I think affirmations are like tiny love letters to your mind, body, and soul.
If you are lucky enough you have that one friend or a group of friends who encourage and support you no matter what. If not and you need that extra boost, use your words to motivate yourself; after all everything, we desire to be or have all starts from the inside. Words are magical they can inspire, uplift and weave a wonderful tale. Affirmations are something I use every day to motivate me and remind me of my fabulousness.
Every day you are a superstar but somedays that spark won’t burn as bright as you would like. I created these 11 colorful and uplifting printables for those who love to surround themselves with beautiful things. For when you need a reminder, a whisper, a cheerleader. Let the words guide you back to your point of power. You are a work in progress; always evolving, growing, learning and expanding. Use your words to build yourself up, to learn to embrace every part of you.
At the beginning of the year, I embarked on a 30-day yoga challenge entitled Dedicate and hosted by Yoga With Adriene. Well, I stuck to it and I completed every single downward dog and even those moves that tested my patience balance and flexibility. It was just supposed to be yoga but it turned out to be a total mind-body experience. I felt stronger and more balanced than I have in a very long time. It is not about mastering the pose as Adriene says it is about finding what feels good. Isn’t that what life is about? The ups and downs the trials and errors. Ultimately we go through everything to get to a place that feels like home and live a life that we love. Here are three life lessons or realizations I had during my 30 days of yoga.
DON’T FORCE – FLOW
We all have had things that we plan, pour all of our efforts into and despite our best attempt at perfection, life happens and it basically goes in whatever direction it wants to. I have had moments where I have tried to nail a pose and fall flat on my ass. The obvious reaction would be to get pissed but all I did was laugh it off and go again. Simply put, you are supposed to get back up. Your pose is not supposed to look like your partner, your neighbors or Sally down the street. Just because you fall it does not make you a failure. It makes no sense trying to accomplish anything by force. If something is not working adjust to accommodate the pose (circumstance). It is useless to fight the flow and end up hurting yourself in the process. If anything yoga teaches you perseverance and the value of knowing what fits you. Do not fear looking awkward or be scared to do it your own way. Your life =your unique flow.
Life is about experiencing joy. DISCOVER WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD
It seems pretty convenient for us to dwell on the mishaps and the fuck-ups and the what could have been. Often times we cling to places or people that we have outgrown. We repeatedly keep trying things that we know deep down have absolutely no benefit to our mind, bodies or souls. Do you want to go through life being sad sack Susie or amazing Amanda? You know the type of person who is willing to put in the work and make your life better and discover what makes you absolutely tingle with delight. We can berate ourselves, belittle our efforts and become our own worst enemy or worse yet work and give until we are at the brink of exhaustion or burnout. Yoga has reinforced the importance of not putting myself in positions that are detrimental to my well being, and even if you do there is always a way back to recovery. We really should focus on and revel in the things that make us feel sweet. The things that make us feel beautiful and worthy and bubbly. You know those things that give you that extra oomph even on the days when you feel more like a dud and less like a goddess. It does not have to be anything grandiose. We tend to get caught up in doing the awe-inspiring social media worthy stuff we lose sight of how the simplest of things can ignite bliss. Finding what feels good is knowing that even when things are difficult and chaotic you can discover ways to center yourself and realize that whatever you are experiencing is just temporary. Look for ways to as the song says to accentuate the positive. ( tell me you didn’t just break out into song reading that, I did 🙂 ) There are days when you will feel defeated, frustrated and downright disgusted but know this, you do not have to dwell there.
Don’t forget to BREATHE.
Taking a breath is such a blessing. It means we are alive, yet so often we take these limited breaths we have been given for granted. In yoga, as in life, we need our breath to guide us through those difficult moments. Those of us who suffer from anxiety can attest to how just simply breathing can make a significant difference between going from a place of nervousness to calm. Don’t get bogged down by the overwhelm of to-do lists and the ridiculous and impossible pressure of having to get everything right. Take time for yourself, take time to breathe, to make space. Breathe, release and let go of the tension. Do it one time, do it several times just do whatever it takes to get you to a place of serenity.
It is now month number five . Day 121 of 365. How are you feeling? Hopefully, you are still as optimistic as when this year began. Know that you can dedicate time to yourself no matter how ”busy ” you are. Time to simply breathe, take a break or start over. Fresh starts are everyday sort of thing, an every minute kind of thing. Dedicate your efforts to creating the life that you truly want. Yoga is not all about striking the perfect pose. Life is not about filters and capturing only those moments in which we shine or appear to. We all want to do and be our best but there is not a damn thing wrong with accepting your imperfections and your so-called mess. It does not matter what your pose looks like to anyone else as long as you are happy. You are and will always be your most meaningful and longest commitment.
