Mirror Mantras

Mirror Mantras are a moment to truly connect with yourself and start each day loving yourself and loving the life you lead. It may feel silly and super cheesy at first (I'm still practicing!) but over time it will build your confidence and improve how you interact with yourself and the world. Say a simple mantra to yourself when you're getting ready or on your way out the door, as if you're talking to your best friend or a child, a mini you even. I bet you're talking now with a change in tone, more care and attention, ...and that's how it should be. You deserve that love and TLC. Saying nice things to yourself can't be that hard right? Eeep. Let's give it a try. Start off in the morning and gradually add on more mirror moments throughout your day. Here are some positive self-talk mantras and affirmations that will get you thinking more positively about your body, your creativity, your anxiety and shift your thoughts away from perfection to empowerment.

 
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Body

In times when we do not feel great in our own bodies we are quick to jump to negative self-talk where we pin point our flaws or fixate on our imperfections and illnesses. Instead remind yourself how grateful you are for how your body supports you and enables you to do so much.

Stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eyes and tell yourself one specific thing about you that you love and then say,

"I am beautiful. I am strong. I am worthy. I appreciate my body and myself."

 
 
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Creativity

Before you embark on the joys of the day affirm with a strong, positive statement that something is already so. These are powerful words to truly connect with yourself, to remind you how competent and capable you are, that you are a creative being, and how your creative journey is like making art itself, it is about the process not the product.

"I am calm, confident and creative. As I create and listen, I will flourish and be led."

 
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Anxiety

Rather than worry about all the things you need to get done in the day ask yourself, "What can I do to make me happy today?" Be intentional. The day can easily pass by without really fulfilling us, or can be dampened by a unsettled mood. If you are are ever feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious simply say:

"As anxiety visits me I can breathe it all away."

"I will not let fear and worry control me. I will take time to recognise the beauty around me, and live in the present moment."

 
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Perfection

Lastly, leave the house with the knowledge you are going to have a good day. It does not need to be perfect, you may not get everything done and things will pop up. That is the magic of a new day! It may even turn out to be a pretty shitty day, who knows? But you are going to make the most of it, make it great, take one step closer to your goals, because you have the power to create happiness. Ask yourself, "What is the best decision I can make today?" and then say,

"I am powerful. We make progress not perfection."

"I am imperfect and yet my imperfections, like any great work of art, are what make me a masterpiece!"


{ Skirt - Glassons, Top - H&M, Necklace - COS }

 
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Location: Nice, France

 

 

4 Steps to Discovering Yourself

 

Perhaps it's the half way point of the year or you're on the merge of a quarter life crisis, you want to make your next move or something BIG has just happened that has sparked a reassessment of yourself. Whatever it may be, or if it's all of the above (πŸ™‹πŸ»it me), finding yourself and reflecting on you as a whole, holistic being shouldn't be a scary thought. In fact take it as an bright opportunity to ensure you are being the best you, being true to yourself and making the most of your days. 

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Make light of misfortune

  1. What inspires me are individuals who take a point of trouble, turmoil, even tragedy and turn this around. If our life was full of ease and happy moments would our life be full and one of adventure and discovery? The troubling times in our life make the greatest moments so much more special and magical, because we actually had to live through it, to work for it, we had to try and fail before we were rewarded. When we face a hurdle, are we going to let it ruin us or are we going to embrace it, experience the trough to allow for a peak and see how it may be in fact be a wondrous opportunity of learning and discovery.

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Accepting yourself

2. Being true to yourself means abandoning this romanticised image of you. It means reflecting about your past, how you grew up, what you may have chose to hide or repress, the darkness within ourselves. It also means accepting not only the emotional realities but accepting ourselves physically - the skin that we are in. Sometimes that means seeking help, chatting to an honest friend, breaking down barriers and resolving those issues with that person, or perhaps even seeking professional advice - totally opening up to experts who can listen to you without judgement. If we live a life overwhelmed or ignoring our insecurities, the light of our authentic self will not shine; and its that light that draws in every new person, each experience, and opportunity that aligns with our true fulfilment.

 
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Finding the core of you

3. I believe a major factor in our lack of happiness is that fact that we do not chose to be happy. It's a choice, and you are responsible for it. Sometimes however we struggle to figure out or understand what truly brings us joy. We focus on what others want of us, or what society says is responsible and right. We get stuck in autopilot, going about our day to day and our busy lifestyles that we forget to make time for pure play. What did you enjoy doing as a child? If you could spend a day exactly as you wished - how would you spend it? Now, prioritise this. No one else can do this for you, except you. Go and play! What a glorious invitation to send and receive. Spin around in a field of palm trees. It's great, take it from me. 

 
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Relying on yourself

4. As you are responsible for your own happiness you are also responsible for yourself and the paths you take. You can get as much advice, ideas and opinions from your pals or your family as you like, perhaps about the colour of the swimmers or the venue for your birthday ...but essentially you will not discover yourself unless you build the self-confidence and self-reliance to make your own decisions. Start trusting your own judgement and your gut. Build that muscle by using it again and again, and you will find your self-confidence and self-reliance grow and grow. You may make mistakes along the way, but the greater mistake will be sitting there in stagnation. Relying on yourself means taking responsibility for those life admin tasks always left on the bottom of your to-do list. If you dreaming about that apartment with ceiling to floor windows, cascading with natural light, that vase full of flowers in your art studio space where you work, and your next overseas trip it will not magically appear. You need to take responsibility for it; budget, save and plan for it.

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{ Scalloped Swimsuit ~ HM, Sandals ~ Birkenstocks }

Sydney Nature Walk

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

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Sphinx Memorial to Bobbin Head loop track

Not too far from home and yet undiscovered. I wish I trailed here earlier. 

We started at Warrimoo track (3.5km, 1.5 hr) following the waters-edge of Cowan Creek. The trail joined the Sphinx Track (1.5 km, half an hr) and then looped back via the Bobbin Head Trail (3.5km, 1 hr). 

Native flowers, fresh air and a sticky body. It was a good day.


{ Bralette - Calvin Klein, Shorts - Zara, Shoes - Nike }

 
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