Are You Good Enough?

When did the doubts in your head lead you to believe you weren’t good enough? When did you start listening to what others had to say about you and believe them when they told you that you weren’t beautiful? When did the carefree days of your youth turn into day after day of shame, embarrassment or self loathing?

Instead of taking those harsh words to heart, believe that God does not make mistakes and you were created with a fine chisel. You were molded into the beautiful being that you are and you are more than good enough. You should be proud of the “imperfections” of your body for they tell your story. Your body is the only one you will ever have so instead of hating it or trying to change it, why don’t you try showing it some love instead? Every day take a moment to say something nice to yourself. Gradually this routine of speaking aloud positive affirmations will become your momentum to becoming body positive and full of self-love. Isn’t that a better and happier way to live your life?

Be Pretty, Plus and always Proud of who you are! You are amazing, wonderful and beautiful!

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What Is Beauty?

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder; most importantly though what your eyes see when they look in the mirror. Let me tell you what I think beauty really is;

Beauty is:

  • being comfortable in your own skin.
  • how you treat others; kindness, respect, love.
  • how you care for the body you have; bathing, grooming, dressing, eating nutritiously most of the time and moving.
  • being confident in who you are and letting that confidence shine in everything you do.
  • your smile.
  • in your relationships and all that you do to nurture them.
  • being the best version of yourself in a body of any shape or size.
  • living your best life through experiences and adventures.
  • being joyful and celebrating every day for the gift it is.
  • being your most authentic self.
  • being Pretty, Plus and Proud!

Beauty isn’t about being perfect. Beauty isn’t about pleasing others while sacrificing your own happiness. Beauty isn’t about conforming to society’s definitions of what is attractive.

Beauty is you right now in this moment!

It’s Never Too Late

I came across this quote on Instagram recently,

“You are never to old to set another goal or to dream another dream>”

CS Lewis

Thanks to just_lovely_and_delicious for sharing this.

I would like to add my own thoughts to this quote.

  • You are never too old to try a new sport or activity like I did this summer; first time in a kayak.
  • It’s never too late to learn to love yourself.
  • You are never too old to embrace being body positive.
  • Remember fashion has no age limits. Wear what you love and love what you wear.
  • Whether you’re 40, 50, 60 or more, you are never too old to be funky, fun and fabulous.
  • No matter your age, size, shape, colour, race, religion, sexual orientation, place of origin or any other label society may place on you, you are worthy of, deserving of and have a right to a rich, fulfilling, happy and amazing life doing whatever brings you the most enjoyment (and of course that which does not hurt others or is illegal).
  • There is always time to do whatever stirs your soul and makes your heart beat a little bit faster with anticipation. Right now at the age of 50+, I am writing a book, something that I have been thinking about for quite some time and am finally going to make a reality.
  • There’s never a better time to be Pretty, Plus and Proud than right now!

I’m Back!

Hello all! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. I don’t know about where you all live but in many parts of Canada, including Nova Scotia, where I was vacationing for the month of July, it has been HOT! I’m not particularly fond of the extreme heat especially when it’s humid but at least when you’re close to the ocean, it’s easy to cool off with a simple dip in the water. I had a great holiday visiting family and friends and spending lots of quality time with my hubby and daughter.

I spent as much time as possible outside, biking, swimming and new to me, kayaking. Reminder to all that no matter what your body looks like, don’t be shy when it comes to having fun in the sun and trying out new summer activities.

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My daughter and I maneuvering our kayaks around the lake where we camp in Nova Scotia. 

I loved being out on the water and firmly believe I was meant to be a mermaid, lol! What have you been doing this summer to have fun? Are you daring to bare your arms and go sleeveless? Are you throwing care to the wind and donning a new bikini to the beach? Are you pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and trying a new summer sport? I hope you are doing all this and more, living your best life in the summer of 2018, all the while remembering to Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of your beautiful self!

Vacation Bound!

June was a rough month and I’m definitely feeling the need for some rest and relaxation. My husband, being a teacher, and my daughter, are done their school year and definitely agree with me that’s it’s time for a vacation! So we’re packing up our trailer and heading east for Nova Scotia! We’ll be away for a month so we’ll have lots of time for swimming, soaking up the sun, roasting marshmallows, biking, visiting family and friends and new to us this year, kayaking. We found a great Amazon deal for Kayaks so we thought why not give them a try. I can’t wait to feel the ocean breeze blow across my face and the taste of salt water on my lips.

Most of all I look forward to so much time spent with my husband and daughter. With my girl heading into grade twelve next year, I  plan on really savouring this family vacation as it may be the last. Next summer she’ll be preparing for university and branching out into the world on her own (picture a very sad face on me).

With summer vacation, blogging for me becomes a little bit less of a focus so my posts will be sporadic. Also, the free WiFi at the campground isn’t very reliable which makes social media a little harder to keep on top of. I feel summer and the nicer weather means we should all be taking a break from our phones and computers and spend more time in the great outdoors.

What plans do you have this summer? Whatever you do, always remember to Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and most of all, have fun! You deserve it!

What An Amazing World It Could Be

What would the world be like if:

  • we could spread love instead of hate?
  • we could sprinkle positivity instead of negativity?
  • we could lift each other up and not tear each other down?
  • we were more tolerant of people’s differences?
  • we focused more on the ways we are all the same?
  • we forgave each other’s faults?
  • we accepted we all make mistakes and work at being more forgiving?
  • we handed out compliments as much as we pass out criticisms?
  • were more kind?
  • we were less self-centred?
  • we were taught everyone is worthy of love and it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from?
  • we were told we can all achieve any dream if we work hard?
  • we focused more on developing our soul and who we are on the inside than losing weight or changing the outside?
  • we all felt Pretty, Plus and Proud?

What an amazing world it could be if only…

What will you do today to make the world better?

 

 

Laugh

Life is too short to take it too seriously. We all need to find humour; reasons to smile. So follow these suggestions to live a longer and healthier emotional and mental life:

  • Watch something funny on TV instead of violence.
  • Unplug from the negative influences of social media and socialize with real people who make you happy.
  • Engage in activities that make you laugh at yourself. Think karaoke or pole dancing.
  • Don’t let other people’s negativity ruin your positive vibe. Walk away, tell them to put a lid on it or tell a joke to lighten the mood.
  • Relax when things seem overwhelming. We all have lists of things to do, deadlines to meet but somehow, someway we need to begin to understand that no amount of worrying or fretting is going to help get anything done faster or better.
  • Get regular massages, spa treatments or do yoga classes to loosen up those body muscles and frown lines. Too much negativity is not good for the wrinkles we all work so hard to prevent from developing. Think of how much money you could save on anti-wrinkle cream!
  • Remember what it is to be a child again. Play hopscotch, skipping, Red Rover or twirl a hole hoop. As adults we let life make us old before we need to be. Play and have fun!

There’s nothing wrong with being silly once in a while and if someone says you’re immature, take it as a compliment and say thank you. It means you are living a fun-filled life and that is what life should be about! Be Pretty, Plus and Proud, stop and smell the roses and smile!