Intentional Living

The Long Road to Self Acceptance

May 25, 2016

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
– Brene Brown

Self acceptance is something that’s been on my mind a lot these past few weeks.

First, I wrote this post and mentioned that finding self acceptance has helped me simplify my life. Then last week I participated in Fire + Wind Co’s #theimperfectboss campaign, which was all about pulling back the curtain and showing our ‘imperfect’ selves to the world.

And finally, yesterday, I saw this video that demonstrated how incredibly easy it is to manipulate images of ourselves for social media – and then called for us to embrace our true selves with the #JustAsIAm campaign.

All of this has left me wondering – Where does self acceptance come from? And how do you find self acceptance?

Or perhaps more accurately, where did I find self acceptance?

A personal essay about my long road to self acceptance. After years of rejecting myself, how did I finally learn to love and accept myself for who I am?
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Travel Notes

Swimming with Sea Turtles in Mexico

May 19, 2016

Hello friends! I know it has been a while since I’ve written about my travels. Lately, I’ve been trying to focus more on ‘helpful’ posts about things like simplifying my life and finding balance … but at the same time, it’s fun to talk about travel – right? After all, I believe in experiences over stuff, so I think sharing and celebrating these experiences is definitely worthwhile.

Especially this one. Seriously, I think that swimming with sea turtles in Mexico easily ranks as one of the top ten things I’ve ever done. Keep reading for all the details on how to organise your own awesome adventure, plus some adorable pics of sea turtles and even a video! 🐢

(PS: if my travel stories aren’t your thing, don’t fret – a heartfelt post about self acceptance is coming your way Sunday – stay tuned!)

Have you always dreamed of swimming with sea turtles? Then check out this post; you'll find photos, video and all the details on how to plan your own trip to Akumal, Mexico (only a short trip from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, or Tulum!)

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Intentional Living

35 Things I’ve Learned in 35 Years

May 11, 2016

Tomorrow is my 35th birthday and I’ve got to admit that it feels pretty surreal right now.

I’m not freaking out or feeling bad about ageing or anything like that, but it just doesn’t feel real. Where did the time go? I swear it was just yesterday I was 23, travelling around the world, and trying to figure out what to do with myself!

On the surface, my life looks remarkably similar to my life in my early twenties. I’m still travelling and still trying to find my place in the world. Fortunately though, when I take a minute to breathe and properly reflect on things, I can see that deep down so much has changed (in a good way.)

The last decade or so has taught me so much – about love, life, simplicity and everything in between – and I’m grateful that I feel more ‘me’ now than ever before. Here are 35 of my fave lessons from the past 35 years.

The last decade or so has taught me so much - about love, life, simplicity and everything in between - and I'm grateful that I feel more 'me' now than ever before. Here are 35 of my fave lessons from the past 35 years.
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Minimalism

20 Ways I’ve Simplified My Life

May 7, 2016

I’ve considered myself a minimalist for the last four or so years, and over that period I’ve simplified my life in many ways. Some of these changes have been huge and other not so much, but overall it’s the sum of these choices that have led me to the life I’m living today. 😊

If you’re curious about minimalism (or maybe just about my version of minimalism) then please enjoy this list of 20 ways I’ve simplified my life. I hope something here will inspire simplicity in your life too.
Curious about minimalism? Here are 20 ways I've simplified my life over the past few years. I hope something here will inspire simplicity in your life too.
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