What Are You Most Proud Of?

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To Be Pretty, Plus and Proud, you must accept your limitations, celebrate your accomplishments and embrace who you truly are. Life is not a competition and there’s no race to the finish line. You were not born to act or look the same as everyone else. You were born to do things your way and be your own unique beautiful self. Life is not about comparing yourself to others and thinking you come up short. Life is being true to who you are. If you can do that, then you have done something to be proud of!

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Choose People Wisely

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Never change who you are to make other people comfortable or more accepting of you. Your job is not to look a certain way or act a certain way to please others. Your job is to choose you, accept you and be yourself always and then choose people who choose you just the way you are.

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Pick people to be around who like your quirky ways or your unique sense of style. Pick people who laugh at your corny jokes or who encourage you to do what makes you happy and not just what is easy for other people to accept or understand or makes them happy.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are from top to bottom, inside and out. Refuse to change when others pressure you to. Stay true to yourself and if people don’t like it, show them the way out. You deserve better!

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What Do You Want Out Of Life?

You must decide what you want your life to look like. Do you want to keep hiding behind the curtains looking out at life passing you by or do you want to live the life you see others living every day?

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Stop letting fear rule your ways. There will always be people with an opinion on what you should or shouldn’t do. There will always be people who will make comments on how you look, what you believe in or who you choose to love. There will always be negative and disrespectful people who will try to bring you down or dismantle your confidence.

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What you must remember is that bad people exist and their opinions are a reflection of who they are not who you are. So live your life for you and not to try and please others because there will always be someone who can’t be pleased. Don’t waste any more time being afraid or anxious of putting yourself out into the world. You deserve a glorious life!

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Choose to live not just watch. Do all the things you want to do. Don’t let the insecurities others have implanted in your mind rule you. You are strong, capable and worthy! Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and never doubt that you can live any kind of life you choose but make sure your choice is what truly fills your soul.

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You Are the Same As Everyone Else

You may lament over how different you feel or look from everyone else. While it may be true that you look, feel, think or act differently there is one thing we all have in common: We all make mistakes and we are not perfect. We all have struggles whether they are publicly known or private. And you know what? It’s okay! You don’t have to be perfect! You just have to try and do your best.

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Mistakes will always be made. Own up to them. Apologize if someone got hurt or if you are wrong. Admitting to and apologizing for your errors will gain you respect and you will learn.

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Life is all about learning, growing and becoming better versions of ourselves every day. You are better than yesterday, today you’re perfect for the day and tomorrow you’ll be better than today. Don’t dwell too long over the past. It’s done and gone. Don’t worry too much about tomorrow as it’s not here yet. Focus on today and what can be done to make it a good day to learn and evolve.

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Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are. Do your best to be authentic and kind. Be okay with not being perfect and know that when you do your best you are good enough and worthy. Mistakes will always happen so embrace the lesson and don’t be ashamed or embarrassed to admit when you’re wrong. Everyone gets it wrong at one time or another. That’s ok!

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A Valuable Lesson

I was reminded of a valuable lesson this week, of which I should have known long ago. It is important to care for the people we love not just by providing the physical necessities of life but also by being emotionally open to listen, provide comfort, support and encouragement.

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Sometimes as a parent you get caught up in giving your children all the material things you longed for as a child and didn’t receive. Obviously you feed, clothe and provide shelter but perhaps your most important role should always be first and foremost, being their emotional and mental shoulder to lean on. You should be the one they can come to with all their challenges and worries. If your children can’t count on you for those things, then who can they trust?

Children will remember, long after the toys have been discarded, that Mom and/or Dad were there every step of growing up, the good and the bad times, and together you all made it through happy, strong and healthy. Children will remember and be grateful for the conversations, the unconditional love, the support, the advice and gentle guidance. They will look back and appreciate they had people who listened, didn’t react negatively, didn’t judge and remained calm in the face of difficulties.

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Sadly and with regret, I wasn’t always that parent. I preach a lot of positivity but know I haven’t always practiced what I preach. I am being open and vulnerable and I hope I will not be judged too harshly.

Parenting is a tough job and no one does it perfectly. So if you’re feeling a little lost navigating the waters of raising a child, know that you are not the first one to ever make mistakes nor will you be the last. You may not always get it right but like most of us, remain hopeful that doing your best will be good enough to raise a child that is kind, empathetic, has ambitions and dreams and works hard to achieve a happy and satisfying life.

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I may have made many errors along the way and will have to live with a few regrets but parenting is a job that is never really over so I will continue to strive to give my child what she truly needs, my emotional support. I will work hard every day to Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of the Mom I am and will evolve into day after day.