Welcome, February the month of love, joy, and all that mushy goodness. As women, as mothers, we often become accustomed to focusing on the love we have for others We sometimes to forget to nourish the relationship we have with ourselves. When we are tired, stressed and generally off balance we cannot serve those that we cherish the most. Never forget you deserve alone time, you deserve to be pampered. Your opinions are valued and valuable. You are a goddess. Since this is the month of love how about you shower some extra care and attention on the one that matters the most: YOU!
The relationship you have with yourself is the core for every other connection that you have and will have in your life. This brought the question to mind what does self-love mean to you.? I asked a few of the wonderful and inspiring women that I know and these were their responses. This month this day and every day. Feel the love, spread love and be the love that you desire.
I am a unique creation. I see myself as one human being with a unique DNA that can’t be mixed up or mistaken for anyone else’s.I appreciate myself because of my uniqueness, the shape of my ass, the curves of my body, the light in my eyes when I am happy; are all unique to me. I know that I am beautiful just the way I am –Selena
Self Love to me is something that I am still learning. But part of it would be accepting the wrongs in my life that have happened and learning and growing from it. Not allowing negative energy to affect you and also noticing when unwanted energy is around and not compromising your vibe to accommodate theirs.
I believe it also involves taking time for yourself to refocus and indulge oneself. Doing what you love is also an integral part of self-love. Settling for whatever is there or available is not. I remember this job I had where my co-worker and I were talking about doing things we love and she said the job was her bread and butter so I said you know I don’t want bread and butter what I want are waffles and sausages with a glass of Oj. She watched me like I was crazy. I simply meant I do not ever intend to settle. Overall cultivating peace of mind is genuine self-love – Anonymous
Self-love means putting myself first. My needs. My wants. My happiness. Everything else after -Amanda
Being unpologetically myself and doing what is best for me despite what others may think . Saying no to anything and anyone that disrupts my peace and putting myself first when I need to -Alicia
Loving yourself above all others other than God and always know your worth because you are worthy. Love yourself first before you love someone else but don’t be selfish -Chicora
My idea of self-love is making decisions that make you comfortable and being at peace with whatever you do. There is a sense of freedom associated with it. Happiness is a state of being, it is dynamic, however, if we are comfortable there are more happy moments. This will extend to all parts of my life because I am a work in progress -Nicole
I decided to do a 14-day self -love challenge because I think we all need something to inspire us each and every day. These suggestions are by no means anything new but they serve as a reminder to be kind yourself so you can be kind to others. Do not feel guilty for saying no; for not feeling like it or for indulging because life is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Go ahead spoil yourself in the most simple ways or spectacular ways this and every month . These can be done in any order you like. Sometimes we just need a break and few moments to reset and remember how fabulously divine we truly are.
DAY ONE -Self Love Meditation. If mediation isn’t your thing try some self-love affirmations or a self-love prayer
DAY TWO- Self Love Yoga
DAY THREE -Take a nature walk
DAY FOUR – Take yourself on a date
DAY FIVE – Buy yourself flowers or chocolate
DAY SIX – Look into the mirror admire your beauty and say I LOVE YOU
DAY SEVEN- Make a list of 14 things you love about yourself . Get creative and make this a mini craft project.
DAY EIGHT -Treat yourself to your favorite beauty treatment
DAY NINE – Sleep in and have breakfast in bed
DAY TEN -Make time to read something romantic or inspiring
DAY ELEVEN -Start a birthday fund so you can splurge on your birthday
DAY TWELVE -Have impromptu dance session
DAY THIRTEEN -Write yourself a love letter
DAY FOURTEEN -Forgive yourself for your past mistakes and know that missteps only make you better and stronger.
This is a reminder to always stop and focus on the good each day. Find something to light your inner fire. This can not be said enough. You above all others deserve love, inner peace and happiness
Share in the comments -what does self -love mean to you and how to do make time in this busy world for yourself?
I can honestly say that October has been quite a bittersweet month for me. It started with birthday celebrations for myself and one of my fave co-workers; that was definitely the high point. It also has been ripe with financial mishaps, tons of work stress and various other happenings that would make a really juicy telenovela…Life.
