27 September 2015

Let Your Soul Beat of Freedom: The Warrior Playlist

In the struggling depths of your despondency sometimes a melodic mashup can help break the darkness and shine a light on the reality that there is a way out of the turmoil. A small beat can help shake you up and remind you how precious life is and how much the World is a big place calling out for more of your beautiful presence. Keep your head up, keep fighting and never back down. You're a warrior of life and you deserve to keep faith in your existence and voice.

"Becoming friends with a dragon is smarter than killing it. Rather than fight your fears, ride them towards a better understanding of yourself." - Francesco Dimitri

Motivate yourself with voices of positivity and strength, get your toes tip-tapping, fingers click-clacking and heart singing to the soul beats of freedom...

Demi Lovato :  Warrior

Natasha Bedingfield : Unwritten

Sara Bareilles : Brave

Jimmy Eat World : The Middle

Taylor Swift : Mean

Francesca Battistelli : Free To Be Me

Sugarland : Something More

Christina Perri : I Believe

Sam Cooke : A Change Is Gonna Come

Jason Mraz : The Freedom Song

The Lighthouse and The Whaler : White Days

Selena Gomez : Who Says

Kate Voegele : Lift Me Up

Lady Antebellum : She Is

Switchfoot : Dare You To Move

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

26 September 2015

Being You: Feel Comfortable In Your Own Skin

When you get yourself caught in the sticky web of rock bottom confidence and self-worth, it can seem like an impossible journey to untangle yourself and feel at peace in being nothing but 100% you. In my own continuous journey of seeking personal acceptance, I know that at times it can certainly feel like a worthless fight but if you persevere, aim, focus and take the first step it can also be one of the most empowering and moving journeys you'll ever get to experience. 

We all could do with a little pep talk to ruffle our feathers and puff up our deflated chests but slowly and surely if you take the time to make a change in how you treat yourself then day by day you will begin to soar. Learning to love yourself in all its beauty, ugliness, strengths, weaknesses, triumphs, losses and most importantly authenticity then you can allow yourself to blossom into the sincere, healthy and real you.

Here's my self-care box of tips to help you discover who you really are and 100% love every bit of y-o-u...

#1. Practise Positive Self-Talk
So the mumbling monkey in your head really likes to give you a headache with his claptrap, am I right? Go tell the cheeky chimp where to do one by taking control of your thoughts and transform your body confidence and esteem with some positive self chat. It's all too easy to slip into focusing on the negatives and just sitting back to revel in their destruction but stop being a moaning myrtle and pull yourself out of the black hole by doing something a lil' different. The way you talk to yourself affects your projection to the world so by talking nicely and seeking the bits about yourself that you think are smokin' will only allow you to present yourself more self-assured. You wouldn't waltz up to your mama and tell her that her chosen outfit du jour makes her legs look like giant cheesy puffs stuffed into sausage casing would you? I'm going to take a wild guess and say no so why the heck would you tell your own lovely self that? Stop it. Now. (...and if you regularly tell your mum that then you my friend are a terrible, terrible person. Hang your head in shame.)

#2. Stop the Comparisons: You're Unique
Simply put there is only - and ever will be - one of you so don't waste your precious beauty by trying to be something or somebody else. If you constantly strive to be anything but you and continue to deny to be true to yourself then not only are you hurting yourself and your talents but your denying the world of knowing how special you really are. Begin to appreciate what you have to offer and stop comparing yourself to others around you - they walk their own walk so you need to find yours. Once you start opening yourself to the world and revealing the truth of what makes you who you are then you set yourself free of the draining mentality of striving to be something artificial. Realise that you do not need to be a certain weight, a certain hair colour or dress a certain way to be accepted. Often mental illnesses whisper to us on a 24/7 basis that what we naturally are is and never will be enough. I'll have you know that your head is a meddling minx and speaks a load of poppycock so mute the monkey rattling his cages, let yourself go and believe in what and who you are. It's enough, trust me. Not everyone's going to like you as much as a fizzy haribo strawberry but that's their problem; not yours. Remember that you don't serve to please anyone but yourself. 

