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

14 Days Of Love: The Greatest Love Of All

On the 11th day I bring you “The Greatest Love of All” written by one of my dearest friends Amanda Ramirez ♥ Enjoy 

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I have learned (and continue to learn) what it means to love SELF. With that knowledge, I have learned what it means to love another. I love myself, and I try to accept every piece of myself, everyday. Love is about acceptance. I am no perfect being, but I strive to be the best ME that I can be. Along my journey, I have realized that those who do not accept themselves, have a hard time loving, period. They can’t love themselves, which in turn makes it difficult to truly love another. I have been there and plan to never go back. 

Another important lesson I have learned about love, is that love is KIND and kindness starts with the way we treat ourselves. How we treat others, is only a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. I have experienced both friendships and relationships where I was treated poorly because of how those individuals felt about themselves. Because I love myself, I chose to remove myself from those relationships. Like I said, love is kindness and for someone to treat you other than kind only is a reflection of self.

Within the last couple of years, I have been so blessed to experience one of the healthiest relationships one could ever experience. My relationship is a reflection of myself and of my boyfriend. Our relationship is secure because we as individuals are secure.Jealousy has no home in a place where security thrives” (realist thing I have ever come up with).

I firmly believe that my relationship is healthy because of the love I have for myself, and because of the love my boyfriend has for his self. Love of self allows us to love in a way that some may never experience because of lack of self-love. Self love is so powerful, you have to feel it to believe it! Our relationship is healthy, but do not confuse that with perfection. In my eyes, my relationship is greatness, pretty much perfect. However, perfection is perception. I perceive my relationship to be just that. Occasionally, I fight with my significant other, but we always communicate and forgive one another (forgiveness is key). We learn from our disagreements and we GROW. Love is about growth, and I TELL YA, WE ARE GROWING! I am so happy and excited about all of the growth that is happening, and that will continue to happen. I am not about depending on another individual for my own happiness, because NEWS FLASH, if ya did not know already, YOU provide your own happiness, but it is pretty fantastic to share happiness with someone else. I mean, honestly, that is probably one of the greatest feelings in this world. 

 

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

Christmas Review #10

Live A Life Full Of Joy.

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Surround yourself with people who will uplift you. Surround yourself with people who not only respect you, but they respect themselves. Be mindful of the hurtful things you say because someone is always listening. Someone will get hurt. Admit your wrong when you discover it. Mistakes are good. They teach you a thing or to. Live a good life. Live a life full of Joy. Never look back at yesterday troubles and bring them into today. Don’t count on other people to center you. Remember that the person you are meant to be, you are the only one who can seek them out. You have more to offer than the way you look. Take the time to discover who you are. You will be surprised. Find your inner happiness and doors in your life will open. xx ♥

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Happy Valentine’s Day❤️

I have to admit I love the idea of a day dedicated to celebrating love. Even though I never do anything on Valentine’s day. It’s the perfect day to just remember that this day is more than just spending time with your significant other. It’s a day of appreciation and love for the ones who are nearest and dearest to your big ole heart and also self love. It’s a day to just remind the people you love that you love them with random or planned acts of simple love and kindness. Happy Valentine’s Day guys and don’t forget to tell a loved one ” I love you” xoxo❤️

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