You may have the time, but do you have the energy?

I used to believe in the hustle - scheduling most moments of my days at work and in life, in general. Until I got sick in 2019 with my vertigo and upper cervical injury and found out that if I didn't learn to rest (a lot), I wouldn't heal completely. ⁠⁠I resisted the rest so hard!⁠⁠I eventually got past the resisting, and learned so much along the way about the time we have versus the energy we have. ⁠⁠You might have time for something that only takes 15 minutes, but is it worth it if it sucks every drop of energy out of you? OR you may spend three hours doing something - but that thing doesn't use much of your energy... it might even give you more energy. ⁠⁠Now when I plan my days, I take energy into consideration of everything I put on my schedule. I deliberately include space for resting, and I finally don't feel bad about it.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #inspirationdaily #inspirationoftheday #inspirationalwords #inspirationalthoughts #inspirationalthought #inspirationalpost #inspirationalquotesandsayings #inspirationalmessage #quotesaboutlifelessons #liveinspired #wordsofencouragement #wordstoinspire #wordstoremember #wordsofthewise #wordstoliveby #wordsforthesoul #wordsthatinspire #lifequotestoliveby #lifequotesandsayings #lifequotesoftheday #lifelesson #motivationquotesoftheday #mentalwellbeing #mentalwellness  #mentalwellnessmatters ⁠

I used to believe in the hustle – scheduling most moments of my days at work and in life, in general. Until I got sick in 2019 with my vertigo and upper cervical injury and found out that if I didn’t learn to rest (a lot), I wouldn’t heal completely. ⁠⁠

I resisted the rest so hard!⁠⁠

I eventually got past the resisting, and learned so much along the way about the time we have versus the energy we have. ⁠⁠

You might have time for something that only takes 15 minutes, but is it worth it if it sucks every drop of energy out of you? OR you may spend three hours doing something – but that thing doesn’t use much of your energy… it might even give you more energy. ⁠⁠

Now when I plan my days, I take energy into consideration of everything I put on my schedule. I deliberately include space for resting, and I finally don’t feel bad about it.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Your story is unfolding as it should

It may not be as you planned - it may even be far from it - but trust that your life is unfolding just the way it should.⁠⁠I've been working really hard on trusting that things are as they should be... and I gotta be honest, it's been challenging for me. But the less I resist, the more I believe this to be true.⁠⁠If this could help someone you know, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #yourstory #yourstorymatters #yourstoryisntoveryet #inspirationdaily #inspirationoftheday #inspirationalwords #inspirationalthoughts #inspirationalthought #inspirationalpost #inspirationalquotesandsayings #inspirationalmessage #quotesaboutlifelessons #liveinspired #wordsofencouragement #wordstoinspire #wordstoremember #wordsofthewise #wordstoliveby #wordsforthesoul #wordsthatinspire #lifequotestoliveby #lifequotesandsayings #lifequotesoftheday #lifelesson #motivationquotesoftheday⁠⁠

It may not be as you planned – it may even be far from it – but trust that your life is unfolding just the way it should.⁠⁠

I’ve been working really hard on trusting that things are as they should be… and I gotta be honest, it’s been challenging for me. But the less I resist, the more I believe this to be true.

⁠⁠If this could help someone you know, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

THIS TOO SHALL PASS (hoodies)

Whatever is causing your pain will pass, even though it may not seem like it. Remember, everything in life passes. It’s just a matter of time.⁣⁣Hoodies come in Indigo Blue (pictured) and Irish Green. A perfect way to comfort your soul during trying times.⁠⁣⁠⁣5% of net proceeds goes to @mentalhealthamerica.

Whatever is causing your pain will pass, even though it may not seem like it. Remember, everything in life passes. It’s just a matter of time.⁣⁣

Hoodies come in Indigo Blue (pictured) and Irish Green. A perfect way to comfort your soul during trying times.⁠⁣⁠⁣

Shop the THIS TOO SHALL PASS hoodies here. 5% of net proceeds goes to Mental Health America.