#3. Dress for Yourself; Not to Impress
Whilst I truly believe it's what inside that counts and shines through with beauty, there's nothing quite like taking the time to pamper yourself and dress up to feel good. Investing time in yourself by doing your makeup all nice n'fresh, picking up a hairbrush and running it through the birds nest you call hair (...just me then?) and whacking on your favourite outfit is a simple, underrated but powerful way of lifting your spirits and making you feel just that little bit more secure before the daily grind gets crack-a-lackin. Taking the time to dress well is an effective way of reassuring yourself that you are worth the effort - just make sure you invest the time to please your own self and own likes, not for somebody else.

#4. Be Mindful of the Things you Hold the Power to Change
Life is a funny little thing that never quite keeps on the roller coaster track you first envisioned but take heart that you ultimately have a choice to be mindful in the way you approach it. Life can't be controlled as it's a stubborn little lady with a mind of her own but you can 100% control the way you react and behave in accordance to what she throws at you. You can choose to get bogged down by the murky waters and let others and their bad days affect you and your self-worth or you can choose to see what good remains in the world and flip your reaction to what comes and what goes. Ultimately it's remembering that you are the author of your own life and you have the ability to help navigate the prose of your story so look at the world with a positive mindset and your story may just fly off the page. If your plot remains untold or is going no-where, put on your glasses, change pens and change what's making you unhappy. You hold the responsibility of your life. Love who you are and love all that makes you - warts n'all as they are what makes you real, unique and the original version of you. 

#5. Learn to Love the Imperfections
Pssst they're the most beautiful! Perfection - what even is that? An overrated lie that has somehow attached itself to your mindset, that's what! Perfection does not entail happiness in any way, shape or form as it's a subjective adjective that entails something entirely different for each and every one of us. Believeing that you have to be perfect in order to attain golden sunshine happiness and acceptance from the world is a self-sabotaging mindset. The imperfections you see in others makes them interesting, unique and is probably what makes you drawn to them - so why does that not apply to you? Happiness, love, acceptance and gratitude flourishes and blossoms from learning to see the imperfect perfectly. 

#6. Be Proactive & Ditch the Excuses
Putting aside the things less appealing will only exacerbate the situation and keep them on your to-do list. If resisting the things that make you feel like shitting yo knickers has always left you feeling more tied-up and a ball of anxiety energy then following the same plan of ignoring them will get you absolutely nowhere. Embrace the cliché wives tale and 'feel the fear & do it anyway'. Give yourself a break and try something different! Be honest and challenge yourself to change the things that you know ultimately need working on. By deciding to tackle the usual "what you resist, persists", not only will you probably end up with a bad case of the shakes n' sweats (just rock it out with swag...you're glowing dahlin') but I guarantee that the pride and relief you feel at doing it will make your confidence soar. 

#7. Fine-Tune your Gratitude
Being mindful of the present moment and looking around at what and who is really there can make a mighty profound impact on your life and can lift your mood to heights you didn't believe possible. It's far too easy to get caught up in a shit bag of whirling emotions that drag you down but if you really focus yourself to stop, live in the moment and be appreciative of what surrounds you then your life will feel a lot richer and far more fulfilling. Honouring and honing your perspective is a simple trick that works wonders. 

#8. Look Inside; It's Not Always About the Mirror
Self worth and loving who you are is far more than being satisfied with your physical appearance. You are an individual whose outside image is only a small part of who you truly are. What's far more important is the person nestled inside the long brunette hair that catches the wind, the kindness you endow upon others that hides beneath your curled and loaded lashes. Your essence - your personality and the actions that are driven by the care in your heart make you y-o-u. Don't just seek happiness in finding the perfect mascara or necklace to make you look pretty. By all means enjoy them in making you feel great and wonderful but seek your true happiness in being entirely authentic by what lies behind your Topshop corduroy dress.

