I am my own sacred space !! I’m going on a break for a few days and thinking about what I need to take and then I saw this ! It’s lovely to have a special place where I go and have all beautiful things around me to mediate and centre myself but as the quote says I already have everything within me too . So I’m going to travel light and remember all I ever need anywhere I am is already within me ! #sacredspace#iamenough#divinefeminine#risesisterrise#selflove
For all of you beautiful women who may feel alone in your walk of life. You're not. I hold space for you and I pray for you. I pray for all of us ladies to keep growing into who we're called to be. ♥️
Remember, the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness and yet become something beautiful... I believe we're ALL worthy!
The last four months have been a loved up, hazy blur. Thrown in at the deep end, with no other option but to swim. Butterflies have danced around my tummy as I’ve watched my little baby start to interact with the world around her, all under the loving gaze of her Mummy and Daddy. I have never been so thankful for my body, I used to pick it apart with negative self talk but now the ego has no place and finally I see the beauty of a Mother. Divine intelligence running through my veins, the intuitive Mother coming forward to raise her baby. This body has birthed, healed and keeps our little girl thriving. Never forget we are all amazing beings, with magic pulsing through us, it’s a miracle that each and every one of us is experiencing this very moment.
No matter what they've done to you, or where you're coming from, no matter what they told you about your worth, you are pure, you are valuable beyond measure, you are lovely, you are lovable, you are loved, your presence is requested in the paradise garden, your roots reaching deep into earth, branches expanding toward the explosive cosmos. You are home. You belong here.
Fruit (A Love Letter To Your Branches And Roots)
UNDER THE FULL MOON/UNDER THE RISING SUN
you are wonderful-wild.
Do not deny it, contort
reach your glorious limbs skyward.
No more mourning
your exclusion from the orchard—
you were never meant to be regimented,
The predatory parasites
who hijacked the canopy,
clawing toward your inner sugar,
have all been evicted.
They could never truly penetrate;
never rip to the center of you.
They tried to prune your shine,
you bloomed through it.
Their attempts to graft you
They carved their tags into your trunk,
underestimated your fortitude.
How could they predict
you’d claim your scars
Your roots go deeper
than you ever imagined.
you are steadfast
Your leaves unfurl face-up
and outrageous abundance
emanating in waves of electric radiance.
Your existence bridges
earthly with celestial.
Today, it begins.
Awaken, under cover of cold snap.
Be your sweetness, revealed.
Your glow is a holy permission slip.
Beneath the harsh winter,
you are safer than you realize.
Here is a secret worth knowing:
To dance, you must let the wind whip your branches.
To sing, permit the breeze to whistle through you.
Your very being is a map of eternity.
You are fairly spilling with potential,
Come to blossom;
Come to fruit.
“I’ll never be a size 2, and if we’re honest I don’t want too. I won’t be ashamed I’m not your type of perfect “- Isabella Love this song. How many times have you let someone make you feel ugly, undeserving or not good enough because you didn’t look the way they thought you should ? You are more than your looks, more than your size , more than they try to box you into. Looks fade. A beautiful soul last forever #selfacceptance#beautybeyondsize#healthynotskinny#beautifulsoul#worthybchesaysiam
I look back on my time in wellness and it feels like a total out-of-body experience. I was never truly *there* while I was trying to embody the ‘healthy one’ identity. I was never fully present. If I was out for dinner with friends, I was too preoccupied stressing over unknown ingredients to really engage in the occasion. If I was out late, I was checking the clock to calculate how many hours sleep I’d manage before hitting the gym the following morning, growing more anxious as time ticked on. All that vitality and positivity I was so sure I’d gain, all that was promised by countless bloggers and their bestselling clean-eats cookbooks, was squandered staying ‘on track,’ in control, and always always always striving to be ‘better.’ To what end? Honestly, I’m not sure I ever knew.
The quest for perfection masks a doctrine for conformity. The rules, the goals, the dietary philosophies, they weren’t designed to allow us to thrive. They were designed to shrink our worlds, to eradicate the opportunity for growth and discovery that comes from seeing a world much wider than the confines of our own skin. They present a singular, prescriptive ‘picture of health.’ But the essence of true health is knowing that you are enough, right here, right now, exactly as you are, and taking all that you are, your courage, your kindness, and sharing that with those around you. Be present for those moments with friends, for those adventures with loved ones. Be there for it all, and stop imprisoning yourself in a version of perfection that doesn’t exist. Just be beautifully, incredibly you.
