Vincent Van Gogh said it best when he said:
“If you hear a voice within you say 'You Cannot Paint,' then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced."
Too often we let our inner critic decide what we can and can't do in life. This is often why we don't even try the very things we desire.
Remember your inner critic is trying to keep you safe from experiencing failure however unknowingly it is also keeping you from experiencing the joys of success as well as the lessons from failure.
Your inner critic is not to be hated or despised but to be viewed from compassionate place.
When you hear that voice, be compassionate towards that voice and then go out and do the thing it says you cannot do.
This is how you be daring and take risks in life.
Challenge yourself to see if you really cannot paint because maybe, just maybe you can!!!
You might not be the next Van Gogh but you can paint and experience the joys that come with it.
So when that voice says "You Cannot xyz," then by all means do XYZ and that voice will be silenced even if only for a minute.
Remember you are ultimately in control of your life and you have a choice to either listen to that voice or to REBEL.
The choice is yours, so choose wisely because in the end......
I would rather rebel and live knowing that I tried the things I wanted to, instead of wondering "what if" I would've tried this or that.
What about you?
#bebrave #courageous #takerisks #yourebraveenough #womenrising #encourageyourself #believeinyourself #tryit #braveenough #riseabove
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~ Steve Maraboli
My life has not been easy. Not by a long shot. I’ve had people fuck me up so badly that I’ve completely shut down anyone who tried to help me.
I didn’t talk about my feelings, pushed people away. Kept people at arms length so as not to be hurt again.
I became so strong that nothing was going to hurt me again. “I got this,” has been my manta! “I don’t need you or your help.” “I can do it myself.”
I spent so much of my life building impenetrable walls to keep out the pain and hurt. But all my walls have done have been to keep me from living the life I’m meant to live. The hurt, the pain, the betrayal, the anguish....it was all to get me to where I am right now!
It is still hard for me to accept help from people. I still deal with unworthiness issues around that!
But I also am learning to receive that help with the grace and love that is my divine right!
The walls have slowly been coming down. I’m learning to trust and be vulnerable. And when I live into that, my life is richly blessed!
• Brucia di più che cosa? La menzogna o la verità? Hai paura che io non ti ami?
Per questo hai paura di amarmi? Da piccolo avevo paura che il cielo mi cadesse sulla testa, ma non per questo ho scelto di smettere di guardarlo.
Ogni scelta comporta una rinuncia e chi non sa a cosa rinunciare probabilmente o non sceglierà mai niente, facendo scegliere gli altri al posto suo, o farà scelte che non costano fatica.
Le scelte che non costano fatica sono prive d'amore.
L'amore senza le sue gambe resta nelle parole. Posso risparmiare sulla luce, ma mai sull'amore, perché non so spegnere tutte le stelle che ho dentro.
Sono innumerevoli i danni che fa la prudenza.
Il cervello innesca un meccanismo che scatta sempre nel medesimo punto, quando si deve scegliere di rischiare. Forse lo sai anche tu che chi ama troppo non vive a lungo. Ma quando hai provato l'attimo che ti conduce all'eternità, non ti accontenti dei paradisi artificiali a lungo termine •
"I stare at my reflection in the mirror
Why am I doing this to myself?
Losing my mind on a tiny error,
I nearly left the real me on the shelf
No, no, no, no
Don't lose who you are, in the blur of the stars
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay
Sometimes it's hard, to follow your heart
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are"
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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear...... or is it doing all the adulting during the day and relaxing while enjoying a glass of red wine by the Christmas tree with your hubby🙃
I let go of a lot of myself. Over the last 4 years, I have sacrificed a lot of who I am to make other people happy. Now, don’t get me wrong, I made that choice...and frankly I wasn’t the best me before I did all that anyway. But now? I’m drawing a line through that old life. Fresh starts are amazing. And the best part? You can give yourself one any time you want. I’m bringing back the parts of me I miss, and I’m creating all new parts. And all of it gives me the most giddy feeling I have ever had. This is what falling in love is supposed to feel like. And I’m falling in love with myself which makes this the best adventure yet. 😉😘 #RecoveryYear #DayEightyFour #TheBadassIsBack #BeBrave #BeBold #BeYou #LiveLife #LoveLife #LoveYourself #StayWeird #ShineOn #BeFuckingBrilliant
"...“What?” she said. “The moon!” I said. “Look at the moon!” I pointed out the window to the moon which had side-slipped off to the right, behind the tree line. “Just wait,” I said. “You’ll see.” When it finally appeared again, it seemed half the size as when I’d first spotted it. But she was at an age where she could still be delighted, even by an average looking moon. Such is the nature of eleven—that delicate, median hovering age—when a girl can be both child and woman; take pleasure from magical kingdoms as well as summer evenings. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “I wish you could’ve seen it when we came over that hill,” I said. “Here,” I said, “try and get a picture.” I tossed my phone into her lap. “I can get closer,” I said speeding up. I whipped around the corners, no longer wary of deer in the road, or mindful of the road at all. Instead, I looked up, navigated by the stars, the tree line, like a captain gone mad. “If I can just..."
