Another Monday, Another Week of Self-Love!

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Happy Monday! Welcome to another week! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and I also hope you found time to take care of yourself Remember self-care and showing yourself love is vital for a healthy mind, body and soul!

Check out this self-care checklist I found on Pinterest:

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The ideas above can help to organize your time and energy and help you to focus on yourself daily. Even as little as 15 minutes a day can calm your racing mind and fill your cup so you have the reserves to do all the things that need to get done and you can care for others in your life that need you.

Do not ignore your needs. You are important. You are valuable and you are worthy.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and have a magical and blessed day! Look forward to the challenges of the week ahead with a positive attitude and all will be as it’s meant to be. Spend time on yourself and rest assured it is not time wasted.

Image posted on Pinterest by @realmamabears You are beautiful now and always!

Make It A Great Day!

Hey it’s Monday once again! Here in Canada, we’re enjoying a day off today and a nice long weekend break! I hope everyone’s week is off to a fabulous start!

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I hope you woke up with happy intentions for the day and week ahead. I hope you’re enjoying a productive day around people who are building you up, supporting and loving you just as you are!

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In the midst of a busy beginning of a new week, I hope you take a little time for yourself and do something or be with someone who fills your soul with joy!

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I hope you took time upon waking to start the day with gratitude and do everything for yourself to guarantee a happy and healthy day!

Above all else, remain Pretty, Plus and Proud and keep your chin up, your lips in a smile and your thoughts positive! Make it a great day and always look for the sunshine!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I understand that Mother’s Day is not a marvellous celebration for everyone. Many are wishing to be a mom but are having trouble making that dream come true. Some have lost children and are grieving. Some mother/child relationships are strained and difficult. If you fall into these categories, I’m sorry that you’re living that reality. I send you hugs and prayers that these situations ease up or dissolve completely.

For anyone who does celebrate I hope you enjoyed a fabulous day being spoiled or spoiling yourself! It’s wonderful to be recognized and appreciated for your mother role. It’s not an easy job to fill but certainly can be the most rewarding job you’ll ever do.

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If you are caring for, loving unconditionally and supporting others, you are providing someone with a motherly touch that they crave and need. Whoever that may be, human or fur friend, you are valuable and necessary. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of yourself and know you are absolutely and irrefutablely AMAZING!!

Happy May!

I hope this month is off to a wonderful start for all of you lovely readers! I’m on the countdown for my back brace removal so yay! Looking forward to a long shower (no more sponge baths) and side sleeping again (hate being on my back)! The weather is warming up and we’ve begun finalizing summer travel plans with our trailer.

What are you excited to do this month? Don’t forget to spend time and energy on yourself!

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Any time spent on yourself is never wasted time and is vital to your health and happiness! You deserve self-care and self-love! Do all the things you enjoy. Surround yourself with happy and positive people. Practice gratitude and allow yourself grace on the days when you’re tired. Accept that you’re not perfect, that your “flaws” are uniquely beautiful and your thoughts and feelings are valid and important. Know that bad days are not forever and be brave enough to overcome any hiccups in your journey. You got this!

Now, Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and let’s all slay the month of May!

Daily Affirmations

Hey, how are you today? Did you wake up looking forward to the day? Did you send positive energy out to the universe? Did you pray and thank God for this new day and new opportunities? I always try to set positive expectations for myself and the hours ahead of me so that I can feel blessed and grateful for the day when I lay my head down at the end of it.

Here are some positive daily affirmations for you to try out if you’re having problems setting forth in the mornings feeling happy and optimistic:

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Try to put yesterday’s struggles behind you and don’t worry about the things happening tomorrow. Focus on what you can control today and make it a great day! Smile at people, work hard, get things done and be thankful that this day was given to you! If you’re struggling to find happiness then please remember it’s okay to ask for help. There’s no shame in admitting you can’t do it alone!

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and be hopeful that today is going to be amazing! You got this!

Are You Taking Care Of You?

As winter comes to an end, (where I live), and spring is popping up little by little, I need to remember that self-care should still be a priority despite being busier with outdoor activities and emerging from my cold weather cocoon. Have you been neglecting yourself lately or putting yourself on the back burner? Together let’s recommit to spending time on our mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. I found this fabulous guide on Pinterest that sparked today’s blog post!