Let’s just say that I have not been my most vibrant, positive self. I am often disappointed that I am not Wonder Woman and as a result, I can’t fix all the problems of the world. Is that a trait of all mothers or just my overly obsessive Scorpio moon tendencies? (p.s I am an astrology nut) . She is a badass, she has it all handled. I do on most days; on others as my nearest and dearest would agree I am a mess. We all are in some way, aren’t we? I openly embrace my messy; it is what makes us unique.
I found myself in desperate need of a spiritual pick me up and the Universe answered. Lucy Smith, a personal development coach and owner of Succeed Now reached out to me and encouraged me to sign up for her 5-day email challenge Take Control and Feel Free. I think she sent it two weeks ago. Hey, I still procrastinate. Procrastination another one of my messy traits. It is a work in progress. I decided to share this with you because I love spreading good vibes and you like me may be tired, stressed or just need a little boost. Hopefully, at the end of the challenge, you will get your mojo back.
Rediscovering Gratitude- Day One
Gratitude is such a simple and often overlooked concept. We seem to find it easier to focus on the drama and all that is going wrong; instead of just simply giving thanks for the good stuff. Trust me, even when everything appears to be shit there is always some tiny spark of light somewhere . You just have to look. I created a gratitude jar because I love anything simple and crafty. I found an old mason jar in the kitchen cupboard. I decorated it with a few stickers and started On October 30th. I plan to write one thing I am grateful for every day until the end of the year. I also incorporated day 2 of the 20 Day mental health challenge which asked us to journal 10 things we are grateful for and I dropped those in the jar as well .i find myself complaining a lot lately. I saw this as the perfect opportunity to shift focus to all the good things I have and all of the awesome people I am surrounded by.
Giving Your Words power by using I am affirmations- Day Two
The words you speak shape your life. How do you perceive yourself? What are your strengths? Do you believe that you are fabulous and capable of any and everything you desire? Day two encouraged me to envision and reinforce all the things I am and that I want to become. I used this as an opportunity to redefine my purpose and to celebrate the beauty of being a flawless yet divine being. It is a basic principle of life what you say and think you eventually become. We are often so discouraged and frustrated by the events of life we forget our power. Being the former art student that I am I took out my sketchbook and used this one as an excuse to draw. I pretty much wrote whatever came to mind. Lucy asked us to draft 10 affirmations and here are mine.
I AM : *abundantly blessed * loving and accepting of all of my flaws * a work in progress. Life was never meant to be perfect only to be enjoyed * healthy and vibrant * deserving of all the good things that life has to offer * determined to achieve all my goals * creating a life that I love *am strong and focused * open and accepting to change *successful *love and appreciate me
Mediation Is The Medication- Day Three
Mediation has been a part of my daily routine for approximately three years now. It is one of my favourite tools to calm the crazy I got started with and still am in love with guided meditations. Guided meditations are probably the only time that I can follow instructions or appreciate someone telling me what to do. Lucy recommends the following podcasts to get you started : One Mind Dharma Mindful In Minutes Tracks To Relax Insight Timer App
I usually find my videos on YouTube or I use one these following apps : Headspace Calm
Breethe Check out the healing benefits of meditation HERE. It takes a while to get into it but I find meditation to be very effective in keeping me centered and trust me it takes a lot to do that.
Building Confidence- Day Four
Learn to love and appreciate your abilities; that is the meaning of confidence. We all doubt ourselves and even the most solid and grounded of us have those moments where we feel less than confident. Lucy suggested visualizing every day and I totally endorse that. Visualize yourself as confident and living the life you desire. Visualizing helps me stay focused on my goals even when circumstances are less than ideal.
Crafting A Morning Routine- Day Five
Start the day on a positive note so that whatever transpires throughout the day can not really phase you. Wake up and do something you love, think happy thoughts. Listen to something that stirs your very soul. Get moving. Pray. Meditate. Make love. Whatever gets you feeling in touch with your soul. I long for a morning routine that does not involve me cursing my alarm and wishing it was Saturday. The morning routine that I strive for is a ten min meditation, ten minutes of yoga and listening to a ten-minute motivational track. For days when life does not go as planned; I downloaded some affirmation tracks on my phone to listen to during my walk to work. I find that at least one or a combination of these gets me in the right frame of mind to start the day.
This challenge was a breath of fresh air. The main thing that it taught me is that I have to be consistent. The journey to inner peace and balance is a continuous one and although life can get tricky we must continue to do the things that bring us joy and spark our spirits. You can find Lucy Smith on Succeed Now Or Facebook.
Hi there lovelies, It has been a while since I have been in this space. These past few months have been a mishmash of all things crazy. Highs and lows and everything in between. I found myself feeling quite stressed, uninspired and literally wanting to take a nap until the year ends. When I find myself feeling off-balance I always look for ways to get myself centered again because I am totally useless to those nearest and dearest to me when I am not functioning t my peak. Let’s face it none of us are.
