All posts tagged: Empowerment

Self-Love: My Daily Challenge

I am not going to pretend that this will be one of my more positive posts. It is not. But, I needed to write this. I needed to share this because I feel like it is true of so many of us. In social media, we only paint the best possible picture of ourselves. We want to exhibit lives of happiness and excitement. We do not share the harder times because that is not what people want to see. I am here to directly oppose this status quo. I think it is important to talk about not only the good, but also the bad. Humans are such lonely creatures. We thrive on community and interaction. However, it is hard to have genuine interactions with any one any more, because we only display a one dimensional side of ourselves. I wanted this blog to be bigger than that. So, there will be times when posts are not just meant to inspire, but to also be relatable. Recently, I have been in an ongoing conversation with several …

What I Learned in Paris: A Tourist’s Reflections

As you may or may not know, I returned from my dream vacation of being in Paris, France a little over a week ago. It was my first time ever leaving the country, and what’s more I went utterly and completely alone. I speak no French, and had no family contacts to speak of. The best I had going for me was a few acquaintances made through contacts from others. And honestly, it was one of the best experiences of my life. One that will always be unforgettable. Now, I thought about a number of topics I could have covered for my blog. I could have done a piece on Parisian fashion. This to me, however, seemed like the most obvious of directions to go. I could have written an in-depth critique on the restaurants and all the food I got to enjoy. But, honestly, I would not have had any negative things to say, so it would have turned into a rant on how great the food is everywhere in Paris. Of course there …

10 Days to Love: A Challenge – Part 1

I read somewhere once that in order for anyone to love you, you must first love yourself. And while I understand the logic behind this, I could not help wondering… wouldn’t it be nice if someone could love you while you learn to love yourself? Hmmm… maybe I’m wishing for too much. That aside, I wondered about the concept of self-love. For some, it appears to come easily. They love and revere themselves. There is nothing they cannot do or try. In all honesty, I envy and admire such people. For, to love thyself, despite all flaws is a challenge indeed. Through out my internet musings I came across an article or something of that nature that suggested that one should write down what there is to love about oneself. That to start the practice of writing it, it will eventually become a habit to learn and appreciate what there is to love about yourself. I have never done any such thing. Feeling it was far too narcissistic, I have actually never sat down and …