How I feel on the inside directly reflects my confidence on the outside. It doesn't matter what clothes I wear, how much makeup I have on or what handbag I carry – if I don’t feel good about myself, none of that matters.
This doesn’t necessarily come easy to me – each day, I consciously focus on making decisions about what is best for me, no matter how tempting the outside world may be:
Movement – I must move my body every day. I used to beat myself up if I didn't get a tough cardio workout in, but now, I happily and willingly choose yoga, strength training or going for a walk.
Reflection – Each night, I write at least 3 things I am grateful for, what went well during the day and what I want to continue working on.
Healthy Habits – Plenty of sleep (I will usually choose to go to bed early versus a late night out), and as much as I love dairy and gluten, they make me feel like shit. I now eat them as a rare treat only!
Relationships – Surrounding myself with people who raise me up, challenge me, want to try new things, teach me something and make me laugh.
Mind Expansion - Constantly learning by reading a book, listening to a podcast, or talking with someone new to hear their story. Knowledge is power and helps with conversation starters too!
Choosing Me - Healthy boundaries, sticking to my core values and putting my needs first.
PS – this one is the hardest for me. I was raised in a people – pleasing environment and not encouraged to openly communicate how I feel (might make things awkward or rock the boat). I am constantly retraining my brain to share how I feel in a straightforward and respectful way. And gosh, it feels so freeing to do so.