L O V E Yourself | thirty three

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love-yourself-thirty-three + The perfect ruffle dress for Summer!

love-yourself-thirty-three + The perfect ruffle dress for Summer!

I am 33 today!!! How can this be!??! For some reason, I still feel young… because I am young right?!  I am feeling lately like my absolute best days lie ahead.  Looking back on the past year it almost feels like a blur.  SO much has happened.  Good and hard but mostly good and beautiful.  I don’t have a ton of reflections to share with you today, but I do have one big take away….Love yourself.

I have spent a good part of my life comparing myself to others and striving for unattainable goals. Like they say, the grass always looks greener on the other side.  My comparison was mostly physical in nature.  “My nose is too wide, my cheeks are too chubby, my butt is too big, I am too thick.”  The list goes on.  I would see photos of myself in my Time Hop where I was smaller, younger and so on and recall thinking the same exact things then.  This led me to realize that an outward focus becomes futile and if you don’t address your patterns of thinking and begin to find your worth, you will never be happy with yourself.
love-yourself-thirty-three + The perfect ruffle dress for Summer!
love-yourself-thirty-three + The perfect ruffle dress for Summer!
love-yourself-thirty-three + The perfect ruffle dress for Summer!
My heart and mind really shifted this year.  A HUGE part of helping me love myself has always been Ben.  He has been constant in affirming the truth over my life over and over again.  I know that I have exhausted him with spewing out lies about myself but he has never given up on me or failed to remind me of the truth.  I can now say that I  truly love myself and all that God has made me. We have been together for 10 years so this has been a long process of me getting here. Don’t get me wrong, I will never stop aspiring to be a better version of myself in every aspect of life, but this is a journey and I am choosing to love myself along the way. I talk about this a lot but a key to overcoming and to self-love for me was walking through the root of why I didn’t love myself… where did that come from?  Once Ben and I figured that out it was easier to navigate my way to freedom.
Loving yourself is more than loving what you look like.  It is loving who you are completely.   I can assure you that as you begin to focus on the beautiful things that you are instead of the things that you are not, you will love yourself more and more.  I am learning that the key is also keeping it as positive as possible.  When your mind takes a negative turn, find a friend, a spouse or a family member to talk to.  Tell them what you are thinking and why and then allow them to speak life over you and remind you of who you are.
 Loving yourself is a choice, it can be hard for some but it is possible and it is the way God has intended for us to live…That is my take away as I enter my 33d year! Hoping this year will be the best year yet!! Thank you as always for reading!! Much love to you all!! XO
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  • Comments ( 30 )

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    Lauren

    Happy birthday! I love this dress on you, and the background is just perfect. Hope you have an amazing day 🙂

    Xx,

    Lauren // http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

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    Alicia Chew

    Happy birthday girl, I hope your day is amazing! This dress looks absolutely amazing on you!

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    Brooke

    Love this look on you! The dress is too cute and you found the background to really make it pop! Wishing you the best birthday you look incredible 🙂

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    Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary

    Girl, you look amazing in blue! I love this look and wish you the happiest of birthdays!

    xo, Amanda | http://www.thegoldengirldiary.com

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    Lee Anne

    You are amazing, girl! Happy Birthday to you!!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

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    Nicole Green

    Happy birthday Ruthie! I’m loving the sleeves on this pretty dress 💙

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    Dawn

    Happy Birthday gorgeous! I love your dress!

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    Lauren

    Happy birthday darling. As someone who is also 33, I found that age is just a number. It’s only as old as you feel!

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    brittany

    happy birthday! your dress is is so cute!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com

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    Janell

    Ruthie… this dress was made for you!! You are so beautiful, I’m convinced you could wear a paper bag. This dress though… it is perfection on your beautiful self!

    I pray 33 is better than the year before! Many blessings!! Thank you for sharing your life with us. 💜

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    Lauren Sheriff

    Happy birthday girl! This dress is so fab on you!!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

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    Lily

    Happy, happy birthday lovely! I hope you have the best day!
    & I love this look on you, so pretty!
    xo, Lily | beautywithlily.com

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    Kate

    Happy birthday! I’m convinced I’ll always feel young and be in constant disbelief at getting older. Loving yourself is so important-thanks for the beautiful words on your birthday! 🙂

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    Christa Stull

    I’m 43 and still feel young.. Embrace it beautiful lady!

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    Debbie Savage

    I love you Ruthie! Happy Birthday! You are a spring chicken! Your words again ring true for me. I do the same things! I am so grateful to you for sharing your story and BEN is a keeper!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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    Neelofar

    You are rocking this look and 33!!! I love the love yourself vibe in this post! Ill be needing to remind myself this soon for 3-2!
    Neelofar | The Loveliest Lily
    http://www.theloveliestlily.com

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    Amanda

    Happy Birthday lady! You look fabulous in this ruffle dress!

    Xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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    layersofchic

    you look fabulous in this dress!
    http://www.layersofchic.com

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    Kristina – Occasionally Fashionable

    Ruthie this is magic and truth wrapped in a lovely and inspiring bow. Thank you for the reminder that we need to love not diminish ourselves. Happiest of birthdays my friend!

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    Maggie

    Happy Birthday!! That dress looks amazing on you!! XO

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    Megan

    Happy birthday pretty lady! I have a feeling 33 is going to be the best year yet!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

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    Ashley houston

    Absolutely love that dress! I have those shoes too and they’re one of my favorites

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    Meghan

    Happy birthday Ruthie!!! As you get older, self love becomes easier. You start appreciating the things about yourself that others see, including your loved ones 🙂

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    Megin Shearer

    Happy Birthday!! I love this dress on you so much!! I am going to buy it right now!!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    Happy birthday, Ruthie! It’s your JESUS YEAR!! Praise God. May this be your most amazing. fulfilling, beautiful year yet!!!

    Coming Up Roses

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    Ant

    This dress is so flattering! Love it!

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    Abby

    Happy birthday! I love this striped dress – the bell sleeves add a modern twist to a classic pattern!

    Abby | Life in the Fash Lane

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    Lacey

    Your photos are always so gorgeous! I love this outfit and Happy Birthday girl!

    xx,

    Lacey
    http://theglittergospelblog.com

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    The Southern Thing

    Love that dress! I’m obsessed with blue and stripes this season!

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    Ashley

    I hope you had the best birthday, gorgeous girl! I am loving this striped dress!!

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