You’re More Valuable Than All the Gold/Money in Fort Knox #inspiration #WednesdayWisdom


you-are-loved

 

Do you realize how precious you are? If you were a painting or a piece of jewelry, collectors would outbid each other to win you.

 

Each of us is a masterpiece, a work of art, a one-of-a-kind collectible, only we don’t realize it. We look at our flaws and see past our uniqueness and beauty. I’m here today to highlight what makes you, you.

 

Read the quote above aloud and instead of saying you’re not those things, tell yourself, “Yes, I am.” Believe these statements because they’re true. 

 

Over the years, I’ve struggled to see the inner beauty of myself and as a result, have had to deal with self-image and self-esteem issues. I listened to the wrong people and not my inner spirit. I saw myself through an overly-critical lens, concentrating on the bad stuff instead of the good. Now, I concentrate on the positive parts and dismiss the rest. I see myself as MR N sees me with unconditional love. Sure, I falter and a negative comment slips through my lips but I correct myself soon after.

 

You are loved. I treasure you and this world needs you. There is no one like you.

 

MRS N

No Matter What’s Happening in Your Life, You’re Flawless! #inspiration #love #motivation


Flawless MR N

 

Do you know that you’re flawless?

 

Yesterday, MR N was dealing with some stressful customer service issues. Talking with a co-worker he blurted out, “He wants flawless? Nothing in this world is flawless except for my beloved wife.”

 

Aww!

 

Yes, I have the best husband in the world. Yes, he’s loving and we’re an adorable couple. But that’s not what today’s inspirational thought is about.

 

For as long as I can remember, I have been my own worst critic. I beat myself up over the littlest thing and I can’t seem to break this vicious cycle. That is, until yesterday. When MR N told me what he said, it resonated deep within. I’m flawless.

 

I decided to do a little test for the rest of the day. Whenever a negative thought popped into my head, I’d counter it by whispering, “I’m flawless”. Not in a cocky way but in an honest way.

 

It worked. My self esteem lifted and my positive spirit returned.

 

Each of us are flawless. We’re a beautiful, rare jewel and we shouldn’t listen to others who say otherwise.

 

Take a moment, look in the mirror and repeat after me: I’m flawless. Mr. N and Mrs. N thinks I’m flawless. It’s the truth.

 

Nothing in this world is flawless except for you.

 

MRS N

#WednesdayWisdom: Surround Yourself With People Who… #inspiration #grateful


surround yourself

 

Are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you?

In order to grow as a person, we need a nurturing environment. Think of yourself as a seedling and in order to grow into a productive plant/shrub/tree, you need sun, water and extra nutrients. Without that kind of supportive environment, you’ll wither and die.

When I was younger, I didn’t surround myself with positive, encouraging people. In fact, my so-called friends spewed negativity and brought me down. I couldn’t do anything right and was an embarrassment. It’s no wonder I had a low self-esteem.

It wasn’t until I distanced myself from these downers that I began to bloom. I replaced negative friends with positive buddies and you know what, my whole outlook changed. I started dreaming big dreams and the people around me supported me. In fact, they were my cheerleader squad! I tried a bunch of new things and spread my wings.

We all need a positive support system, a group of peers who’ll love, motivate and encourage us. They’ll hold us up when we falter and be our training wheels when we get back on our bicycle. Their unconditional love uplifts us to reach for the stars and celebrates when we reach success.

So again I ask: are you surrounded by people who love, motivate and encourage you? 

If not, maybe it’s time to switch up the people you call your friends.

MRS N

What Makes You Great? Repeat After Me and Embrace Your Inner Self #ThursdayThoughts #grateful


perseverance
Photo Credit: Chronic Babe on Pinterest

 

Who are you?

No, I’m not quoting The Who in my morning singing voice. I’m merely asking you to take a little inventory of what makes you who you are.

Who are you?

Life is filled with people, companies and slogans that scream at us who we aren’t and what we need.