This view of myself is quite a personal post for me. I see imperfections in myself yet I see things I think are inherently beautiful. Learning to understand the imperfection in yourself isn’t an overnight phenomenon. It’s a life long relationship. There are mountains and valleys of self confidence. Being unafraid of yourself isn’t always easy, but I think it’s rewarding. I hope someday to enjoy every part of this view completely without question, but in the meantime I’ll post it here to be proud of the hardships me and this body have overcome together. 💛
Love yourself. Be yourself. Embrace yourself. That's the best piece of advice that anyone can ever give you. In today's society I think it is so hard for someone to truly be who they are without being knocked down. To me that is unacceptable. No one, and I mean no one, can decide who you are except yourself, you are such an amazing human being and you deserve credit just for living your life. I have always been judged for my hobbies and lifestyle, just because I would rather read a book and surround myself with a small amount of people than go to parties every weekend. I'm also judged because I'm mentally older than my age - I refuse to waste my time with silly high school drama that I couldn't care less about. I'm in the mindset where I hesitate to tell anyone anything about myself unless I trust them with my life (which is a very small amount of people), because I know it is so easy to be judged. No one deserves that fear, do whatever you want with your life (it's your life afterall) and make yourself happy, because as I say "the world might not revolve around you, but your world does." Do what makes you happy and be who you are. Love yourself. Be yourself. Embrace yourself. Your opinion on yourself is what matters the most. #selflove#bodylove#mindlove#bodypositivity#mindpositivity#bewhoyouare#makeyourselfhappy#makeyourselfproud#youareworthit#youarebeautiful#music#singing#voice#musicalinstrument#loveyourself#beyourself#embraceyourself#life#learning#embrace#selfacceptance#selfconfidence#behappy#youdoyou#lovewhoyouare#piano#alto
✖️SELF ACCEPTANCE......✖️ On all levels, Physically and personally. I have spent most of my life unsure of myself both in my appearance and who I am as a person (heads up: sometimes the most outwardly confident people are wearing a mask🎭).
Strangely the most challenging time in my life has managed to change my self acceptance the most. I’ve learned to accept myself and I’m 100x happier for it😁.
Own your faults (yes, you have many of them), own your own behaviour, own your own sh@t, take responsibility, stop blaming BUT, equally, LOVE💕 your good attributes, be proud of your achievements without shame, own all the amazing qualities you have with pride....be proud of where you are today for it will have been a rough road at times 🚕.
Love your body, make it as healthy and strong as you can. Love your mind and heart. Don’t worry about what you can’t change but take action where you can. We all f@ck up in life- that’s all part of the rollercoaster of life🎢. Nothing defines you but you. Love yourself without question. You are the only one of your kind 💎❤️#selfacceptance#selflove#spininstructor#networkmarketing#mumof3#growthmindset#positivebodyimage#itsnotvanity#youarespecial#fitmumsuk#sussexlife
Maybe some things don't get better, but WE do.
We get stronger. We learn to live with our situations as messy and ugly as they are. We fix, what we can and we adapt to what we can't. We may not be fully okay, but we're here. We're still trying. We're doing the best we can. That's worth celebrating too.
If you're reading this, congratulations, you made it. You made it. -Rajneesh Mishra
Monday morning and this is a typical scene of my life. Head in a book. Reading or writing or designing with my camera not far from my side. It’s what makes me happy and for so many years I thought I wasn’t good enough, I didn’t try hard enough, I’d never get to where I wanted to be. This silent self sabotage became the background track to my life. A negative track stuck on repeat which of course created a mindset of “I can’t” and “I’m not worthy” and “why me?” when things didn’t seem to go right.
The pressure I poured into myself was beyond anything an employer or family member would ever find reasonable, yet I seemed to take delight in this self torture and perfectionist streak.
I lost my confidence taking photographs. I’d criticise every detail and obsess that my work was not up to scratch. It made me put my love of photography aside, having convinced myself my work was rubbish.
It took me a long and painful road of walking away from these behaviours and acknowledging when I’m slipping back towards them, to leave that world of overthinking , anxiety and pain away. To pick the camera back up and find my happy place. Sadly, as creative souls, this behaviour is commonplace.
There is something quite liberating now about sharing those mental health struggles and acceptance that those thoughts and actions only hurt me not help me. Telling other people still feels scary but I know it’s the only way for me to live authentically.
This is an awareness post not a pity post. I’m sharing my personal raw experiences in the hope that it resonates with others and can be part of their healing process.
