Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
I hope ya’ll have the very best Thanksgiving, full of family, turkey and pie. I’m very thankful for ALL of you, whether you have been reading for 3 years or this is your first post. I LOVE making this little corner of the internet and am thankful ya’ll keep on stopping by. 🙂
We had planned on hosting my immediate family today, we got a 17 pound turkey and all. However, a few of them came down with the flu and had to cancel. Drew and I made the decision that we should cancel all together because everyone else had been around those that have the flu and we did not want to chance ANY germs coming around our littlest babe. Sometimes you have to make REALLY tough decisions when you are parents, but since Trey is not even 2 weeks old…we know we’re making the right one. I was looking forward to having my family here to spend this special day with us and see the little guys. After I sobbed about it, Drew and I decided we would make the best of it. We’d still cook the meal and even dress up a little bit. My sister Esther is still coming to meet Trey since she is off at college and not in the germ home 🙂
I wanted to share some positive affirmations this morning. Often people ask me how I stay confident and happy and I wanted to let ya’ll in on the secret: I talk VERY kindly to myself. I ENCOURAGE myself. I NEVER say negative things about myself or my body. If I do I figure out how to reframe them or pause to ask myself, “Do you really believe that?”
This takes PRACTICE! I didn’t develop my positive self talk overnight and I don’t think it would be possible for you to do that either. I DO think it would be possible for you to stop when you are having a string of negative thoughts and ask yourself if you really believe them. What made you say that about yourself? Can you reframe the thought to be more positive? Example: Instead of, “OMG, I ate SO much food today. I’m SO fat and have no control.” Say, “You know what? It is one day. One day doesn’t make or break me. Tomorrow, I’m going to start fresh.” I mean, I’m going to get down on some food today.
Here are examples of positive affirmations I say to myself ALL the time. My head is a very positive space:
Everyday: You’re beautiful. You’re strong. Be the light.
Birth: You’ve totally got this Amy. You can do this. You’re prepared and you’re determined. I believe in you.
Mistake at work or with the business or blog: It’s okay Amy, everyone makes mistakes. Own it and you’ll do better next time. Learn from this and let it go.
Postpartum: You JUST had a baby girl. You look awesome. You’re healing. Take it nice and easy. We’ll get back to working out when it is time.
Hard day at home: Keep on smiling Amy. You can do this. There are going to be hard days and there are going to be easier ones. Be patient, be kind. Show your children how you wish they were acting.
Rude comment on the Gram or in real life: Amy, do not give that person the power over you. It is YOUR decision how you let this impact you. You are spreading the positivity, do not let negativity win.
In marriage: Amy, you scored with Drew. Be patient, be kind. Lead with love.
With my breastfeeding woes and super boob: Amy, you are SO strong. Remember everything you made it through with Max? You’ve got this! Take it one day at a time, it will get better.
During a hard workout: Look at how far you’ve come already! You are rocking this girl. Just stay right here within this mile or this set. You’ve got this girl!
Those are just a few examples of things I say to myself all the time. Now that you read them, think about how you are talking to YOURSELF. Is it mostly positive (yay!) or negative (you can improve!).
This post is brought to you by PinkBlush. They have some GREAT and EARLY Black Friday deals going on that I wanted to let you know about. Here are the details: It is PinkBlush’s largest sale of the year. If you use the code BLACKFRIDAY you get 40% off your purchase! I’m also giving away a $75 gift card on Instagram today if you want to head there to enter! They have been sweet enough to gift me many of the PinkBlush dresses you’ve seen me wear. I can easily and highly recommend their clothing! I shop there for my baby shower or special occasion dresses and they also have some really great everyday clothing.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: maternity clothes work GREAT postpartum. I always wear my maternity clothes for a month or two postpartum. There is NO point in trying to squeeze into your pre-pregnancy clothes too early. Just take your time mama! This dress was great to flatter my very pregnant self and my 1 week fresh postpartum body (when the bottom photo was snapped) and to breastfeed in!
Have the best Thanksgiving Day! See you next week!