Wednesday, August 31, 2016

3 Reasons Why I Decided to Embrace My Body (And Why You Should Too)

I have contemplated for months about posting these pictures. What will my family think, the readers of this blog, will I be perceived as something that I'm not? This was supposed to be something for fun, something to be proud of all the hard work at the gym that I had put in and yet I had so many questions and concerns about letting the world see these pictures, let alone I was judging myself and wondering if they were even good enough to post. As the days had went on I had just forgotten about them and thought that maybe they just won't make it to the blog. Fast forward to now and I can't just bring myself to hide these. Why should I have to hide my body and true self in fear of society's judgement? It was time I did something different, stood up for myself, and loved it the whole way there. So here's three reasons why I decided to put these pictures up and embrace what my Momma gave me.

1. It was about time I loved myself for me.
The quote "No one is going to love if you don't love yourself." rings true. How can we expect someone to love us for everything that we are if we can't even love what we see in the mirror? My whole outlook in life begins with me. Change begins with me and my positivity begins with the first step of liking what I see. When I look at myself I can compare, nitpick, complain for hours but am I really doing myself any good with that? No! You would be surprised at the drastic change in energy when you start to treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. 

2. I was my own worst critic and I got tired of it.
It gets exhausting after awhile when you constantly attack your body for everything that it's not. It takes a toll on yourself and well being and frankly, it's not healthy. Sure we can seek self improvement, there's nothing wrong with that but there's a fine line between making minor changes and bashing your body over and over again. While other people are telling me that I look great I saw something completely different. No matter what I was doing I was still judging myself until one day I got tired of it, I took a look at myself in the mirror and said "Damn, I look pretty f**kin good!" It became second nature to check myself out and realize that I had it going on.

3. It was time I was grateful for the healthy body I was given.
Working in the medical field has definitely opened my eyes and snapped me back to the reality of "there's always someone out there who has it worse." It's definitely an eye opener when you see and come in contact with all the different things that can go wrong with your body. I never knew how ungrateful I was until I came face to face with others who were having issues with simple things like breathing or eating any food that you wanted. There are definitely plenty of things we take advantage of and we don't realize how precious and great they are until we're fighting for them again. I'm a perfectly healthy 25 year old who loves to go to the gym and be on the go and it's about time I start embracing it. I'm only this young once and I hardly doubt when I'm old that I'm going to say to myself, "Damn, I wish I didn't post those pictures." So it's about time I appreciate my health for what it's worth and love it. 

Set: Calvin Klein | Denim Button Up: Thrifted | Shoes: Converse
Photography by: @Madfaithphotography

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Motivation Monday

Being 25 is hard! I'm stuck between wanting to live my life and enjoy my youth but at the same time feel like I should have all my shit together already. I remember growing up and thinking that I would have all these things set in stone by the time I was 23, 24...boy was I wrong. I feel like it's gotten much harder over the years to become an adult. I'm stuck between thinking that I'm still young and I still have time and "Oh shit, I'm almost 30 I'm running out of time." Call it a little dramatic but I'm freaking out over here. I'm probably making myself feel a lot older than I am but I guess that's just because I feel like there's so much I still want to do before I really need to buckle down. My mom says I need to relax and I'm trying really hard to listen to her.
So when I read this quote it knocked me right back into reality. It made me realize that I was being way too hard on myself. I felt like sometimes what I had done for myself wasn't enough (blame it on my hunger for more), like I should've had more for myself at this age. But it takes me a second to realize that I've done pretty damn good for myself and I'm ahead of MY game. We are all on our own path and we can't compare ourselves to the next person because whatever they are meant to obtain in life is for them and them only. I realize that I am at a perfect age; I'm still young enough to explore and do things as I please but also learning as I go. We live and we learn and that's what growing up is all about. I just need to read this time and time again and see that I'm doing just fine.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pop of Detail

August might be almost over but that doesn't mean that Summer is leaving anytime soon. Labor Day might be around the corner but wearing all white is socially acceptable all year around in my book. I don't I've ever worn this much white and I kinda like it. It gives the shorts and a tee look a fresh remix. Of course I didn't want to go too plain so I made the lace up sandals the main focus as they are a pop of color. The pops of detail are what make the outfit in my opinion. It's too damn hot for anything over so this light denim jacket was only bearable as a "cape" sort of thing. This is by far one of my favorite casual outfits; enjoy the look and happy Friday! 

Shirt: Target | Shorts: H&M | Sandals: Forever 21 | Jacket: Forever 21
Photography by: @Madfaithphotography

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Summer Whites

Summer is going and I'm trying hard to hold on as much as I can. (Even though temperatures stay high in California up until October.) So what better way to stay cool then to throw on an all white ensemble!? I never thought I would get myself a pair of linen white shorts but I'm glad I did; best idea ever! Not only are they comfy but also airy and perfect for the hot weather we have in SoCal. I wanted to keep the look simple but of course bring out the boho in me so I added the hat and some cute booties for pops of color. This outfit was great for running errands and just hanging around. Sorry in advance if you see me wearing it again soon! Enjoy the look!

Top: Forever 21 | Shorts: Forever 21 | Cardigan: Cotton On | Hat: H&M | Shoes: Love Culture

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