Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Your Sense of Self-Worth Matters

“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. 
You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
-Lucille Ball

Looking back, I realize that it all started with small lies - the little white ones. The kind of lies that don't take much effort to overlook. I wouldn't necessarily consider myself an overt idealist or optimist, but I think that I was so eager for something new that I felt those red flags were worth overlooking.  

Somewhere along the way, I forgot my self-worth. I got to a point where I would have rathered believe the lies that I was being fed instead of walking away. Maybe it was because I wanted things to work out so badly. Maybe it was because I felt like I had invested so much time and energy into it all. Either way, neither of those could have ever been valid excuses. I lost sight of who I was at my core and what I wanted out of love as well as life in general. In an attempt to find happiness and peace, I resorted to finding that in someone else. Looking back now, I can finally see how that is incredibly unfulfilling.

For those of you who may be going through a similar situation, know that you are worth more. You are more than worthy enough for love. Real love. The kind of love based on truth, hope, and most importantly genuine friendship. Love that is built upon lies, deceit, and manipulation is not love at all. It's impossible. No one should allow themselves to believe such lies. 

You know that the red flags are there. Some are blatantly obvious while others may be more inconspicuous, but they are flags nonetheless. That small voice inside of your head and that feeling you have in the pit of your stomach are worth paying attention to. Don't ignore it for the sake of wanting so badly for things to work out and certainly don't ignore it in order to spare the other's feelings.

And while you may be questioning yourself or dealing with feelings of sadness or even guilt after deciding to finally end things, trust yourself enough to know that you made the right decision. Love yourself enough and know that you are loved by those around you. Allow yourself to go through all of those feelings, but don't stay there for too long. The moment you lose sense of your self-worth is also the moment in which you begin to lose sight of who you really are.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

INSPIRATION | Islamic Art & Design

I've grown to really love Islamic art. The design colors and geometric patterns always manage to mesmerize me. I recently took an Ancient and Medieval art history course. For my final paper, I decided to research ancient Islamic art and architecture. I hope one day to be able to travel to the middle east and view these wonderful works of art in person. In the meantime, I have chosen a few of my favorite Islamic works to share with you all. 

Monday, May 5, 2014


“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. 
You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
- Albert Camus - 

I literally can't believe that it's may already! Where has the time gone? I'm so happy that the cold weather is finally gone and it's finally sunny outside again. In this post I decided to share with you an Undiscovered Worth MAY playlist. Hopefully it will brighten up your day and start your week off right! Happy Monday my loves! You'll make it through! xx

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I Chopped All of My Hair Off

Three days ago, I chopped all of my hair off. ALL. OF. IT. This video explains it all. 
BOTTOM LINE | Change is good. Change is actually great when you're really open to it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Insta-Life Takeover

My Instagram these days seem to be a pretty accurate reflection of my life right now. Art, reading the occasional inspirational quote, more art, binging on unhealthy foods to deal with the stress, and drawing/writing in my sketchbook to make more art. I feel like it would be easy to complain right now (trust me, I've done that enough already) but, someone said the most simple and honest thing I've heard this entire week -- "You signed up for this; therefore, you can't complain." Simple. As. That. BOOM. So from then on, I stopped. I signed up for this. I chose to go to college and really get something from it. Complaining only diminishes the experience. 

Also, I'm moving tomorrow! The crazy thing is that life has been so insane that I've only managed to pack two boxes. TWO. BOXES. In the morning, a good friend of mine is bringing her dad's truck to my apartment so we can load up all of my furniture and take it to my new residence. Let's all cross our fingers that I can actually get a good bit of my stuff packed by 8 A.M.

For all of you pulling all nighters, I've added a couple of awesome playlists from my Spotify account. Definitely oldies, but goodies. Dance and enjoy! xx

Friday, April 4, 2014

365 | Love, Heartbreak, and The Art of Moving On

"Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have—life itself."
- Walter Anderson

It's been almost 365 days since my first heartbreak. It's taken me almost that long to fully come to terms with it, to accept it, and even now I still wonder if those residual feelings are completely gone. Like any hurt, it's been a process - one that I have avoided sharing with most people in my life. It's mostly been because of embarrassment, shame, and little bit of guilt. I've been feeling the need to share with you for a while knowing that there are probably some of you who have or currently are dealing with similar issues, but my own personal battles with this have hindered me from doing that. Now that it's been almost a year, I feel like I've finally come out of that foggy place in my life and into a fresher, clearer perspective.

In nearly 365 days, I've realized that the concept of time is just as interesting as the people who impact our lives. It goes by so fast, yet so slow and we all spend our time wishing for more or less. I used to regret time- past mistakes, heartaches, and all of the time that I felt I had wasted. But I don't anymore. The universe is so vast and I'm just a speck on the radar, yet at the same time, if God thought enough to create me, then that must count for something, right? A person can learn so much in a year. I've learned my strengths, my weaknesses, and most importantly my self-worth. I've begun learning what it means to truly love someone as well as what it means to truly and openly receive it.

To be honest, the person I was a year ago isn't someone I would necessarily be proud of today. I was selfish, naive, and for some reason always feeling the need for approval from others.  The hardest and most difficult times in my life so far have proven to be the most beneficial. I've begun to think of it as a form of purification and refining - purifying me of all of my immaturity and refining me into a strong woman. Though it sucks to go through it and I oftentimes wondered why it all happened to me, I honestly couldn't imagine my life without the experience.

And while I may not have everything figured out in my life about my past, present, and future (nor do I expect to), I've figured out that building a strong foundation on love and forgiveness is a good place to start.
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