5 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself Everyday

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to appreciate who we are. Love means nothing unless we can love ourselves first. Loving ourselves should be engraved in our being. Each day should be like a new opportunity to better ourselves. A new opportunity to uplift ourselves and the people around us. It’s okay to be a little selfish though. Take a little extra time in your day to do “me” stuff. Don’t get to wrapped up in what could have been instead focus on what you can do from this point on. Today my lovely readers, I want to share with you all a little pick me up. A little something you can take with you after you have read today’s post. Enjoy “7 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself Everyday.” 

The best thing we can do for ourselves is to appreciate who we are. Love means nothing unless we can love ourselves first. Loving ourselves should be engraved in our being. Each day should be like a new opportunity to better ourselves. A new opportunity to uplift ourselves and the people around us. It's okay to be a little selfish though. Take a little extra time in your day to do "me" stuff. Don't get to wrapped up in what could have been instead focus on what you can do from this point on. Today my lovely readers, I want to share with you all a little pick me up. A little something you can take with you after you have read today's post. Enjoy "7 Things You Should Be Saying To Yourself Everyday." View Post

As A Future Parent

banner6Recently I’ve been thinking about my future. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about becoming a parent and what this means. I’ve been thinking about what type of parent I would be and what type of relationship I would want to have with my children. I’m 23yrs old and even though I’m not ready to explore that journey yet, it’s something I would to experience on day be it naturally or adoption. I’ve also been thinking about things as a parent I want to make sure my kids know. As a future parent I want my kids to know that they matter and that they come first above all. I never want them to feel inadequate. As a future parent I want my children to know that they’re beautiful. This is something I want my kids to know daily. I never want them to feel ugly or even think that they’re ugly. I want to motivate them and strengthen their confidence and belief in themselves with uplifting words. As a future parent I want my actions to reflect how much I love my children. I want to be able to love my children equally and for them to share that same love and affection for my husband and myself. As a future parent I want to be able to encourage my children to pursue their hearts desire. I want to be that type of parent who pushes her kids out of their comfort zones. As I future parent, I want to get to know my kids. I want my children to be able to come to me openly about anything in their life. As a future parent I want my children to be open to criticism and be able to accept advice. As a future parent, I also want to be able to constructively discipline my children. I want to raise them up with strong values and principles. I want them to know that being genuine, honest, nice and respectful is important and it carries you far. As a future parent, I want to teach them the importance of hard work. I want them to know how important it is to be responsible. I want them to know that every action has a reaction and also a consequence. As a future parent, I want my kids to know that they have a voice. I want them to know that I am listening. I want them to know that I support them and love them. As a future parent, I want my kids to know the importance of family and friends. I want them to know that family no matter what always comes first. I want my kids to love themselves and others, cherish the people in their lives and always look forward to the good things in life and see the good in people. As a future parent, I have all these hopes, dreams and love for these tiny beings I haven’t even met yet. I believe that being a parent is the greatest gift of all and I can’t wait to be one.

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14 Days of Love: The Power of Love

Hi everyone! I’m Lauren Douglass, from The Arizona Prepster! I am a college sophomore at Arizona State University and I’m very excited to share my story of love with you! First, some background. I’m 19 years old, originally from sunny Southern California and have been in my relationship for almost two years now {it’ll be on 3/9 so next month!!!}. I’ve suffered from depression, anorexia and anxiety {I stll suffer from anxiety} and have come a long way from where I used to be and love is the reason why! So let me tell you about it!

I met my boyfriend Matthew when I was at my lowest point. I didn’t really care about my grades or myself. I don’t think he knew I was single so he ended up with someone else {to my dismay}. That didn’t mean the end of our friendship though; he still helped me see the better side of myself. He helped me eat more often and made sure my happiness came before his own. I liked him {okay maybe more than liked him} but I would never step in between a relationship. So I started dating my {now} ex. I liked him and he made me happy but I never stopped talking to Matt. He was the one who truly made me feel loved. By my senior year I was happier {even though I had gotten dumped the day before ID pictures} and I enjoyed my life more. Fast forward through two more rounds with said ex, Matt and I were FINALLY single at the same time and that’s when….the kiss happened! It came as a total shock; I had no idea he liked me like that and just being kissed out of nowhere was crazy! My mind was swirling and then he asked “Will you give me the honor of being your boyfriend” {swoon!!! I STILL swoon over that question}. So March 9, 2013 I became his girlfriend and we’re two years strong living happily in Phoenix, Arizona with a cat.

Many would probably read this and say that I don’t need validation from him, that I need to love myself. I do, and it took me until writing this post to realize that I truly do love myself. I don’t love him and hate myself; you can’t do that. All he did was help me up out of the dark hole and was there to catch me when I stumble. He was a friend when I needed one, a real one. He wasn’t afraid to get stern when I became stubborn. We became best friends and we still are! He knew how much music impacts me and he “dedicated” the Rascal Flatts song I Won’t Let Go to me. Whenever I felt low he would play that song for me. I wouldn’t be where I am without his support and he wouldn’t still be the kind man he is without the happiness I bring to his life. We compliment each other’s strengths and constructively point out each other’s weakness. We build, not tear down.

Love is life changing and life-saving. Whether it’s self-love, friend love or relationship love everybody needs some love in their life. Many become cynical because they have no romantic partner to love {or spoil them} on Valentine’s Day. Do you have friends? Family? You have people who love you and that’s what should be celebrated on February 14; love! Going through this high school experience has taught me that love will come on its own time and {as cliché as this is about to sound} if it’s meant to be, it will happen. Trust me I used to not believe that but it’s true.

You are beautiful and worth the fullest of love! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Lauren Douglas | The Arizona Prepster

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14 Days Of Love: Top 14 Love Songs

14 Love Songs

On the 8th day of love, Guest Blogger Lauren Garcia from Life of a Social Beauty is bringing you her Top 14 Love Songs. These songs have been chosen because they hold a special place in her heart from feelings of an old love to new love.

I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

“I hope life treats you kind

And I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of

And I wish you joy and happiness

But above all this I wish you love

And I … will always love you.”

Love Story – Taylor Swift

“Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I’ll be waiting
All there’s left to do is run
You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess
It’s a love story baby just say yes.

All of Me – John Legend

“Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you
I give you all of me
And you give me all of you.”

Burnin’ It Down – Jason Aldean

“We’re just hanging around
Burnin’ it down
Sippin’ on some cold Jack Daniel’s
Jammin’ to some old Alabama with you baby
Laying right here dreaming in my bed
I’m just doing my thing
You love it when I sing

Say it makes you feel like an angel
We about to get a little tangled up right about now
So girl let’s keep burnin’ it down.”

I Can’t Help Falling In Love with You – Elvis Presley

“Wise men say only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Shall I stay, would it be a sin
If I can’t help falling in love with you.” View Post

14 Days Of Love

Day 4 of 14red rose on wood floow - black and white

On the fourth day of the 14 Days Of Love I bring you a poem about First Love from John Clare. My sister Nerissa loves writing and reading poetry so I decide to go through her poems and also this book she has called A Book Of Love Poetry” to pick a poem for the fourth day of love. I’ve always loved poetry and I’m so happy to share a love poem with you guys today.

First Love By John Clare

I ne’er was struck before that hour

With love so sudden and so sweet,

Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower

And stole my heart away complete.

My face turned pale as deadly pale.

My legs refused to walk away,

And when she looked, what could I ail?

My life and all seemed turned to clay. View Post