- Alena Elizabeth
•Love Yourself, Unapologetically•
What does self-care mean to you?
"Self-care and self-love, to me, means knowing and understanding the fact that you need care, love, and support, too. It means surrounding yourself with good people, removing negativity from your life -- whether that be social media, a job, or people, and listening to what you need mentally -- and accepting yourself for who you are. It means taking care of yourself and loving yourself, unapologetically. We all have stressors and just go through life too quickly sometimes, so I think it's important to check-in with yourself sometimes and make sure you're putting your energy into things and people that feed your happiness. Self-care means putting yourself first -- which in return helps you take better care of others and the world around you -- and making sure you're doing things that bring you true joy."
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In a world full of negativity + comparison, I’m striving to live my life with the “Stay Positive” mindset! Who’s with me? 🙋🏼♀️✨
✖️You deserve to go after ANY goal you want to achieve in your life, no matter what it is ✊🏼
You don’t need permission or validation from anyone else!!
So if there’s something you’ve wanted to do with your life >>> GO DO IT!
Do it for you! Because you deserve it 😘👊🏼
Late night means Late start to our lazy Sunday📺🛋. Sofa & movie day in full effect.
Week 1 officially out of the way and I’ve managed to push play, go hard for 4 days this week, follow my eating plan to a tee but still kinda feel like a busted can of biscuits. Is it Mother Nature making her way?? Maybe just the change of programs, workouts that has me a tad bloated because my body is adjusting. Yup, I’ll go with that. It happened on my 80 day obsession journey.
Just know, we all stand here and pick ourselves apart at times. Look at all the stuff that’s wrong with us instead of what is right or the small changes you are making.
Today, I’m proud this mom bod has been back in business rocking loose skin and stretch marks all around my belly button but also, having these side cuts in my abs pop out again. Not to mention to strength I have inside to show up daily for me🤗. Now, the only thing to ponder on is to have that much needed “cheat meal” I’ve been craving (🍔🤤) because my plan calls for it if we’d like 😉. #momswithmuscles #momswithmuscles #sundayvibes #lazysunday #healthylifestyle #fitnessjourney #momabs #selflovejourney #strongwomen #stayathomemom #shorthairdontcare #blondehair #cheatmeal #selfiesunday #healthymom #progressnotperfection #mombod
Well hello there...... It is a breathtaking day here on the West Coast. Man, Vancouver Island is paradise and I couldn't feel more grateful living here!
This Sunday is all about slow vibes, being in the moment and enjoying the sh&t out of my life.
Tell me below what you're up today? I want to know!
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27⠀
You and I were created in the image of God—fully feminine, just as God created men fully masculine. It’s time that we embrace our feminine hearts—embrace the women that God created us to be. Remember, you are a masterpiece; every part of you is created wonderfully. His heart for you, the way he sees you, is written all over in scripture and he cannot wait for you to embrace what he says is true. ⠀
Embracing the truth of who we are is not always easy. It can be difficult at first to come to a place where you’re even willing to learn how to understand what God says about you. It takes time. Keep asking God to restore you inside and out. Ask him to help you grasp these truths about yourself. And he will. We just have to ask for his help. ⠀
I encourage you to continue looking through the pages of Scripture to see what else God says about you. It's a journey of discovery like no other. We are in this together, you and I. You’ve got this.⠀
Excerpt from "In His Eyes," Discovering Myself Through God's Eyes: A Journey of Self Love. Join the Journey //LINK IN PROFILE//.⠀
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There are times we have to take risks. Many times we ignore them in order to stay safe. Each time we do, we stifle the voice of our soul.
It’s really easy to get caught up worrying about what people think of us. It’s hard to keep speaking your truth when you are misunderstood or even when some people just don’t like what you have to say.
What I come back to over and over again is that I have to live with myself. Anytime I try to be more like someone else because they are more likable I kill myself a little. That might sound dramatic, but it’s not. There is tremendous pain to be healed when you have abandoned yourself.
If that’s your journey than your biggest job is to continue to honor yourself regardless what anyone else thinks or says about you. It’s your life, your conscience, and your legacy.
Self care in a green slimey lush bath.
Been struggling recently with pain and exhaustion which is made worse by the heat, oh and my chronic fatigue
For those of us 🙋♀️ who use WAY too much of our psychic energy considering others, mapping out how others feel, determining where we fit in, and assessing other’s impression of us, it’s fucking exhausting. ✨
A significant reason WHY I absolutely adore being alone is because being around others is so incredibly draining. My mind runs wild with attempts to figure out WHY others are acting the way they are. And inevitably, it boils down to this: what do they think of me?
I have been actively trying to derail this whole train wreck by first understanding that I am WORTHY of being ME no matter what people think.
But secondly, writing a new narrative & asking, instead: what do I think of me?
Am I living a life aligned with my values, beliefs and principles? Am I allowing myself to be present for all the beauty in this world? Am I doing whatever I can to be a better person each and every day?
Sitting down for 5 minutes everyday with this journal exercise is awakening a new perspective. One with gratitude, excitement &, most importantly, self-love. 💛
Meditating on all that was and all that is. We find our strength a little more everyday in self-love. .