When it’s still, you can hear your soul

You've probably had some stillness amidst all the chaos over the last year - some quiet time to reflect.⁣⁣Could you hear your soul speaking to you? Telling you what it needs? Reminding you to let go of the things that no longer serve you?⁣⁣I believe one good thing that came out of the pandemic is that it forced us to turn inward.⁣⁣Listen deeper. Follow that inner voice. Let it guide you.⁣⁣If this could help someone you know, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁣#ichoosebeauty #inspirationoftheday #inspirationdaily  #inspirationalwords  #liveinspired #wordsofwisdom #inspirationalquote #wordstoliveby #quotestoinspire #quotesaboutlife #quotesandsayings #quotesforlife #lifequote #lifelesson #motivationquotes #wordsofencouragement #mantra #mantras

You’ve probably had some stillness amidst all the chaos over the last year – some quiet time to reflect.⁣⁣

Could you hear your soul speaking to you? Telling you what it needs? Reminding you to let go of the things that no longer serve you?⁣⁣

I believe one good thing that came out of the pandemic is that it forced us to turn inward.⁣⁣

Listen deeper. Follow that inner voice. Let it guide you.⁣⁣

If this could help someone you know, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁣

Giveaway prints to lift your spirits!

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I’m doing something a little extra with #ichoosebeauty that I hope will bring you light, as many of us continue to face challenges during the pandemic. ⁣⁣

I’m giving away three of these inspirational 5×7 prints each month for the next few months, along with some twine and these cute tiny clothespins to make them easy to hang. You choose the print that speaks to you.

⁣⁣It’s simple to enter the giveaway! Just post a picture (or several) of the beauty you see in your world on Instagram, using the hashtag #ichoosebeauty, and I will do a drawing to choose the winners. Each photo is one entry. ⁣⁣

You can either post at random when you see something or commit to posting every day or once a week… whatever you want.⁣⁣

Or… if you need more guidance, you can go through the official 30-day #ichoosebeauty challenge.

I’m hoping that the practice of looking for beauty in your life will help you feel good, and that when others see your pics, it will lift their spirits, as well. ⁣⁣

And then the bonus is you might win a print along the way. 😀😀⁣⁣

Let me know if you have any questions. ⁣⁣I can’t wait to see the beauty in your life!⁣

My word for the year: Align

My word for the year: Align.⁠⁠For the last five years, I've felt kind of in between versions of myself, if that makes sense. The move to Maui tested me in ways I never imagined, but the hard work I've been doing in therapy keeps bringing me closer and closer to my true self. ⁠⁠I feel more aligned personally and in all other areas of my life than I have before. As I delve deeper this year, I'm focusing on being more intentional so that everything I'm allowing into my life feels right to my core, and aligns with my soul.⁠⁠What word did you choose for 2021? ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #selfkindness #align #inspiringwords #inspiringquote #inspiringthoughts #inspirationalquotestoliveby #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalsayings #inspirationalthought #healingtools #healingyourself #selflovematters #selflovetips #selflovemovement #selfloveadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness

For the last five years, I’ve felt kind of in between versions of myself, if that makes sense. The move to Maui tested me in ways I never imagined, but the hard work I’ve been doing in therapy keeps bringing me closer and closer to my true self. ⁠⁠

I feel more aligned personally and in all other areas of my life than I have before. As I delve deeper this year, I’m focusing on being more intentional so that everything I’m allowing into my life feels right to my core, and aligns with my soul.

⁠⁠What word did you choose for 2021?

Introducing… I Choose Beauty’s new Printable Inspirational Quotes

Introducing... I Choose Beauty’s new Printable Inspirational Quotes!⁣⁣Think of them as a security blanket for 2020, made with the healing power of words.⁣⁣I really wanted to create something that would uplift, comfort, and empower you after so many tumultuous months.⁣⁣And also be:⁣⁣️Affordable (just $5.95 each, even less with the sale!)⁣️Something without the concern of mail delays (simply print at home or at a local printer)⁣️Giftable or keepable - your choice⁣⁣That's how the new printables came to life.⁣⁣They're all from my collection of coping statements that have personally helped me, and that I've shared online with you. These particular quotes seemed more relevant this year, so I thought they'd be perfect to offer as printables so that you can look at them every day.⁣⁣There are 10 designs altogether. Print them, frame them, hang them...⁣⁣Let them be your reminders to hope, persevere, and thrive despite the challenges of 2020.⁣⁣Link to shop is in my bio. 5% of net proceeds goes to @mentalhealthamerica