You’re not beautiful enough so buy this face cream.

You’re not hip enough so you need to buy these jeans.

You’re not cool enough so you have to buy this car.

On and on these messages beat us up throughout the day. Is it any wonder we’re unsure of ourselves and harboring self-esteem issues?

Whenever I feel bombarded by these messages, I close my eyes and list at least five positive affirmations. They go something like this:

I am strong.

I am beautiful.

I am loved.

I am gifted.

I am a Princess.

Reminding ourselves who we are strengthens us and allows us to embrace our inner self. Be proud of who you are.

You are blessed and a beautiful person. I love you and so does the Universe!

MRS N

Strong is the New Pretty by @ktparkerphoto #bookreview #books #photography


strong-is-the-new-pretty

 

Title: Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves

Author: Kate T. Parker

Genre: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction (Adult)

 

Book Blurb:

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.

 

Real beauty isn’t about being a certain size, acting a certain way, wearing the right clothes, or having your hair done (or even brushed). Real beauty is about being your authentic self and owning it. Kate T. Parker is a professional photographer who finds the real beauty in girls, capturing it for all the world to see in candid and arresting images.

 

A celebration, a catalog of spirit in words and smiles, an affirmation of the fact that it’s what’s inside you that counts, Strong Is the New Pretty conveys a powerful message for every girl, for every mother and father of a girl, for every coach and mentor and teacher, for everyone in the village that it takes to raise a strong and self-confident person.

 

My Review:

Strong is the New Pretty is girl power exemplified. Girls from all ages, races, sexuality and walks of life talking about strength, power and what it means to be pretty. In it are over 175 photographs and quotes meant to showcase natural girls doing what they love to do: be themselves.

 

I loved this book! I wished I had this book when I was growing up, especially in my teens. I was bullied at school for being not rail-thin and marching to my own drum. I sure could’ve used this book to boost up my self-esteem.

 

Professional photographer Kate T. Parker envisioned this book project as a way to unite girls and inspire them to be who they are, no matter what. Her eye for capturing real beauty in these girls is breath-taking. Well done, Parker!

 

I highly recommend this book to every girl, woman, parent, grandparent and friend! Its profound message needs to be taught to girls around the world. It certainly inspired me and I have already ordered my copy.

 

Watch out world, strong is the new pretty!

 

Disclaimer: I received an ARC from Workman Publishing Company and Netgalley in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Being mentally strong is ten times harder than being physically strong. Mental stamina does not come from the muscles or from training. It comes from the heart…and from the mind. Calling on my heart is far more difficult than calling on my muscles.”

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Strong-New-Pretty-Celebration-Themselves/dp/1523500689

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30754027-strong-is-the-new-pretty

 

Author Biography:

KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both fine art projects and commercial work for clients across North America. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Kellogg’s, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. The project has also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls’ health and education. When she’s not photographing, she can be found coaching her daughters’ soccer teams. She lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Social Media Links:

Website https://www.katetparker.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/katetparkerphotography

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/katetparker/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/katetparker/

Twitter https://twitter.com/ktparkerphoto

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Is Your Self-Doubt Blasting Your Brain’s Speakers So That’s All You Hear? #inspiration #wisdom


opportunity-self-doubt-station

We’ve all heard the saying, “Opportunity Knocks”, but are we able to hear it?

Over the past year, I’ve had opportunities knocking. Some I’ve heard and responded while others I haven’t heard because my self-doubt is cranked up to 110.

When I turn down my self-doubt (haven’t figured out how to turn that station off yet), I try new things and grow as a person. Opportunities flood the airwaves and I’m singing happy love songs.

How do you turn down your self-doubt?

For me, it’s as simple as sticking out my tongue at it and ignoring it. Ignore fear? YES! When I start to hear my self-doubt spewing depressing lyrics, I close my eyes and sing five positive lyrics about myself.

Does it work?