We are fast approaching the end of the year; in my opinion the two busiest months of the entire year. I was so pleased when one of my sisters shared this Mental health Challenge on Facebook. I thought this is exactly what I need to add a little zen to my daily crazy. Why not start November on a positive note and recharge, renew and restore your spirit. You would be totally surprised at how a few simple changes can boost your mood and outlook on life .. Also maybe several cups of coffee and affirmation tracks on repeat.
I would absolutely love it if you join me in this challenge. I love the simplicity of it and it can be easily incorporated into even the most hectic of daily routines. Hit me up in the comments. Introduce yourself and let me know your plans, goals for the rest of the year. Only two more months to go Let-s end this one with a bang . Join me and have a Happy healthy November 🙂
Feel free to share with your friends and loved ones because everything is more fun with the ones you love.
I came up with this simple multipurpose scrub while I was making my morning coffee. It honestly is quite difficult to find affordable quality anything in Barbados. I made this one for my hands they were looking a bit rough. It is so easy anyone can do it! Best of all it is made from ingredients that you can find right in your cupboard.
For the small batch, I used Two tbsps. sugar Two tbsps. of Epsom salts Two tbsps. of ground coffee You can use coconut oil or olive oil And a few drops of your favourite essential oil. I used orange. I used the massage oil pictured as it was what I had on hand.
You can make it gritty or moister that would depend on how you like your scrubs.
I left my hands feeling smooth and refreshed. You can also use it for your feet or as a body scrub. If you are like me and or on a budget check out Six Everyday Products For A More Beautiful You. Natural is where it is at. Let me know if you give this one a try. What are some of your favourite diy beauty products? I always love new ideas 🙂
Any yoga practitioner whether they are a beginner or a seasoned professional needs a yoga mat. I have already mentioned the numerous benefits of yoga in my previous post: Yoga Is for Everyone. Have I convinced you?
I have purchased a few mats in the past; none of which I was particularly in love with. I decided it was time for a change and did some research. I never knew there were so many options out there. Investing in the right yoga mat will enhance your yoga practice tenfold. Everyone has their own style and unique flair so you definitely want to choose the mat that will cater to your specific needs. Did you know that there are different mats for hot yoga versus regular yoga?
Here are a Few Factors To Consider When Choosing A Mat
Your Type Of Practice
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I hope you find the perfect mat for your needs. Let’s Namaste andplay together. Let me know in the comments which one did/would you choose?
Here’s toa happy practice and a more beautiful, balanced and blissful you. Love and Blessings Tachi .
Last night I watched the fireworks went to bed, woke up and it was September. Has the year felt this way to you too? I have lost count how many times I have heard people commenting about how quickly the time is flying. That simple statement inspired me to ask myself, How are you spending your time?
Time is not a renewable resource. In fact, it is your most precious commodity. Whatever you dedicate your time to creates the story of your life. What kind of story are you writing? Now I am by no means a time management expert. I am just a semi-organized mother who does her best to make each day less chaotic.
Your time is priceless
We all have countless obligations; work, relationships, family not to mention trying to maintain a social life. Fulfilling these obligations can sometimes leave us drained. How do we avoid being pulled in so many directions?
Take time for yourself.
You can not be everything to everyone. We simply were not built this way. Find an activity that brings you joy and peace and do it every day. The time you spend nurturing your spirit is non-negotiable. Make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating well. Life is all about trying to maintain a balance. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Unless of course, it’s chocolate or wine :))
Learn to say No.
No is such a simple word but sometimes it’ seems to leave our vocabulary especially when we try to please our loved ones. Realize that not everything or everyone you entertain will enrich the soil of your life. Before you say yes to anyone or anything ask yourself : How will this improve my life? Will this help me achieve my goals? Does this individual have my best interests at heart or are they self-serving and along for the ride?
I can not stress this enough. Your energy is a commodity that should be cherished. Nothing wears you down quicker than wasting your time with pointless situations and cynical individuals. This is why we should also evaluate our relationships. Sometimes we keep people around way past their expiration date. We would not eat 10-day old food so why do we tolerate stale relationships?
Create a solid routine
How you spend the majority of your time can make or break you. It is important to prioritize. In order to effectively manage your time i:e make time for the things that your love or want you must determine what your top priorities are. Consider how you spend the majority of your day and make adjustments in accordance with your priorities.