Silent invisible illnesses are so hard to deal with. There’s no neon flashing sign pointing at you saying “she is sad today” - of course the paradox is if there was, my anxiety would flip out and I’d go into hiding!! But people see what they want to. Asking if someone is ok is the first step in a series of steps to show you care. Listening and watching their body language will give you the start of their story.
If you do one thing this week - ask someone this question and give them in return your full attention. Let’s listen more.
Love and light, Nat xx
My Sunday was awesome!
Facilitated my first workshop on the ground with 7 great ladies. Loved the aha moments and the magic as we jouneyed.
It really comes down to one thing, unconditional love & acceptance of yourself!
Be the change you wish to see in the world!
● Sport ●
Pendant trop longtemps je me suis mise des barrières en ce qui concerne le sport: je détestais trop mes jambes pour me mettre en leggings, je me sentais trop nulle en sport pour m'y mettre. 😥
Pourquoi croire en ces choses? Parce que durant des années j'ai été la plus nulle en EPS, parce que j'avais toujours vu des filles deja fit faire du sport et s'habiller comme ça. 🙄🙄 Quand j'y repense c'est COMPLÈTEMENT DÉBILE. 😂
J'adore le sport, j'adore me dépasser, faire du fitness 🏋, du yoga, de la randonnée, oui cela me permet d'aller bien, au quotidien 🙏. Et NON ce n'est pas réservé aux gens fit ahah quelle saute d'idée 😌😵
Emotions are the whole of our experience.
Ones we think are good and ones we think are bad.
The more willing we are to feel all of them intensely, the more alive we can be.
If we are growing, succeeding, risking, and creating, we will most likely be scared.
Do scared. Move towards it. Get good at it.
Scared doesn't mean stop.
Scared is what makes courage possible.
And courage will take you all the way to what you want.
Ik zit rustig achterover en kijk om me heen. Een mooie groep vrouwen zie ik. Allemaal vrouwen die veel te bieden hebben. Ik ontspan verder en voel me senang als deelnemer. Er was twijfel of ik wel naar dit event kon gaan. Ik was de avond ervoor moe en had het idee dat nog teveel zogenaamd moest. Tegelijk wist ik waar mijn batterij vrijwel altijd van oplaadt. Dus ik ging toch. Ik miste al eerder door drukte een @yvettetick livedag en dat wil je niet. Nu was ik erbij. ⠀
Het doet me altijd zo goed. Kennis opdoen, noteren, onthouden. Mensen ontmoeten, lachen, me laten inspireren. Met een vervuld hart, goed gevoel over mezelf en mijn pad vertrok ik weer.⠀
En sociale zelfzorg. ⠀
Soms is goed slapen, eten en sporten gewoonweg niet genoeg als zelfzorg. Daar heb ik de laatste jaren immens veel over geleerd. Door schade en schande. Tegelijk onderging ik giga groei. Ik ken mijn behoeftes, weet wat ik nodig heb. En ik blijf leren. Met vallen en opstaan. Zoals iedereen. Het is een onderwerp waar ik het liefst dagelijks mee bezig ben. Waar ik jou graag alles over vertel en waarover ik met veel liefde kennis doorgeef. ⠀
DE ZES GEBIEDEN VAN ZELFZORG.⠀
Zelfzorg is zelfliefde in de dagelijkse praktijk. ⠀
In de nieuwste Liefdes Lab workshop houden we een Zelfzorg Salon. Daar krijg je van mij tips en tricks voor een meer liefdevol en vitaal leven. En dat leidt weer tot meer moois in en om jou heen. Kom je vrijdag 13 juli a.s. naar Haarlem? Kijk gauw via de link in bio en wees meer dan welkom #zelfzorgsalon#zesgebiedenvanzelfzorg#workshop#haarlem#amsterdam Image @portret_in_bedrijf
for DEPRESSION .
is what I like to think of this playlist of 10 songs I’ve chosen to share.
There are a lot of songs that inspire me but these are just a few that seemed right in the order I put them.
Music speaks volumes to me.
These lyrics have substance so if you listen, really listen.
They’re also just enjoyable songs tbh whether or not you get the meaning.
I hope you can enjoy & learn from these. .
For those of you going through depression. I want to share these tracks from beginning to end.
Most of these lyrics I can actually relate too.
When I feel down these songs remind me how far I’ve come & how I should continue to strive.
Reality is I’m still depressed & will be for who knows how long.
But that’s ok. I’ve learned to be thankful for all the hard times I’ve faced & continue to overcome.
In times of struggle I seem to find the light on a lot of occasions.
