What do you think of when you read the word “compassion?”
Maybe you think of some generous heart taking care of people in Calcutta, or some foreign aid mission. Or maybe you think of someone donating their time at a soup kitchen, or volunteering their time at a seniors’ care facility. Maybe you think of holding the door for the person behind you or giving up your seat on the train for someone who needs it. The majority of the time when we think of the word compassion we think of people doing something to help others.
The truth is, the foundation of all positive interaction between ourselves and other beings is rooted in compassion.Read More
Accepting our bodies is a huge step towards accepting ourselves.
One day in February of this year, had a revelation. I thought to myself, “What if I start accepting and loving myself by taking care of my body? What if I shift my mind from doing things because I feel like I have to do them to doing things because I love doing them?” You are probably wondering why I was asking myself these questions. At the beginning of this year I was at a point where I was done with not feeling good in my own skin.Read More
Have you ever felt paralyzed?
Really think about it. Have you ever put off the dreams and desires living and breathing on the inside of you? Have you ever felt anxious about taking the leap of faith? Have you ever said “Tomorrow is the day” only to get there and still put it off? Have you ever felt so scatter-brained about who you are, where you are going, and what you want to do with your life? Good news: you’re not alone.Read More
Here’s the hard truth: WE create our reality.
About a year and a half ago, I was sitting at my desk in a small office building. I was scrolling through a fashion blog, awing at the “perfect” pictures, envying her never-ending travel explorations, and wishing that my life could be like that. I quickly caught myself in the act of comparison and brought myself back to reality. Then, I heard these words echo in my mind: “Ashton, YOU have the opportunity to create your reality. You can create your dream life or you can create a life you’re not happy with. The truth is that at the end of the day, it is ultimately up to YOU.”Read More
I am a chronic illness warrior.
I say that loud and proud now, but that wasn’t always the case. When my chronic illness story began over 15 years ago, I did not love my body. I despised it. I cringed at the fact that I didn’t know what was happening, that I had no answers to my symptoms, and I felt like a medical mystery no one could solve.
Fast-forward to today, and I have three diagnoses: chronic migraine, generalized anxiety disorder and depression.Read More
Six years ago, I was a HOT MESS! My life was in chaos. My MIND was in chaos. I was depressed, confused, and frustrated. I had no vision, no direction, and could NOT see my next steps. I was STUCK. I had no goals, and I felt defeated! During this time, my body began to change. My hair thinned dramatically, I lost 20 pounds (and trust me, it wasn’t cute y’all, I was skeletal!)Read More
I never felt like I was enough.
As a little girl, I compared myself to my friends who were more outgoing, popular, stylish, and thinner. I was quiet and shy, and believed I would never measure up or be successful because of it. My self-loathing magnified when I hit puberty and started noticing changes in my body.Read More
AS HUMAN BEINGS, WE TRY TO AVOID PAIN AT ALL COSTS.
We want to ace the class, but we don’t want to read and study. We want to land our dream job, but we don’t want to do the presentation. We want to create a successful online platform, but we don’t want to embrace slow progress. We want to raise children, but we don’t want to go through labor.Read More
WE EQUATE OUR BODY’S SIZE TO OUR SELF-WORTH.
“You are not thin enough, tall enough, tan enough, your skin or hair isn’t flawless, your teeth could be whiter…” where is this invisible scale on which we measure ourselves? Honestly, it’s all around us. Of course, we hold ourselves to an impossible standard. This level of beauty is distributed to us daily.Read More
Vulnerability is an amazing, life-changing thing.
It has the power to propel you out of your comfort zone and guide you into a stronger, more transparent version of yourself. But it’s also scary, nerve-wracking, and can be really, really hard to do on a regular basis. That’s why a lot of us have large, life-changing moments of vulnerability. We build up the courage, take the leap, and then settle back into our comfort zones for a while.Read More
Well my name is Chloé, and I love myself. Because of my past struggles, I am passionate about self love and self care. I have been married to an amazing man for 7 years who does nothing but encourages me to dream big and better myself everyday. I am also a mother to a miracle child and a sister to 5 wonderful humans.Read More
I never used to consider myself to be a creative person.
When I was young, I loved to draw and do arts and crafts, but as I grew older I focused more on school and sports. I remember always feeling moved by art though. I would watch a good film, see a pink and orange sunset, or listen to music and just feel this pull. This pull to create something that would invoke others to feel something, just as art in its various forms, made me feel something.Read More