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How to be Better than Who You were Yesterday

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Life is constantly changing and I think it’s important to be better than who we were yesterday. And while I believe this whole-heartedly, I feel like I haven’t been one to really live by this as of late.

Therefore, in the midst of thinking about what I wanted to do and get out of this summer, I wrote out a list of what I wanted to work on personally and this is when I realized.. this is the first list I’ve written in a while! So here’s what I wrote out:

  1. Be more present in my conversations
  2. Have more zen in my life
  3. Learn how to use manual mode on my camera
  4. Take more photographs/instastories and post to IG

Summer is only about 3-4 months long, of course it feels like it’s longer here in LA… but is there something you want to work on this summer? Would love to hear what you guys want to improve and work on 🙂

 

 

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

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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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Romper is from Princess Polly! | Similar below!

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3 Reasons Why We Need More Gratitude – Striped Number

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Gratitude makes the world go round… and I think people who are more grateful feel more whole, content and at peace with life. We all go through spurts of positives and negatives. And to say that someone is always positive is completely false because despite the ups, the downs are bound to eventually happen. However, I think gratitude can definitely go a long way, especially at our lowest points because it forces us to focus on what is good. Here are 3 reasons why we should have more gratitude in our lives.

1. IT forces you to see the cup half full

Gratitude forces you to see that you are and have enough in your life. And while it’s important to stay hungry and strive for more. It’s equally as important to appreciate what you already have

2. IT creates more positivity

Being grateful just naturally forces you to be more positive because we’re focused on what is good

3. IT makes you appreciate what you have in life

Appreciating what you have in life is the definition of gratitude and because of it, we’re able to genuinely enjoy and appreciate all that we have.

Remember that love will never fail. Wishing you all a more positive, grateful life <3

 

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Dress is from Princess Polly! | Similar Items below!

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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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OUTFIT DEETS

Romper is from: Princess Polly (Love this store)

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Fun and Free Stuff to do in LA with a Tassled dress

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This floral high low tassle and bell sleeved dress is so cute and comfy. It’s from forever 21 but is currently out of stock 🙁 I did post some similar ones down below.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about how it’s so easy to get into the groove of routines and lose that excitement you get from adventure and spontaneity when you’re trying to save money. Hoan and I are getting married next year (we’re not officially engaged yet) but we’ve started planning for our wedding but because of this, we’re having a lot of open conversations regarding money. With that being said, we are trying our best to save where we can but still have some fun in our lives! My boyfriend Hoan and I wanted to do something fun yet also save money here in LA.

Long story short, we ended up driving down the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) to Dana Point and had a great time! I wanted to research what other fun/free things there were to do in California so here are some great posts on FREE STUFF TO DO IN LA!

Locale Magazine

We Like LA 2016

US.News Travel

…and Movies in the Parks LA!

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4 Tips on How to Have a Successful Relationship

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Hoan and I have been together for 2.5 years. While our relationship is not perfect, we’ve been able to maintain a happy, healthy, successful relationship. Granted we’ve been long distance for the entire duration of our relationship but like any other relationship we have differences that can make things difficult. Despite it we’ve been able to maintain a happy, healthy, successful relationship. 

1. Communication is Key

It’s imperative to be transparent in any relationship but especially a romantic relationship because your significant other needs to know how you feel. If we shut down because we’re put off by something and don’t let our significant other know, that’s going to lead to confusion and frustration and eventually withdrawal of efforts if they don’t see that their prying is making any progress.

2. Compromise

You’re going to have differences every single day but it’s key to know when to pick your battles and know when you can compromise. Not everything is going to go your way because a relationship involves two people with obviously different opinions.

3. Continue to Hold on 

One of the best pieces of advice we ever got was that you should always hold on. And hold on means that whenever you have an issue, one person should always hold on. For example, if you guys are arguing over the phone, don’t hang up if you know there’s more you need to talk through, continue the conversation until you’re both able to feel better about the situation.

4. Your significant other is your number one

Priorities are a huge thing that drives our daily activities. It’s important to make your significant other your number one priority, (of course after God for us). This allows for both people in the relationship to feel certainty and love which is one of our human needs. A lot of times, marriages begin breaking apart because they aren’t receiving the love they need from their spouse and then turn to their children for the love that they yearn for. Eventually, this cycle allows for separation and disconnect.

All of these practices have really helped Hoan and I in our relationship but again, it’s definitely not a guarantee because it’s also important to note that not every person is the right person for you. Regardless, i hope these practices can help you to have a successful relationship! Happy loving

 

 

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Vulnerability is Who I Am at My Core

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Something I’ve realized is that I haven’t been fully vulnerable lately. I’m not quite sure why that is but it could be that I’ve been tapping more into my airy side. The side that enjoys chillin’ and having a good time because I’m in sunny So-Cal.

After writing just these two sentences, I felt a gut-wrenching emotion telling me this doesn’t sound right.  Because I know this isn’t who I am at my core. In this moment of desperation, I looked up at my vision board for some answers. This is actually where I look and refer to to remind myself of who I am, what I want to achieve and I what I value. I inherently knew authenticity and vulnerability had to be somewhere on the fricken board.

And what do you know, front and center with the definitions of who Anh Thu is: “Continue to be authentic and vulnerable.” And that’s when it hit me… I don’t feel like I’ve been myself because I haven’t chosen to be real or very open with many people.  So really, it’s my fault that I haven’t been feeling like myself. Because this is a decision I made but this is also where it ends. 

THoughts

So, who are you at your core? I think it’s important to reflect upon who you are and how it’s being reflected in your daily life because your actions may not necessarily show it. Would be curious to hear your thoughts!

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GREEN with Patience

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It’s always important to have reminders of why you’re doing what you’re doing. Hoan and I are beginning to have many more conversations about what we want of our future. However,  I will say these conversations can be somewhat difficult to have. Getting the life we want is going to take hard work and lots and lots of patience. So if you’re like me and patience is not your friend, we need to remind ourselves WHY and HOW and look at the progress we’ve made thus far. And while the mountain still looks gigantic from where you’re standing, it’s okay because remember that nothing is achieved over night but also that nothing is impossible!

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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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FREE Simply Beyoutiful Workbook is FINALLY here!

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I just want to let you Beautifuls know my FREE workbook is finally available for download! If you’re reading this from the blog, on the righthand side you’ll find a form to enter in your info OR on mobile, scroll to the bottom and you’ll see the form! Once you complete the process, you’ll get an email to the workbook link that you can download! 🙂

This has been such a long, stressful, yet rewarding journey. I never knew creating such content could be so much work. But I’m so happy to present to you a workbook with 5 tips on how to feel beautiful instantly! The workbook is meant for you to work through, and reflect on the things that truly make you feel beautiful. The best part? On the days that you’re not feeling exceptional you can pull out the workbook and remind yourself exactly how to feel fabulous instantly!

Feel Beyoutiful!

Feeling truly beautiful can be a difficult thing, but remember that it’s not all about physical beauty, there are so many other things encompassing that word and what’s most important is figuring out what ‘beautiful’ means to you!

Here at simplybeyoutiful, we believe in the beauty that makes you, YOU! I hope we can support you on the journey to feeling beautiful every single day and living your best life!

 

live simply, love beyoutifully,

ATL