6.4.11

Be Proud of You!



This week I painted my nails a Robin's Egg Blue with a nail polish from Urban Outfitters.  It is such a calming and refreshing color.  It doesn't really go with any of the earth toned clothing I've been wearing lately, but it makes me really happy to see it when I glance down at my hands. :)

Well today my counseling session went really well. Once again, I had to go back to some traumatic experiences to see where my mind would wander from that hard beginning point. After an hour of processing, my counselor asked me to go back to the point where we began the therapy session at. My feeling of stress about the traumatic experience had decreased a lot after an hour of therapy and I felt really good about that. She had me think about the traumatic experience and reflect on some positive things about who I was in the moment of experiencing trauma. And I was really happy to reflect on the fact that I was composed, compassionate and responsible while going through a painful experience at the age of 6.
I am proud of the person I am. As I reflect back on my past, I am proud of myself that I have not played a victim in my hard circumstances. I am proud of myself that I have chosen to seek kindness and compassion my whole life. I am proud of myself that, because I lacked good leadership by women when I was growing up, I have sought to be a good leader for myself and a good leader for other women my whole life. I have helped raise my sisters, and they are beautiful people <3 I have been an RA and I loved and nurtured the 35 girls on my floor during that year. More than wanting to get good grades, I wanted to make sure they were supported and loved. I listened to their stories of trauma and I provided love and support to them. I have been a camp counselor, and an enormous amount of young girls at that camp felt safe and comfortable enough with me to share their incredibly sad and traumatic experiences.  I use my blog to spread happiness and love to my readers.  I try to be honest in a way that lets YOU know that I am hear to listen, to nurture, and to encourage.
I had a hard time growing up, and I grew up fast to protect myself. But I am thankful that I have managed to turn some of my defenses into areas of compassion for women who have been through trauma like me. I am proud of myself for choosing to turn my hurt into room to relate to others, a reference for remembering why others need love, guidance and hope.

Last week, I told you how I painted my nails so that I could have a visual reminder that I am investing in myself and taking care of myself. I asked you if you had painted your nails as a remembrance to love yourself, to send me photos. And here they are:


Aren't these fun!  Great job ladies!

Now this week, as I look down at my Robin's Egg Blue nail polish, I am choosing to remember why I am proud of myself.  Last week, I focused on the fact that I deserve to be treated well.  And I want to continue to remember that.  But this week, I really want to focus on why I am proud of myself.  I'd love to encourage you to do the same for yourself.  Why are you proud of yourself?  If you aren't proud of anything about yourself, look deep into yourself and find it.  Everyone has reason to be proud of themselves.  You deserve to treat yourself well!  And part of that means remembering why you are valuable.  Be proud of yourself for facing any challenges you have experienced in your life.  Be proud of yourself for taking care of those around you.  Be proud of yourself for pursuing goals.  Be proud of yourself for making yourself a good meal, for taking a shower and brushing your teeth, or treating yourself to your guilty pleasure after you have accomplished something you set your mind to.  Be proud that you have not only survived any challenges in your life but that you are a WHOLE person, even when you feel you are lacking because of hardships.
You deserve to be treated well.  Be proud of yourself and do something to remind yourself of your incredible worth.  If you paint your nails this week to create a visual reminder to Be Proud of You, send me a photo and I'll add it to the collage! <3

Love you my friend!
xo Moorea

25 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the light blue colour, as well that ring! :)

    xoxo

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  2. Thank you for such an inspiring post! It's true, the little parts of our days really shape our attitudes. Your nail polish idea is lovely.

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  3. What a lovely post Moorea. You are such a strong lady. I'm so glad I came across your blog and decided to sponsor. I think I'll paint my nails later tonight. :)

    xo,
    melissa

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  4. Aw Moorea! Thanks for putting me up with the rest of the girlies!
    I hope your sessions are going well! I'm working on the reply to your email still ;D Talk soon!

    xoxo
    Liana

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  5. my nails are that color right now as well! such a lovely post; thanks!

    xo, danielle

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  6. Gorgeous inside and out! Now I'm off to paint my own nails :)

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  7. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experiences and the words of encouragement. You seem like such a strong woman and very inspiring. I've only been reading your blog for a short while, but have really enjoyed it and look forward to opening my reader everyday to see what's new. Good luck in your therapy sessions, I know how draining they can be but are so worth it when you see how far you've come. :)

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  8. this is a really beautiful post. i'm really glad that your sharing your experience, and that you have been able to be so strong and help and mentor so many other girls.
    and your nails look lovely!

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  9. beautiful post dear Moorea. So so beautiful. xo thks for blessing me with your words.

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  10. inspiring post and inspiring pictures - love!

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  11. You are such an inpiring person, Moorea! Thank you for asking the questions I refuse to think about because of my fear to find no answers! There are a lot of answers! I wish you a wonderful day!

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  12. Another amazing post, thank you for sharing your experiences. It is wonderful that you have been able to turn negative experiences in to something positive. I hope the counseling continues well.

    I also have to say that you have great taste in nail varnish, your amazing turquoise ring puts mine to shame though! Thanks for including my photo. I loved this idea x

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  13. I.LOVE.YOU. This post, and your first post about painting your nails, is so lovely and inspiring. And how cute are all those reader photos?! I'm never that creative with my nail polish!

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  14. Wow, such an inspiring post! Your positivity is beautiful, as are you! xoxo

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  15. :) Very inspiring and beautifully thought out post.

    Much Love , Sarah J.

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  16. ah! i keep forgetting to do this!

    everyone's nails look fabulous. such a sweet reminder.

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  17. I love your nail colour! :)
    Thanks for including my photo (and for the reminder to repaint my nails!)
    Your post have been so inspiring so thank you so much for sharing
    Cheray x

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  18. Love the message, the post,... just love that you share this with us. You are wonderful.

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  19. Moorea, you are so inspiring! I think this is such a lovely idea and a great way to remind ourselves to be proud of ourselves! :) I've just sent you my photo for this week!

    star-crossed smile

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  20. What a beautiful post! I know I don't know you personally, but I think it's very hard to fake being genuine, especially through a blog, and your blog feels nothing but genuine. It's wonderful that you took a tragic experience and turned it into a positive, grew from it instead of letting it consume you. I know how hard it can be to go to therapy (I went last fall to finally, after 3.5 years, deal with the suicide of one of my best friends since sixth grade) and going and dealing with difficulties in our lives really really does make such a difference.

    I'm proud of you and you definitely have a lot to be proud of! :)

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  21. Ooh such a pretty color!

    Today I'm feeling really grumpy but I did get my butt into work today, so... I'm proud of myself for not taking the easy way out and staying home today. Sometimes doing what you're supposed to do instead of what you want to do is hard work! But I'm proud of myself for stepping up anyway, even though I didn't feel like it.

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  22. After reading this I've been painting my nails every day! Thank you, Moorea. {and I would be honoured if you used my photo! :)}

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  23. What happened to you?

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    1. As with most people, I've experienced a few major traumatic experiences in my life that have majorly shaped who I am. Since writing this post over a year ago, I've definitely grown and accepted the past with arms wide open. But unfortunately there are just somethings I would prefer not to go into great detail about on the web for my own privacy and those who have played major roles in my life.
      Thank you for asking though, and I hope my post only brings encouragement and hope to other <3
      xo Moorea

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