channeling my inner Hannah B.

If I said there was something more… would you believe me, girl?

^ I love this blog post from Hannah B.  I wanted to repost it solely because I love everything about it.  Her writing style.  The main message.

You came this far, it’s not too late to start over again, girl.

Perfect.

The kind of people who take me for who I am and never ask me to be different. Because who I was yesterday was good enough always.

 Could not be more true. “was good enough always.” This touches my heart.  You are, have been, and always will be good enough.

I know that this post is mostly, if not entirely a piece by Hannah B.  I just thought it was too great and too on point not to share in this blog.  For lack of inspiration, words and energy, this will do just fine :).

In the name of beauty, xoxo.

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Try, Try, Try Again

Try, Try, Try Again

Two months ago, I took on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge.  I was at the point where I really needed to turn my lifestyle around when it came to eating and drinking habits.  I decided that enough was enough and I needed to take back my health and the physique I desired (and knew I was capable of having).  I reached out to an acquaintance, who became a dear friend through this process, and asked for help.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a very discrete person, especially when it comes to my weight.  I was really reaching outside of my comfort zone in simply seeking her help.  She took me in and guided me to Advocare.  I not only liked the products, and find them to be effective, but I also strongly agree with the principle behind the company and its success – the concepts of eat clean, exercise regularly and include weightlifting, eat to lose weight, eat for your health, eat in such a way to boost your metabolism, etc.  I am NOT into diets, especially diet fads, and this is the first program in which I felt as though the foundation was consistent with my own values.

Link to information on the Advocare 24 Day Challenge

So I took on the challenge amidst school, finals, time constraints and commitments.  I devoted as much as I could, considering my circumstances.  I lost a respectable amount of weight on the challenge and gained healthy habits that would continue moving me forward in my journey to take back my body and health.

Then, life happened.  I lost track of my progress and I was less dedicated.  Before I knew it, I gained most of the weight back.  Frustrated and disappointed, I had to re-motivate myself and restart again.

Since then, I have started over a second time, but am starting to see results again!  I have not given up.  I have accepted my setback and moved forward.  I am not defined by my weight.  I am not defined by how long it takes me to reach  my goal.  What matters is that I tried and am STILL trying.  I will reach my goal in due time.

My resilience, despite my lack-of-progress period, gives me hope.  I credit this to my friend who serves as my coach and soundboard through all of my ups and downs.  She keeps me focused, especially on the positive.  Most importantly, she supports me.  Having that support and knowing that I am worthy, I am enough, has gotten me through and still swinging.

Through the struggle of this past month, I am reminded of a favorite quote from  A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN:

“The hard is what makes it great.”

The hard is what makes progress so satisfying.  I cannot guarantee that I will not have setbacks in the next year of working towards this goal.  What I can say is that I will try, try, try again.

The Story behind Resilient Beauty

The Story behind Resilient Beauty

I’ve wanted to start a blog for some time. My reservations always kept me from doing so. “I don’t have anything interesting enough going on in my life to report.” “I don’t want to start until I can get my blogs/writing just right.” Then I realized, I have valuable things to say and deep thoughts to express through writing, so why not blog about that? I also realized that my perfectionism was hindering me from branching out and trying something that could bring joy to my life.

Note: I have been reading DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown. Absolutely love it. I highly recommend it to anyone, you ALL can relate to it! It is especially helpful for those who are open to Brown’s words and have the self insight to apply them to themselves. Thus, as a result of reading this book, I have decided to put my perfectionism in check and to start with my first blog post.

To begin, I figured I would define Resilient Beauty. The definitions that remain truest to how I view these words are as follows:

Resilience: the ability to recover from adversity; buoyancy.
Beauty: A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense.

One of my greatest and most favorite attributes is Resilience. Resilience is absolutely necessary to make it through hardship and day-to-day life while still remaining true to yourself.

I chose the word Beauty because I know and believe that I am beautiful. I look for beauty in every one and every thing, everywhere I go. I also believe that it is perfectly modest to make such statements. We all have the right to know our own worth. To be able to state out loud that we find ourselves beautiful. You are enough. So let us begin here and now. Get on my level – don’t just state that you are beautiful, BELIEVE it.

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I want this blog to be an outlet, a reference, a lighthouse guiding someone home. Something to give someone hope. A vehicle for positive thoughts and stories. A promotor of love and paying it forward. So, carpe la blog!