3 of 3 on canvas panel (No piece was made exactly the same)
A new short series I’ve become very found of. Majority of these pieces are reflecting upon myself. Built with my characteristics.
9x12 inch canvas panel.
Made with acrylic and leather paint. #makingofparadise#art#selfconfidence
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Excerpt from my latest blog article below, read the rest on mymidlifemuddles.blogspot.com - Thoughts have been my friends and my enemies lately. They are the necessary mechanism for my creativity to flourish and I have yet to allow myself to fully immerse myself in them, for to find enough distraction free time for that process still seems an elusive commodity- but it is early days. Those same early days have allowed thoughts in that start to sow the seeds of anxiety and self-doubt. When given any chance to do so they grow into emotional and sometimes irrational seedlings that need cutting down before they take root. There have been a few days when they have done their best to do so. I can picture them as I write, within a tray in a gardener’s potting shed with their labels neatly scribed upon them “this is a farce,” and “what are you actually doing” being the main plant names. So far though, I am managing them, as my cousin, who is a horticulturist, once advised - the best thing is to do a little of something in the garden every day. So I’m tending my mind garden!
Affecting our own energy is a wonderful way to pave the path to greater
Self Love. .
And we can do just that with the words we say to ourselves.
By tapping into our energy centres.
Addressing your own personal energy,
The stuff that powers You,
Gives you your mojo,
with daily Affirmations can see you move from wishing to fulfilling. .
And even make you smile a bit for good measure.
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Let’s be honest... it may sound so silly to you but I have always been extremely self conscious of my shoulders and upper arms, I used to tell myself I looked like a boy, that they were just TOO wide and TOO muscular. For a long while I stayed away from any arm workouts and to many chatarungas hoping they might shrink! Ridiculous I see that now. In my last couple of classes I’ve been emphasizing the intention of acceptance. What kind of teacher would I be to go around telling everyone to accept themselves when I’m siting here doing exactly the opposite? So today instead of working on my legs and core per usual I did 90 minutes of arm strengthening and balancing and it felt so amazing and freeing, literally I could fly! If it wasn’t for my strong supportive shoulders these poses would never be possible, instead of cowering under my self judgement today I learned to be courageous and strong in this magical body that I have been blessed with. So in celebration I’ll be posting a series of arm balancing photos today and tomorrow from my practice with a quote on acceptance with each one. And no I won’t be self conscious about blowing up your news feed :) Sorry!
//If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you!
Gestern war ich seit beinahe einem Jahr zum ersten Mal wieder Bouldern. Damit angefangen hatte ich weil es nach einem ebenso vielseitigen Sport aussah wie der Polesport, aber auch, um meine Höhenangst zu bearbeiten.
Ängste kann man gezielt bearbeiten, wenn man sich an seine persönlichen Grenzen behutsam heran tastet, um sie irgendwann zu überschreiten.
Diese Route hat mich sehr geängstigt, aber ich habe sie nach einigen Versuchen dann doch geschafft. Und was soll ich sagen... beim letzten Versuch hab ich auf meine Fähigkeiten vertraut und an mich geglaubt.
Dont let your excuses prevent you from becoming a better version than yourself. Stop take a moment and think about life. You only get one. I became better than my excuses and life has been nothing but good too me.
Gym = sanctuary
Call it a happy place, a safe place, whatever. No matter what’s going on in my life, the gym is ALWAYS there for me.
No matter how I’m feeling emotionally, I can go in & slay a workout. Happy? Great workout. Mad? Ferocious workout. Sad? Intense workout.
At the gym, I can choose to forget all my problems. Just me & the weights. Focusing on breaths. Counting reps. Chanting cues in my head.
Or I can choose to think about my problems. There’s this strange but magical sort of mental clarity I have in the gym. I can ponder, analyze, strategize.
In my gym I get to start my day right. I get my body right, my mind right, & am prepared to tackle whatever the day has to offer.
In the gym, I get to be the best version of myself always. And I get to be whatever I want to be. I’m a badass marketer. I’m on a journey to IFBB Pro status. I’m a great friend, daughter, granddaughter, sister. When I was 5, my mom would ask what I want to be when I grow up- I’d tell her that I want to be Queen. And now, every day at 5am, I get to be queen for a few hours.
