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Loving who we are, with our imperfections and all, is crucial to a happy and healthy life…in my eyes at least. In fact, if you didn’t know, my tagline is even “Loving Who You Are.” And what I mean by this is exactly that—I love human beings for exactly what/who they are. Period. End of story. I feel like I am not one to judge, nitpick, or criticize, as I, myself, have a million-and-one imperfections, and I strive to be loved for exactly who I am too.

While we seem to do so well loving others for who they are, far too often we (especially us women) fall victim to offending the most important person in the world…ourselves!! Negative self-talk runs rampant in most of our heads and truly does define who we are.

The truth is that we are what we SAY we are!! Plain and simple: If we say we are disgusting, unlovable, fat, ugly (ugh..I don’t like using these words…even in a blog), then guess what? We will most likely live into that identity. We will act as someone who is unlovable, unattractive, unhealthy, etc….and before we know it, we will be those things. I believe Gandhi said it best:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

On the very bright side, it is just as easy to be the opposite: Beautiful, lovable, healthy, kind, and compassionate. How? By reminding ourselves every day that we are worthy of being this person! We are all these perfectly imperfect creations of God, sent here to earth to make the most of our time and fulfill our very unique and divine purposes. We must know and believe that we are everything good (because He is our creator) and know that we have been equipped with all we need to fulfill these purposes. While this can be so difficult at times because it’s naturally easy to notice our flaws and imperfections (heck, you catch me doing this on social media every now and then even!), it’s vitally important to our well-being and health.

Studies have actually proven that by including positive affirmations in our daily routines, we can reap the benefits of eventually believing what we are telling ourselves. Don’t believe me? Give it a try. I challenge each of you to do 30 days (unbroken) of positive mirror affirmations. It might seem crazy and a tad uncomfortable, but you will be amazed at how your perception of yourself transforms in just 30 days. And consequently, others’ perceptions of you as well.

Okay…off my soapbox now and onto the fun stuff. It now may come as no surprise why I found myself absolutely obsessed when I learned that Cents of Style created a line of Tribe Inspiration Bangles. Like, literally, I get emotional when I see them all together like this!!! These are all  words we need to be reminded of regularly, and they can only make us happier, more positive, self-loving people. Naturally, I had to get one of each!!! Check out all of the phrases below…

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This post was originally posted August 28, 2015, and since then, my love (and YOUR love) of these bracelets has skyrocketed. I love them and all that they represent. Cents of Style so graciously let me create my OWN line of affirmation bracelets using words and phrases that mean a lot to me: Perfectly Imperfect, Believe, and Rise Up.

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Join our movement by representing what it means to believe, rise up, and embrace your perfectly imperfect self. Life lessons like these are just a piece of what you’ll also find on the TRANSFORM app. 

 

What I’m wearing:

Reebok Do Your Own Thing Muscle Tee (on sale for $19.99!): Click here.

The most amazing Cents of Style sweatpants ever that are no longer available (last year’s), but check out these French Terry Joggers with a super comfy fit (less than $18!): Click here.

Cents of Style Tribe Inspiration Bangles ($9.99 with code POWELL50): Click here.

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For more information on the impact of positive affirmations, check out the following: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-science-of-self-affirmations 

*Originally posted on August 28, 2015*