You bet!

Opportunity is knocking and in order to hear it, you have to silence your self-doubt!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Before You Can Be Kind to Others, Be Kind to Yourself #inspiration #kindness #MondayBlogs


kind
Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com

Remember the old adage, you can’t love others until you love yourself?

It’s the same with kindness. I talk a lot about spreading kindness and being kind to others. But before you can be kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself.

Confession: I’m the first person to knock myself down when I screw up. I berate myself until my self-esteem is in the toilet.

How can I be so stupid?

I’m the worst person in the world!

I’m not a professional, not when I act like that!

Sound familiar?

It’s something I’m working on. One of the things I have found is when I’m kind to myself, I’m happier. Sure, I make mistakes; everyone does. It’s only when I forgive myself, I can move on.

Stop beating yourself up and show the same kindness you show others. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

You are the Sum of What Makes You Unique! #inspiration #affirmations


I am

How do you see yourself?

Look at yourself in the mirror and list all the things that make you unique.

You are a special person filled with love, Light and beauty!

I love this graphic (Photo credit: www.collective-evolution.com) because it describes all the characteristics of humanity. Some of those characteristics are a part of me and some are qualities I hope to be one day.

You’ll notice that there are no negative characteristics listed. That’s a key point I want to get across. Who you are as a person doesn’t have anything to do with negative characteristics. Sure, you may have some bad habits or things you are working on. For me, I beat myself up when I make a mistake. But I’m working on that. 🙂

Who are you?

Repeat after me:

I am all that I am and I am love being me!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

What Do You See When You Look in the Mirror? #inspiration #affirmations


what if mirror image

I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and wondered what I have accomplished this year.

It’s the same thought being echoed in the mind of millions of people right now. It’s the end of May and we’re almost halfway through the year. Time for a little reflection.

I started listing off the things I didn’t accomplish first. I started to frown and then caught myself.

Why is it that we always go to the negative first when we self-reflect?

I stared hard into my hazel eyes and whispered, “I have achieved a lot this year and I need to concentrate on that.” I then listed as many positive things as I could.

What happens when you look at yourself in the mirror?

Do you look for the negative first and ignore the positive? I think this is a universal trait in humans and we need to correct it.

The next time you do a self-reflection check, stand tall and say…

I’m a good person. I like me and so do a lot of other people. No matter what happens, today I will shine!

MRS N

Beauty Isn’t About Having a Pretty Face #beauty #inspiration #affirmation


Beautiful

You are beautiful!

Don’t believe me?

Look at yourself in the mirror and say five times, “I am beautiful”.

Beauty has nothing to do with physical appearance.  Commit to memory the quote above.  I have!

You have a beautiful soul and in the eyes of Heaven, that is all that matters!!!

❤ MRS N ❤

#TrickOrTreat: Let Your Costume Be Courage Every Day #inspiration #courage #Halloween


Halloween courage

Happy Early Halloween!

I love Halloween because it allows people to embrace their inner selves and for one night be courageous.

But what if we were courageous every day?

What if we were…

confident

happy

generous

loving

athletic

beautiful

The truth is all these attributes are inside us; we just have to be brave enough to let them shine.

If human beings had genuine courage, they’d wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.

This Halloween (and for the rest of the year), let your costume be courage.

Are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you going as? Share in the comments below.

June Chocolate Shop1

Happy Halloween!!!

MRS N

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin #inspiration #affirmations #selfesteem


Photo Credit: www.quotessays.com
Photo Credit: http://www.quotessays.com

Be comfortable in your own skin! You’re absolutely fabulous and don’t change one bit!

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Be Nice To Yourself #inspiration #kindness #affirmations


Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com
Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com

I talk a lot about being kind to others but today I’m urging you to be kind to yourself.

When was the last time you were kind to yourself?

For me, I’m the first one to be kind to others but I’m my own worst critic. I make a mistake and in frustration, I beat myself up.