Now it is impossible to plan every aspect of your day. Just ensure that you start each day on a positive note. It will lay the foundation for your day. I love listening to or reading something positive in the morning. It is hard to shake what is rooted in your subconscious. Something about a positive beginning makes you feel like you can vanquish negativity.
Ditch the complaining
Oh, how we seem to love to bitch about our problems. We are all guilty of it. Guess what? Complaining changes absolutely nothing. When we complain we only attract more things to complain about. Focus on what you are grateful for. If you want to make a real change in your life, you have to act. Make the time you have count spend it searching for solutions not magnifying your problems. No one wants to spend time with someone who constantly goes on and on about their problems.
How many times have you said Nah, I will do that tomorrow and tomorrow becomes never. Both hands in the air I am guilty as charged. I have gotten better at not putting things off. I must confess though I used to write my best papers under pressure. Sometimes doing things at the last-minute can spark some awesome creative ideas. Other times it can leave us feeling overwhelmed and even lead to anxiety attacks. It really all comes down to motivation. I wish there was a secret pill to combat procrastination. I have found, however it usually creeps in when I have to do things I do not really want to do. Like going to a job I hate. Sometimes in life, you just have to suck it up and get it.
I think the best way to make the most of your time is to live in the here and now. When you wake up; decide how you are going to tackle that particular day. Make lists if you have to. Work on your goals progressively. Be organized, stay focused but most importantly, make time for fun. Life is nothing without making time for all the stuff that brings us joy. The ultimate way to maximise the time you are given is to live a life that suits you.
Have a Wonderful Sunday Everyone. Love and Blessings .. Tachi
I first decided to try meditation about a year ago. I was feeling totally stressed and really out of it. I tried it on a whim really. I thought what do I have to lose? I took to YouTube to search for a meditation video.They were so many but I was looking for something short and to the point, to begin with.
Patience is not a virtue that I possess.(work in progress) I tried the first video that popped up which happened to be Bexlife . One short meditation and I was convinced.There really is a meditation for every one of life’s issues.All it took was four minutes. It is so simple anyone can do it! Not a lot of time but a whole lot of benefits. So, of course, I had to buy her book You Have Four minutes to Change Your Life. I can’t wait to read it. It only came today. Hey, I am late to the party it launched in February. If you have not given meditation a try I would encourage anyone to try it.
Afterall it only takes a few minutes to get in touch with yourself and find your bliss I’d ask you to trust me on this but hey; I’d rather you decide for yourself.
Improve your emotional well-being
It reduces stress caused by worry, fear, anxiety. It helps you to relax which will increase your levels of optimism and self-awareness. It improves your mood and promotes happiness. A happier you will have better relationships. Those closest to you will directly benefit from your new-found emotional intelligence and stability.
Need a mental boost?
Mediation improves mental strength and focus. It grounds you to the present moment and allows you to heighten your consciousness. The repetition of mantras and the focus on your breath can improve concentration and memory. With time and practice, you will learn to ignore distractions and focus your attention on what is important. A definite plus of this is not feeling overwhelmed when you are swamped with several tasks on your to do list.
Need a healthier body?
Meditation increases immunity. Since meditation fosters a positive environment in the mind it significantly improves immune functions within the brain and the body. It can boost antibodies.The result? A healthier, stronger you. Improves breathing and heart rate Lowers blood pressure Improves sleep Aids in the management of chronic pain Improves metabolism which can help with weight loss
Think of meditation as your mental, emotional and physical detox. A few minutes a day can help you lead a better, more balanced and happier life.
These are just a few of the benefits of meditation. The wonderful advantages of having a meditation practice really are too many to list. So what are you waiting for ? Give it a try today.
The word ”yoga” literally means union . Wikipedia defines it as a group of physical, mental and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in Ancient India. Yoga is an art designed to harmonize the development of the body, mind, and spirit. If you are in search of a practical way to find balance in your life; then yoga is for you. No special skills required.
Any yogini can attest that the practice of yoga is an exemplary combatant for stress. Stress can often present with symptoms of back and neck pain, sleeping problems and the list goes on. Its incorporation of movement and breathing techniques can boost :
If I have convinced you and you want to give yoga a try you can find several helpful beginners videos on YouTube. For those of us who are more social, you can sign up for a class in your area. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Here are a few of the channels I have tried in the past :
Yoga with Adriene
So there you go are you psyched about getting started? Just grab a mat and begin your journey of total well-being today. I will list below a couple of other websites for more in-depth information. Happy Transformation Tuesday. It’s a new month do something good for yourself today. Namaste