In the rush of all the holiday stuff happening, I gave you the wrong cut-off dates for shipping products from my I Choose Beauty Shop! 😬 So sorry! But… the good news is you get a few more days than I thought!
When I created my I Choose Beauty designs, I intentionally made them using the healing power of words. I believe the right words can help you hold on when you feel like your world is slipping through your fingers, bring you peace when you’re at war with yourself, and comfort you when you wish the hurting would just stop.
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To me, SAVOR THE LAUGHTER, is what life’s really all about. We’re all going to have hardship and loss in our lives – that’s inevitable. But there will also be good times!
KEEP GOING is another mantra that rescued me when I was at my worst with depression. It was such a struggle to do anything, even the things I loved. That’s what depression does to you. On some days, it took all I had just to get out of bed. But I knew I had to find the strength to keep going.
I want to start sharing with you the meaning behind my I CHOOSE BEAUTY designs and mantras, and how they ended up on the products in my Shop. I created everything using the healing power of words, something I turned to when I was going through my severe depression.
Both your body and your mind need consistent exercise for your overall fitness. Train your brain to reframe negative self-talk, to see the good, to be grateful.
Focus on the good… especially through the bad times.
Things will get better. Hold on.
It’s easy to take it all for granted – especially the small things.
Wanting more, versus being grateful for what you’ve got: it’s a modern-day conundrum.
“I’m sorry, but we have to let you go.”
They tell you he’s in a better place. That everything happens for a reason. That good will prevail. That time heals all wounds. Frankly, you’ve been having a little trouble buying it.
That thing—it was done to you. That thing that no one else has had to suffer through, you did. That thing that turned your life so upside down, you didn’t even recognize yourself, for a while. That thing gave you scars, and made you hate the mirror for a while, didn’t it?
The stress creeps up the back of her larynx. For a moment, she panics – what if she doesn’t know what to do this time?
One morning in 1982, a bright 17 year-old girl opened a rejection letter from her dream college. In the following years, she lost her mother and miscarried her first child. Her husband was abusive and after just a year of marriage, she was a divorced, single mother suffering from severe depression. She relied on welfare to make ends meet and at 30, she contemplated suicide.
On the couch one evening. She sits alone, in her head, thoughts ruminating and weighing her down. The television flickers unimportantly. Background noise.
Things may not always be going well, but challenge yourself to find just one good thing a day. It will shift your attention, if even for a moment.
Hold on. It’s going to get better…
Sometimes very basic words are all you need to make it through the day. When I was in the thick of my depression, I would repeat to myself, “It’s going to be okay” over and over.
If you’re hurting, this is for you. Please hold on. You will get through this hell, even if it doesn’t seem like it right now.