Think You Love Yourself? Think Again

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I am an ardent advocate of self love. Over the years through the ups and downs of life,  I’ve learned to love myself, place myself first, and really be kind to myself. I am much in love with who I am, and who I can be. Self love is often misunderstood to be selfish, but if we don’t learn to love ourselves, what standards are we setting for others to follow? Every change, every joy in life, begins with our love for ourselves, and the acceptance that we are indeed amazing, and deserve it all.

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The Gratitude Attitude

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In a life filled with chaos and confusion, it’s easy for us to lose sight of our blessings. Often times we let the humdrum and challenges of life, overshadow the joy of living. In practical scenarios, it’s almost impossible to thank goodness that we atleast have a car, when it breaks down in the middle of the road, or be thankful that we have food to eat when the soup tastes like water. How do we then, mindfully remember, the good in life everyday? Keep a gratitude journal!

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15 Signs You’ve Found ‘The One’

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* **Lifeline has a special post today, in collaboration with Candace, from Pocketful of Smiles. Candace and I seem to share a similar mindset about life and relationships, hence this collaboration from two different countries, because the essence of life and its musings are just the same, across the world. Do head to her blog, for snippets on life, relationships and all things positive***

Love is easy they say; relationships aren’t. Well, seems like they haven’t found their right one yet, for that’s not what the right ones make you feel. In a world filled with complex emotions and myriad of people, you’re bound to attract both good and bad, right and wrong. How do you know then, that you’re in love with the right person? More often than not, you just know! Despite the practical world we live in, the emotions we deal with and the battles we fight, our hearts just know when the person we’re with, is the right one. Here are a few more signs that you found the right one.

1. They love you for who you are. They love you with all your imperfections and flaws. They don’t lay conditions for you to be more loved. They understand that you’re human, and bound to be imperfect, or make mistakes. They don’t just love you for your good; they accept your bad and ugly sides too. This way, you feel comfortable to be unapologetically yourself with them.

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Soulmates — Imperfect and Real

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Soulmates. Unlike fairy tales, they don’t come riding on white horses or in princess’ gowns. They’ll enter your life when you least expect it. Sometimes, they’ll be right next to you all along, but it may take ages for you to recognize them. Sometimes you’ll have to kiss a lot of frogs before you reach them, sometimes you won’t.

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Toxic Much? How to Deal With Toxic Relationships

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Like it or not, toxic people do exist, and more often, they exist too close to us, right in our circles; it could be a friend, a colleague, a partner or a family member. Relationships that are supposed to nurture and build you, can sometimes do just the opposite, and bring you down instead.

Surprisingly, a lot of us put up with toxic relationships, because we don’t find a way out, or we don’t realize that we’re stuck in a toxic bind.

How do you recognize toxic people?

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Self Love, and Why It’s Important

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Would you treat a friend, like you treat yourself?

If we could rate the people we are unkind to, we’d be the first to top our own list. “Love yourself”, we often hear, but why is it so difficult to follow such a positive thought?

Kindness, I believe, should begin at home, and let that home, begin with your heart. Our conditioning to be humble, sometimes affects us negatively, when we misunderstand self love for arrogance. We are too shy to take compliments, too humble to applaud our own achievements and too harsh on our mistakes. We fail to recognize the wonderful beings that we are, and are most times looking for reminders from the outside. We’re quick to become our own critic, but we take our time to be our own cheerleaders.

Self love isn’t merely a cool, overused word on the internet. In fact, if anything, I think it’s the most unused element. We get so busy dealing with life, that we forget the first person who needs our attention, our own self! Working out, having a good warm beverage on a cold day, spending time doing what we love, are all forms of self care, but self love goes a step ahead.

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5 Things You Should Stop Telling Yourself

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People are watching. The one concern that’s made many self conscious, to a point where they don’t get to live free. Unlike what you think, people aren’t actually watching as you walk by the pavement or slip and fall off one. People are all too obsessed with their own lives, to be noticing you, unless you actually do something to grab their attention. If you do make a fool of yourself and people do watch, they will forget it in a few minutes. People have too many things in their own life to handle, to be obsessed about yours.

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