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White Floral Romper and What You Love About YOUrself

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Beauty is completely in the eye of the beholder. And with that being said, I believe that we too, need to believe that we are beautiful in order to truly feel it in our hearts. I know there are plenty of things I wish were different about my body or face… but regardless, those things can’t change but what can change is the way we accept and love ourselves.

What’s one thing you always wish could change about your body but have now come to appreciate?

For me, the first thing that comes to mind are my eyes. I used to be so bummed at the fact they were monolids but now… learning how to do my eye makeup through youtube and stuff, I don’t know how else to do my makeup any other way and with a little TLC, I’ve come to appreciate and love my eyes.

Anyway, super obsessed with this adorable romper! The obsession with rompers continues with this one. Link is below!

 

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Romper is from: Princess Polly (Love this store)

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How to Make a New City Feel Like Home

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The transition to California was definitely a difficult one. Being that it was the first time on my own, I constantly missed Minnesota. I thought for a long time that LA would never feel like home. However, I’m happy to say that it’s finally beginning to feel like it! In this post, I want to share what helped me with the transition in becoming a California transplant but also how to make a new city truly feel like home.

When I first moved to California a year and a half ago, I constantly missed home, my family and quaint-old Minnesota. I fought for a long time to even accept LA as home because I had too much pride in being a Midwesterner. It finally crept up on me one day after a trip to Florida. I was sitting on the airplane thinking, man I’m excited to go home and get some poke! I thought dang, do I really like poke that much? No! It’s because I love having a variety of food all in a 5 mile radius. Which I never even thought twice about until I was looking on yelp for a green juice place.  To my surprise, the closest one was 17miles away!

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As I began reflecting upon why I was so excited to get back to California tho, it soon dawned on me that I was looking forward to coming back not just because of food but really,  because of what all I had going on with my friends. And that’s when it hit me, California felt like home because of the friends I had made. So, for all you new transplants… to make a new city feel like home, really get to know the people and find some really darn good friends because these are the people that become the reason why this new city feels like home. Good luck and happy living!

 

Live simply, love beyoutifully,

ATL

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My family

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My family and I have grown much closer as I’ve gotten older. Especially now that I live in California. I never actually considered myself much of a family person until recently.

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Since my move, I’ve discovered how important family really is and how loved I am by them. When you’re younger, you always think you’re mom is the prettiest and your dad is the strongest of them all. Of course this changes as you grow up and even more so when you butt heads. Unfortunately, this stage lasted for quite some time with my parents and I. We couldn’t see eye to eye to save our fricken lives and the gap between us just seemed to grow even bigger.

For us though, space has really helped, so it’s true that distance makes the heart grow fonder because mine definitely has of them.

We gotta love on them

And now, I can’t believe I’m entering the stage where you look at your parents and realize they’re aging O_O and like sand in an hourglass… i feel like my time with parents is running out. I’ve had several friends who’ve lost their moms and some who are in the process of losing their mums… and my heart hurts for them. So if we’re lucky enough to still have our parents around, let’s give our mums and dads an extra hug and kiss today. <3

 

live simply, love beyoutifully,

ATL

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How to Make a Vision Board

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The idea of a Vision Board was first introduced to me by my brother in a book called The Secret which was later made into a documentary and  featured on Oprah. Ever since then, I’ve had one plastered up on my wall.

What is a Vision Board?

A vision board is basically a board that you can place all your dreams and goals on. They can comprise of pictures and or words that remind you every day of what your goals are.

How do I use my Vision Board?

It’s really important to have your vision board in a place where you can see it every day. This way, you can be reminded of what the big picture is! Once you’re reminded of your goals, it helps you to be more intentional with how you use your time. It just makes you think, oh is this activity helping me to get closer to my goals? If not, what should I do get me closer to my goal of xyz.

How do I make my own Vision Board?

