There are days where I just feel… unpretty.
Days when my clothes are too tight, my hair has a mind of its own, and a ginormous zit has taken up camp on the middle of my chin.
Days where I feel awkward, unattractive, and anything but fiercely feminine.
Where all I want to do is lounge around in sweat pants eating ice cream, watching movies and shutting out the world.
But the zero motivation, down on myself thing just wasn’t working for me. It’s just so… depressing.
Over the last 5 months (thanks to The Desire Map), I’ve learned that I can change any negative feeling into a positive one by just switching my perspective. That little nugget of truth was enough to empower me to get on the train of self love and punch that unpretty feeling out of my life for good.
And this is how I do it…
How to Feel Pretty
Write a list of the things that make you feel pretty. For me it’s – flowers, walks along the water, hot yoga, being outside, pedicures, wearing a fancy dress, ordering room service, meditation, cooking, baking, writing, running…
When you’re having an unpretty day, go to your list, pick an activity, and do it. No questions. Drop everything; because let’s face it, when you’re feeling particularly crappy about yourself, how much work actually gets done?
Sunday was a particularly unpretty day for me. So, I called the spa, booked a pedicure and dropped by, post-haste. Then, when I got home, I made this gloriously pretty salad, parked myself outside on our patio with my pretty feet and my pretty salad and felt… gorgeous, radiant, pretty from head to toe.
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- 1 large head of savoy cabbage, sliced thin
- ⅓ cup raisins
- 1 cup red grapes, halved
- 5 strawberries, sliced thin
- 2 red shallots, sliced thin
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- ½ cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Add all coleslaw ingredients to a large bowl. Toss to combine well.
- In a small blender, add all dressing ingredients except poppy seeds. Blend until smooth. Stir in poppy seeds and pour the dressing over the salad.
- Toss to coat and allow to sit in the fridge, covered, for 1 hour. Or serve right then and there. It's good either way!
- Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To make nut-free, replace slivered almonds with an equal amount of seeds.
To make egg-free, use egg-free mayonnaise.
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Chop up everything and add it all to a very large bowl. This recipe makes a lot of salad!
I asked on Facebook, “What makes you feel pretty?” You said:
“Drawing a happy face on my cheek with chocolate frosting.” “Dressing up and going on a date with my husband.” “Dancing!” “Living in accordance with my values.” “God’s love.” “Getting my hair done and my 4 year old son saying “mommy you look beautiful”!” “Big hugs xx” “A nice long shower after an amazing workout!!” “Being kind to others.” “Avoiding mirrors and letting my heart shine instead.” “My husband!” “Singing.” “Being a women of character when no one is looking.” “Great eye makeup!” “Eating healthy.” “Skirts.” “A great dress!” “Anything lavender-scented! I’m like a crackhead, sniffing all over myself.” “A long sleep, a long shower, matching underwear, a nice dress and a little bit of lip gloss and the way my husband looks at me after all of that!” “Smiling and laughing with friends.” “Bling.” “Pedicures.”
“Being healthy makes me feel great and self care makes me feel pretty.” “New underwear, a cute outfit and feeling happy and confident!”
Now I want to hear from YOU…
What negative feelings do just not want to feel anymore?
What thoughts/actions/practice could you follow to remove that feeling from your life for good?
Make a declaration. Let’s get all up and purposeful in here!