Ultimately making me a better person than I was before that moment.
I know life will have its ups & downs.
It’s really up to you to choose whether to keep yourself down or up. Seize these moments in your life, learn, overcome & grow.
Accept you for you. Be the person you want to be. Be the best version of you.
At the end of the day I love myself.
Really for being able to realize all of this.
One step closer to peace.
One step at a time.
To 26 & beyond ✌️
( who knows I’ll probably re-edit this)
Curiosity. Exploring. Adventuring. I love these words. When I travelled it was easy to see how they were a part of every day, exploring new lands.
But as I practice a new thing....staying still in one country...curiosity & exploring looks a little different. It's a little more subtle externally but it's still such an important part of everything I do. Exploring my inner world, connections, nature, breathing, possibilities, stillness, my body, being a woman, using my voice, sharing with others...so many invitiations every single moment to explore! But when I forget the curiosity of exploring things can easily get a little heavy and serious. Fear of the unknown can sneak in and my gratitude for all the calls to adventure get forgotten.
So I'm putting this word up everywhere to help me remember. Curiosity. To explore with curiosity!⠀
Oh the simple joy and wonder of curiously exploring every part of life. How blessed are we? <3 ⠀
Have you ever felt like throwing in the towel even if it’s something you love?
Last week was one of those come to Jesus moments... with back to back consultations, staying up late finishing up quotes, falling asleep in front of my iPad, waking up in a slight panic due to not finishing my to do list, to rushing off to more work, behind on emails, skipping lunch, too busy to shower (yes, as someone who’s obsessed with cleanliness, I’m slightly ashamed to say: I DID NOT SHOWER EVERYDAY LAST WEEK🙈 and yes, you can judge me, I bet your perrrrfect 😝)
And I seriously thought to myself, “I love what I do. Truly. I feel that I have my dream job at my dream company. But what the hell, Mel?” I don’t think I can keep this up. There has to be a better, easier, smarter way. ☝🏽
So I took the day off (Saturday) and slept all day and drank water. Then, I slept in until noon today and took myself out for a late brunch and movie (Won’t You Be My Neighbor?).
Because even if you’re obsessively in love with your work, a week full of being on constant demand can make even the happiest gal rethink her entire life.
Do you believe in work life balance? If so, how do you define it?
Somewhere between sleep and awakening there is an edge. Sometimes it comes with a dull throbbing in the head, at others it manifests as a clear concise ring - like a sacred bell on a clear night. Neither of these transition spaces is right or wrong. Both are an opportunity. We are alive in transformative times, my friends. If you feel clarity, follow it... breathe with it... see where it takes you. Often these moments of clarity come with ease. Elevating. Be present with it. Not labeling it with good or bad, as all things shift, and instead notice where the spaciousness in your body resides. If you find yourself, instead, feeling numb or clogged, dull or unable to breathe fully... these too are spaces full of potential growth. The murky stuff is fertile if we give ourselves permission to be present with it. In the same way, explore the dullness with a curious mind. Where does the sensation reside? And listen to it, with acceptance and recognition... everything changes and learning to flow between wakefulness and rest, ease and discordance, motivation and numbness; to strip back ideas of "good" and "bad" and merely explore what "is", we give our innerworld (and through it, our outer world) the opportunity to transcend its current edges. #accept#transcend#numb#thewoundedhealer#thewoundiswherethelightentersyou#dull#ache#release#letgo#dichotomy#goodandbad#acceptance#bewithit#shadow#darkandlight#selfacceptance
Making efforts towards learning to embrace all aspects of myself, including the parts I don’t like so much. Accepting internal flaws, observing them and growing from them. And accepting external flaws, letting go of this false image of “perfection.” Normally this photo would make me squirm, displaying my chapped lips and blemishes. Such an absurd thought when I actually break it down, so I’m trying to move past that shallow perspective. Plus, not giving a fuck if I look “perfect” feels fucking great.
Absolutely living my best life in this sun ☀️ pretending I’m already on holiday chilling in the hot tub is the life for me!
ps. shoutout to my clean pants on the washing line in the background, this picture wouldn’t be what it is without you xo
Since my early post was about imperfections,here is a pic which I would never post on any social media.
My wedding photographer had only one command to follow, never take any photo or video while I am walking. This was the time when I failed to accept myself and my disability.
Now, for the first time I am posting a real candid picture of me walking with all imperfections with my Perfect Man.
Thank you @kamalgkp for holding my hands and walking with me through the journey of my Life.