Materials needed: Cork Board, Magazines, Paper, Markers, Srap booking material (optional)

  1. First you’ll need to think about your goals. You can write down a list of what you want to put on your board or think about quotes you want included
  2. Starting flipping through your magazines to see if there are any quotes or pictures that you could cut out and place on your vision board.  
  3. If there’s something you can’t find but really need on your vision board, get creative and whip out those markers and some paper
  4. Start putting it on your board – it’s important to put what you want to focus on most at the center of your board so that your eye zones into it and then all of the smaller priority goals can surround that central goal.

These are the essential things you need to make a vision board. It’s simple but it’s important to really brainstorm what you want the focus of your vision board to be about! So take some time to really think about that and then also, find a friend and maybe you guys can work on it together and make it a date night because it’s so much more fun doing it with a friend! Hope this has been helpful and good luck!

 

Live simply, love beyoutifully

ATL

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5 Tips on How to Live Life For Yourself

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I am struggling between finally living life for me versus living to please my family. While I know it’s a responsibility to care for my aging parents I still can’t help but yearn to live a life dedicated to me. I think though, that at some point we need to let go of our obligations to friends, family, boyfriends or even jobs we might not necessarily care for and finally live the life we’ve always imagined. It takes a great deal of courage to venture out and live life for YOU because while some people might accuse you of being selfish or too egocentric, it is imperative that we forego these thoughts and live for us. Here are a few tips on how to live life for yourself.

1. Know Your Whys

When you know why you’re doing something, it helps to drive all of your actions. If you don’t have a clear understanding of why you want to live for you, it will be pretty easy to be swayed a certain way. So you have to live and breathe why you want to live for you.

2. Create Alliances

Find friends or family members you can confide in and support your cause of living for you. Call on these guys to help remind you on days when it’s difficult and you feel like giving up because even when you don’t believe in yourself, these people will and you need to feed off that energy to keep you going.

3. Take Responsibility

When people blame you for not doing this or that or not living up to your role of whatever, take responsibility for your actions. However, not only will you need to take responsibility for disappointing others but also ensure that you are taking your life into your own hands and are moving closer to your goal of living for you despite disappointing people along the way.

4. Be Okay with The Repercussions

Ensure that you are aware of the repercussions that may occur if you decide to do something. However, not only do you have to be aware, you need to be OK with whatever happens, whether it be burning bridges, bringing disappointment to people you care about.. Etc. It will be tough but you have to be okay with it in order to move forward with living for you.

5. Be Kind To Yourself

You are going to get a ton of backlash for all of your “selfish” decisions. But remember to be kind to yourself through the process. It can be really easy to jump on the bandwagon and believe that you are being selfish living for you. Remember though that you are not because YOU do come first.

There’s going to be a lot of backlash when you decide to live for yourself and the repercussions may be difficult to handle. Trust me, moving to LA was one of the most difficult decisions of my life… but at the end of the day, I really do think your loved ones just want you to be happy. They’re going to try their best to warn you to bring an umbrella. But it’s your choice whether you want to bring an umbrella or dance in the rain… Good luck my loves

 

Live simply, love beyoutifully,

ATL  

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5 Tips on How to Love Yourself More

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Having self compassion can be one of the most difficult things to do, especially after you’ve done something you aren’t proud of. However, I believe self compassion is the core to so many other things. From inner peace, to courage and love… self compassion affects all of who we are. When we love ourselves, it is so much easier to love on others. With Valentine’s Day tomorrow, I thought it would be fitting to talk about the most important person you should love on! YOU. So here are 5 Tips on How to Love Yourself…

1. Know Your Worth

It’s so important to recognize our worth. Brene Brown talks a lot about how the wholehearted can love and be loved because they feel that they are worthy of love and belonging. It’s a simple concept yet very difficult to practice. I know especially for me, it’s tough to love myself after I’ve done wrong. Allow yourself to feel the negativity, but the moment it passes, remind yourself that you are worthy of love and belonging regardless of your shortcomings.

2. Accept Your Faults

This brings me to my next point that we need to accept our faults and move forward. It’s really easy to get caught up in the feelings of shame and disappointment. I experience it all the time and we are all definitely our worst critic. It’s tough to hear others criticize us but I think our inner voices can be so much worse. We need to remember to acknowledge our shortcomings but also let go of those emotions because it’s not going to do us any good to hold onto them.

