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    Confidence,  Self Love

    Stop Saying Sorry // 3 Big Shifts and Self Awareness

    Stop saying sorry. In this post, our guest author Nicole is going to share exactly how she learned to STOP saying sorry, and why you should too.  “I’m sorry…”, “Please forgive me…” and Other Silly Things That Made My Life Difficult. Does that statement ruffle some feathers? I was raised predominantly by my grandmother. My mom was a teenage mother and my grandparents thought she didn’t need the burden of raising a little girl. So they sent my mom off to New York to fashion school while a 3 year old little girl (me) stayed behind missing her mom to bits and creating limiting beliefs that she is not good…

  • Confidence,  Mental Health,  Self Love,  Spiritual,  Videos

    Building Self Esteem, Confidence and Honoring Intuition // Live Event Recap

    I was invited to speak live in  a Facebook group, where I covered Building Self Esteem, Confidence and Honoring Intuition through sharing the most transitional 7 years of my life.     I discussed how to make difficult changes, accepting transformation and how to utilize and practice self care and I broke it down into three phases… Phase 1: Building Self Esteem Phase 2: Building Confidence Phase 3: Honoring Intuition A lot of what I shared in this event are things I’ve shared in the past through various articles, so below, I’m going include 1) references to the full story whenever possible and 2) any resources that viewers may find…

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    Self Care,  Self Love

    What is self care, and why is it important?

    What is self care and why is it important? The topic of self care comes up everywhere these days—and…you might have noticed the self care checklist included on my site 😉 But, I have to admit that while the concept seems simple enough, I’m still exploring and learning about self care and what it mean for me in my life. The idea of caring for oneself might sound indulgent or “fluffy”, but I assure you that based on my own practice and doing a lot of research, its actually crucial for your health. Not only that, but it’s also very simple. Practicing care can be achieved with just a few…

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    Self Care,  Self Love,  Subscription Boxes

    Hope Unboxing // Cratejoy Subscription Box Review

    Cratejoy is the first ever Subscription Box marketplace—meaning a website that offers many, many subscription ox options. Its also a resource for people who create their own subscription boxes. So, I was really looking forward to this Cratejoy unboxing! Click here to check it out!     This week I reviewed my first box ever from Cratejoy called the “Hopebox”. I was looking for boxes that dealt with self care or self improvement ad this one seemed to fit the bill. Watch the video below to get the full scoop! Recommended reading: Therabox Self Care Subscription Box Review So here are some of my thoughts about the box. Cratejoy Unboxing…

  • Health,  Raw Food,  Self Love

    Fruit, Religion and Cult Mentality | An Unusual Personal Story

    By: Alison Reeves As many of you know, last year I ate almost completely raw for a full month, and then 2 raw meals a day for the next 2 months after that. All in all, for about 18 months, I ate two or more raw meals a day on weekdays. I was vegan for a bit, and the rest of the time I was pescatarian (I ate no animal products except occasional fish). Why And How I Became Involved in Raw Food Let me provide some more background as to why I did this. For a few months before meeting Chris, I worked with a personal trainer and did the…

  • Confidence,  Self Love

    Sustainable Self-Esteem and A Few “Quick Fixes”

    By Courtney Howell  While researching ways to increase confidence and self-esteem I ran across a few different articles that at first really blew me away. They suggested ways to increase self-esteem that seemed really ultimately counterproductive if done individually for people who really need an overhaul in this area.  I’ll give some background here before jumping into everything. Being raised in a dysfunctional family heavily affected by alcoholism, I didn’t have much of a shot to initially develop self-esteem. Quite the opposite really- I tried to survive and face many negative statements constantly being thrown at me. Consequently I developed a very low sense of self-esteem and once I reached…

  • Grief,  How to,  Self Love,  Spiritual

    Lessons From Fantasies and How to Grieve Them

    Written By: Anonymous When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time in my head. I was a master at creating elaborate fantasies, especially for my Barbie doll. I had a very vivid imagination. It’s easy to blame Disney or Hollywood, but what it came down to is I was looking for an escape from my current reality. I was a scared little girl. I grew up in a home where no one really knew how to communicate with one another, effectively, healthily, or appropriately. We knew how to yell. We knew how to criticize. We knew how to bend the truth (aka lie). We practiced for…

  • Self Love

    The Essence of Winter

    By: Vanessa Cassani Everywhere I look, I can see the beauty of winter.  The Autumn leaves have changed into a bouquet of colors and soon the once stuffed trees will lay empty and dormant until the first signs of Spring start to appear.  Even if mother nature doesn’t deliver snow, the beauty of Winter still shines through.  I love this time of year for it brings so many things to appreciate like cuddling with my children and warm winter fires.  The days have become shorter and the nights are filled with refreshing, cool, crisp air.  But, there is much more to Winter than just family gatherings and holiday celebrations.  Many…

  • Owning It,  Self Love

    How I Learned That I’m Kind of a Big Deal

    Unconditional love corresponds to one of the deepest longings, not only of the child, but of every human being. –Erich Fromm I would rarely, if ever, say this outloud: “I am not worthy of real love. I do not deserve the best for me. I am going to settle for this person, or for this thing in life because I can’t get what I really want.” I would be embarrassed to say those things outloud, but it is what some of my actions reflect. I don’t know where this idea came from, the idea that I don’t deserve good things, but I DO know that part of my own low…

  • Relationships,  Self Love

    A New Friend in Me: Finding Comfort in Being Alone

    For most people, watching a beta fish swim around in its tank is peaceful and relaxing. Apparently, this fish prefers to be alone in its own tank. For me, watching that scene is like torture. It seriously stresses me out. Mostly because it exemplifies one of my greatest fears in life. I’ve experienced a variety of fears in my life from clowns to spiders to, at one point, death. However, one of the most threatening fears with which I have struggled is that of being alone. That one word carried such a negative connotation for me for so many years of my life. And, when I say “alone,” I’m not…