With all the big energies around I felt I needed to be kind to myself and ask for help to process. The Universe delivered with a spontaneous and beautiful consultation with @renee_wilkinson. This message came to me as I savoured the beautiful energies of connecting with my Soul. I am so grateful for what has been, what is and what is to come. I am also very grateful to have some really beautiful people in my life. #bigloveandmagic#soulwhispers#selfcare#connectandground
Took a solo early morning run round the Reservoir before heading for coffee.
Only 5.5 miles and I think I got overtaken by a grandmotherly-looking tortoise with a Zimmer frame, but my god it just felt so damn good to be out and running! 🏃
I did occasionally have to slow up and mutter "Not now, Herbert" at the knee, but no stabbiness! 😆
Given how it's feeling, I suspect Cornwall is gonna be *slow* - I'm thinking of adopting ye olde run 20 mins/walk 5 mins (and anything that smells like an uphill) method. Right now just making it to Land's End under my own steam will be worth celebrating.
#talesfromtheinjurybench continue, but finally starting to work with my body rather than fighting it.
As geeky as this may sound, I've been doing some reading on how to work on and build up my shitty self-esteem. I've never been an overly confident person, (except when I'm hypomanic) but this recent episode of depression (which I think I'm starting to get on top of) has completely crushed me. Anyway, one thing that keeps popping up is negative self-talk. I'm sure we're all guilty of being hard on ourselves, being our own worst critics, and I've always thought that's just the way things are. But no, that shouldn't be the case. I wouldn't dream of talking to anyone else the way I talk to myself. I then remembered something I heard a while ago... speak to yourself like you would to someone you love. I'm going to (try to) make a conscious effort to catch negative self-talk and replace it with someone positive (or at least neutral). This time last month, I didn't have the capacity to think like this, everything was so bleak, so now I'm going to make the most of my better mood and try to be kinder to myself. Maybe you can be kind to yourself too :) x
You don't have to be a palatable woman...we are conditioned by society to be polite as a gender, but gender is a performance and you don't have a set up role. Men don't tell other men to 'smile love' 'cheer up!'...you don't have to look pleased or be pleasing for anyone 😘💯😘
When you just want a quick breakfast that'll fill you up and is full of goodness, I give you oat porridge in cashew m*lk with Maca powder, ground cinnamon, soaked chia, almond butter, sunflower seeds, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Had a fab evening networking last night. Privileged to have been part of it.
This week's gone so quick, don't you think?
Have you managed to do what you set out to do this week? And also set out time for self-care? If not make sure you do that at the weekend. It's a long weekend yay!!!
Scrolling through my Insta feed earlier this week I realised I hardly selfie anymore 🤔😆 it's interesting because once upon a time I was all about the selfie... but now it's not something I particularly care for 💁 which got me thinking... is it because I'm getting older and I care less (or maybe I care more), have I become more conservative about what I share with the world or am I just getting lazier? (Selfies are hard work!) 🤔 I've gotta admit, my selfie game certainly isn't as strong as it once was 😂 I really can't be bothered with filters and edits! Has anyone else noticed their selfie game slipping? #firstworldproblems
25|100 nourishing my creative soul. recognizing when you need down time! There were a lot of things on my plate tonight, but what my heart kept asking for was to paint. 💜so I put down the knitting, and website stuffs and did! 😊I typically prefer to paint objects but as I sketched on the blank wood this face and geometric layout emerged. This piece will be finished with encaustic wax but until then I'm excited to see how she develops.
I've had a wicked case of the blahs. I'm still feeling fragile from the emotional rollercoaster earlier in the month, it felt good to just lose myself in the brush strokes and Spotify.
People have been asking me "What's been going on with you?" My reply has been pretty short and sweet: "I'm good, busy." But if they only knew... 😏✨ There is so much that happens on a cellular and energetic level that often we are unable to fully know and conceptualize the depths in which work is being done to clear out what no longer serves us. With all the retrogrades in place, new moon energies, and cosmic shifts, many of us are feeling the pull from our bodies and spirits. I, for one, have not had a peaceful nights sleep in weeks. These last 3 days have been the hardest on my mind and body: exhaustion, sluggish, disconnected from by body. When we are made to shift out of our norms and routines, we often respond with frustration, confusion, and despair. Perhaps wanting to fix it. Perhaps we automatically assume it's a "problem". These feelings, though valid and real, put us in the direction of resistance. And what we resist, persists! Today I was proposed to see what is right in this situation. So here it is, almost 1am and I choose to embrace my wakefulness by engaging my mind, body, and spirit with you all. I'm not putting my energies into worrying about what time I must awaken or stressing about not getting enough sleep. By allowing this change to be here and accept it's presence, I'm allowing myself to be in flow of what is meant for me in this moment, whether I know why it's here or what its purpose is. Intuitively, I know that a lot is clearing from me to make room for all the juiciness that is to come! But first, I have to get out of my own way... Can you try that in an aspect of your own life? Can you embrace the change and gently allow yourself to just be in it? Instead of what is wrong with you or the situation, can you identify what is right with it? Can you soften and be a little more gentle with yourself as your body restores its energies?