#9. Look Up Girl
So how's life occurring down with the ants and worms then kid? Splendidly I hope. Well why not try lifting that little chin of yours and showing that gorgeous face of yours to the world around you. Don't bury your personality out of fear of rejection or emotion as it's a waste of who you are and the world is certainly missing out on one beautiful face of originality. If it helps, practise standing in front of your mirror and really look at yourself. Don't focus on the imperfections that you may be immediately drawn to criticise but gaze deeply into your eyes and notice their beauty. This is where you should whack out your book of affirmations and speak them out loud n'proud to your doubting self. You'll feel like a knob whilst doing it and may cringe but if you repeat, repeat, repeat then slowly and surely that self love you lack will resurface and reignite until you can start believing it from your heart.

#10. Power of Posture
Quite often our body language reflects how we're feeling and can mould the mood that we project to the world. If you're feeling pants then unconsciously the way your body presents itself will show it. Give yourself a massive favour and fake it till you make it. Stand up tall like you've got a rod stuck up your ass, flip your chin up so you can actually see the world and strut your stuff like Beyonce as it can really shake things up and boost your mood. Actually taking the time to notice your posture and making it reflect an air of confidence will miraculously do wonders for your daily positive outlook.

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

24 September 2015

The Future Is Bright For A Phenomenal Woman

So it's safe to say that in my 22 years I've had a few ups and downs, blips and pesky tumbles along the path of life. Such a meddling minx. In such times I like to adopt the approach of being a sly ol'cat with a killa nine lives to flirt with. Each and every time I take a testing trip by being a clumsy catastrophe, I stretch out on my death bed for a while wailing like Bridget Jones on helium and a bad case of the Mr. Darcy's. So where the hell do I go from there I hear you cackle? Well, I dust down the congregated cookie crumbs, flex my toes and spring right back up to strutting my stuff like a badass bitch, that's what. 

I'd also like to now mention that the scene I've just described pans out entirely within the confines of my head sprinkled with fairy dust and roses. What actually happens in reality is that I wail and shriek a little more and then resign myself to slowly inch my shaky legs in an upwards direction and then shuffle along to whatever beholds me. So it may not be such a gallant and inspirational reinvention as Cinderella's but the gal's wildly overrated anyway and no-one wants to be a wet-drip.
Despite the menacing clouds taunting threats of rain ahead, I still bloody get back up and you know what? That's enough. I may have my tail so tightly tucked between my legs that there's an 80% chance of a permanent butt wedgie but I refuse to just give up and get bulldozed by shit that at the end of the day doesn't matter all that much - except in my douchebrain. It adds a touch of strength and resilience every time it turns its engine on and in knowing that, I can only teach myself to process the struggles as a positive learning curb to be thankful for.

It's funny how life can often take a trip down different paths and side alleys that you had never previously noticed either out of ignorance, sheer god-forsaken fear or simply just being a dosey unobservant git. Yet it's in these unexpected trips that we often find ourselves, who we really are, what's really important to us and ultimately who our true and reliant friends are. That's why I feel it's important to keep even just a tiny smidgen of hope nestling in your heart when the rainclouds turn their taps on to cause mischief. Don't deny yourself from feeling the highs and lows of a roller coaster journey as resisting and burying them away creates more of a deep black hole than you first imagined. 

To feel the feels is to be human and it's 100% healthy and vital for survival. Give yourself the permission to have down days but remember not to wallow too hard and get caught in the vicious cycle of negativity. In order to be open and truly authentic, you have to put on your big gal pants and stop being afraid of simply not being okay. To give yourself permission to cry is not a sign of a weak character. In fact it shows you just how badass you really can be as you're allowing yourself to be free, confrontational and compassionate to your body, heart and mind. Realise that happiness exists when you treat yourself kindly. This often entails mastering your feelings and experiences - good and bad - and learning to believe that no matter what state you're experiencing at present, that everything will turn out okay and the way it should. Sometimes life misses a chapter you were pining for or gallantly expecting leaving you lost, bewildered and alone but keep the faith that sometimes the rough tough bad times are only weathering a better, brighter and more radiant future ahead of you.

A foxy little lady has taught me more than I could have ever imagined recently. Whilst again I haven't known this wondrous woman for very long, the infectious energy she brought to any room with just her presence reminded me of the very beautiful reasons and desires why we should love life and keep trying to challenge what feels broken and ruined. The fact that she could touch the very essence of what you were feeling or experiencing without needing to voice a single word was simply magical and not once did I ever leave a conversation with her not feeling empowered, strong, moved and flawed. 

