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alexandra elle  author + poet neon soul is out now, order below.

http://bit.ly/neon_soul

loving your entire
self is like finding
a rare gem in your
back pocket.
you won’t always
know where it will
come from. or when
it will arrive. but when
it does–cherish it, hold
it, keep it close.
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page 87 of Neon Soul || available in stores and at the link in my bio
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📷: @erikalaynephoto

you are like the
springtime to me.
the more you love,
the more you bloom.
the warmer it gets,
the more beautiful you
become.
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page 86 of Neon Soul || available in stores and at the link in my bio
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📷: @erikalaynephoto

I get this question a lot: how do you balance career, motherhood, wife life, and self-care? It’s an interesting space to navigate, especially since I’m self-employed. I understand the privilege that comes along with self-employment. But I’m also a huge believer that everyone deserves + can achieve self-care.
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Balance and boundaries are important to me, because if I don’t take care of myself then it’s hard to nurture my craft as an author. It becomes difficult to be present with my family, and everything kind of goes haywire. However, showing up for myself didn’t come easy or overnight.
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I sat down with @livefast_mag to discuss this topic. In the interview I shared: “I became intentional about my self-care practice around 5 years ago. Something had to give! I wasn’t happy, I couldn’t focus, and everyone and everything came before my joy. Being worn out is no way to live, so I decided to shift.”
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Shifting meant sacrifice. Shifting meant me first. Shifting meant learning that I mattered and so does my peace and well-being. With this second baby on the way, I know I’m going to have to shift even more. Find even more time for myself, not make excuses on why “I can’t” or “won’t,” and release the guilt that comes along with making myself a priority.
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Women are often told that we must be perfect in all that we do. That we must juggle the world and the planets before we can love on ourselves. That isn’t what this woman here does. I am allowed to be present with myself, by myself. I give myself permission to put myself first, and shower my personal existence with love so that I’m able to share myself w/ others in a way that is meaningful and intentional.
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You can read the interview at the Live Fast Mag bio.
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📷: my 9-year-old

dear younger self...

i may not always be
the easiest woman to
love.

but i love hard enough
to collapse the sky.
strong enough to hold
together crumbling
mountains.

and deep enough to drown
the sea.
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page 92 of Neon Soul. || available in stores and at the link in my bio
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photos by: my 9-year-old daughter (who happens to think i’m a butterfly goddess)

too much magic. ✨💫⭐️
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from book 3, Neon Soul. available for purchase wherever books are sold + at the link in my bio.
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notes on not knowing:

Most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing, I'm just trying to figure it out and live a life that feels good. And sometimes, that is enough. We tend to put so much pressure on ourselves to be sure and to know the next steps, but at times it can be best to just go with it and learn along the way. No pressure. Just willingness to show up and discover what's on the other side.
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Not enough people admit that they're not certain. If I've learned anything in this life, it's that even what we think we know can shift. Feelings change, perspectives evolve, and growth makes us malleable in ways that can cause our certainty to unfold. And that's okay. We don't have to always know what the next step is. There will be moments in life when we have to walk into the unknown and stretch ourselves in ways that can teach us.
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Tattooed on my arm is "find your light." That is something I do daily. Finding myself in the midst of not knowing + living to learn is what I've grown to lean on even in moments of uncertainty.

i will show up. i will do the work. I AM WORTH IT.

#gentlereminder: in order to move through fear we must learn to greet adversity with love. it’s difficult, i know, but it can really impact and shift the way we interact with others and ourselves. we can’t always control how people receive us, but we do have the power to walk intentionally in our truth + worth. do your part the best way you know how. be intentional. be kind. and move forward even through the hard + uncomfortable stuff.

yes, you can. we are not monolithic. we are multifaceted + capable of balancing our abilities of being this AND that.
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from my 3rd book: Neon Soul. available at the link in my bio, amazon, or a bookstore near you.
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like to write? in the back of the book i’ve provided writing prompts for you to use your voice + create your own work of art.

oldie but goodie. a piece that i wrote for myself. a piece that reminds me to nurture + nourish my joy, space, and the people in it. a piece that reminds me not to settle. a piece that reminds me that i am deserving of the love i so freely and deeply share w/ others.

lessons from 🌹🥀🌹🥀
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from my 3rd book: Neon Soul. available at the link in my bio, amazon, or a bookstore near you.
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like to write? in the back of the book i’ve provided writing prompts for you to use your voice + create your own work of art.
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my goal as an author is not only to get people engaged and excited about reading but to also get them writing. we are more capable of sharing our stories than we know.

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