Gym= sanctuary 🖤🖤🖤
Be a good training partner; be present and involved!
Don’t just go limp. It’s important that both partners are active while practicing, so that the one drilling is able to apply their technique properly. Gradually apply more resistance to help them see and slowly correct the flaws in their technique.
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Coming in hot hot hot today with your home girl tot 😂 (yikes) let’s be real I don’t take serious pictures so here’s me with some half ass makeup (trying to be snatched like Kim K) and finally feeling presentable to the world HA 😅😖 •
P.s: being weird is a good thing honey bee 🐝 I found myself wanting to fit in with everyone else... and believe it or not... ITS BORING!!! I like my weird faces and ridiculously obnoxious yells 😂 it makes me... well me ☺️ so go suck a toe if you don’t like it ... don’t actually do that.
Seeing is believing !
Let’s talk weight. The left is DAY OF EXPLANT, the right is 45 DAYS POST EXPLANT. This is me not having worked out nor dieted nor done any detoxes. It’s just me living & inflammation falling off. The first year I got my implants I went up 10 lbs & for years it was those 10 lbs I couldn’t get off. After 5 years of having implants at 25 my hormones were really messed up, I gained 30 lbs. TWICE. And at 26 & at 28 I had to loose those 30 lbs TWICE. When I lost it, it didn’t just fall off. In fact I got reckless & did unhealthy things to loose it. Last year I was in the best shape since my implants & the second I quit 2 hr gym days, juicing & counting calories- I gained back 20 lbs. We constantly feel punished for our weight as women. The environment, our foods full of chemicals (even the healthy ones), too many diet or fitness options, “IG models” posting their airbrushed bodies to make us think perfection exists & yet here we are struggling through a day. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves that THE HEAL IS REAL post explanting foreign toxic objects out of the body. I lost 7 lbs in the first 11 days & I haven’t weighed since. I had eating disorders in my youth that still put fears in my 29 yro mind. What I want to tell you most..
YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE FOR YOUR HEALTH FAILING YOU. You are not messing life up or doing it all wrong. It’s simply that we need to find the root of your health battle & concentrate there. One of mine was my mental health which started prior to implants after I was diagnosed with terminal cancer & my depression was fueled after I got implants. The other part was toxicity from my implants that depleted my hormones & thyroid. Post explant I’ve let my body do it’s detox job & man is it! Don’t give up ladies, your heal will come.
Repost By @consciouslivingbylacey:
Bon je m’y met aussi ! 20 ans VS 30 ans
Alors 10 ans plus tôt j’en avais rien a faire de mon corps, de ma santé, de mon avenir, je passais ma vie à sortir en boîte, à fumer une trentaine de clopes par jour, courir 2 mn était impossible j’avais l’impression que j’allais mourir, j’avais aucune espèce d’ambition, je mangeais Junk food 90% de mon temps, je faisais trop d’uv (ça se voit sur la photo) et je me sentais terriblement mal dans ma peau, en fait je ne m’aimais pas ! .
Comme quoi rien n’est jamais figé et tout est en perpétuel mouvement, j’ai carrément l’impression que cette nana là, c’était quelqu’un d’autre, ce moi du passé que j’accepte, que je respecte mais que j’ai laissé loin derrière ! .
Aujourd’hui j’ai une dalle incommensurable, une ambition qui fait parfois peur, si je sors un soir je met une semaine à m’en remettre, je m’entraîne au moins 8-10h par semaine, si je mange un mcdo j’ai mal au ventre pendant 72h, je n’ai pas mis mes pieds aux uv depuis au moins 4 ans et surtout j’ai confiance en moi et j’apprends à m’aimer chaque jour un peu plus !!! .
Alors si vous êtes dans une situation X aujourd’hui et qu’elle ne vous plait pas, comprenez bien qu’elle n’ai absolument pas une finalité, visualisez vous comme vous souhaitez devenir, prenez la décision ferme d’aller dans cette direction, soyez indulgent avec vous même, faites la paix avec votre passé, fermez la porte à ce que vous ne voulez plus et travaillez fort pour atteindre vos objectifs, une fois atteint, fixez vous en d’autres et ainsi de suite ! .
