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​You are beautiful. Inside and out. From within burns a fire That lights up the night sky. You bring peace where there is struggle, and joy where there is sadness.

You are the best version of you, Shining bright for all to see. Let nobody kill that flame, Nor darken your lively soul Because you (yes you!) offer opportunity Where all hope and possibility has been lost.

You, my dear, are a striking mirror Giving others the chance to see their own beauty. You are a gift, let it shine. Reignite, relight, rejoice. You are uniquely you And for that, the world has won.

Go with love, and share your beautiful soul with those around you. <3

#positivevibes #perspective #beauty #happiness #selflove #love #ego #poem #strength

I recently stumbled upon a magnificent quote from a yoga instructor in New York. His words beautifully sum up the question that plagues so many of us.

What are we here for?

We are not here to make our strengths stronger. We are here to share them as gifts, while we lean in and strengthen our weaknesses.

- Rian Bodner

When we are not only aware of the strengths we were born with, but share them with humility and grace, we uplift and empower our communities. We help ideas grow legs, we make the impossible possible, and we climb mountains.

Find your strengths and share them willingly.

Do not mistake however that our strengths are our only offerings. For within our weakest corners lies opportunity for human connection. None of us are born perfect, and when we recognize and embrace the reality of our humanity, we allow for growth and learning. Find solace in the discomfort that comes from weaknesses, knowing that we all share our own weaknesses.

Own your weaknesses as opportunities to be truly human. From these opportunities, you CAN grow.

To read that from which this beautiful advice stemmed, check out the original article on Wanderlust.

#realtalk #human #healthyliving #happiness #strength #perspective #opportunity #vulnerability

We live in a world where social media replaces calling old friends, where you can open your computer to a highlight reel of your friends lives, and where it becomes significantly easier than it was for our parents’ to harshly judge ourselves and our accomplishments. When you live in this world, it becomes normal to think that you aren’t good enough, you aren’t working hard enough, or that you aren’t accomplishing enough. It’s time to face this head on: this thinking has got to go!

You are awesome! Only you were born with the unique DNA and qualities that you possess.Sure, other people might be able to do things similar to you. But only you have the exact perfect combination that makes up who you are. Embrace this, love it, and rock it. It’s nothing short of irrational and unfair to compare ourselves to others because truth is, we are all uniquely different.

This has been one of the biggest obstacles I have overcome in the last few years…recognizing that we all have our own unique talents and that only we can rock them. It took some work, but becoming aware of my talents, my flaws, and my unique ways of doing things has allowed me to stop playing the comparison game with everyone else, and instead play the “give it all we’ve got” game with myself. It’s a way better game, with a guaranteed pay off of happiness!

Find out what makes you, you. Fall in love with who you are. And rock that because no one else can …and the world won’t be totally awesome with YOU!

#selflove #confidence #happiness #healthyliving #realtalk #vulnerable #mindfulness

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