​10 Positive Affirmations You Deserve To Hear This Week

​10 Positive Affirmations You Deserve To Hear This Week

We can overcome our past shortcomings.
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Each day is a new opportunity to become the most productive and happy version of yourself. Given the gift of life, we can share our skills, bring people together and overcome whatever past mistakes we may have made.

In order to grow from our necessary and human errors, we must acknowledge them and begin to construct our pathway to success. If we remain defeated by our past challenges or poor choices, we remain in an unhealthy cycle of self-pity or hate, which can only negatively affect those around us.

In order to start a practice of introspection and enact positive changes, we must be kind to ourselves and appreciate all that we are and can do.

I challenge you to start your day with positive affirmations and a gratitude meditation. Waking up and taking note of all of the blessings that you have is a healthy and positive way to begin your day. I find that it helps me remain calm, feel happier and pulls me away from any unnecessary stress or anxiety about the challenges that I might face over the course of the day.

Make a list of at least 10 things that you are grateful for, drink a tall glass of water, take a deep breath and then give yourself love.

1. You are loved and people care deeply about your happiness and safety.

2. You are beautiful, gifted and absolutely capable of becoming everything that you wish to be.

3. You are here for a reason and you have overcome dark days.

4. You are admired by peers, loved by family members and worthy of respect.

5. You are blessed with this day and you have the power to direct it as you wish.

6. You are as you should be and without a flaw that should cause you insecurity or pain.

7. You are healing, growing and wildly powerful.

8. You are more than your "mistakes", your off-seasons and your traumas.

9. You are able to change the world for the better, to be kind to others, to challenge yourself and to spread love.

10. You are brilliant, talented and have a unique perspective that deserves to be heard.

Once the school year gets going, it can be hard to remain centered without loved ones to guide us and a hectic schedule or increasing workload. It is so important to take the time everyday to appreciate all that you do and can do with your life and the gifts that you have. Spend time with yourself both working tirelessly on yourself and then resting, appreciating that work.

Balance is key. I hope that you all try to incorporate positive affirmations or gratitude notes into your day in whatever form is most beneficial to you and I send positive vibes, love and care.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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If Someone Compliments How You Look, It's OK To Reply With 'I Know,' Self Confidence Is A Way Of Life

Cause honey, you do know!

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I recently uploaded a video of me standing in front of a floor length mirror while zooming in on the overly messy room around me with the caption "It be like that sometimes." The video was posted with the intention of bringing humor to the messy state of the room. However, I also knew I looked good in the video so it was also a slight "flex."

This video caused several messages to be sent to me talking about how good I looked. Me, knowing that I looked good, replied with "I know." The recipients apparently did not appreciate this response since it was not your typical "awh, thanks *shy smile emoji*" so I then received various messages from both genders ranging from "you go girl!" all the way to, "nvm you don't look that good."

This brings me to my point, if someone looks good and you have the desire to express to them how good they look, DON'T BE UPSET WHEN THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN HOW THEY LOOK.

If someone knows they look good and shows how confident they are in their looks, be happy for them, uplift them, and support them, but do not be upset when they show you they don't need assurance from you on how they look. Almost everyone likes to receive positive comments on their appearance, it is just human nature to want acceptance from those around you. But if someone shows that you're response and opinion doesn't matter to their perception of themselves, then don't be upset.

It takes an extreme amount of hard work and dedication towards your own self-growth to rely on others appeal of you in today's society. It requires hours and hours of continuous self-affirmations, self-awareness, self-care, and so much more. So when you see that someone has worked to achieve this confidence in themselves, don't you dare be upset at them. They have worked hard and deserve to be able to feel good about themselves. Deal with it.

For the people that are still posting in hopes of receiving positive assurance from other people, learn to love and appreciate everything about yourself for the simple reasons that you are you. You don't need assurance from anyone else!

So the next time you start receiving all the compliments on how good you look, I urge you to reply with "I know." You'll find out who are the real people you need to be accepting compliments from. And if they reply with, "just kidding" or "nevermind," don't even bother giving those peasants a reaction. Just block them. Cause you don't that negativity in your life, honey. You keep doing you while loving every part of you!

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