Within just three weeks of knowing this cheeky fox, she unknowingly gave me the biggest gift I could have ever asked for or even begun to imagine I could feel again...

Val, you've reminded me what it feels like to be beautiful again. 

I've fought and failed for so long to spread my wings and believe in my abilities but in just three short weeks, you have given me the priceless hope of a sparkly future. You've taught me that whilst we may be adults facing the upheaval of #adultproblems, inherently we're all still young and malleable at heart. Through your wisdom you've allowed me to see that we're all young and dumb and ultimately make shocking mistakes but that they're all liberating assets necessary in finding ourselves. Sometimes we have to mess up big time and make some down-right atrocious mistakes in order to press the re-set button and learn to make some great ones.

We're a bloody fragile lot and it doesn't take much to feel like our future's and dreams have shattered into a million little invisible pieces but we're still standing and we're still ultimately surviving. That is because we're resilient. We're elastic bands that stretch beyond expectations in times of struggle and just when we think that we'll snap and break, we bounce back to the start ready to reinvent and try again. So you've made some mistakes, so what? You're currently making mistakes and you're going to continue making silly mistakes but it will get better and better until it blooms into something g-r-e-a-t! Seek a life of bravery, appreciate the unexpected joy and love you stumble upon along the way, be patient with yourself and cherish the memories that grace you through the good and the bad. 

My darling foxy lady, you never did something with half a heart. You put your mind, body and soul into everything that challenged and faced you and the grace, time and tolerance you endowed all with meant that you never touched anything with only half of your heart. You're a woman with a solid heart of gold and you've taught me the simple but strongly profound art of beauty existing beyond comfort zones. I only hope to follow in your footsteps in being honest not only to the world but to myself, to not feel embarrassed in what I say or do, to embrace the winds of change with baby steps of patience, to laugh, sing, cry and most importantly that before jumping to react, to simply sit back and understand. Val you truly are a glowstick of inspiration - you've allowed yourself to break in order to shine bright and strong. 

My message to you and to all of you is to remember that what is right for you may not be right for others but that is 100% okay. You should never be ashamed to ask for a helping hand when it's needed and always without a doubt be true to yourself and do exactly what Y-O-U love. Remember that in life you always have a choice and I wish you nothing but finding joy in what life is really all about - L.i.v.i.n.g. 

Never stop being true to yourself our unforgettable foxy lady.
Spread your wings...Aim. Soar. Fly high. 

My parting gift to you is a poem that speaks words loud enough to capture the inner beauty that lies within you. 

Thank you for being You.

Phenomenal Woman
- Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them, 
They think I’m telling lies. 
I say, 
It’s in the reach of my arms, 
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me. 

I walk into a room 
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man, 
The fellows stand or 
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me, 
A hive of honey bees.   
I say, 
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman 

Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me. 
They try so much 
But they can’t touch 
My inner mystery. 
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say, 
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile, 
The ride of my breasts, 
The grace of my style. 
I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me. 

Now you understand 
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about 
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing, 
It ought to make you proud. 
I say, 
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman 
Phenomenal woman, 
That’s me.

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest] 

22 September 2015

That 70's Show: Groovy baby, groovy!

It wasn't going to be long before the 70's made a major fashion collection comeback in all its retro-glamour stature and flare. This decade resurgence carves out a wardrobe uniform full of toasty turtleneck knits, leg lengthening baby flares, billowy sheer blouses, swooping bell bottoms and enough suede, fur, fringe and prim corduroy to get your Austin powers alter ego one show-stopping silhouette show. Groovy baby, groovy.

Get your Saturday night fever rockin' n'rollin' and unleash your inner dancing queen as the 70s roll into Autumn with hippie vibes of nostalgia. Now where's my disco ball...?

# Show-stopping Shearling

Make like big bird & upgrade your skin to cosy cool fluffy envy. Throw on some faux-fur adornments and swing into the 70s vibe with a touch of the 'It' texture this season...Shagadelic!

