alex_elle alex_elle

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alexandra elle  author & storyteller. @theheygirlpodcast host. order neon soul below:

without FEAR or SHAME. 🙌🏾
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#1affirmationaday
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DC, MD, VA peeps: i am teaching an affirmation workshop at @greenheartjuiceshop on 5/20. ‪we will be diving into positive self-talk centered around fueling your higher self with goodness from the inside out through storytelling, journaling, food, and creating ritual in self-care.‬ there are 22 spots available and tix have started going fast. see you soon!
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get yours at: alexelle.com/events‬

#todayiaffirm: that letting go is necessary. shedding dysfunctional thoughts, energy, and relationships is essential. i am worthy of serving my higher self in a way that is healthy and love filled.
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#1affirmationaday
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This October I am teaching a writing retreat in Northern California at @1440multiversity alongside my dear friend Racheal (@yogaracheal). We will be diving into writing as a personal practice, learning how to lean into positive affirmations + self-talk, meditation, and building sisterhood through storytelling. There is space for 40 women to register. Come celebrate and build with us during a long weekend of self-care and journaling.
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Details are available on alexelle.com/events or by swiping up on my latest Instagram story (will be saved to my highlights, too).

lean into yourself deeply. wholly. entirely. do not be afraid of your depth. root down into it. explore it. revel in it. be one w/ your journey. love yourself through the muck and grit. flowers need soil to grow. all rainbows need rain to glow.
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happy friday, y’all! // #1affirmationaday

can we talk about how amazing tonight was in DC? can we talk about the community we built? can we talk about the stories shared and the selfies taken?! we had a blast! the house was packed. the ENERGY WAS LIVE and full of love. thank you, to my hometown. i love y’all. we are on this journey of healing together. thank you for making my comeback to touring epic! we are on this journey of learning and self-exploration together, too. never alone in our struggles. ever.
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@politicsprose, thank you for having me.
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i asked the crowd this journal question tonight, and as i read from Neon Soul, they answered it: how has your healing propelled your growth?
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feel free to answer this on your own time this week!
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dress: @mirandabennettstudio

say. this. out. LOUD.
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for the next 30 days i am challenging myself to write #1affirmationaday. feel free to join along and use the hashtag. one of my goals as a writer is to build community through positive language + uplifting self-talk. i hope these daily affirmations inspire you to pause, reflect, and pour kindness into yourself + journey. .
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remember how deserving and worthy you are!

my husband snapped these a week or so ago when he got home and saw me trying to finish up work. this is what self-employed motherhood looks like most days—me working, ila touching me, us holding hands, and me stopping for a kiss, sniff, and/or cuddle at least 1000 times. this is new. my oldest is 10 and self-sufficient for the most part. i am used to char being at school and me being home (alone) getting writing done, calls handled, orders shipped, meetings had, etc. with a newborn baby my time is stretched thin and sometimes days are tough, and NO WORK gets done. nevertheless, i am learning to find ways to maneuver between breastfeeding, our daily walks outside, diaper changes (massive poop blow outs mostly), and cuddles. ila and i have a good time together at home! i wish i could sit around and do nothing all day but love on her—BUT how this “pay yo bills” life is set up, that wouldn’t be sustainable or beneficial for any of us.
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this is real life and we are all adjusting. last week i interviewed @stellamariabaer for my @theheygirlpodcast. she said something during our chat that moved me deeply: “i believe it is totally possible to work, be an artist, and be a mother. but i also want to honor the struggle of it and the hardness of it." those words are so real! motherhood isn’t linear. there are so many peaks and valleys that are explored. i am constantly learning and relearning all the newness that comes with having children 10 years apart. it’s fun. it’s hard. it’s beautiful. it’s worth it.
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to all my fellow parents/parent figures y’all got this. find your flow BUT also be prepared to adjust it when and where needed.