Excerpts from Kelly Fig Smith's piece, "Paper Moon" featured in our current issue.
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Sometimes you feel like shit but its Always going to be good at the end of the day #bebrave #behappy
The 7th Continent ~ Antarctica 🇦🇶 .
Several years ago I set the goal to reach all 7 continents within 5 years and I’m so humbled and proud to say I have reached the goal 3 years early!! As many of you know, this trip to Antarctica just came about in October so I didn’t have a lot of time to plan but I had this flag made to carry with me around Antarctica and include it in photographs in different areas.
The first 2 photos are on the continent of Antarctica 🇦🇶 near the Argentinian Brown research center. The first one was just after I first stepped foot on the continent and I was overwhelmed with happiness and was so humbled to be there! I don’t normally get emotional about traveling to new places but this was different. The next 2 are on the vessel as we made our way through the very cold and frozen Southern Ocean along the coast of Antarctica. The last one was taken while snowshoeing amongst a penguin colony. ~ I’m so humbled to have experienced this continent! .
This flag has now become very special to me (although it smells like the penguin colony and if you know the smell you know that’s not a good thing!) .
#bucketlist #beautifuldestinations #traveltheworld
Tomorrow is International Human Rights Day and International Women’s Day. Make sure to drop by the studio for a Free trial session, from 9am-10am. #TruekravNamibia #Human
Well first photo with Santa went just as planned 🤣😂🎄🎅🏻
Parker (age 7) wanted to run with me today. ❤️ We did the first two miles together and then I did the last two miles solo. There were definitely moments he wanted to quit but he pushed through and I'm so proud of my little guy. .
Running is such a fun way to spend time together and for me to speak encouragement over him. I've always been afraid of passing my struggles with food, self-confidence and weight onto my kids. Like many things, that middle ground is hard to find between control and unrestricted freedom but I've figured out that my kids are far more influenced by what I'm doing than what I'm saying.
That's plenty of motivation to make healthy choices every day in what I say, how I eat and how much I move! I want to model for my boys what it means to be healthy physically and emotionally, value myself, practice moderation and live in fearless freedom. I mess up so often but days like today are good motivation to keep fighting the good fight. 👍🙌🤗
Living life on the edge, literally🤭
Let’s not talk about how far down the drop is to the left of me, but let’s talk taking risks!
Taking risks in life means getting uncomfortable and facing your fears. Learning to overcome them can be the hardest part especially when your mind is telling you you can’t or you feel like your not ready. But guess what? The time is now so what are you waiting for?
Taking risks means believing in yourself and having the courage to take a leap of faith.
There is nothing worse than missing out on an opportunity that could have changed your life. Then your left wondering “what if?” Be fearless, be courageous & get uncomfortable 👊🏻
Your dreams aren’t going to just come to you, you have to go chase them ✨
Sometimes the only thing holding us back from potentially getting everything we want is ourselves. We create the fear inside our own minds most of the time. People care about one another sure, but they care about themselves more - JUST DO YOU #designyourlifex
"Você pode tomar tudo que eu tenho. Pode quebrar tudo que sou. Eu me erguerei do chão como um arranha-ceus." Essa música é muito linda! Sempre que a ouço, imagino o tanto de sofrimento pelo qual a Demi Lovato deve ter passado para produzir algo tão belo e "raw". #bestrong #bebrave #bekind #begood #skyscraper
We have a saying in our family, “Don’t let fear keep you from doing something awesome.”. 👊🏽 Look closely at the photo above. In the middle, you’ll see Cooper on that podium standing in front of roughly 75 Carmel Symphony Orchestra musicians, 150 singers from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and just under 1,000 audience members, in one of the finest concert halls in the world.