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I love that there are ideas for different amounts of time so really no matter how busy you may be, there is always a way to show yourself some love. Some of my favourite go-to ideas for self-care are texting with people I love, going outside, writing gratitude lists and affirmations, reading a book, prayer and yoga.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and remember you are always worth the effort of self-care! You need to recharge your batteries the same as anyone else so don’t neglect yourself!

Food Guilt

Do you feel guilty every time a piece of food passes your lips? Do you automatically think about how many minutes of exercise you’ll need to include in your day to work off those calories? Do you categorize your food as good or bad? Are you surrounded by people who judge your food choices? Aren’t you tired of all these “rules” and destructive thoughts?

Let today be the day you say, “No more!” Start eating what you want when you want. Start enjoying food. Stop listening to people opinions that don’t matter. Enjoy activity simply because it’s fun to move your body.

Follow the advice below:

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Free yourself from the diet mentality. Eat and move intuitively. Surround yourself with people who love you unconditionally no matter what you eat or what size you are. Be your own version of beautiful and healthy and don’t forget you are unique. Your journey is not the same as your neighbor’s so don’t compare yourself to anyone.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are, your life and the choices you make. You’re doing your best and that’s all that matters! Be kind to yourself! You’re awesome!

Happy Easter

I hope, if you celebrate Easter, that you all had a joyful celebration and relaxing long weekend!

Like many holidays, sometimes the true meaning of the day gets lost in our commercial world. Read below a lovely description I found on Pinterest that simply explains what the day is really all about.

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While we all enjoy the sweet treats and Easter basket surprises, don’t forget why there is a holiday in the first place!

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud while you share God’s good news!

Learn To Adapt

Since my accident I have had to change and adapt to many things. I have had to learn to sleep on my back when I would much prefer to be on my side. I have had to be patient and kind and not too demanding when it comes to house work. I like things organized, and every item in its place. Other people in the house aren’t quite as fussy as I am. I needed to work on my patience anyway. I am used to being independent, coming and going as I please. Unfortunately, I am unable to drive and therefore am housebound unless my husband is home and able to get me out.

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With so much time on my hands, I am trying to establish new routines; more reading, enjoying movies that I’ve been wanting to watch, and keeping up with friends via texting, phone calls and FaceTime. I have had to adapt and change my daily routines and only do what I can and is safe for me to do. I’m not used to sitting for such long periods of time. I miss my walks, exercise videos, and yoga routines. However, it is not good for me to sit and do nothing so I do activities that are simple but beneficial. I still do my yoga but accommodate my injury by sticking to seated postures and again only do stretches that are safe for me right now. I do walking laps around the house and small, simple tasks.

Life isn’t the same but I am grateful for the little things that still bring me joy. Despite my injury and struggles I am trying to remain positive and go with the flow, not allowing stuff like a pile of laundry or a few dust bunnies upset me.

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Like all moments in life, this too shall pass and I will be back to my normal soon enough. No matter where you are in life, know that you can do anything you put your mind to. Maybe, you too will have to adapt and change to do certain things but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something accomplished in your own unique and wonderful way!

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and don’t let anyone or anything keep you from living your best life however that may look for you right now.

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Healing and Loving At The Same Time!

How many of you lament over a body that doesn’t function the way you want it to or think it should? How many of you suffer from injuries, disabilities or chronic illnesses? You may think to yourself that your body is broken and unworthy of love and attention. You may think that your body has betrayed you, and that you are no longer good enough for anything.

I’m here to say today, that nothing could be further from the truth! It is when your body is sick or suffering that it needs your love even more. Your body is still getting up in the morning. It can still get things done, maybe not as much as you would like, but it can still do something. It can laugh, cry, speak, love, feel and express. It is in times of difficulty that you must give yourself grace, forgiveness, unconditional love and comfort. You must remember the tough times and illnesses do not last forever. There will be mountains to climb, but you will conquer them. You can do hard things, even when they seem insurmountable. Maybe you won’t experience a full recovery, but that doesn’t mean life can’t be beautiful and your body can’t be loved.

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We must learn to be grateful, and to count our blessings. We must learn to look for the positive in every situation, no matter how dark it may seem.

So remember to Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and embrace who you are now whether you are healthy or ill. Accept any limitations. Celebrate all your successes no matter how small they may be and love yourself because you are always worthy. You are always enough and you are always important, NO MATTER WHAT!!!

“When setbacks happen you can either let them destroy you or let them strengthen you!”

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