#proseformydaughters: walk in your light & everything else will follow.
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how we affirm our children matters so much. when i became a mother (for the 1st time 10 years ago), i knew that i wanted to pour into my children with positive words + abundance. my first daughter (char) was born when i was 18. i had no clue how to love myself, but i knew i had to learn so that i could love her w/ my whole heart + soul. learning self-love took years, but my oldest taught me to tap into the deepest parts of my brokenness and heal the wounds—simply by her ability to live freely & contently. char prepared me for an even deeper + more intentional mothering practice w/ ila. they both teach me new things every single day.
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learning how to pour in to myself is a daily thing. it’s a daily process. it’s a constant push and pull. but it’s also becoming a ritual. one that i can sacredly pass on to the daughters i am raising. for that, i am honored. humbled. and always a student of this life.
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PS. i will be in dc at politics + prose’s wharf location for an intimate reading & book signing of neon soul on 4/18. we will be diving into self-love / healing / and creating ritual through writing. it’s free, come see me. chat w/ me. so we can learn from + with each other. more details on: alexelle.com/events
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📷: @erikalaynephoto

ila barely let me get any work done today. whenever i needed a burp cloth i couldn’t find one. the dishes are piled sky high. laundry is too. i’ve gone through 3 shirts today because the spit up life is real. she only wants me 98% of time. 10 weeks old and fighting sleep is a real thing + a real struggle. i warmed up my (stale) coffee 4x. on our walk today she did great until the stroller stopped moving. being glued to my body, skin to skin, is where she’d rather be: ALL DAY LONG. lol. baby girl didn’t take it easy on me today by any means but that’s motherhood—you never quite know what you’re gonna get. it’s all worth it for me, though. it’s her world, i just live in it.
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shout out to this shower i am about to take cause hubby is home. amen for 15 mins of self-care, even if it took all day to come by.
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📷: @erikalaynephoto
sling: @oschaslings

notes on love: the older i get the more i realize that love is learned. and loving another, be it platonic or romantic, takes practice. it takes shifting and adjusting, failing and trying again. we are all flawed, but we are also deserving of true and unyielding love. study the art of love. be a student. become fluent. share it. i am also understanding (more and more) that the best place to start, the ideal muse to use, is yourself—because leaning into self-love is just as important as standing in it w/ someone else.

to all my givers, over-extenders, helpers, and doers: sometimes we’ve gotta give ourselves permission to say no. not today. not right now. i can’t. i don’t want to. no, thank you. etc.

scrolling through our photos and reminiscing on our first date night away from ila. we had a lot of fun dressing up and hitting the town. we set up my phone on a wall in DC and started having a photoshoot. we were doing the MOST and having a blast. people who passed by and saw us were confused and looking like: 🤨. but we didn’t care! we had our fancy clothes on and a photo session was happening, lol.
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looking at these photos 2 weeks later, with ila wrapped in her carrier on my chest (finally asleep!), i started to chuckle! ryan and i have a good time together 99% of the time. even if we are just in the house w/ the kids, we’re joking, laughing, and cuttin’ up. it’s crazy how far we have come and how much further we have to go.
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we are young and in love. we are on a mission to figure this life out together. but most importantly, we really like one another—a lot. we are homies. being best friends in a marriage is important to me, and while standing in love isn’t always a walk in the park, knowing that my husband is truly my road dog, my partner, my friend, outweighs the trials we have faced (and will face). i am no expert in marriage or relationships, but when partnership is rooted in respect, fun, and friendship all the other stuff falls into place accordingly.
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note: we haven’t taken any new pictures together since then, so get used to that dress and that suit. 😂😩🤷🏽‍♀️

#proseformydaughters // i want my children to know that they are special, and that they have a special type of magic to offer this world. they aren’t just special because i think or say so. they are because their individuality lights up the lives of everyone they encounter. i want them to know that even when hard things happen and shake our peace, staying soft is a superpower that they should be proud of.
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char + ila teach me daily to intentionally tap into my softness. my oldest’s favorite saying to describe people who are falling short is: “it’s OK mama. they’re doing the best they can.”
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my girls remind me to keep a soft heart. they show me love and beauty, joy and adventure. and the healing power of forgiveness and empathy. the light they bring to my life that can never be extinguished. they both are great teachers, and i truly believe, as the late abbey lincoln sings: they came here from the sun.

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