…it's okay to not be okay. I was not okay yesterday, but I decided to give myself some grace and not do anything. Work is piling up but I realized that work can wait a little bit longer. At first, I was upset with myself. I felt guilty for not doing anything, until I started accepting how I felt.
I’m still learning to accept that these days will happen. #Anxiety will kick in or maybe even some #depression symptoms. It's a part of who I am and I’m okay with that. My #silverlining is, I know I also have my good days, many of them! I am also thankful I work on my own when I have days like this one. I can make up these lost days at my own pace... but I know this is not the case for many who worry about their jobs (trust me, I’ve been there!). I believe you can find your own silver lining though.
Today, I am still not okay, but my angels came to distract me. My dearest cousin and my twin toddler God-kids came over to visit and made it seem like things were normal again. Even for just a few hours, I was thankful. Thankful for my dear husband, family and friends who check up on me. Thankful for inspirational songs that lift me up, because in these hard times, it's great to find the little things and God's small graces so we can feel we're not doing so bad after all... and after a while, that's when we start to #bloom once again.
If you're not okay today, that's okay. I am here for you. I hope you find the little things that you can be thankful for. Today is almost over and tomorrow is a brand new day! I will continue to pray for us both, for our strength, healing and blossoming. :) xo
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Just a friendly reminder for you this Monday morning... keep going and never lose that hope. Trust. Believe. #yougotthis
Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
You just need to trust and believe, my dear. Happy #SoulfulSunday! xo
Don't ever lose your sense of wonder (and curiosity!)... and I hope you will take the time this weekend to explore, play and be in wonder.
Happy Friday and St. Patrick's Day! xo⠀
Inspired by our baby kitty, Tula. Thanks to the awesome @pirouettephotog for capturing this beautiful photo when Tula crashed our photoshoot. :)
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Bravery is rarely about doing something bold.
The most brave act is often a quiet, internal moment when we sit in great discomfort, close our eyes, and gently whisper, "I will stay. "
Tag those #brave people in your life and acknowledge them for their strength and bravery. xo
It has been a mix of emotions for me since our big move. It's been almost 3 weeks now and naturally, I feel a great sense of joy and pride in owning our first home. At the same time, if I may be honest, I also have had a great deal of #anxiety. This is way too familiar as I went through this same phase when we first moved to LA about 3 1/2 years ago. The first few months were rough as we started our new life here away from my family and friends while I was not entirely sure of what to do next. This time I know is different because I am in a different phase of my life. We have friends and some close family even, but it's still a change.
Given my history, I realize that change is even more difficult and it takes me a while to settle in and make a home of a new space. Change is hard, leaving me anxious and feeling unsafe... but I am learning to accept that more and more. I realize it’s okay to feel this way instead of being so hard on myself this time around.
Struggles and challenges will continue to happen in life and certain moments WILL trigger my #anxiety and #depression. However, I know better and because I am in a much better place, I handle things differently. This is not to say that things are easier. I just see things a little differently. I see challenges today as lessons to be learned from. I see hardships as moments that shall pass. I see difficulties as opportunities to strengthen my faith. It's still very hard many times. I just have more hope and stronger faith today, and I am learning to acknowledge each blessing that comes my way. And now, I am learning to GROW through everything I GO THROUGH... And I hope this helps you in some way. As always, remember you are not alone! xo
“…You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn't always fair, you don't always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes, bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions, you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn't punishing you or failing to answer your prayers; it's just life happening.
…Finally, with courage in your heart and with God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath and you begin to design the life you want to live as best as you can.” -Excerpt from The Awakening, by Sonny Carroll
It's all part of the journey and I know it's not easy, even burdensome at times. Just keep hanging in there and never give up. Keep going. Embrace this journey. Embrace you.... and remember that, you are never alone and we are in this together. xo
The things you have been worrying about, God is already working on it."
When was the last time you actually took the time for yourself to do nothing, and rest?
This is your time to do it. Rest now, and enjoy every minute of it. You deserve it. xo
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We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave- to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential. ⠀
Make everyday International Women's Day!⠀ #IWD2017#BeBoldForChange⠀
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I learned that courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. [Nelson Mandela]
Today's note to self:⠀
I don't have to take this
day all at once, ⠀
but rather, ⠀
one step, ⠀
one moment at a time. ⠀
I will do my best,⠀
and that is enough. ⠀
Things will get done.⠀
And I know- I can do this!
Happy Monday! #yougotthis #MondayInspiration
Trying is enough and truly, that alone is a victory. Celebrate YOU. And always take the time to care and love yourself first. xo
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Start each day with a grateful heart.
Have a great weekend loves!! xo
...because it's Friday and you deserve all these love, sweet words and cookies. ;) Cheers!
Inspired and sweet cravings triggered by this beautiful photo of @mixandmeasure! Now, can we please have a box of these?!
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Be proud of yourself and how far you've come... today and always, be proud of YOU! xo
"Self-love is seriously powerful. If you don’t love yourself, you cannot fully love others and neither can you fully receive love. To find true love, you need to know your true self. Finding yourself is also about realizing that you are a whole and complete person. It is about understanding that you are capable of satisfying your own needs and desires. It’s about making your own dreams come true, being comfortable on your own, having a strong relationship with yourself, and living your life as a single, proudly and boldly." ~Aska Kolton
She is holding on, but barely. Gripping whatever she can to keep it together for another day. She doesn't think about next week, or next month, just today. That's what she tells herself. That's how she's gone this long. Just keep it together, today. #jmstormquotes
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Pain is real, and so is HOPE.
There is always a second chance... or a 3rd, or a 4th. The fact is, there is always a chance- for you to change things, to become better, to get well, to recover from an illness, to live the life that you want, to keep fighting, to keep going, and to rise above your struggles. There is always a chance.
God knows how many chances He has given me in my lifetime. He gave me so many chances to live over and over again amidst my darkest and ill days. I was given a second chance in love and my life partner, and I will always be grateful for my husband now, who also took a chance on me. It took me so many chances to realize my purpose in life and had I given up earlier, I wouldn't be doing the very thing I am most passionate about right now... this, #linkofhearts.
So, here's your chance, this is your time. Today is that day for you, or tomorrow, or the next day. Just never lose hope and never give up... and keep going, because there is always hope- and there is always a chance. #youarenotaloneinthis
When you start to feel like things should have been better, remember the mountains and valleys that got you here. They are not accidents and those moments weren't in vain. You are not the same. You have grown and you are growing. ⠀
You are breathing, you are living. You are wrapped in⠀
And things will get better. There is more to you than yesterday. ⠀
[Morgan Harper Nichols]
She was unstoppable not because she didn't have fear or doubt, but because she continued on despite of them.⠀
We are so loving this beautiful photo shared with our #linkofhearts family, thanks love @shaelisa. xo
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A strong person is not the one who doesn't cry. A strong person is the one who cries and sheds tears, then gets up and fights again. Be strong. Stay strong even when things are not okay. Just keep going. #itsokaytonotbeokay
For every product you purchase, we GIVE this #stringofhope bracelet with an inspirational message to someone battling depression or anyone in need of inspiration, as a symbol of HOPE. Because we believe one simple message on a piece of jewelry, is a positive & powerful daily reminder of hope. #raisingawarenessfordepression
It's Monday, it's a new day but let's face it, Mondays could be tough for many. Often times, there is that pressure that feels like we need to get so much done in one day and hustle, that we end up getting so hard on ourselves if we don't. So, this morning's inspiration is a gentle reminder to stop, take deep breaths, and be kind to yourself. It's okay. Because soon, you will get better and things will get done. ;) xo