⁣⁣Think of them as a security blanket for 2020, made with the healing power of words.⁣⁣

I really wanted to create something that would uplift, comfort, and empower you after so many tumultuous months.⁣⁣

And also be:⁣⁣️

  • Affordable (just $5.95 each)
  • ⁣️Something without the concern of mail delays (simply print at home or at a local printer)⁣️
  • Giftable or keepable – your choice⁣⁣

That’s how the new printables came to life.⁣⁣

They’re all from my collection of coping statements that have personally helped me, and that I’ve shared online with you. These particular quotes seemed more relevant this year, so I thought they’d be perfect to offer as printables so that you can look at them every day.⁣⁣

There are 10 designs altogether. Print them, frame them, hang them…⁣⁣

Let them be your reminders to hope, persevere, and thrive despite the challenges of 2020.⁣⁣

Shop the Printables here. 5% of net proceeds goes to Mental Health America

No matter what happens, I will be okay

I thought this was fitting to share right now, while there's so much turmoil in the world. ⁠⁠This coping statement helped me so much several years ago, when I had some stuff going on with my health. It was soothing, brought me a little bit of calm, and helped lower my anxiety level. I hope it does the same for you. ⁠⁠Save this post so you always have it nearby. And if you know someone who could use this inspiration, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #selfkindness #coronaviruspandemic #lifeinthetimeofcornona #covid2020 #inspiringwords #inspiringquote #inspiringthoughts #inspirationalquotestoliveby #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalsayings #inspirationalthought #healingtools #healingyourself #selflovematters #selflovetips #selflovemovement #selfloveadvocate #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthhelp #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthcare #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthcommunity #mentalwellness

I thought this was fitting to share right now, while there’s so much turmoil in the world. ⁠⁠

This coping statement helped me so much several years ago, when I had some stuff going on with my health. It was soothing, brought me a little bit of calm, and helped lower my anxiety level. I hope it does the same for you. ⁠⁠

Save this post so you always have it nearby. And if you know someone who could use this inspiration, share it with them – maybe it’s just what they need to see today.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

What is this teaching me?

When bad things happen in our lives, which they inevitably will for all of us, it's easy to wonder, "Why is this happening to me?"⁠⁠And that's okay.⁠⁠It's absolutely okay to feel your feelings, sit with the pain, process what happened.⁠⁠Rest, feel sorry for yourself, whatever you need to do.⁠⁠Then when things are no longer raw and you're able... ask yourself what the situation is teaching you.⁠⁠There's usually a lesson, something to learn from life's setbacks and tragedies. We are all students on this journey.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #lifelessonslearned #lifelessons101 #lifejourney #lifeteachings #lifeislife #wordstoremember #wordstoinspire #thoughtsinwords #wordsfromtheheart #wordsoflife #wordsofinspiration #wordsofwisdom #lifelesson #wordsofencouragement #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalthoughts #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney

When bad things happen in our lives, which they inevitably will for all of us, it’s easy to wonder, “Why is this happening to me?”

⁠⁠And that’s okay.⁠⁠

It’s absolutely okay to feel your feelings, sit with the pain, process what happened.⁠⁠

Rest, feel sorry for yourself, whatever you need to do.⁠⁠

Then when things are no longer raw and you’re able… ask yourself what the situation is teaching you.⁠⁠

There’s usually a lesson, something to learn from life’s setbacks and tragedies. We are all students on this journey.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Sometimes you have to stand still to move forward

