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alexandra elle  author + poet || wife + mama @theheygirlpodcast book 3: neon soul (on sale now)

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There are a lot of unhappy people in the word. Once upon a time, I was one of them—until I decided not to be. For years I made excuses as to why I didn't deserve to be happy. And in all honesty, I never truly saw what genuine happiness looked like growing up. My biggest question was "how does someone get happy?"
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My therapist played a huge role in me dissolving the "darkness" that I'd grown so accustomed to. The power in my healing was learning this: it was up to me to change and take control of my joy. I was the boss of my ultimate satisfaction, fulfillment, and emotional well-being. My heart, mind, body, and soul was then, and is now, worthy of goodness, wholeness, and contentment.
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It's never too late to reclaim your joy. You deserve it. Find your light.

Flower crowns make me feel like a fairy.
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📷: @erikalaynephoto || dress: @shopdoen

you're still magical—even when your love is too big for their heart.
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from book 3: Neon Soul // a collection of poetry and prose that encapsulates perseverance, rebirth, and self-awareness on its pages.

While I was reflecting this evening, this came to mind:

There is nothing wrong with starting over. It takes guts to restart or reroute, avoid feeling distressed for having to take a new approach. Work your way through and around your tribulations. Make adjustments when needed and keep pushing! Be patient with this journey, despite the number of times you'll have start anew.
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Day 5 of the 7-day affirmation challenge! For​ ​the link to today's journal questions + mantra see my IG story.
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Today's words are:
Courage
Restart
Patience

We are waiting for you sweet baby. There are still months to go before we get to snuggle you, smell your sweet skin, and shower you with kisses. Your big sister has been so helpful to mama. She rubs my belly every morning and whispers "hi, little baby. i love you." Daddy has been a saint. He smothers us with smooches, rubs, and love daily. So many people are excited to meet you! The journey is just beginning.
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📷: @erikalaynephoto

Just because we fail once, twice, or a few times, that doesn't mean we lose sight of the chances we're given to start anew. Think about it this way, every new day that we are granted to try again is, in its own way, a success. The choice to learn from our falls and stumbles is completely up to us—and can happen on a daily basis if we stay present, mindful, and intentional.
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Remember: Your past was practice, and your journey is still YOUR journey to own and enjoy.
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Day 4 of the 7-day affirmation challenge! For​ ​today's journal questions + morning mantra sign up here:
bit.ly/TIA_DAY4
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Today's words are:
Enjoy
Journey
Failure
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Handmade​ Calendula paper from: @marigoldmountain

hi, from us 👋🏾 🤰🏽 and our yellow lit bathroom 😒. lol
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i wear the same thing every single day. that's helping a lot with my minimalism journey and wardrobe, lol. between this loungewear for around the house, my black @storq dress + leggings, and my blue shorts + grey cami that i wear to run errands—dressing this bump couldn't be easier. 🙌🏾
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Some of my worst moments in life have prepared me for joy. It wasn't until I changed my way of thinking that I was able to realize and understand that. Our toughest times are capable of bringing our resilience to the surface. Not only that, difficult circumstances enable us to open our eyes to see more clearly, and hopefully, learn a lesson. I look at things much differently now, even when it hurts. Moving forward, I fully trust that rain doesn't pour forever, and light always pushes through the darkness. Despite it all, if I am still here to live, experience and discover (even through downfall), I am blessed beyond measure.
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Day 3 of the 7-day affirmation challenge! For details and sign up:
bit.ly/7dayAffirmation
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Today's words are:
Beyond
Circumstance
Joy
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Handmade Tea Leaf paper from: @marigoldmountain

There's beauty present all around us. When you spot it, know that it's your reflection. Always, all ways.

Morning Mantra:
I choose healing. I choose growth. I choose forward progression.
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Staying closed off is easy. That act protects us, so we think. Why be vulnerable if we are going to get hurt, right? Wrong. Allowing your hurt to speak for your survival is only going to hold you back and hinder you. For years I chose hurt over healing, and it got me nowhere. I wasn't fulfilled or happy, and I was angry at everything and everyone. That's no way to live fully or thrive. The hard part was choosing to heal. The tricky part was facing my hurt and intentionally deciding that it would not win.
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Your bad experiences in life, those scars from toxic and unhealthy relationships, the aches in your heart from healing past traumas, your mistakes and shortcomings, NONE of that has to be your story forever. How will you grow? How will you push forward? What are your steps to healing? Meditate and pray on that. Write it down. Throw it out. Start over! It's all OK. Choose to try. Choose the hard way: healing. Don't settle for hurt as your resting place.
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Day 2 of the 7-day affirmation challenge! For details and sign up:
bit.ly/7dayAffirmation
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Today's words are:
Hurt
Healing
Forward
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Handmade Chamomile paper from: @marigoldmountain

Yesterday was a very special day for our family! We found out the gender of the baby, and it feels so surreal. This whole experience is intense (in a good way) for us! Big sister is beside herself with excitement, she screamed with joy in the doctor's office. Daddy & mama are equally excited and soaking all of this newness in. My sis, @ajolique, was also in the room sharing this moment with us. It feels so good to be surrounded by love, near and far. This baby has no idea how much adoration is waiting for them earth side.
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We aren't revealing the gender online but I would love to hear what y'all think baby is. Girl or Boy? (We got so many comments! That was fun. Turning them off because my feed was flooded. 😘)
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PS. Baby was hiding when this pic was taken so you won't be able to see anything on the screen (for those of you trying to zoom in and take a peak). 😉

Choosing to walk and stand boldly in love can be incredibly daunting. We are sometimes left with feelings of anxiety and hypervulnerability. There are often instances where we rather shut down than take a risk at loving or being loved. This doesn't just account for our relationships, either. Perhaps you're nervous about making a career change or starting a passion project. Maybe you're unsure about doing something for your own personal development because you fear judgment or disapproval from outsiders. Whatever your reasoning for fearing the "light of love," you're most certainly not alone. However, doubt and the shadows it can cast over wants, hopes, and dreams should not be able to create a home out of you. But because humanness, self-protection, and self-preservation are alive and well, I know this seems easier said than done.
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At the end of the day, there will constantly be moments of light versus dark in our lives. More times than not, we will face choices and challenges that are hard to confront and address. Nevertheless, we must choose to stand and journey in love through all that we do. Fear, doubt, and its darkness cannot take the front seat. While they are genuine feelings that shouldn't be ignored, they can't be the dictator of your existence.
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It's Monday & I challenge you to start your week off right and create your own affirmation today. Need help getting started?
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Use the keywords below for some guidance:
*Love
*Prevails
*Trials
(Practice putting pen to paper! Write your affirmation down and keep it somewhere that you can see it).
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Did anyone catch that I spelled "cower" wrong, initially? Lol. Writing too fast! Happens to the best of us!

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