Posts tagged self love
#FlawsAndAll: Why I Stopped Wearing Makeup

behind my smile is a broken person. that's just the truth. most of us are broken, and the first step in achieving wholeness is in calling out these areas of brokenness. for me, my preoccupation with image is most certainly one area. learn about what i'm doing to become whole and how you can join the movement towards wholeness. 

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#TBT: Why Our Old Issues Resurface in New Ways

many of us claim to know who we are, but do we know who we are NOT? it turns out, many of our old issues will continue to resurface in new, tricky ways if we don't get to the bottom of this question. learn about how i am waging war against who i'm not to achieve a more authentic and powerful version of me.

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#TBT: How I Learned to Stop Hating My Body

I hated my body up until I was 23. I wasn't able to lose weight and keep it off until I stopped hating my body, and this is no coincidence at all. come down body-image memory lane with me, and learn about the breakthroughs that led me to an overall positive body image. 

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Being Single as a Twenty-Something Arab Woman ft. Third Wheel Chronicles

Choosing to be single as an Arab woman is not easy, but it was truly necessary for me. I have been in a committed relationship with myself for over nine years. Read about my experiences on this journey of self-recreation, and why I believe that us single women should learn to celebrate love that isn't our own.

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Letters to My [Dearborn] Sisters: A Sequel

To my Dearborn Sisters. Yes, you. Yes, even if we've never met. This one's for you. You have given me so much, so this post is my token of love and appreciation for your beautiful heart. And be sure to stay tuned: this letter marks the but the beginning of a marvelous sisterhood to come. 

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Exhale, Self-Doubt: New Year, Better Ri

I have a little girl named Self Doubt who lives inside of me. I used to try to chase her down, but I've learned to love her rather than fight her. Learn about how I've changed my relationship to self-doubt through a short poem and love letter from my Self-Love to my Self-Doubt. 

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If You Do Any of These 5 Things, Stop Apologizing

I used to apologize for pieces of myself that I actually liked, until I realized that apology was another way to silence the gifts that God has given me to share with the world. If you possess the five qualities I outline in this post, learn why you should stop apologizing for them right now. 

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#TBT: Despite Everything, You Are A Rose

one of the best lessons my students and I engaged in involved Tupac Shakur's "The Rose That Grew From Concrete" metaphor. little did I know that this lesson would provide me with the framework to get through the toughest year of my life. learn about how this metaphor can help you and enjoy a spoken word piece by yours truly. 

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20 Things I'm Leaving in '17

to succeed, you must plan. changes in lifestyle won't happen without changes in attitude and behaviors. in this post, i detail 20 behaviors, mindsets or things that i will be leaving behind in the new year. let's get ready to make 2018 a year of success

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#TBT: In the Face of Addiction, I Chose Self-Love

i have an addictive personality. i was addicted to another person for over three years, until i decided that i needed to love myself before i could love someone else the way i should. in this post, i discuss lessons learned from this relationship and share a poem i wrote while i was still struggling to walk away from it. 

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5 Gamechangers to a Stronger, Healthier, and Happier You

learn from MY mistakes using my 5 health/fitness gamechangers. i went through several failed attempts at reaching my health and fitness goals until i finally mastered my mindset. everything fell into place from there. 

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