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Being brave. I always thought the idea of being brave was to stand up for something; to face fear and go running into it anyway, heart open and vulnerable. As time has gone on, I’ve realised that bravery is also something more.
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Bravery is something we touch when we start to build self-care into our lives. Because, yes, as much as self-care is about the physical stuff - resting, taking time for yourself, having bubble baths or indulging in material pleasures - it’s just as much about the non physical stuff. The inner stuff. The deepest parts of ourselves where our inner voices reside.
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Focussing on our inner voices that are kind and compassionate is self-care. Drawing boundaries where it comes to toxic environments or people is self-care. Being present and grounded is self-care. Saying “no”, when needed, is self-care. Forgiveness, too, is self care; because when we hold on to hatred or grudges, that energy lives inside us and causes *us* the pain. Recognising and walking away from abuse is self-care. If you’re not used to practicing these things, boy is it tough to work on them!
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But you deserve the fruits of those changes. And not only will they nourish you and help you to take care of yourself, but these things… these are some of the bravest things you will do. 💝 #love
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In this pic: Base is all @toofaced Born this Way, eyeshadows are all @arderecosmetics Natural to Night and Smokey, mascara is @rimmellondonuk ScandalEyes and lipstick is @revlon_uk Bare Affair. Hijab, as always, is @pearldaisyuk

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