Resolve To Honor Your True Self In 2019

Resolve To Honor Your True Self In 2019

Set the intention to take more time for yourself.

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New Year's Resolutions have the reputation of being something we quit within the first half of January. Resolutions like "lose weight", "exercise more", and even the general "get life together" are ways of telling ourselves that we have "bad" habits and behaviors that we need to devote the entire year to fixing so we can become our better self.

Rather than set these resolutions, set yourself free. Let's throw out the old programming that keeps us feeling like less than enough and constantly unworthy. Guilt, shame, insecurity, inadequacy, and self-doubt hold us back and keep us from finding joy. We can all remember our goodness and worthiness, even if it feels like a distant or false memory. It's true - even when we forget.

So, how do you want this year to feel? Will you focus on everything you need to change, or focus on how you can call in even more goodness and light? When you honor yourself in this way, you begin to change the way you spend your time, the people you spend time around, and have more clarity about what brings more joy and energy into your life. Honoring your true self will require you to release the thoughts and behaviors that aren't serving you, create more space for transformation and expansion, and allow yourself to make mistakes.

You are worthy of a life that is not centered around "fixing" or changing aspects of yourself. You are enough exactly as you are.

Find more freedom to do the things that bring us closer to finding what ignites our passions. Surround yourself with people who see you, hear you, understand you, and support you. Clear your space, both physically and emotionally, so you can keep chiseling away and getting closer to your true self. Implement self-care practices with equal amounts of honesty and compassion. Bubble baths are great, but don't forget how many aspects of "boring" self-care can be used, like showing up for yourself and holding yourself accountable.

Stay open to the possibilities and opportunities that await you. Stay faithful and dedicated to yourself with compassion, awareness, and intention. Remember how much things can change in a year.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.
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We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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You Don't Need A 'Bikini Body' To Fully Love Yourself This Summer

You don't need to be stick-thin to feel good about your body.

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One of my favorite quotes of all time is, "Comparison is the thief of joy." Want to know why? Because it's true.

I could look in the mirror one day and feel totally confident about myself. Then I'll see a post on Instagram of some beautiful girl, feel awful, and wonder why I don't look like that. But there's a reason I don't look like that — because I'm me, not them.

The fact of the matter is that we need to love ourselves for who we are. We need to stop comparing our beauty to that of others. We are all our own people and we should feel confident in our beauty.

Bikini season is a major source of struggle for me and many others. Everyone is lounging on the beach in bikinis and you feel like you just want to hide under your towel. Every other photo on your social media is a super skinny girl from high school showing off her body. You will NEVER see a photo of me in a bikini on social media because I'm simply not comfortable in my body enough to show it off like that. I have always wished that I was, but at the same time, that's not who I am.

You don't need to be stick thin to feel good about your body. Every body is beautiful, and we need to embrace that. If we constantly look to others as a source of comparison, we will literally never be happy in our own skin.

Bikini season is tough as it is, don't make it tougher on yourself by allowing your mind to take over. Enjoy your spring break, enjoy your summer, enjoy your life. You deserve it. You deserve happiness.

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