Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Before and After

Have you ever looked back through old photos and thought to yourself, "Wow I look younger NOW than I did THEN?!" 

That is one of many feelings I get when I look at this picture. On the left, I was in high school during a very dark time in my life. Sure, a lot of us go through that "goth" phase where we hate everyone and everything but it was much deeper for me. I was completely lost. A lot of the negative I was feeling on the inside reflected on the outside. To this day I still love wearing black, I love eyeliner (but now I do it a little less raccoon-like), I still love metal and hardcore music, but that girl behind the mask has been freed. I no longer have to stomp around in trench boots to prove to the world that I'm angry and they should all know it.


I was dealing with a lot of internal pain, and ate my feelings with carbs since I was a pretend vegan for two years back then. And I say pretend because I literally just ate carbs and Joe Joe's from Trader Joe's--for the animals though! ;)

Now, I begin each morning with meditation, affirmations, thinking about what I'm grateful for (we all have something), and acknowledge that I am in control of how I react.  


Turbo Kick


"Do no harm, but take no shit." I used to be so quick to judge, so angry in all my interactions with people, but I let people walk all over me. I was reading Yoga Girl the other day and she said this quote. I love it because it's something I abide by. I won't go out of my way to judge someone, to be overcome with jealousy, to feel down on myself when I get a negative remark, but I also stand up for what I believe in, I'm open about my past, present, and future, and I'll sometimes look back on my past and smile at how incredibly far I've come. 

I hope you keep your high school rebel, but take on a more happy approach in life. The first step for me was going out of state to college which made me truly appreciate what I had at home 💕
 Be grateful for what you do have.

If no one told you today, you're beautiful and have the potential to do whatever sets your soul on fire in life!! 


I'll leave you all with this...

I Love Me

(I love Me)

Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else


(Hey)


Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else

(I love Me)

Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else

Anytime, day or night

(I Love Me)

Even though there are some obvious double meanings for some of the lyrics, more of these songs need to be out there!! Empowering yourself, embracing who you are, LOVING YOURSELF. It's not selfish to put yourself first, and to be confident in who you've grown into. It's selfless.

In order to help & serve others and project positivity onto them, you have to work on yourself. First and foremost, love yourself. <3


2 comments:

  1. I agree about loving yourself, but we are human beings that need others...You've heard that quote, "No man (woman) is an Island". We all need positive support to flourish. I am new to this Hawain island...and I know I need positive girlfriends! Loneliness has been a blessing where I have found strength beyond my weakness.....so to me, that statement was short lived about 1 month into this new experience. But that's my perspective. ..You're a beautiful young lady!!!Many blessings on your life!!

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  2. I agree about loving yourself, but we are human beings that need others...You've heard that quote, "No man (woman) is an Island". We all need positive support to flourish. I am new to this Hawain island...and I know I need positive girlfriends! Loneliness has been a blessing where I have found strength beyond my weakness.....so to me, that statement was short lived about 1 month into this new experience. But that's my perspective. ..You're a beautiful young lady!!!Many blessings on your life!!

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