I have come to a realization. I am no longer willing to accept a life of mediocrity. I feel as though, up until this point, I have floated along, hitting mile markers in life that have been set by my expectations of life as it, “should be.” I have two bachelor’s degrees, and a master’s degree. I have a well-paying job and a nice, spacious house. I have two children, and two animal children (dog and cat). Along with these accomplishments I have a large amount of student debt, a large waistline, and a small sense of self-worth.
I feel embarrassed that I didn’t go further in my education, and that I don’t make more money. I ballooned to a whopping 285 pounds and feel as though I have no self-control and never will. I have an overwhelming sense of being, “not good enough,” and being, “unable, and unworthy, to attain greatness.” I have felt less-than-adequate as a student, in my career, as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, as a homeowner, and as a member of society. I feel as though I have tried, and failed, to set goals, lose, weight, become wealthy, and increase my knowledge. I have a constant stream of negative self talk circulating through my head during every minute of every day, a constant reminder that I haven’t followed through on my dreams and goals. But, I am not these thoughts.
I am a woman unwilling to continue settling for mediocrity. I am unwilling to continue merely existing. I have not yet reached my full potential. I am a strong woman who is fully capable, and willing, to put in the work to strive for change. I may have setbacks, or roadblocks, in my journey, but I will continue to strive for constant improvement because I AM RELENTLESS. This is my journey to self-acceptance, and the transformation of my mindset, physique, health, and finances. My intention is to document this journey, and to inspire others to live their lives relentlessly.
depression sucks. there’s no way around it. it’s exhausting, physically and mentally. i think in my journey to understand it, i’ve realized one of the most important parts of living as a depressed person is addressing the physical toll as much as the emotional one. things like showering, staying fed and hydrated, cleaning your living space, and seeing doctors when i need to, are all just as important as figuring out WHY i’m depressed. so, i wanted to share these little things you can do when you’re feeling depressed, to treat yourself well in all aspects.
TRUE STORY: I HATE TRYING ON CLOTHES ❌
I used to enjoy it when I was teeny tiny and everything was too big (like when I was 19 and weighed just barely 100 pounds). Now that my body has matured into womanhood and I have some meat on my bones, it’s extremely hard for me to accept the fact that there are clothes that are TOO SMALL for me 🤷🏼♀️ The first time I tried on wedding dresses I was on the verge of a panic attack because I was so terrified of how I would look😭
The poor woman at the bridal salon had to talk me off a ledge and get my sweaty shaky body into the first dress. After I got into that first dress I was able to relax a bit and enjoy the process with my friends 👯 👰🏼 This is a horrible mindset and makes no logical sense (I’m well aware). But I’ve been trying really hard to ONLY buy clothes that make me feel FANTASTIC. Why should we wear things that make us self conscious in the name of fashion? 🤦🏼♀️
Long story short, wear whatever the fuck you want and wear whatever makes you feel best. These pleather leggings make me feel like a BAMF and I hope everyone can find that piece that makes them feel the same way 🔥
Thank you for coming to my TedTalk ✌️
Day 4 of ENOUGH: Use your voice.
Each of us has a story and a purpose. A mission. A God-given voice that was uniquely given to you and divinely appointed to you to share.
Own it. Use it. Don’t run from it. Don’t be afraid or ashamed. It’s time to use that voice for GOOD!
People are always looking for the key to a successful marriage. Asking for the secret to a long and happy marriage.
Here’s what we have come up with after our first year.
COMMUNICATE! Your partner is not a mind reader. So much misunderstanding comes from lack of communication and open communication leads to the strongest bond and connection.
UNDERSTANDING! Always being quick to kindness and understanding. There will never be a need for anger or an argument when we choose to come from a place of understanding with each other.
LOVE! Always lead with love. Come from a place of love before anything else.
GROWTH! Promise to grow together and never apart. Always working on becoming the best version of yourself so you may give the best of yourself to each other.
