What you probably see is just a couple of selfies.
Well... you’d be right.
But to me it’s a journey.
The FIRST photo:
6 years ago
Typical going out and showing off my outfit post to Facebook... but when you look closer you’ll see the signs.
Mess, clutter, no smile, sunken eyes, way too skinny for my frame, lost.
I had just left a toxic and abusive relationship, I was a single mum and seriously struggling with my mental health. I didn’t want help and got offended when people would offer it. I sought the wrong kind of attention to try fill the voids. I was SICK and getting SICKER.
The SECOND photo:
Took this before heading off to Bunnings a couple of days ago. I still go out, but now it’s for shopping and going on lunch dates.
Look how clean and pretty my room is 😍 some days the house matches, some days you can really tell I’ve got 3 kids 🙊 but it’s ‘lived in’ mess, not clutter and filth.
Look how I fill my jeans now! I’m no super model, but I’m healthier today. I eat better and more often. I’m fitting my frame better. I’m not as tired or sore.
My face, yes there’s a filter, but I’m SMILING, might not be big, but it’s natural.
I still have my fair share of struggles. I cry a lot of days, I get angry, I get depressed, I get anxious.
I’ve been put back on medication by my choice. I’m actively seeking help for myself, no longer temporary attention.
I still have a long way to go.
I’m WELL and getting even BETTER.
#loveyourself #mentalhealth #movingforward #gettingbetter #healthy #journey #transformation #flashbackfriday #beyourownbestfriend #loveandlight #confidence #mystory #nojudgement #alllove #perth #fitness #motivation #perthmums
This was one of his first attempts at going down the stairs by himself. Watching him try to take on this great feat was slightly nerve wracking at first. But I trust him and he trusts himself. He is my daily reminder to be CONFIDENT and FEARLESS! Fear is crippling. Fear will hold you back from reaching your highest heights. Fear will paralyze you and leave you stuck. We were not born to be fearful, but certain conditionings have led us to believe and feel this way. When we operate from fear, we’re not operating from our higher selves or for our highest good. But we must learn to overcome this. And it starts with LOVE. Loving ourselves enough to know that we are worthy and capable of anything! Loving ourselves enough to be confident in the things we do. Overcoming my fears is a struggle, no doubt. But I must remind myself that I am a Divine being and fear is not of the Divine. I am taking these fears down one step at a time, just like my fearless baby boy, because they have no place in my life!
Side note: Anybody know how I can conquer my fear of lightning? 😅😩 That mess has always terrified me 😭⚡️🌩 #fearlessness #confidence #loveyourself #youaredivine #selflove #selfconfidence #loveisalwaystheanswer
Leave Me Alone (Soundtrack Mix)
by Sami Abouzid
© Copyright - Sami Abouzid / Sami Abouzid
Music composed, arranged, mixed, mastered, Performed & produced by Sami ,My Soundtracks, Beautiful ambient sound, sounds like heaven. Great stuff, Brilliant work, lovely music, and instrumentals are very beautiful and intricately constructed Amazing soundscapes that have the ability to transport you to a different time and place, a truly impressive body of work. Super Creativity, Wonderfully dreamy cinematic compositions real unique sound, a futuristic sound! Great production and writing! Wonderful stuff. Brilliant. Great sound and mood. Exceptional music here, outstanding musical creativity awesome music! Like drifting in other dimension, exotic, mystical and accessible all in one. Well written compositions here. Nice musicianship, arrangements and melodies. So very relaxing. an atmosphere of imaginary brightness
Genre: Electronic: Euro-Dance
Release Date: 2018
Sami abouzid | CD Baby Music Store
#inspire #loveyourself #selflove #selfcare #radiatepositivity #radiate #happiness #confidence #happy #flex #smile #laugh #justdoit #motivation #fitspo #dedication #yourbodyisyourtemple #takecare #reapwhatyousow #sweat #workout #growthmindset
New Fast Lane collection over at Lane Bryant...”London Calling” ✨
Fun side note: I have a paralyzing fear of heights. 🤗
Mykonos Dreaming today.
SWU Swimwear coming soon.
Remember this: the worst thoughts you have almost will never happen.
Whenever there is uncertainty what is the first thing our brain does? It freaks out and assumes the worst possible outcome! Very seldom is there a circumstance in which our brain does not go right into fight or flight mode to try to keep us safe. Whether it’s a seemingly uncomfortable situation that we make out to be life or death or it’s an opportunity that is new to us that could be really exciting if our brain wasn’t telling us to avoid at all costs, it seems that we are constantly trying to sabotage ourselves!
Far too often something so great is thought to be horrific. Likewise, the minor inconveniences in our lives turn from insignificant problems to catastrophes! I can’t tell you how many times sleepless nights I’ve had deliberating about a past event or a future event that hasn’t happened nor may never happen and then wake up the next day to say “well that was a stupid waste of time”. Why are we slaves to our brains?
