{Fall} In Love

Last night as I was trying to come up with a play on words involving Fall for my Instagram post (I know, I know… How basic can I get?!) the phrase that kept popping into my head was, “{fall}ing in love.” While I could write a long post about falling in love with someone else, or even falling in love with this adorable dress, I thought that this would be a great time to talk about something so much more important: Falling in love with yourself. This might sound silly, and maybe come across as narcissistic, but hear me out.

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For years, I had trouble accepting who I was as a person, who I was mentally, and what my talents and strengths were. I just didn’t see my value. In the past year, I’ve really started to realize that I am worth so much more than I had been giving myself credit for.

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This big shift in my way of thinking happened because I realized that I wasn’t treating my body with respect, or giving it the care and attention that it needed. From not putting enough food into my body, to the way I dressed. I wasn’t dressing like I cared for myself. I would hide behind big sweatshirts and leggings, trying my hardest to blend into the background and not stand out at all, even if that meant not wearing things that I really wanted to wear.

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Last Autumn, I made a decision to consciously love myself. This meant taking care of my body by giving it the fuel it needs, and by exercising. Loving myself meant working harder to grow as a musician, and to be confident in my talent and training, as well as accepting compliments instead of dismissing them.  It also meant wearing clothes and makeup that help me feel beautiful, and allow me to express myself. Most recently, loving myself has meant being confident enough to run this blog! It has been a long journey, and I’m still working on it, but I am in a much better place mentally, spiritually, and physically than I was a year ago.

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So I encourage you to fall in love with yourself this Fall. It might seem impossible, but it will be one of the wisest decisions you will ever make!

Dress: T.J. Maxx / Shoes: Jack Rogers / Clutch: Marley Lilly / Ring& Bracelet: Pandora 

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