the self love tag

1. What does self-love mean to you? Self-love, to me, means loving your soul, your body, and your mind. I think it's accepting your flaws and insecurities and knowing your strengths. I believe it is choosing happiness and allowing yourself the freedom to create a life worth living.

2. What is your favorite way to pamper yourself? I'm honestly such a homebody kind of soul. Nothing makes me happier than putting on some comfy clothes, making some tasty tummy food, and enjoying a good and inspiring book, tv show, or movie.

3. What are some of your favorite hobbies/pastimes that make your soul feel on fire?

   1. photography is my heart and soul, something about holding my camera in my hands makes me feel so alive, like I'm living for my purpose
   2. yoga, exercise, dancing - I'm a lover of moving my body - I love the rush it gives you, the crash it gives you
   3. writing and reading, there's just something about immersing myself into an entirely different world that inspires me
   4. diving into scripture brings me so much peace, it grounds me even on my most anxious days

4. What movie always puts you in a good mood when you're not in the greatest mood? Hands down, my favorite movie (that will always lift my spirits) is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it's hilarious and inspiring and one of my all time favorite movies.

5. Who do you trust so much that you would easily believe in anything and everything that they said? Absolutely my parents. They are my biggest support system, they never fail me, they've put so much work and sacrifice into our family and I trust them completely.

6. What quote totally motivates you?

“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don't want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift.”
- Shauna Niequist - 

7. When was the last time you took yourself on a date? What did you do? Took myself to an art museum and walked around the art district and downtown Chattanooga. Side note: I think it's dumb that society thinks it's weird to do things by yourself. You don't need to be validated by the presence of others in order to be happy or even not lonely. You have to love yourself enough to be by yourself sometimes.

8. What make-up or beauty products makes you feel like a million bucks? Honestly my favorite thing - beauty wise - to do is get my hair done. I love getting it colored. I love getting to use a good shampoo and conditioner for it. Whoever my hair is nice, I feel a million times better, even if I'm wearing sweats and no make up.

9. What is the last thing you did for someone else that made you feel amazing? Something I'm really trying to push for myself is giving compliments and kindness whenever I can. I'm an incredibly shy person, so despite my good intentions, it's not always easy to be the light I wish to be in the world. I consider it one of my purposes in this world to fuel happiness into others.

10. Do you feel comfortable with and without make-up on? Absolutely. I mean, I would be lying if I didn't say it was hard for me to leave the house without at least a bit of mascara, but I'm pretty comfortable without it.

11. What piece of advice would you give a child about to grow up with the pressures of today's media and it's crushing expectations? Do what makes you happy. Find your own style. Go with your gut. Love yourself. Seek growth and positive opportunities. Always choose kindness.

12. What songs put you in a good mood every time?
You Make Me Brave - Amanda Cook

13. What is the best advice someone gave you or you realized about life? If you want something, you've got to go and get it, don't just sit around waiting for life to happen, you have to be an active part in making your dreams come true.

14. What makes you giggle like a giggle monster? Being in the same room as my best friend.

15. What is something about society that bugs you that you wish didn't? I can certainly think of things that do bother me about society: the pressure we put on each other to act and look a certain way or how so many people are bothered by the way other people live (whether it's their religion or sexuality or culture), but I can't think of anything that I wish didn't bug me, I honestly feel justified in everything I believe (I'm sure there's something, it's just not coming to my mind).

16. What is one of your favorite things to do on the weekends?
    - exploring/photography adventures
    - doing absolutely nothing and having a chill day

17. What is something you're really proud that you've done? Moved out on my own to a city where I knew absolutely no one. Definitely the scariest but best decision I ever made.

18. What is one of your favorite memories with one of your best friends? My best friend and I one day decided out of the blue to drive two hours to a little but busy town (Gatlinburg, Tennessee) because we wanted to visit the aquarium. We ended up stopping at a outlet mall about three-fourths of the way there and spending all day there, by supper time we continued on our way to a Mexican restaurant (and getting lost a bunch) before driving back home. We didn't even make it to the aquarium, or even Gatlinburg for that matter, but it's been one of my days I've ever spent with her.

19. What advice would you give someone who needs a boost in confidence? Stop comparing yourself to others, love and respect every bit of yourself, be proud of your strengths, and have gratitude for every blessing you were given.

20. Lastly, how do you plan on investing in self love? Taking care of my body, mind, and soul. I'm a firm believer that just like the food you eat affects you physically, the music you listen to, the books you read, and the people you surround yourself with have an impact on your soul. I've always vowed to take that philosophy seriously and feed my soul what is good for it.

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