"But I'm just trying to lose the weight first before I add muscle" ... "but lifting will make me bulky" ..."but --" ENOUGH.
Pinterest and Instagram will try to make you believe that all it takes is a simple quote on a cute background to turn your frown upside-down. And while the idea is there, it's very superficial. And usually I'm left in a deeper funk that where I started.
If I can be confident enough to wear something, despite my flaws/imperfections, then maybe, hopefully, others will feel inspired to feel comfortable enough in their own skin to do the same.
Our thoughts, the things we say, and the things we hear around us are all forms of nutrition. The terms we use turn into behaviors that slowly become normalized -when it's not normal at all. Sometimes it gets so deeply ingrained in us, we don't realize when those overheard phrases become beliefs, and soon enough, they're the culprits to our shame, our fear, and our pain.
I'm not saying cut social media like cold turkey - I'm saying, let's be a little more mindful about why & how we're using it.
Typically, I prefer for my morning routine to follow this order: coffee, read, write, breakfast. This morning I grabbed my coffee and sat with my Dad in the dining room to have an interesting conversation about talents, gifts, and abilities. While my Dad believes we're born with it, I believe that talents come from practice, experience, and the environments we grow up… Continue reading You’re Not Born with Talent, You Have to Work for Talent.
The book you need to read, and the 7 things I learned that are encouraging me to live fully, unapologetically, and fearlessly.