Today, make sure you take some time to do nothing. Rest well, my dear. xo
I realize it has been a while since I've introduced myself here... so, hello there! ⠀
I'm Elizabeth, founder of #linkofhearts; also the designer, maker of all things, packager, social media manager, web administrator, etc. I basically do everything with some help from my very small team of amazing women. ⠀
This is me feeling awkward (shy and insecure as always!) in front of a camera from a photoshoot a couple of weeks ago. And as advised by my wonderful team and friends, I played bachata, my happy music, while getting my pictures taken so I would be a little less awkward, by embracing my latin soul at heart. ;) #latinawannabe. ⠀
I started #linkofhearts a little more than 2 years ago based on my own story and struggles with mental illness for many years. And my goal is to share some inspiration in everything that we do. I am a continuous work in progress, loving life and thriving everyday... I hope you continue to support us and connect with us and maybe one day, I'll get to gather my nerve and share more about life and myself- live in #instastories. :) For now, dance bachata with me as I do my happy dance for the weekend! Happy Friday! Saludos! xo⠀
p.s. Anyone else obsessed with bachata?⠀
Oh, and a special shoutout to my cheerleaders for making that day a little more fun for me...love to you all!! @janemakesithappen, @for_love_and_beauty and @pirouettephotog! ⠀
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Now, say it one more time... it will all be okay. And again... it will all be okay. ;)
Every day is a new beginning... and let today, this morning- be the start of something new.
We wont always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What's important is that you do care and you act.
Caring is enough and can make a difference... And we care about YOU. Always remember that. You are never alone. xo
Still, I rise. ⠀
Every end is a new beginning. Let this day be a symbolic reminder to us all, to be grateful for this gift of life and the opportunity to rise above whatever we're going through. Happy Easter, and have a beautiful Sunday with your loved ones! xo
"What if I fall?"
Oh, but my darling,
What if you fly?
I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right. You believe lies so you eventually believe no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.⠀
Sometimes the best thing you can do it not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe, have faith and believe that everything will work out for the best.
Sending you love and blessings this Monday morning... xo
Yes, you did! You made it through the week. You've worked so hard. Be proud of yourself and don't forget to be grateful for small things, big things and everything in between...Happy Friday, and I hope you take the time to rest and enjoy... let the weekend begin! xo
It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see. [Henry David Thoreau]
If I could, I would send you a box of happiness wrapped in a bow that you could take into your heart so you could breathe easier right now. I would sweep out the cobwebs of fear and regret so that you no longer have to stumble upon them in the dark.
I would make sure you walk through this world knowing that YOU are CELEBRATED and LOVED... Because you are a bright light in this world and YOU ARE WORTHY of this and so much more.
Know that YOU ARE LOVED.
She was powerful not because she wasn't scared, but because she went on strongly, despite the fear. [Atticus]
And you SMILE simply because you got up today. You have come a long way, so honor yourself and your journey... keep going, keep smiling. :) xo
Patience child, patience. Remember, life is a journey. If you got everything you wanted all at once there'd be no point to living. Enjoy the ride, and in the end you'll see these setbacks as giant leaps forward, only you couldn't see the bigger picture in the moment. Remain calm, all is within reach, all you have to do is show up everyday, stay true to your path and you will surely find the treasure that you seek.
It's been a while since I’ve written and I’m excited to say that I finally published a new blog entry earlier this week. I shared how reading helps me through tough times. I just wish I could find more time to read. .
I find that I especially like to read when things get really rough for me and when I don't know what to do next... so, that's when I start searching for answers, some guidance... Books help me see a different perspective and guide me in my own growth...mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
That said, I'd like to share one of my favorite books that truly touched and inspired me, “The Shack", by WM. Paul Young, in light of the @theshackmovie currently showing. I first read this book back in July, 2009 during one of the toughest times of my life. It is about faith and how we tend to question God during our times of struggle. “The Shack” made me think and look at my own faith, which brought light and hope to my own life, and helped me BELIEVE and TRUST that everything will be okay.
You can read the rest of the blog and the book on our website, see link on profile. Check it out. Maybe a book to read this weekend? Yes?! ;) Happy Friday! xo⠀
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Today is #WorldBipolarDay, so it's important that we raise awareness for bipolar disorder and work to fight the social stigma. I also have a personal stake, as I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few years after I was diagnosed with major depression back in college (umpteenth years ago ;)).
No one knew, no one noticed, no one cared because frankly, no one understood, -not even me. There are several different kinds of bipolar disorder and one can be highly functional even while battling it, which is also called manic disorder. You hear it often as a joke, “I think she/he is bipolar” and one says that especially where mood swings are involved. In fact, some people also call it a mood disorder. By the way, I don’t claim to be a medical expert. I’m simply sharing what I know, what I’ve experienced and all the things I’ve heard and been told.
My experience was a lot more of the lows, meaning, I felt clinically depressed for months, and then felt the mania for a couple of weeks and then back to depression. It was tough and hard to understand. Because when I felt good and hyper, I felt normal. Nothing felt wrong. In a way, I was lucky because I know it could have been a lot worse and I could have involved myself in life- threatening activities and for that, I am thankful.
If you have a loved one suffering from bipolar disorder, please be patient and see if you can simply give love and compassion, even if you don’t understand it. I know it’s tough, but your unconditional support means so much more than you’ll ever know…. It took years before I slowly became stable, after tons of medications and horrible side effects. But, I kept going and that is the key.
I know it’s easier said than done, but if you are suffering from #bipolardisorder, please know that you are not alone in this. I know medication sucks. I know not many people understand, you’re allowed to feel all of these and be frustrated, you can do all that…but no matter what happens, don’t you dare give up. Because there is hope, there is healing, there is help out there, there is support, and YOU are far too loved to be going through this on your own. So, don’t you dare give up. We are here for you.
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Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined. [Unknown]
So now, go start your week and be more extraordinary and blossom into more, because that is who YOU are meant to be. ⠀
Meanwhile, I start my week with so much gratitude from all your support. I am so excited as we have reached 20k followers!!!! Thank you to each one of you for continuing to support us and our mission, because without you, none of this would have been possible. To celebrate with you all and as a token of my gratitude, use promo code: grateful20k and receive 20% off your entire purchase today and tomorrow only. ⠀
Enjoy shopping! With lots of love ... xo
"Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason."
So hang in there, and keep going. Everything will be okay. xo
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
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