3. Treat Yourself

Everyone deserves a treat, even ourselves! I think it’s so important to be able to love on you the way you love on others. Reflect on whether you’re treating yourself the way you treat others? If you’re praising others, and putting other people first, shouldn’t we do the same for ourselves? And YES I think we should, so I think it’s perfectly okay to treat yourself to that sweet dessert or that pair of heels you’ve been eyeing at the store.

4. Practice Positive Talk

This is really difficult for me but this is something i’m constantly working on. What I mean by positive talk is yes, thinking positively but also speaking positively and using better more empowering words when we talk to ourselves or others. For example, instead of saying ‘I think I can do this’ change it to ‘I know I can do this’ or, ‘I hope I have a good day’ to ‘I’m going to have a good day’ and ‘I think I look alright today’ to ‘girl, I look fiiiiine!’

5. Do good

Finally the last item I want to touch on in trying to love on ourselves more is being able to love on others. For me personally, I always feel better about myself when I do a good deed or random act of kindness. It always feels good to be able to help in some way for the good of others. So with that,  once you start feeling a little love within yourself, try to give back in some way and I promise you, the love will keep on coming!

Happy loving and happy Valentine’s day beautifuls!

 

Live simply, love beyoutifully

ATL

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5 Reasons it’s Okay Not to Know Who You Are

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Category: Self Acceptance, Self Compassion, The Best You, Authenticity

People are like onions. There are so many layers to our personality that it can be challenging to know who you are. I have a pretty good sense of who I am, but through trial and error, experience and exposure we learn a little more about ourselves.

I believe the experiences that move us outside our comfort zone, are the moments in which we learn the most about ourselves. While I may not fully understand why I might act a certain way, I am now completely aware that there exists within me a random, awkward, completely face-palming worthy girl. And hey, THAT’s OKAY because…

1. Humans are constantly evolving, learning and growing  

I think even in old age, we’ll have a very good sense as to who we are but there might be something that will always make you think, “huh… I never thought about it that way “

2. We can and need to act differently in various situations anyway

Of course you’re going to act completely different at your best friend’s bachelorette party than you are going to act at say a meeting for your internship or job.

3. Knowing your likes/dislikes, strengths/weaknesses is a great start

Even though you might not think you know who you are, recognizing what we like and what we’re good at gives us the beginning sketches of who we are

4. Exploring our values, non-negotiables and passions take time

Knowing what we stand for is truly the essence of understanding who we are and if you don’t know, pick a topic and see what side you take and discover why, ie. abortion

5. We’re still young, it’s hard to know everything

we’re human, we’re not going to know everything.

So the next time you feel like you don’t know who you are, remember that there are plenty of other people out there who are probably experiencing the same thing. So cut yourself some slack and realize these things take time. However, just the fact that you are concerned about wanting to have a deeper understanding of who you are, what you believe in and who you want to be are the first steps in learning more about your beYOUtiful self 😉

simply beYOUtiful,

Anh Thu

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5 things i’ve learned and relearned from Failing miserably

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Category: Self Compassion, Self Acceptance, The Best You

I’m just going to go on the record and say I’ve made countless mistakes and while society is trying to change the negative connotation of “failure,” re-wording it to things like: “an opportunity for growth,” “a lesson to be learned,” etc. — it does NOT make committing the mistake any less awful.

I’ve made plenty of dumb decisions; from my personal life all the way to the other end of the spectrum. However, I’m reminded by the fact that I have learned so much, not only about myself but about life in general throughout this process.

Things I am relearning:

  1. Growth is exponential and while you may be great at something, without continual practice the previously acquired skill could dissipate into thin air.
  1. It’s great to feel like you know what you’re doing but when things get hazy, get off your high horse and ask for help.
  1. Remember, it’s okay to SAY NO.
  1. Chasing after perfection is a great mentality to have, in fact I admire people who continually pursue this state of being. However, remember not to escape reality because perfection doesn’t exist.
  1. At the end of the day, as long as you gained something out of said mistake, then well… it was all kinda worth it right? I hope.