Cheers to one year and many more to come! Happy anniversary! I love you @zacharybinx_3
the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is a favorite of mine. it reminds us to take bad situations and improve them with the resources we have. but — what do we do when we CAN’T improve them? sometimes life is going to give us lemons we can’t sweeten. and that’s okay. it’s okay to look those problems in the face and say you learned something from them. you couldn’t change them, and it made you build new skills and better habits to help you face them next time. not everything can be solved with a bit of sugar. life is going to leave a sour taste in your mouth at times, and there’s nothing wrong with that. 🍋
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यह पोस्ट केवल शैक्षिक और सूचनात्मक उद्देश्यों के लिए है। माइक्रोशिया इंडिया ट्रस्ट, डॉ. पराग तेलंग और उनके सहयोगी इस पोस्ट के माध्यम से दिखाए गए किसी भी उपचार के बारे में सर्जरी की सटीकता और विश्वसनीयता के बारे में गारंटी नहीं देते हैं। इस पोस्ट के माध्यम से प्रदान की गई जानकारी को किसी भी सत्यापित मेडिकल प्रैक्टिशनर से सलाह / परामर्श के विकल्प के रूप में नहीं माना जाएगा। छवियां कॉपीराइट के अधीन हैं और किसी भी तरह से बिना अनुमति के आगे वितरित नहीं की जा सकती हैं।
“Dear me, you’re doing your best and that’s okay. You’re not supposed to be perfect. You’re going to make it. Love, Me xoxoxo”
it’s good to remind yourself that you’re only human, and you’re doing your best. you can’t expect perfection all the time, and it’s okay to take a break. you’re going to reach your destination. let yourself rest.
Here I am in the Art of Living Bangalore Ashram co-teaching an Intuition Process course.
Last summer, I travelled to India, too. I sat for a teacher training course where no one knew me. I looked up at the teachers sitting in chairs (like the one I'm sitting on in this picture) and enjoyed my spot on the floor as a student🙂. I got to drop the role of teacher. I got to drop being "Julia". I felt free.
I noticed the feeling of freedom that came with having no image, and I have done my best to hold onto that feeling even while playing all my roles back in real life🙂. Because self image binds us even more than our public image. "Your self image, whether good or bad, causes misery.
When you think good about yourself, in a subtle manner you think bad about others. Then feelings like anger, jealousy, and hatred follow.
When think bad about yourself, you feel low, and again you start getting angry and hating everyone. When you think good about yourself, you are in trouble.
When you think bad about yourself, you are in great trouble!
So drop your self-image" @srisriravishankar#intuition#india#yogateacher#selfimage#positiveselfimage#yogajourney#yogalife#sprituality#spiritualseeker#spiritualquotes#artofliving#srisriravishankar#guruji#yogagirl#meditation#mindfulness#freedom#ego
Good morning 🌹, above pictures are all 'me'. I was always obsessive with sports and my looks, also because of the situation between my parents. And many years later I created the same situations between me and my partner. I was always running away and wasn't even close to happiness. You see it also in my weight... I was really sporty but over the years I did some plussize modeling too and then I lost too much weight again to be fit for the job. And so on and on.
What I would like to say is that happiness should never depends on how you look, but I was always busy with 'how would he or she think I will look in this outfit. And I can't eat too much with other persons, what will they think of me'... Ullghhh, I get really tired if I read it now... And real cliché, it's on the inside what counts and THAT'S the truth!
It's sometimes so difficult to not get caught up with all the social media hypes regarding beauty, fillers and botox etc (suit yourself off course). Everyone needs at least 10K+ followers and for what?! Social pressure?! Please be your beautiful selve, see the real you and let everybody enjoy your sparkles ✨ because you have so much beauty on the inside 😘. The only mirror you need is a mirror who tells you how beautiful you are without all the "extra's". Ok, maybe it's handy that you have a mirror who tells you also if you have peanut butter on your cheek 😜. But please put all the extra layers down, show the world the real you, no filters, just you and let your home be a warm, loving and respectful environment 💜💖. With love,
Don’t let others negative feelings bring you down, people often portray what they’re feeling inside, so if someone is treating you badly and there doesn’t seem to be an explanation - try not to take it to heart and instead react with kindness. HOWEVER sometimes people are just d*ckheads so factor that one in too and let things go over your head instead of giving them the reaction they want - you will feel better & leave them to question their unprovoked behaviour.
Fall in love with who you are becoming.
Love, light, and gratitude. ALWAYS🖤
This is an exercise in positive self image. This customer and I both have issues with how we look in this photo. But we decided to post it nonetheless. Because one bad photo doesn't mean we aren't cute in real life in our matching #emilyandfin dresses. #positiveselfimage#youarebeautiful
Day 20: today is a bittersweet day... one of my favorite workout tanks is now baggier on me than ever before.
Okay let’s be real — it’s more sweet than bitter! 😍 I believe Michael Buble’s song “Feeling Good” is the perfect song to describe how I feel today. Only 34 workouts in & I am already stronger, leaner, & finding more confidence in the amazing capabilities my body can do.
God, you did so good! Man, our bodies are amazing! 💜
Hi, My name is Jenny. And I'm a sugar-holic. I kinda wish there really was a group for this addiction. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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