I am wearing this sweatshirt with purpose. Announcement will be made in my story to KIT.
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My kinda Sunday morning ☀️ quiet time with my love, cup of peppermint tea, my book and the hippos at my feet.
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs & building our wings on the way down.” ✨ Take me back to Ireland. Please & thanks.
I’m just gonna say the thing that as a woman you’re not supposed to say.
My husband saved me.
I believe in owning your power as a feminine being and for taking responsibility for yourself/life/actions/emotions.
I believe that women have the choice of being independent and not having to rely on a man if they don’t want to (or you can and that’s cool too)
I believe fairy tales have created this skewed version of reality in which women believe that only a man can save them from all of their problems.
And even though I believe in all of these things, I still feel in my heart that my husband saved me.
When he came back into my life, I was in a really dark place. My life was filled with chaos and trauma.
He showed me what it’s like to be loved unconditionally.
He showed me that it’s ok to just be myself.
He showed me that it’s safe to love and that men are good.
He taught me to trust and to let my guard down.
He taught me to not take life so seriously, to have fun, to laugh and to be confident in who I am.
He’s been my biggest teacher in showing me what real authentic love looks like.
He’s a clean pure vessel in reflecting love back to me.
He brought me back to life.
Him loving me the way he does has given me the courage to start my own healing journey. Because I wanted to be better for him, for myself and for us.
I wanted to be able to love him from a clean place just like he was modeling for me.
If it wasn’t for him I believe my life would have taken a much darker turn.
So while I feel it goes against so many things I believe in as a woman, it’s my truth.
Sometimes a person is meant to come into your life to show you what’s possible and that person for me was my husband.
“Empowerment” 55 x 75 cm .
The watercolor painting of energy horses from the dream journey and here is also my Soul's message of empowerment! Enjoy! "The Soul
Longing for experience
Seeking for expression
It is time to move forward
It is time to go beyond
All of Yourself
Here and now
Reveal One's truest nature!"
We went out for an easy lunch and got some delicious bowls😋
Had all of mine, and I regret noting😎 hahah feels gooood! Not gonna lie, having food I don’t know all the ingredients to is difficult. Like for so many years I’ve worried about whether for example oil had been added to anything I ate, and, if yes, how much. I still do, but I also worry less. Oil or no oil in one meal, why should I care? I look at everyone else not caring, I remember how I used to not care, and I want to be like that again. That was much nicer haha. Life is too short to spend time worrying about ingredients or calories. I try to practice that, and it is getting easier💪🙌
Hope you are having a joyful Sunday!😘
Looking back at the last week, were you your #1
priority? Were you 2nd, 3rd, or at the bottom of the list? Take a moment to schedule time that’s just for you this week, guilt free. When we don’t schedule that time our body finds a way to sneak it in by sleeping in, killing our motivation, or getting sick so we finally slow down and rest. We have work scheduled, appointments, friends and family time, but do we have time scheduled for ourselves? If you’re surrounded by people that are just looking out for themselves, use it as an opportunity to stop being mad about it and start taking a hint. You are worthy of your own time and attention. Keep some for yourself. Stop settling for crumbs when you deserve the whole cake. 🍰
Can you make a date with yourself this week? What does that look like? 💜
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IVE BEEN WORKING ON SOMETHING 😍 because Nutrition doesn’t have to be so complicated.
I get it, there’s a thousand different approaches and it’s hard to figure out what is best for our bodies. 🤔 The good thing is, that confusion is temporary as you go through your journey and start to have fun with it. 💃🏻
The hardest part is starting to figure it all out but it’s also exciting to learn what your body needs and thrives off of. ⏱Give it time and do some research📚
For me, I started by doing a portion control approach 3 years ago. 🥗This helped me control my portions and really get educated on different food groups/macros.
Now, I use an even simpler method that has been amazing for my lifestyle. It’s all about simple principles that you can incorporate ANYWHERE and it’s been my saving grace during summer🌴events!
I love it so much that I am going to be going through a certification to become a certified mentor! I am so excited to get even more knowledgeable & be able to help my clients 👯♀️the best way I can.
My BIGGEST struggle during my own journey has been nutrition, hands down and it has been their #1
struggle as well. As someone who has been through it, I feel confident now in sharing the strategies and mindset shifts that have changed everything for me.
This is a HUGE DEAL and I’m so excited for what is to come! 💗 It’s all about being a student. 👩🏻💻ALWAYS.
No matter where you are in life, always keep learning and growing.
(📸photo by: @katilynturnerphotography
...and that’s a wrap week☝️! Leg day was scheduled for Friday, then moved to Saturday and eventually happened today. I love that this program allows for flexibility - especially with the busy, chaotic and unexpected life we live day in and day out.
Workouts on only 4 days a week, with 3 rest and recovery days built in - win! Watch out week✌🏻, we are coming for you! It’s not too late to join us - drop a comment👇🏻if you are ready to become stronger, leaner and more confident!