# Flirty Flares

Go hard or go home is the mantra when it comes to dressing your precious pins in this season's coveted flares. Bin the skinnies (ain't nobody got time for sucking in when the winter bulking season commences) and max out your legs in a pair of elongating wide-legged trousers. No pair can ever be named 'too big' so max out this 70s dream just a length bigger, better, wider, longer. 

# Fringe Benefits

Swinging back into Fall is the return of all things swishy, captivating and just that bit cool. The catwalks went crazy for all things fringe related and tassels were swooping into a frenzy upon coats, handbags, sheer swooping maxis and floaty bell-sleeved peasant blouses. Smashing!

# Boho Blend

Don't rummage round looking for your indie-festival flower crowns as this 70s Boho time hop moves n'grooves in a more understated and slinky fashion on the sidelines. Opt for a sparkly jewelled headband and finely layered necklaces to master an enchanting silhouette and breeze your way through as a 70s Bohemia princess in anything long, loose, colourful and feather-light. Now's the time to dance with floaty flared sleeves, captivating florals and whimsical maxi skirts.

# Thighs The Limit

There's nothing shy and innocent about these naughty leg warmers! Wrapping up nice n'tight, these coy little numbers will work magic at showcasing your pins in sheer elegance and flirt with flashing a touch of skin. Pair these babies with just about anything like distressed cut-offs to tumbling maxi dresses and you'll walk right into an ethereal position of 70s envy. Oh behave!

Time to shimmy n' shake your way into an enviable uptown funk with some of Autumn's hottest hits and fashions favourite hits. 
Yeah baby, yeah!

[Photo Source Inspiration: Pinterest]

20 September 2015

Learning Through Lifes' Little Quirks

"If you're gonna make a change...operate from a new belief that says life happens not to me but for me." - Tony Robbins

Life isn't always the bundle of joy and blinding sunshine that the fairytales like to sing song and dance about. Yet following the status quo and stickin' to the stuff you know like the Troy and Gabriella's of the world is overrated anyway. Most of the time life likes to play its hand at being a freakin' fire launcher blasting out countless shit bombs into the mix so that we end up as quivering anxiety-drenched monkeys of self-pity.  

#1. Change Yourself First

It's all too easy to jump onto the woe-is-me bus by seeking out external reasons and excuses for why life gets a little messy as no one likes to hold their hand up and accept responsibility for when life goes down the drain pipe. I've slowly come to the realisation that if there's one thing that you can do to improve a fun-sucking situation, the best favour you can do is to look at yourself first and do what you can in changing the way you approach life. Change can only flourish and ignite if you actually change the way you do something. Without a difference in your approach, how can you expect the way you live and the things that occur in your day-to-day existence to magically improve? Stop burying your head like an ostrich and try something different to make a difference. Take responsibility for managing how your react to events as failure to do so and ignorance in accepting the truth will only lead you like a mouse to its easy cheesy mousetrap and the escape button becomes a far distant reality. Take a chance and throw yourself into tweaking and moulding your attitude, your habits, your routines so that slowly and surely your outlook on life becomes just that little bit more sparkly and colourful. 

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you." 
- Brian Tracey

#2. Life Isn't Meant To Be Controlled But You Can Control Yourself

It's drummed into us from an early age that the key to success often lies within independence and resilience. Yet we often run to the hills and try and dance to the music by controlling every single morsel that occurs in our daily existence. To be in control and to control the situations that happen around you is often seen as mastering the art of independence, inner strength and something to admire. However there are circumstances that we simply cannot control such as becoming ill with cancer, having a bipolar father or even finding yourself as a victim of an accident. When life throws these curveballs, our automatic response is to crumble into the self-defeatest cradle believing yourself to be vulnerable, alone and powerless. Take a step back and think where that train of thought will lead you - will it change the situation? No. Will it make you feel better about the situation? Absolutely not. In fact, accepting defeat will only lead you down a path of self-destruct and misery. 

