Tag: self love

LOVE YOURSELF….all of yourself!

lips6When I was a young girl I hated my nose!  I thought I looked like a chipmunk and I did not like that the tip of my nose turned up.  I remember when I was about five or six years old I would sleep with my face squished into the pillow to try to flatten my nose!  Good thing I never suffocated!  How silly was that?!   I look back now at how ridiculous that was and how even at a young age we find things that we do not like about ourselves.  Let’s just say I have grown into my nose and I think it’s adorable now.

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Look how cute we were though,  seriously?  How could anyone at that age hate their nose and want to change it so badly?  Looking at this picture I wonder what my brother thought about his chubby little cheeks?!  Back to me though,  this blog is about me!  ha ha….

Then came high school.  I will never forget when I started hating on my lips!  I started realizing how big they were and wishing that they were smaller!  One day a friend jokingly called me platypus.  Do you know how huge platypus lips are?  Well actually they aren’t even lips they are more like a duck’s bill.  I laughed and played it off but my massive lips were all I could think about for the next few years.  This magically changed when people started talking about how hot Angelina Jolie was and how gorgeous her big lips were.  I started thinking to myself that maybe mine weren’t so bad after all.  Over the years big lips became quite the thing and now people go as far as injecting their lips to make them big and plump.   So as it turns out, I win!  My plump lips,  my chipmunk nose and I all win!

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There were other things that I struggled with along the way.   Wishing I was prettier,  wishing I was thinner and wishing my chest was smaller.  Once I started accepting that these things made me unique and different from everyone else I really started loving myself…. all of myself!   It’s truly an empowering feeling when you get to that point.  It took me a long time to get to where I am but I love that I did and I love that I can help others get there as well.

Most of us have things about ourselves that we do not like or might even hate,  even the most beautiful people in the world have things they wish they could change about themselves.  Once you learn to embrace everything about you and truly love every part of you it will show and you will be even more beautiful.

I have decided to dedicate the whole month of February to love.  Self-love!  Loving myself a little bit more each day and I really encourage you all to do the same.

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Melissa – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!

SELF CARE……how important is this to you?

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Sundays are one of my favorite days of the week.   Sunday is my day,  my day to recharge and prepare myself for the week to come.   So many people get caught up in their busy lives that they completely forget about themselves.   This is true for most parents as they are busy working and taking their kids to their gazillion activities all week.   It is so unbelievably important to take an hour or two for yourself each week.   I realize it is much easier for me to do this because I don’t have kids but if YOU don’t take care of yourself,  who will?  If you take care of you then your whole family will benefit from this.

 

Life can be very hectic and stressful at times but I can guarantee you that if you start doing more for yourself it will give you just the boost you need to get through a hectic busy day.   I am going to share some of my favorite things I love to do for myself.

 

Each Sunday I try to do a face mask.  This is probably one of my favorite things.  I am always trying new ones but my favorite one so far is a dead sea salt and Vitamin D clay mask.  It helps nourish your skin and helps correct your skin from UV damage.  I always feel like I just had a facial at a spa when I do this.   Yes,  the glass of wine is also something I do for self care.  It’s not really considered drinking alone when you have a face mask on,  I think I read that some where.

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Ever since I was in high school I have been doing my own nails.  I know it can be fun to go to the salon and get a pedicure and manicure but I have never really been a fan of paying someone to do something that I can do myself.  Thirty minutes and my hands and toes are done.  This is a weekly thing I do for myself.   It saves me tons of time and money doing my own but I completely understand why people go to the salon to get them done.  Being pampered and having those few hours to yourself is everything.

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I can not stress enough how important working out is.   Working out does not only help with weight loss but it keeps your insides healthy as well.   It helps release stress,  helps you sleep better,  makes you feel great,  improves your balance,  keeps you youthful,  gives you energy and it’s great for your muscles and bones.   Whether you do yoga or pilates, run, lift weights,  spin or box they all have these amazing benefits.  If there is just one thing you can do for yourself I would say this is it!  I do not know anyone who has ever worked out and wished they didn’t!

So please each week include some self care in your life!  Read a book,  take a dancing class,  start going to bed earlier, take a yoga class, go to the spa, take a walk or start a gratitude journal.  Heck,  take a nap if you need one!   Just promise to be good to yourself!

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Melissa Gauvreau – Styled by M

Stay fabulous!