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Quality of Life is the Quality of Our Emotions – Rose Romper

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floral romper, princess polly

floral romper, princess polly

rose romper, floral romper

This rose floral pattern is warm and feminine and it reminds me of the emotions we experience in our daily lives. And I truly believe that it’s because of the ray of emotions we feel that life is more beautiful because of it.

It’s important to always feel out our emotions instead of harboring them inside. Like Tony Robbins says, the quality of our lives is the quality of our emotions. Coming from a person who has numbed her way through life at times… life can easily feel gray and meaningless if we allow it. Similar to beauty and color, it’s important to truly feel every ounce of it, even the more difficult things like anger, fear and sadness because it’s in these moments that we truly experience life in all its’ glory. I hope you’re having a rosy Monday and that we truly feel what is on the inside. <3

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Outfit Deets

Romper is from Princess Polly! | Similar below!

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White Floral Romper and What You Love About YOUrself

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floral romper, summer romper

floral romper

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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OUTFIT DEETS

Romper is from: Princess Polly (Love this store)

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An Honest Confession

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i decided to take a little hiatus to regain some clarity in the reason why i began this blog. i originally had high hopes for it and my ultimate goal was wanting to help women all across the world feel simply beautiful. i wasn’t quite sure how i was going to do it… and to be honest, i still don’t… and in the midst of it all, i lost sight of my end goal and i’m so sorry.

i finally decided it was time to take a break after my workbook was released. what came as a huge surprise was when i didn’t feel any excitement in announcing my workbook that i had worked tirelessly to create. it took WEEKS for me to finally announce it on my blog and that in itself was a huge sign. i feel like something with this much  magnitude should have came with much more thrill and yet i felt like it was almost a nuisance for me to talk about it.

i’m unsure where this journey will lead me… but i promise you it’s not over. i just need some time to clear my head and my heart and figure out how and why i’m doing what i’m doing. <3 you guys

 

live simply, love beyoutifully,

ATL

Outfit Deets:

Romper:  ChicWish

Earrings: Charming Charlie’s

Shoes: Similar Kenneth Cole Reaction 

 

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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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3 Ways on How to Overcome Fear

Fear holds us back from doing a lot of things but when you think about it, it’s not fear that’s doing it, it’s ourselves. I’ve been catching a lot of limiting thoughts lately, thoughts of doubt or that I wish I could do this or that and it’s been really paralyzing. I recently started a new job and with any learning curve, it’s challenging at first but as time goes on, practice eventually makes perfect. I’m not sure when that will be and of course perfection doesn’t exist but I’m really hoping it gets close to that. With that, I want to share with you three things I’m reminding myself daily to help me overcome  fear that I hope will also help you.

1. Admit to My Weaknesses

I think the first step in anything is admitting that we fear. Because recognition allows us to say hey, there’s a problem and I need to fix it.

2. Have a Plan

Think about what the end destination is, whether that be achieving a goal or needing to come clean to something. Have a specific plan so you know exactly what you need to do to get there.

3. Ask for Help

This is probably one of the most difficult things for me personally. When it comes to my shortcomings, I have this weird thing about not wanting to put it on blast. So instead, I quietly try to battle it out on my own. However, this is not going to do any good and I don’t know why I do it! If you don’t know how to do something, either get resourceful and find out how or ask an expert for help. Get off your high horse ATL and ask for help! ugh.

Fear meets us every day but remember that we have the choice and the power to overcome anything we set our minds to. We need the right tools and the right attitude to have the courage to overcome fear. They say that courage is not the absence of fear, it’s acting in spite of it and I couldn’t agree more. Good luck!

 

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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The Key To Happiness

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Category: Authenticity, Self Compassion, The Best You

There are so many people out there who constantly strive for happiness and personally I think happiness is but a fleeting moment. Probably because happiness is an emotion. And with any emotion, they can change with a snap of a finger because of its’ volatility. Regardless of its characteristics though, so many people are constantly trying to achieve happiness. I believe the key to happiness starts from within and like with everything else, there are extreme highs and lows.

The Key to Happiness

I find that the older I get, the more I settle into the mold of who I am, which means the more content and comfortable I feel. We’ll know pretty instantly whether something feels right or wrong. However, I believe it gets a little easier over time as we get more exposed to different experiences that test our ability to stay true to who we are. Because as we stay as close to the core of who we are, the happier I believe we will be. Therefore, the key to happiness is being authentic and loving all of who you are, including those less than perfect characteristics!

So love on and be happy!

 

Love simply, love beyoutifully,
ATL

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5 Things I’ve learned through Heartache and Mistakes

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

i’ve made many mistakes in my time, none of which i am proud of but am thankful for the lessons i got out of them. here are some of the nuggets i’ve picked up along the way.

1. be thankful for the life you have and live it fully

i see death knocking on people’s door every single day and am reminded by how fragile life really is. as a person who was coasting through the storm i took so much for granted including my life, saying Jesus could take me today and i really wouldn’t care. i still wouldn’t care if God called me home but what has changed is the appreciation i have for my life.

2. don’t take your loved ones for granted

i had a bad habit of taking my loved ones for granted… thinking they’d always be there for me. but that changed when someone i loved dearly ended up walking out of my life. i understand there is an ending to every beginning but i never imagined the ending would be like this… so cherish those you care about most because you might not have the rest of your life to show your gratitude.

3. faith and religion are two separate things joined together by God

i was struggling with my faith and for a while, wondered where He was. i had many unanswered questions, disagreed with a lot of values taught by my religion and at one point felt like i couldn’t identify with it. i was upset and angry at God; i needed answers but all i was getting was silence. i started drifting away from Him but one day, i finally received the sign i had been waiting for. and now, i am on my journey home with a slightly better understanding of it all. although i still don’t agree with everything the church teaches, i know i’m catholic because of Him.

4. stand your ground when it counts but compromise when you can

relationships are all about give and take. know your values and understand how important they are in your life. i was too unwavering with values i realized weren’t all that important to me which ultimately left me astray. however, that was the other issue… i hadn’t fully recuperated and jumped headfirst into it without fully knowing what i had to offer but more importantly, who i was. which leads me to my final point

5. self compassion is the key to being true to who you are and what you want

that whole cliche about taking care of yourself first so you can take care of others is true to its very core. i neglected my personal needs and in the end realized the only person i was betraying, was myself. take time to recharge, let yourself feel and get to know who you really are again so that you know what your needs are and what you bring to the table.

these are things that have really hit home for me. living authentically is a choice we make every single day but as long as it’s still a conscious choice i make for myself, i know i’ll be a-okay.

 

love simply, love beyoutifully,
Anh Thu