The brain is very sensitive. The smallest phrase could get it all worked up and lead to a detrimental mindset. You need to make sure you nurture it and calm it down when it gets worked up. Figure out what the problem is and why it’s bothering you. Often times all it takes to feel at peace with yourself is to know what the problem is. When I find myself rolling around in bed in the middle of the night I like to ask myself “what’s bugging you”. That simple question turns my thoughts completely around as I actually analyze the situation. Most times I’ll find out that the thing that’s bothering me is really insignificant; my brain just wants to throw a fit. Understand your brain and really figure out what it’s trying to tell you. If it’s bothered then listen to it and comfort it with positive thoughts. Thanks for reading and stay notivated 🤙
Back at neutral spine,no rounding of the shoulders & core tight. Always technique > weight. Increase with progressive overload/periodization . Master the movement first. make sure the hamstrings & glutes are feeling the stretch 🤸🏽♀️🏋🏽♀️
Since before I started my apprenticeship it had been a while since I picked up a pencil and drew anything. I used to love drawing as a kid, I shouldn’t of stopped doing what I loved I can only imagine where I would of been right now. My goal for myself is to work my ass off and be great at what I do. To express myself through my art in a beautiful and passionate way and especially in my own way. I’m still working on building my confidence in my work and realizing that with “perfection” comes time, patience and practice. I can’t wait to look back and see how far I’ve come as a person and as an artist #PracticeMakesPerfect #Rookie #Confidence #Tattoos #FemaleArtist #RedPencil #Sketches #Skulls #Octopus #Imagination
“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves” -Shakespeare ✨ #MillerModa
Lately, I’ve been struggling to find my self-worth. It’s easy to start relying on others to fuel your self-esteem, but it’s not the same feeling as being confident and comfortable in your own body and mind. Despite the compliments and praises I may get my way, nothing really improves my warped view of myself. And that needs to change. Often it’s about being easy on yourself and rather than focusing on the failures and struggles, it’s about recognising the resolve and dedication.
A few days ago, a friend and I went to do some sketching in London and though we were sitting right next to each other, our perspectives of the scenery were quite different. It reminded me that just because I believe that I may be a failure, doesn’t mean that it is true. It’s all about perspective. It’s about changing the angle from which I view myself. And though it’s easier said than done, I know that I can get there.
#reflection #mentalhealth #depression #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety #selfesteem #perspective #confidence #selfworth #thoughts #diary #journal
Waiting on the Lord involves being at rest in the Lord. To wait on the Lord is to rest in the confident assurance that, regardless of the details or difficulties we face in this life, God never leaves us nor forsakes us. As Moses told the Israelites trapped at the Red Sea by Pharaoh’s army, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14). The Kingdom perspective comes as we focus not on the trouble but on who God is and His Word. When it seems God has allowed us to be backed into a corner, we have an opportunity to set aside our limited human perspective and wait on the Lord to show us His power, His purpose, and His salvation. #wait #God #Jesus #HolySpirit #Lord #HIM #DHE #His #salvation #purpose #perspective #power #Kingdom #Moses #confidence #wisdom #exodus14 #Exodus
My number 1 tip is to never give up on yourself. •
There were some mornings where I just didn’t want to get out of bed. And there were days where I just wanted to go back to bed after work. Those are the days that I pushed myself harder. Getting to where I am now as taken time but it’s because I never gave up. •
You can look to so many people to give you that motivation but ultimately it has to come from yourself. Realize how bad you want something and just go after it.
New siting here today y’all; IM IN A GYM AGAIN! 😱 .
I don’t remember the last time I step foot in this gym. Long story as short as I can(😂): My left shoulder started bothering me the other night. Well, last night when I went to press play, I switched my lifting workout for a cardio one thinking I was being smart💡. But all the jumping around still KILLED my shoulder. (Worse pain was all last night - team no sleep🚫😴). .
Contemplated all day at the firm to skip my workout tonight and REST! 🤷🏻♀️ (Because sometimes we need to listen to our body’s). Luckily my current program has 2 rest days so I was just going to move them around and use one tonight. (Even though I REALLLLY didn’t want to do that). .
Then my husband asked if it would hurt to use the stationary bike at the gym! (I knew I married him for a reason😉) .
In the past I would’ve taken advantage of this and would’ve fallen off the wagon. And falling off SUCKS. 😣 Sometimes it happens when life gets in the way and you take 3 days off which leads to “just one more day”... Then turns into a couple months. BEEN THERE! Too many times. 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️ When you suffer from severe asthma like I do, thoughts begin to trickle in; What if I can't breathe? 😟 What if I have to take breaks? 😟 What if I can’t finish my workout? 😟 Those used to be apart of all my EXCUSES! 😏💪🏼 I don’t want to go back to that. .
I deserve better..
I deserve THIS!
No minor shoulder injury can stop me 😏👊🏼💥🔥
We break like the ocean, we rise like the tide. We drown in emotion but reach for the sky. #atreyuinourwake #atreyu
There is no better feeling than being drenched after a workout. •
Honestly, I was one of those people who didn’t think beachbody worked and thought it was a waste of money but boy was I wrong. These workouts push me just as hard as a regular workout at the gym but in half the time. I love that I can do these workouts anywhere and in under 40 minutes a day. •
Tomorrow marks the end of week 4 of my program but peep the little back muscles that are starting to pop out 💪🏻
Salir a recorrer, caminar y explorar el mundo, en cada lugar hay una aventura esperando 🙊
El tiempo es importante y muchas veces solo lo matamos sin más ... mejor usemos ese tiempo en ser mejores y más felices, hagamos cosas que nos aporten valor a ese tiempo 🤗
Amor eterno a los días con sol ☀️ y mas cuando son en el cerro 💙