Friday, September 19

Never doubt yourself

Why hello there! I'm back with a quick post and update. (I wonder who reads my blog but hey, you may find this post a bit inspiring). A few weeks back, I met up with an old friend and he shed a bit of light on me and I would love to share this with all of you as well.

100 Ways to Say No

We are humans are so good at making excuses for ourselves. How many times have we said, "Oh no, I need to work overtime" "I have to do homework" or "It's raining" or "But if I do this, it'll be hard on others". We can come up with a hundred reason to not to something but why not just give yourself one reason to do it. Everyday goes by whether you like it or not so stop saying no, and start saying yes! Make your life worth living. 

Because You're the Missing Piece

I was given a puzzle piece during my coffee meet and he said this to me:

Friend: "So, what does this puzzle mean?" 
Me: "That I'm a part of something." (At the time, I was thinking oh yes, the typical puzzle piece, how I'm a part of something)
Friend: "What about the other side?"
Me: "Other side?"
Friend: "That the puzzle won't ever be complete without you"

We Only Have A Very Small Impact On Others 

Often times, as humans we like to think we are thinking for the betterment of others. But there really isn't ever a time when we are actually sacrificing ourselves for the better of others. We like to think we are giving up something but in reality, we're not. We can all live independently without each other and quite frankly, we would all do just fine

Imagine putting your fist in a bucket of water, what happens when you pull your fist back out?
Absolutely nothing. As sad as it seems, it's right. We often like to think we have more impact than there really is, telling ourselves we are needed, we are a must

Where I'm Getting At

What I'm trying to say is, do what you love. Don't think about how people will see you, stop making excuses for yourself, stop thinking you don't belong and most importantly do not oversell your importance and learn to hear and see at face value. 

Be modest, be genuine and do what you love. It's taken me a long time to learn these few lessons and I'm still on training wheels but I'm trying to move in the direction that makes me happy. 

And to finally, live for myself and my own happiness. 



Take care everyone!

Love,
Grace 
 

Monday, September 8

The one magazine you need: Darling Magazine

I've been missing in action these past few months and hopefully I'll be back. As much as I love make up and beauty, I'll be transitioning this blog to more of a lifestyle/inspiration/beauty blog.

For those who read my blogs, I hope you stick around and for those who are new, welcome to my space. I'm Grace, a full time marketing professional with a love for home decor, hiking, and traveling.

Lately, I've discovered a new women's magazine called, Darling, the art of being a woman. The magazine covers inspirational stories about aspirations, dream, the wanderer and health recipes. The material of this magazine resembles a book rather than your typical glossy print. All of the photos are professionally photographed by women and topics in the material are all relevant to women of all ages.

Rather than having me ramble on about the material, give this read a try and let me know what you think.

They're available online or at your local anthropologie store. Although the price tag is around $20, it's well worth it for a well published magazine.



Love, 
Grace 

Monday, June 30

On being skinny

This is a little bit about me and my personal life. I rarely write posts like this but I thought of sharing this to give a bit of insight to how being "skinny" for a girl really is like. You may also learn a few things about "skinny" people as well.

The world sees skinny as the "ideal image". To have a skinny body, skinny legs, tiny waist is what is considered pretty. For some women out there, they strive for this look which is fine but I'm not here to talk about slimming down to meet the "ideal image" of pretty because what is pretty to you is different for others. I'm here to share with you what being "skinny" is like... for my entire life. 



Growing up, I've always been skinny. It's not as glamorous as you might think. I get a lot of comments like:
  • Wow, you're so skinny!
  • You're just like Twiggy 
  • Do you eat?
  • Can you eat more?
  • You're going to get blown away
  • You're so skinny, eat more
Are those remarks compliments?  Let's look at the flip side.
  • Wow, you're so fat!
  • You're just like a pig
  • You eat a lot?
  • Can you eat less?
  • You're gaining a few pounds no?
  • You're so fat, eat less
When we turn things around to the other extreme, it's seen as being rude and mean. Skinny and fat is just the same. Skinny is no better than being fat, we are in fact the same. We each have our struggles in life to stay healthy. 

Being slim has it's concerns:
  • Health Issues: Being a slim girl, we have our health issues. We are often diagnosed with low iron in our blood stream and this leads to fainting. It's not pretty collapsing in school.
  • Gaining weight to be healthy is our struggle. To gain weight, we actually can't just eat more. We need a lot of exercise and a good diet. The more we exercise, the more nutrients we absorb and thus, the more weight we can gain. It's nothing worth being proud of when you weigh less than the average 17 year old. For me to gain weight, I run around 6-8 km on average a week, paired with swimming, yoga and weight lifting. The world is balanced, it takes effort for those to lose weight, and it also takes effort to gain weight and guess what, we all have the same goal: to be healthy. 
Before we comment on other's physique, let's just drop that thought entirely and focus on what we can do to make ourselves live a healthier and active life. 

Stay Healthy :)

Love, 
Grace 

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