Instagram vs reality 🌿
Society has put this idea in our minds that abs and having a flat tummy is the end goal, that that’s what perfection and beauty looks like and what we should strive for. I thought if I have abs I’ll never have tummy fat.
They don’t tell you that having tummy fat is normal and that it’ll always be there.
They tell you to get rid of it and be insecure about it.
Nobody ever teaches you to love and accept it.
Everyone has tummy fat and it’s completely normal, you don’t have to stress out about it.
Next time you feel your tummy against your thighs or bunching over your jeans, instead of hating your body and thinking you need to lose it in order to feel better, realize that it’s completely normal and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. It doesn’t change your worth, intelligence, competence or personality. You are amazing the way you are and don’t need to constantly put so much pressure on yourself to look a certain way that has been idealized into your mind.
You are worthy and good enough just the way you are. 🌴☀️
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Ever notice that your inner-nutritionist (aka your head) never advises you to steam some kale when you’re sad?! Get wise to your sneaky self!
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Sometimes life is full of so many surprises.... some really good, some not so good, some amazing and some sad.... but then life gives you these surprises and gifts. This beautiful Buddha was gifted to me by one of our very lovely regular customers. Funny thing is that this particular gift came to me at the very exact moment when those not so good surprises where taking place. I’ll take it as the sign and the answers that I needed! Thank you Deborah ❤️ #blessed#loved#lifelessons#buddha#gift#focusonwhatsimportant#therearegoodpeoplestill
Went and paid my respect to my Old Man today. As I was there reflecting on life and looking around the cemetery, I realized a lot of people struggle with enjoying Christmas because of the loss of a loved one. I myself looking back allowed my joy of Christmas to be stolen after my Dad passed. It wasn’t just Christmas that I allowed to be affected though it was also my daily life. I was self medicating with Drinking, smoking weed, women,hard drugs, and fighting. All these things brought me joy but that joy was only fleeting. And because of it I created a roller coaster in my life. I’d always need more of whatever it was to feel better and I was self destructing. I was sad, mad, and in pain. But then God showed me how to bring about real peace and joy into my life. It was a struggle surrendering all I have to him and it still is. But God took what I saw as the worst thing that ever happened to me and showed me that it was actually a blessing. Losing my father was hard and I dealt with it in all the wrong ways but, I can sit here today and honestly say it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me for my own personal growth, my faith, and for my relationships with others. It has taught me how to love and have compassion for people who are in pain and hurting. It has led me to the path I’m on now chasing after Jesus and sharing his kingdom with others. My loss was nothing but gain in Christ. I urge you this Christmas season to reflect on your life, your relationships, your struggles and look at them through Gods eyes see the beauty and the peace he has laid before you in the good times and bad times alike. Love others and yourselves well. Be a light of hope to those in need. And give God a chance to show you his love and grace. #faith#lifelessons#truthandgrace
#lifelessons of #2018 #15: We talked about bad choices and I have found that the biggest thing that comes along with that is being blind does not mean you will eventually see. You have to have those rock-bottom moment. You have to have those side effects. You have to make the bad choices to be able to see what you’re meant to become. To be able to see what God‘s plan is for you. Look and allow the opportunity to have your eyes opened to new beginnings, situations, and paths!
A TIME FOR FAMILY
On the 9th day of Christmas my heart gave to me the reminder to share with everyone of the things that truly matter. Christmas was never about the presents, the food, or the tree but always about family. If you're lucky enough to have them around hug your loved ones close this Christmas eve, wrestle with them over the last good quality streets and then laugh, giggle over silly cracker jokes, kick them for having their feet in your face when everyone curls up to watch a film but smile and cherish the moments this Christmas will bring. I know deep down we all know this but can be so easy to get caught up in the rush of the season and forget at times. I am lucky to still have them and it is afterall only for a few weeks but it still hurts a little yet I know nothing in comparison to some, for those who have lost this year remember your loved ones fondly and the memories of Christmas gone.
Truth is I'm heartbroken to spend my first Christmas away from these two and I have been missing my baby brother more than ever in the past few weeks. Had the most lovely conversation today with the loveliest lady about how at certain times family can seem further away than ever and right now they're already all feeling a million years away and sometimes you don't notice at all but when you do you really really do.
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◑ HERE IS LIFE ◑
Late night Saturday musings - this sums up how we should embrace life’s good and bad bits!
In the same way that if we completely deny the existence of bad experiences in our past (through repression, suppression, denial, projection - the list goes on!) we are not honouring our true wholeness: that which holds sacred both the light and the darkness within us; the same goes for life and the way in which we approach it.
Life is made up of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, and it is important to acknowledge the good in the bad and the bad in the good. There are huge expectations that life ‘should’ be good all of the time, and that bad life experiences do not hold any value for us.
As a holistic therapist, I wholeheartedly disagree. No experience is a waste, there is rich learning and opportunity for growth in both the yin and the yang. Abandoning our darkness and sticking a positivity plaster over the top, will never serve to heal old wounds or change our perspective on life.
So when you’re struggling in the dark, look for the light - there will always be some. And when you are enjoying life’s good bits, be sure to still honour the smaller struggles and be thankful for the dips that make the highs all the more sweet.
Life update: Just graduated from Nursing School 👨🏽🎓💉 (Sorry for the repost for those who follow my personal account)
Just graduated from VCU to get my BSN. Learned a lot about myself in this journey.
I wasn’t your typical nursing student. My GPA coming into the program was significantly lower than my peers (got lucky enough just to get in). However, things changed when I realized that my peers were no different from me. I focused on my strengths, learned my weaknesses and told myself I was definitely capable of getting A’s on these exams like a lot of them did lol. Long story short, your mentality and self belief is all you really need. Once you believe in yourself, hold yourself accountable, put in the work, it all plays out. You’ll get the results.
Few takeaways*** (not in order)
1) Life is short.
2) You’ll always find time for the things important to you despite a busy schedule (i.e gym, family, etc.)
3) Everyone has their own problems. Stop complaining (specially about small things).
4) Surrounding yourself with people who make you better is crucial.
5) Learning your strengths and weaknesses are crucial in learning.
6) Mindset is everything. (Be confident, believe in yourself, do work and you’re set).
7) College forces you to do a lot of BS work that have nothing to do with your goals. (It’s just the way it is and it needs to change)
8) Take note of people who are doing it right and learn from them. Be humble.
9) Just chill out. It ain’t that serious. It’s all good lol