When Coop found out that he had the chance to conduct the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, he could have said, “No, I’m too scared. I would be embarrassed.” But he didn’t. Instead he said, “Cool!”. Too often, I see people miss out on great opportunities because they are scared.
Scared that people will judge them.
Scared that people will laugh at them.
Scared that people will talk behind their back.
Scared of trying something they’ve never done before.
Scared of failing.
Scared of succeeding. (Yep, it’s a real thing.) Was Cooper scared to get up there? Of course he was nervous, but he channeled those nerves into preparation. He had a quick conducting lesson with Maestra Janna Hymes, the powerful Artistic Director and Conductor of the CSO. He was able to rehearse the full music with the orchestra. At home, he’s been rehearsing and studying YouTube videos of other conductors and orchestras performing his song.
And today? Today, Cooper Grabow walked out on that stage, shook the hand of the Concertmaster, and got to work. Together, Cooper and the CSO sounded glorious. They hit all of the right cues and the orchestra members were incredibly supportive of Cooper’s debut.🎻 At the end, when Coop took his bow, my eyes were filled with tears. I know just how much courage and determination it took to put himself out there like that, to be vulnerable and help create music in front of a concert hall full of people who were ALL looking at him. And, I teared up because I’m his mom.
My friends, be brave, because all of the good stuff in life is on the other side of your fear. ❤️ Thanks to Patricia Pickett for taking this magnificent photo.
#BeBrave #ShineYourLight #13YearsOld #symphony #music #christmasmusic
Snowed in here ❄️ played our hearts out this morning ☃️ Now time to get some WORK done!
Starting DECEMBER 12th we are going to host a FREE 12 Days of Fitmas challenge with DAILY gifts and giveaways! 🎁
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Second Advent 💫🎅🏻 Hope you have a wonderful sunday (ignoring the weather 😉)
So I made an important decision for myself today. Someone told me that when in your life is chaos: Imagine you stand on a mountain. You don‘t like it there. You wanna be on another mountain. It‘s supposed to be nicer there and close to your dreams. You can see it. But: you can‘t jump from the one to the other one. You first have to walk down. Maybe it takes time. You have to walk all the way down, keep walking through the valley and to climb the other one. Let‘s call it the ‚Mountain of your dreams‘. It also takes time, courage and strength. Is it worth it? Isn‘t it easier do stay on the mountain where you are right now? It‘s not so high, mediocre, kind of comfort zone? You are used to it. And you are afraid of letting go.
I think it‘s time to leave the mountain and head towards the other one. That‘s my challenge. And I start it now! Think big! Go for your dreams! 💪💪💪 .
#bebrave #goforwhatmakesyouhappy #believeinyourself #motivation #inspiration #zweiteradvent #lifestyle #trends
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"Vivere lontano da casa non è per tutti. Devi avere un cuore grande, grande a sufficienza per far da valigia a tutto ciò che lasci: gioie e dolori, amici e amori. Questo bagaglio cardiaco che batte anche quando tocchi un suolo che non ti appartiene o quando sei steso su un materasso che non ha la tua forma e un cuscino scomodo, e guardi il soffitto chiedendoti dove stai andando. Amici che non sono i tuoi, una città che non è tua. Devi avere un cuore grande, così grande da far spazio a cose nuove. Un cuore che a volte temi che altri si siano scordati, perché il presente ha preso il sopravvento nelle loro vite. Un cuore grande, ma non troppo forte. Allora è lì che si ferma un attimo. Va in arresto, ti confonde e non sa più chi sei. Così ti stendi sul materasso che ora ha subito un po' il tuo peso, e il cuscino è più molle da una parte. E ti chiedi chi stai diventando più che dove stai andando. Perché quando parti, più che muoverti verso una destinazione, vai verso un destino, il tuo."
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