Rien n’est impossible à qui s’en donne les moyens 💪🏻 .
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I used to struggle a lot with my self belief and self confidence. I’ve always been an outgoing person but for some reason I had these shackles of lack of self belief holding me back. Particularly in my sporting career. I used to cringe when someone gave me a compliment and I usually didn’t even believe them when they said it.
Working on this in the last couple of years has really helped me not only as a person but also in my job. I would never have had the confidence to go it alone and start this new journey and career.
The one thing I’ve learnt is anything is possible, and I truly mean this. Self belief is a huge part of your success and ultimately only you are holding yourself back from achieving great things.
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The 1st picture. 🔅Most people only see the better angled, flexed, filtered pictures of people online and think they always look like that and have this perfect physique, but that’s not always true.
The other 3️⃣. 🔅Not flexed, angled or filtered. Just my body. My body that is capable of doing so many things and keeps me alive. Like many people we have parts of our body that can be stubborn to losing fat and for me that’s my butt and thighs. It’s always the first place to gain fat and last place to loose it. I have to be VERY strict with my diet for it to go away. When I have cellulite it has always been embarrassing to me to the point, until recently, I would wear a jacket or flannel around my waist at the gym because you could see my cellulite through my leggings. — Now, thanks to some accounts of women I’ve been following are openly talking about their beautiful imperfect bodies and has helped to view my perfect imperfections positively! 🦋 My body is at this stage now and I’m happy with my progress and accept the stage I’m at. BUT I have some personal goals for it and enjoy being active. After weight lifting for over 7 years I’m BORED of it and have been going through the motions for some time now. I’m now switching to calisthenics because I want to be able to control my whole body with its strength. Also I’d like to have chiseled abs, loose the cellulite and get my body to look the best it can to ME! It’s a new challenge that I’m excited about! 🤸🏼♀️ First goal is a handstand. I’ll be including 1 weight lifting day a week joined with mobility work, 4 days calisthenics training and 2 active rest days. Once I find a bjj gym, I’ll modify my weekly routine. 🖤 Just wanted to post to help myself with my new view of my NOW body and maybe help someone else to feel comfortable with their body, as what helped me. And honestly it feels pretty good to be free of the negative feelings.
I heard something the other day on a podcast along the lines of “your body doesn’t define who you are.” I feel a lot of women struggle with self image and that they detract themselves which causes a struggle to being truly happy. So learn to love and embrace yourself! 🌻
Hey 👋🏼 I’m Manon. And I have insecurities... .
Yep peeps ! Guess what ? ... I’M HUMAN 👏🏼👏🏼 But let’s clarify it right away ‼️ I have insecurities, I AM NOT my insecurities‼️ .
At least it’s what I work on every damn day 💪🏼❤️ Why ? Because I’ve learned THAT is the key to succeed in life ! .
The difference between I am and I have is massive. 👉🏼When you keep telling yourself that you ARE something, it becomes your reality. It starts define you. You manifest it ! .
➖This can be negative... 👎🏼 if you tell yourself that you ARE your insecurities (ugly, fat, skinny, shy, stupid....) .
You will put show yourself this way, act to renforce that ! People will start to see you this way as well. 🤷🏻♀️
➖But it can also be super positive ! 👍🏼When you keep telling yourself you ARE strong, capable, beautiful, interesting, ... you will start to believe that ! Your vibration will be higher ! .
What you give to the univers, you receive peeps ! ✨☀️🌝
Don’t expect others to love you, if you don’t yourself ! .
So yep, I do have a lot of insecurities, most around feeling too skinny, but I don’t let it ruins my life anymore like it used to ! Even the fact of posting picture of me like this is HARD. If I could describe all the things I could change ... But that’s me, ok. 🤷🏻♀️ But I’m also strong, creative, kind, smart, educated, I also love my eyes, my smile & my hair.
I have so much more to give to the univers than the way I look ! ❤️✨ .
What are your insecurities ? Do you let them control your life, your acts ? ☺️✨
Don't be with someone just because you think they will fix you and fill a void. Be with someone who compliments your strengths and loves you just the way you are. When you are whole and find love, you will experience true happiness💋
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