#beautymeetsbeast #strongerthanyesterday #buildyourbody #hiitworkouts
✨Weekend vibes, babes!! ✨⠀
This week, what are you REALLY ready for?? Are you ready for some personal growth?? Are you ready for life to test whether you are fully committed? 🔥😉⠀
Doing personal development is amazing for this because it allows us to recognize what the we are actually READY for, and what still scares us! 😁🙌⠀
Keeping killing it this next week, and you’ll be ready for ANYTHING!! 💖💖💖
Brought my Nutpods on vacation with me! No sugar ✔ Dairy & soy free ✔ Gluten free ✔ .
I'm now one of THOSE people that bring my own creamer to places! Small changes for BIG OUTCOMES!
Wake up, go to work, come home, watch TV, go to bed, & repeat.
Anyone get the feeling that there's more to life than just waiting for the weekend?
Follow along to join the journey!
Sundays are my days to recharge and this one is no exception.
Last week was rough to say the least.
I was totally overwhelmed on Monday as I paid bills. Then Tuesday we found out my dog was sick and his quality of life would never truly improve. Wednesday my husband left for three weeks and I couldn’t watch my puppy dog suffer any longer so we decided to send him home 😢
Thursday, I didn’t realize how much I’d truly miss him and I’ve been struggling since then.
I’m emotionally exhausted and just need to reset.
I went to church this morning and was so consumed by emotions that I cried through most of the service.
I came home and journaled through this feeling of overwhelm. I lived in this feeling for years and so it’s comfortable to me, but my higher self is begging to emerge and it’s what I want, too.
But, I feel guilty for putting my dog down. I feel like I should have been able to do more. I feel like I didn’t love him enough. I feel he was my responsibility and I failed him. •
I know these are not truths. I know he is in a better place, but it hurts to not see his handsome face around the house. It hurts to watch my kids and other dog be sadden by his absence. •
Instead of wallowing in this feeling, I’m making the choice now to be present. To choose happiness and joy. To appreciate all I learned from my dog and how unending his love really was. I’m choosing to live in today- not the past of the future, TODAY!! #overjoyedmom #milso #momlife
This goes for ourself and others. Some kindness can go a loooong way ❤️ Graphic by @jenbpeters
Not wearing a bra to brunch, that’s my Sunday! Let us know what your ideal Sunday is like: 👙 bra on or 🙅♀️ bra off?⠀
As much as my account is about beauty ‘for you’, I’m taking some time to acknowledge the beauty around me.
I’m enjoying the social silence a lot more recently; meaning I’m enjoying sitting outside and listening to the wind whistling through the trees, the birds singing and the low hum of the cars in the distance.
I’m enjoying driving and just silence in the car, watching the cars and people around me acknowledging the life that exists past me.
Things haven’t been easy lately, but I’ve thrown the “poor me, life is so cruel” attitude out the window. I acknowledge the pain, but I don’t live with it anymore. It’s not apart of me and I certainly will not let it define me anymore. .
I’m happier making a conscious effort to make things around me beautiful. To make myself feel beautiful and loved and to create an environment around me that I just want to sit and bask in.
It doesn’t come easy, I have to put in the work to get the rewards, I have to be very aware, I have to think a little more and I have to be a little more selfish - for my own well-being.
Clearly with age wisdom does gradually follow. As I enter my late(r) twenties I’m letting go of being a victim in my own life. Things only have power if we give it to them and right now, I want to sit, silently, mindfully and appreciate that I am here. I am alive and I am okay.
I hope you can too 💖 be your own hero 🧚🏻♀️
💫"You are already that which you seek" 💫
A little humor for this Sunday morning because let’s be real, I have an 8 hour drive home ahead of me so Spark had to happen stat 😂
#Spark #Energy #Happy
WEEK 1 is DONE ✅ + I feel like such a weakling 😂 but I know I am challenging my body in new ways, since plateauing + remaining the same is NOT an option for me!
Yesterday was legs aka my favorite because it’s not only the biggest muscle group which = more post workout calories burned BUTT (see what I did there) it’s the strongest part of my body + I’ve worked really freakin hard for it🙌🏻
I get so easily caught up in my “abs” + I have shared my struggle with digestive issues + lower belly insecurity + although gut health is super important to me, my body deserves to be respected + recognized for ALL its hard work!
Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, be a lean mean fighting machine or just sustain your current weight- we have TONS of programs for YOU!
I don’t have to pay an extra fee, or wait for a class to open up to try something new, challenge my body, or get my endorphins pumping because my virtual gym is just like 1) personal training session 2) group fitness class 3) solo gym session AKA whatever I feel like doing for the month, or day 😂
I’m all about consistency, starting + finishing one program @ a time, + no matter what my schedule looks like or where I am (SO MUCH TRAVELING COMING UP) I don’t have to miss a single day🙌🏻
Flexibility is better than FOMO in my personal opinion, so imma keep doing what has worked for me when nothing else has! Feel free to join me 💁♀️ or don’t 🤷🏼♀️ it’s YOUR health, I’m just here to share my journey, empower others + always strive for the best version of me!