You do you 


The nice-to-haves but not need-to-haves: approval, the next big thing, a particular type of education, endless time, outcomes that exceed expectations, a title. You can do anything you put your mind to, no matter who you are or what you have. Only you are in control of your success, your happiness, your life. Don’t put it in the hands of others. Just do you.

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A few perspectives on beauty

 
 There is no beauty without some strangeness ~ Edgar Allan Poe   

  
Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself ~ Coco Chanel 

I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting ~ Mark Jacobs

  
Beauty is not in a face. Beauty is a light in the heart ~ Kahlil Gibran
   
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Go where your heart leads you

Go where your heart takes you

We can walk in any direction we choose. Sometimes we feel trapped, inundated, anchored. But walls are only in our mind. We can be whoever we want to be. It’s never been more possible to travel to a completely different place. It’s never been more possible to innovate and create a career out of passion. It’s never been more possible to be unconventional and original. We hold the map. The world is ours. Walk, run, drive, fly. Push forward and keep going. Axe those walls down and free yourself. And follow your heart.

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Three ways to boost your confidence

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  1. Be willing to fail – easier said than done, but a lack of confidence often translates into a fear of failing and looking bad. But if we at least try to overcome our fears, we deny them control over our self-perception. Start small and step a bit out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter if you slip or trip or fall. It matters that you get up again.
  2. Let go of your mistakes – letting your mistakes hover over you like a dark cloud guarantees it will rain. Don’t be so hung up on the consequences of the mistake but rather the lesson. Forgive yourself and move on. If you’re constantly reminding yourself about that time you messed up, chances are you’ll mess up again. And that’s not going to help your confidence much.
  3. Be yourself and please yourself – it may not feel like it, but it takes a considerable amount of effort to be someone else. And because we know that we won’t ever be able to pull it off, we lose confidence. Don’t negate yourself and impersonate someone else. Allow yourself to be yourself and work on yourself. It will be much more comfortable and liberating.

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When you look in the mirror

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When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Because the only one staring back is you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what others think of you, it’s about what you think of yourself. I hope you see beauty illuminated by imperfections. I hope you see a full heart in spite of your mistakes. Because you deserve to see yourself for who you really are. I hope you love yourself for who you are. And if that’s too hard at the moment, then I hope you at least try to love yourself more.

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