It sounds strange at first, doesn't it? How does standing still move you forward?⁠⁠Think about it like this: When you're caught up in all the rushing around, all the being busy, all the go-go-go... you're basically on auto-pilot, stuck in a never-ending cycle.⁠⁠STOP.⁠⁠Cut out all the noise around you and tune in to your soul. Sit in silence for a few minutes and deeply connect to your heart, your mind, you body.⁣⁠⁠You will feel feelings you're numb to when you're on auto-pilot. You will clearly see things that are blurred during your rapid pace. You will uncover truths you didn't know existed.⁠⁠Only then will you have what you need to move forward.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠#ichoosebeauty #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillnessisreal #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #wordstoremember #wordstoinspire #thoughtsinwords #wordsfromtheheart #wordsoflife #wordsofinspiration #wordsofwisdom #lifelesson #wordsofencouragement #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalthoughts ⁣⁠⁣⁠#listentoyourbody ⁣⁠⁣⁠#listentoyourheart ⁣⁠⁣⁠#listentoyoursoul ⁣⁠⁣⁠#listentoyourself⁠⁠

It sounds strange at first, doesn’t it? How does standing still move you forward?⁠⁠

Think about it like this: When you’re caught up in all the rushing around, all the being busy, all the go-go-go… you’re basically on auto-pilot, stuck in a never-ending cycle.⁠⁠

STOP.⁠⁠

Cut out all the noise around you and tune in to your soul. Sit in silence for a few minutes and deeply connect to your heart, your mind, you body.⁣⁠⁠

You will feel feelings you’re numb to when you’re on auto-pilot. You will clearly see things that are blurred during your rapid pace. You will uncover truths you didn’t know existed.⁠⁠

Only then will you have what you need to move forward.⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠

Feel your feelings

I spent most of my life shoving my feelings down.⁣⁠⁣⁠If I felt sad, I pushed it down. Angry, scared, hurt, traumatized... down the feelings went.⁣⁠⁣⁠Then a few things happened recently that triggered all the shoved-down emotions to bubble up to the surface. They spilled out so hard until my body reacted by getting sick. Pushed to its limits, the vertigo hit.⁣⁠⁣⁠The underlying cause may have been an injury from a decades-old car accident, but what brought my symptoms to the surface was the chaos (and subsequent anxiety) I’d been dealing with over the past 4 years since moving to Maui.⁣⁠⁣⁠And for that I'm grateful.⁣⁠⁣⁠Because if I hadn't been put in a state of mental turmoil, I never would have started the healing process of both my emotional pain and my upper cervical injury.⁣⁠⁣⁠I learned to really feel my feelings, even though it was one of the hardest things I've had to do. And what came out of that work was clarity and a sense of transformation. I still have more to process, but I definitely grew a ton last year.⁣⁠⁣⁠Maybe this speaks to you, too? If so, I encourage you to:⁣⁠⁣⁠Feel your feelings as they happen. Reach down to the ones you've buried. Process them. You will feel a sense of inner peace.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠#ichoosebeauty #mentalillnessawareness #mentalillnessisreal #mentalhealthsupport #mentalhealthtips #mentalhealthisimportant #mentalhealthadvice #mentalhealthjourney #mentalhealthisreal #wordstoremember #wordstoinspire #thoughtsinwords #wordsfromtheheart #wordsoflife #wordsofinspiration #wordsofwisdom #lifelesson #wordsofencouragement #inspirationalmessage #inspirationalthoughts

I spent most of my life shoving my feelings down.⁣⁠⁣⁠

If I felt sad, I pushed it down. Angry, scared, hurt, traumatized… down the feelings went.⁣⁠⁣⁠

Then a few things happened recently that triggered all the shoved-down emotions to bubble up to the surface. They spilled out so hard until my body reacted by getting sick. Pushed to its limits, the vertigo hit.⁣⁠⁣⁠

The underlying cause may have been an injury from a decades-old car accident, but what brought my symptoms to the surface was the chaos (and subsequent anxiety) I’d been dealing with over the past 4 years since moving to Maui.⁣⁠⁣⁠

And for that I’m grateful.⁣⁠⁣⁠

Because if I hadn’t been put in a state of mental turmoil, I never would have started the healing process of both my emotional pain and my upper cervical injury.⁣⁠⁣⁠

I learned to really feel my feelings, even though it was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do. And what came out of that work was clarity and a sense of transformation. I still have more to process, but I definitely grew a ton last year.⁣⁠⁣⁠

Maybe this speaks to you, too? If so, I encourage you to:⁣⁠⁣⁠

Feel your feelings as they happen. Reach down to the ones you’ve buried. Process them. You will feel a sense of inner peace.⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠⁣⁠

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