With that, while committing mistakes may not be the most pleasant experience, at least there are some positive outcomes that come from them. If we think hard enough, there will always be a lesson to be learned from our mistakes. And hey, it’s okay to make mistakes.. how do you think Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, right? 🙂

simply beYOUtiful,

Anh Thu

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5 Practices I used to FEEL ALIVE again

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Category: The Best You, Self Acceptance, Spread the Movement

I honestly can’t recall the last time I felt so on top of the world and boy, is it exhilarating.

These past few months have been a huge challenge for me because when you numb one aspect of your life, you can’t help but numb everything. Nothing elicited strong negative or even positive emotions within me, and that in itself is frustrating. You feel lifeless, trapped and the worst thing is: you feel as though it is completely out of your control.

Re-sensitizing my life has been a process within itself. We can’t expect to just wake up one morning and start feeling again. What I learned through the process is: it not only takes commitment but conscious effort in wanting to be you again. if you’re struggling, these are a few things I did and am still practicing daily to help me feel truly alive again.

  1. Stop focusing on the Negatives – as humans, we naturally focus on our opportunities for growth but take a moment and forget about that and realize how good you’ve got it despite those disadvantages.
  1. Be grateful – being thankful for all the things in your life really puts life into perspective. moreover it somehow transforms those significant problems into minor issues (for the moment anyway)
  • ie. Write down one thing you are most grateful for that day
  1. Dedicate some Time in your day to Do the things you Love whether it be blogging, reading, working out, etc. carve out a little chunk of your schedule and do just that!
  1. Create Goals and Action Plans we feel better when we are productive and can quantify the results. figure out what you want (specific goal) and ways in which you can achieve them (step by step action plan to achieve it).
  1. Pray when you have faith that God has your back, all of a sudden, you start feeling like David who manages to beat Goliath with his rocks and pebbles. I know not all of us are religious but, have faith that things happen for a reason because everything has a way of working themselves out.

My life is far from perfect but regardless of those minor imperfections, I am so grateful to be alive and I know I am exactly where I need to be. We are all fighting our own battles but I think we need to start caring and supporting one another because we are beYOUtiful sisters.

simply beYOUtiful,

Anh Thu

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The 5 Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John Izzo

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Category: Authenticity, The Best You, Self Acceptance, Self Compassion, Spread the Movement

I read a book titled The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die written by John Izzo and I could not have asked for a better read in such a pivotal time of my life. The problem was I kept filling my life with toxicity; from negative thoughts to making poor outwardly decisions, they just kept piling up one after the other. However after every offense, what kept me from moving forward was never allowing room for forgiveness.

I think having compassion for yourself can be quite challenging because we constantly doubt ourselves, wondering whether we’ll ever be good enough. There comes a point though, when you must let go of all of that and accept you for who you are and realize imperfections exist but opportunities for improvement are always at hand.

John Izzo says these five secrets to living a full and happy life are no brainers but they are quite profound when we finally actualize them into practice.

  1. Be true to yourself – we are the most happy when we follow our hearts and do what makes our heart sing. so don’t neglect that little voice inside of you, because it knows.
  1. Leave no regrets – don’t turn into that old person sitting on their porch still contemplating their life’s ‘what if’s.’ because happy are they who live a life without wondering what could have happened.
  1. Become love – be compassionate to yourself and to others because it does not serve anyone any good to be toxic but showing love and kindness can change and even save lives.
  1. Live the moment take in each moment as if it could be our last because when we realize how special this moment really is, we become grateful and gratitude is life’s currency.
  1. Give more than you take – research has clearly shown that people are happier when we practice random acts of altruism. There’s just something so powerful about giving back and making the world a better place than we found it.

The author suggests focusing on one secret at a time. So what could you work on in your life? as for for me, I will be living a life full of love and compassion. Best of luck!

simply beYOUtiful,

Anh Thu