Something Personal….Talking About Feeling Broken

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There is so much noise about the topic of self-improvement/help that it can feel overwhelming!  It almost seems as if there is a to-do-list that we have to complete each day for self-love and happiness.  I love to keep a planner, write to-do-lists and jot down reminders on sticky notes.  It keeps me organized with all of the little things I need to accomplish each day.  But what about the to-do-lists that we sometimes have floating around our minds, dictating us about what we “should” do?  I should write affirmations this morning.  I should do yoga.  I should eat something healthy.  I should put on a smile . . . . even though I feel broken inside.

I once did all the things that made me appear really healthy.  Now, when I look back at pictures from that time in my life, for a second I forget the broken person that I was inside.  Put simply, I didn’t feel like I was good enough.  It is easy to start comparing ourselves to our peers or people on social media.  This wasn’t the reason for my brokenness, and I am still not sure what I felt I wasn’t good enough for.  When I left for Savannah last Fall, I left behind the cocoon I kept around myself that made me feel safe.  In a way, this was the beginning of me choosing to not stay broken.  Sometimes the seemingly stable routines, rituals, and images that we create for ourselves are the walls that keep out the light of new possibilities.  I don’t want to give anyone the wrong idea….this year there have been many times where I have felt sad, lonely, or afraid.  Little by little, I am trying to shift my perspective.  If I don’t do something that I feel like I should do, or avoid trying something because I am afraid, I remind myself to open my heart.

With an open heart, we can keep moving forward, moving past the walls we’ve created for ourselves.  It is happening exactly like Dr. Wayne Dyer said, “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.”  For me, I am finding that believing there is constant light and love surrounding us is helping me heal the brokenness I so often feel.  It is longer lasting than completing an impossible list of health rituals each day, because light and love is infinite, everlasting, and forgiving.

We are only limited when we think things should be a certain way, or that they already are.  And what I am trying to say is that by believing in a higher power, we can change this way of thinking; and we can open our hearts to the light and love that is around us right now, in this very moment.

Thank you so much for reading,

Carly xx

Things That Make Me Happy

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Someone once told me that they keep a list in their phone entitled “Things That Make Me Happy,” as a place to look when they’re maybe feeling down or out of sorts.  They advised me to do the same, because it is a great way to turn your day around!  Those little annoyances like spilling coffee on yourself or sleeping past your alarm seem small and insignificant when you get to look at a beautiful list, curated by you, of things that make you happy!  I thought I would share a few of the things that make me happy here on Graceful Glass Slipper, as a way for all of you to get to know me a little better and maybe inspire your very own list!

Things That Make Me Happy

❤ An afternoon with friends

❤ Time spent at home with my family

❤ My puppies (whom I miss right now more than I imagined I would!)

❤ Affirmations first thing in the morning

❤ Ballet Beautiful

❤ Pure Barre class

❤ A new book

❤ Fresh pressed carrot juice with orange

❤ Tea

❤ Good posture

❤ Kora Organics skincare

❤ Green salad with herbs

❤ Ballet inspired style

❤ A new book to read

What is on your “Things That Make Me Happy” list?

Much love,

Carly xx

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my outfit post from yesterday 🙂