If anyone asks, you are on fire! 🔥 Light and Love to all ❤️ #findlovewithin#selflove#selfcare#moonenergies#retrograde#cosmos#cosmicenergy#energy#energyhealing#consciousness#compassion#change#restore#release#soulawakening#sleeplessnights#divinefeminine#beinthemoment#acceptance#gratitude
I've started the letter. It doesn't seem like something that could be called "finished" though. I wrote a list of things I want to do before this year expires, like going out regularly (solo and with friends), enjoying summer beach waves while frolicking in a swimsuit (pics for evidence), and enroll in two more writing classes. I asked...
Are you continuing to make time for yourself and live fully? What recent choices have added to your overall fulfillment and joy? AND list three decisions that you can forgive yourself and transform these "mistakes" into moments where you are learning something about yourself and life. There are a few items that ought remain private, because they are deeply personal. This letter is not perfect nor do I expect it to be. Its purpose is simply reflection that encourages self love, positivity, and growth. 👊🏾 #livefully#newme#selfcare#purpose#celebrate#joy#fulfillment#blackwriters#africanauthors#writersofinstagram#jemilada
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I believe it is important to get away and #reinvigorate#regroup and #release to rebuild your sense of #self . Schedule #escape time to get grounded and centered to deal with life's daily stresses. Turn off your phone and turn off from social media. Get up extra early to enjoy that quiet alone time, (my favorite part of the day). Write in a journal. Meditate. Practice yoga. Go for a walk. Schedule a #weekendgetaway Take time for yourself and stop and smell the roses!
Hello Friday and a long weekend ! Busy for us in the formulation lab though. A little bit about us as a thought for the day. We're all about confident beauty and skin wellness for women who've lived just a little bit more! Go out do some livin' this weekend!
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Sometimes the hardest part of exercise can be admitting you're injured and taking the time to recover. Even when we know better, our drive to challenge ourselves and be faster, go harder, or lift heavier can so easily cloud our judgement and push our bodies past their limits.
This is something I've been struggling with the past couple months. I tweaked what I think is my bicep tendon while snatching an 85lb bar back in February and it's still lingering. And I'm really noticing it this week. So I've decided it's time to start listening to this sign from my body and give it the time and support to heal. A friend at Crossfit gave me some words of wisdom earlier this week: "No one else cares what weight you're lifting. Only you." That really resonated with me. The only person putting the pressure on myself to go hard is me.
So tonight, instead of lifting weights, I checked my ego and chose to hike a nearby trail. And wow, it was an incredible hike. The wild flowers were in bloom, the sun set was spectacular, and there was an energetic wind gusting through the canyon. What started as a hike became a truly inspiring evening of appreciating and connecting with nature.
Listen to your body and respect the signs it's giving you. Symptoms are the best solution your body has come up with to deal with a problem, so it's up to you to acknowledge them and work with your body to create a better solution. That's how you heal and build a strong body that will last you a lifetime 💜
Sometimes, self love means that you get up on the kitchen bench and take a selfie because it was the most random thought you'd had all day and you've gotta appreciate (and laugh at) your quirky selfie taking ingenuity. No shame in this kitchen, just bitchen selfies. .
📸 by my gas stove
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Head on over to their page to check out the stones they have on offer 💜
"if you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better". don't let the comparison to others steal your motivation! keep your fire burning 🔥 you are powerful beyond measure! everyone has obstacles to cross and hardships to endure. accept the challenge and embrace the struggle. aim to learn from every experience and to live a life with no regrets. fuck the "I should've... " jibber jabber. you're not getting any younger and time waits for no man. trust the process in whatever you do and believe in it so wholeheartedly that it's only a matter of time before you achieve it. make. no. excuses. YOU can do this, let's finish out the week strong! 💪🙌🙌 #begreaterthan