Breathe. Accept that you can't control all life events that are thrown at you but realise that you can control and switch up the way that you control your reaction. Instead of free-falling from being knocked off your cutshy life path, use it as motivation to spring back into something different that will only help to build a stronger, more resilient and better version of y-o-u. You can adapt your reaction, you can surround yourself with helpful and positive influences and people and with that you will never stop continuing the journey in improving your inner strength. Use the trauma and the distress to motivate you into something greater. Be determined to make a change and through perseverance, tears, a shed load of hard work, you'll only succeed and shine that bit brighter. 

"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for movement there is in life, and in change there is power." - Alan Cohen

#3. You Are Stronger Than You Realise

The mind is one powerful wrinkly walnut. An ugly one at that but one tough cookie no doubt! The very fact that you're reading this and practising the skills to change your thinking shows you that you're a darn sight stronger than you first thought. It takes a lot of courage, energy and willpower to hold your hands up and accept that things don't feel right and something needs to break to allow the glow stick to shine. Stop bashing yourself if you stumble as you're already further ahead than those who are dragging their heels and refusing to change the shit. You've got this and the skills you learn along the way will pull you through as you're capable of succeeding at whatever you put your mind to. You can be a powerful existence if you choose to be. 

"Time does not heal everything but acceptance will heal everything."
- Buddha 

#4. Pay Attention To What Matters And Forget What Doesn't

There's nothing worse when you find yourself busting your ass to scrape together very little dolla just to muddle by, leaving you with nothing to play with whilst your friends seem to jet off on expensive holidays every 3 months and work next to nothing hours for the priviledge. It's easy and flippant to say but don't sweat the small stuff. They live and navigate their lives the way it's handed to them and so you should focus and navigate your own gifts too. You may not be able to afford the luxuries you pine for or get your hair looking like Kate Middleton's but you can learn to focus on the small things. Teach yourself to appreciate the simple things in life and I promise you that in the long run you'll lead a far more satisfying and fulfilling life surrounded by good company, good family and a good attitude as opposed to seeking happiness in a shiny new pair of Manolos. Taking a step back to appreciate the little things like a television programme that makes you chuckle right from the belly or dancing around the kitchen baking a crumble with your mum with fill you with a warmth that no amount of new season clothes could buy. 

Adopt joy by opening your eyes and heart to all that is already around you and indulge your time in others who stick by your side through the bad times - even when you don't realise how much you need them. Chances are they need you just as much and it's those true friends who should be cherished as they're hard to come by at best. 

"You must trust yourself more than you trust others. Pay attention to your inner voice - it will tell you if how and in what you are investing is right for you." 
- Suze Orman

"To all the other dreamers out there, don't ever stop or let the world's negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible." 
- Adam Green

#5. Be Your Own Best Friend And Not Your Own Worst Enemy

Try not to get yourself spiralling down a black hole of misery like Alice in Wonderland when life hits you with a shit load of bricks. As I mentioned you can't always control what is dealt to you in life and sometimes those events can really test your resilience to bounce back. Through the struggles and the dark moments, it's important to keep in mind that you are not a victim being punished for doing wrong; it simply means that some greater force has bigger and better plans in store for you by giving you the opportunity to build vital life skills and bad-ass strength to rival Captain America. It's all too easy to allow your anger, upset, frustration and tears to become meddling monkeys and position you into being your own worst enemy. It is in this moment that you have the power to change the solution. 

You can admit defeat and blame yourself by brooding on the misfortunes and self-destructing or you could get back in the saddle, take the reigns, forgive yourself and move on. True healing and change comes through the strength to accept the past as the past and something that can't be changed. Forgive yourself for the pain you experienced and use that discomfort to rewrite your present and be open to what the future may bring. Big yourself up girlfriend and believe in your abilities as you can only expect others to fall in love with you if you learn to love yourself first and foremost. 

Self-love is one of the most powerful and influential attributes to master so when choosing how to treat yourself, decide to be your own best friend and not a fun-sucking enemy. 

"Surround yourself with the right people and realise your own worth. Honestly, there are enough bad people out there in the world, you don't need to be your own worst enemy." 
- Lucy Hale

As the Buddhists say...
"We are all perfect as we are, and we could all use a little work."
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