Finding your inner beauty & confidence is something I personally believe is extremely important & valuable in life. Nowadays, with social media & the internet in general - it's easy to look at other people's lives and start to feel a bit down & out. Having strong values to reflect back on will help to put things into perspective, allowing you to achieve your goals, & feel great. Below are 5 ways I have found inner beauty & confidence personally...
1. LOOK FOR THE BEST IN A SITUATION
It may sound simple, but it's true. From a very young age, my mum always said to me to look for the positives in life or a situation. Sometimes it's easier said than done when you're in the moment, but it's much easier to learn, grow & move forward when you look at the positives rather than the negatives.
2. BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
One thing I have always been is realistic. Some may say that I am very hard on myself & my own worst critic, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Being honest has allowed me to push myself further & further. It is also my voice of reason when I am making business decisions. If I don't think I am prepared for something, I make sure I research & learn everything I possibly can until I feel confident with the situation at hand. Go with your gut & be honest at all times. It's confronting but you won't regret it in the long run.
3. BE GRATEFUL
No one's perfect! One way I have definitely found inner beauty & confidence is by being grateful for what I have. Focus on your strengths, know your weaknesses, & use these to your advantage. Be accepting of everyone - diversity is what makes life so interesting.
4. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
Being the organised & nerdy person I am (haha!), I have always set goals - long term, short term, personal, career focused, financial & everything in between. Setting myself these goals has allowed me to grow as a person & as a brand, & has definitely allowed me to become more patient & confident. Good things take time, however when I finally reach one of my goals, no matter how big or small, it's the most amazing feeling & definitely lets my inner confidence glow & strengthen knowing all my hard work has paid off. Celebrate your successes - treat yourself to a dinner with the girls, or a beautiful new pearl ring or simply give yourself a night off to relax. You deserve it.
5. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE
My final piece of advice I can give you is to surround yourself with positive, genuine & likeminded people who have strong values & vibrant personalities. For me it's my amazing family & close knit friend group. These are the people who are going to push you further, help you see the positives in a situation, & support you whenever you need it. These people are also the ones that will bring the best out in you, letting your inner beauty & confidence grow & shine.
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