Today, I’m going to be kind to myself. I’m not going to be mean-spirited or berate myself.

Who’s with me?

Be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Love Your Flaws! I Do! #inspiration #beauty #motivation


flaws

Do you love your flaws or do you do whatever it takes to hide them?

In the age of the “selfie”, more and more people are becoming obsessed with their looks. I read an article talking about Insta-Glam. Followers of Instagram are glamming up and using filters to look perfect. This makes me sad and it got me thinking about flaws.

When I was in my teen years, I was obsessed with looking good. I was struggling with my weight and did whatever I could to hide it. I wore attractive clothing and switched to contact lenses. Did it make me happy?

Honestly, no. I still didn’t feel beautiful because every time I looked in the mirror, I saw flaws. It wasn’t until I started loving myself (flaws and all) did I feel beautiful.

“I like flaws and am most comfortable around those who have them. I, myself, am made up entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”

Love your flaws for they are a part of you and they are what makes you beautiful! Just like there are no two snowflakes that are the same pattern, we are all unique and equally beautiful!

Let’s start a new fad: love ourselves and those around us! Be proud of your flaws! Shine like the diamonds you all are! I am! 🙂

MRS N

First, Show Kindness to Yourself #inspiration #kindness #affirmations


Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com
Photo Credit: http://www.pinterest.com

Remember the old adage, you can’t love others until you love yourself?

It’s the same with kindness. I talk a lot about spreading kindness and being kind to others. But before you can be kind to others, you have to be kind to yourself.

Confession: I’m the first person to knock myself down when I screw up. I berate myself until my self-esteem is in the toilet.

How can I be so stupid?

I’m the worst person in the world!

I’m not a professional, not when I act like that!

Sound familiar?

It’s something I’m working on. One of the things I have found is when I am kind to myself, I’m happier. Sure, I make mistakes, everyone does. It’s only when I forgive myself that I can move on.

Stop beating yourself up and show the same kindness you show others. It’s a lesson we can all learn from.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Are You Surrounded by the Right People? #inspiration #motivation #affirmations


Photo Credit: rishikajain.com
Photo Credit: rishikajain.com

Do you surround yourself with the right people? I’m not talking about people with money, power and/or influence. Are you surrounding yourself with people who inspire and encourage you to be who you are?

I used to think that I needed to be friends with people who could help me achieve my goals. I also surrounded myself with people I knew were bad for me but they had been my friends forever. Both of these groups of friends were damaging to my self-esteem and my identity.

My thinking changed when I was put into a dangerous situation. Suddenly, life took on a whole new perspective and the people I thought were my friends scattered like dandelion fluff like the wind. I was alone. I looked deep inside and made the decision to change who my friends were.

Once I surrounded myself with friends who loved me for me, I began to grow and my self-esteem increased. These friends were there for me and motivated me to chase after my dreams including writing my first novel. They inspired me to start this blog and they continue to encourage me to reach for the stars.

How about you? Are your friends motivating, inspiring and encouraging you to be the very best you can be? If not, maybe you need to surround yourself with people who do.

In your day, surround yourself with people who love you, motivate you, encourage you and just make you feel good about being… you!

MRS N

I Am… #positiveaffirmations #inspiration #selfesteem


I am

How do you see yourself? Look at yourself in the mirror and list all the things that make you who you are.

You are a special person filled with love, Light and beauty!

I love this graphic (Photo credit: www.collective-evolution.com) because it describes all the characteristics of humanity. Some of those characteristics are a part of me and some are qualities I hope to be one day.

You’ll notice that there are no negative characteristics listed. That’s a key point I want to get across. Who you are as a person doesn’t have anything to do with negative characteristics. Sure, you may have some bad habits or things you are working on. For me, I beat myself up when I make a mistake. But I’m working on that. 🙂

Who are you?

Repeat after me:

I am all that I am and I am love being me!

🙂 MRS N 🙂