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Let's Talk Body

You are powerful, beautiful, brilliant and brave
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I recently had a complete epiphany -- I was listening to a podcast with Rachel Hollis (if don’t you know she’s one of my favs) and she mentioned that her friend Amy Porterfield had told her “she didn’t believe that she could REALLY be successful until she lost weight or became a certain size.” 
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When she said that I began nodding my head in complete agreement. I then realized that I also believed this -- but before hearing this thought of hers and agreeing with it, I had no idea that this was a belief that I had as well. I thought it was totally normal to think that I have to appear a certain way in order to be successful. That thought is completely OUTRAGEOUS and was totally subconscious -- I then realized I must be proactive in correcting it! 
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I wanted to share this with you because I guarantee that there are tons of women who believe they cannot be successful unless they have a specific appearance. These beliefs had all been engrained through society’s opinions on us and even reinforced through social media’s use of filters and photoshop. 
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I have learned so many things that I was thinking subconsciously that I truly had no idea until I listened to Amy Porterfield's podcast Body Talk. I would highly recommend giving it a listen! I believe that as women we put massive amounts of pressure on ourselves -- in a million different ways-- but a lot in our physical appearance. It is more common than not to be looking into different sorts of body enhancements ( I am 100%  guilty of this!) such as lip fillers, botox, ect, ect. This idea of perfection has become super normal and accepted where it should also be JUST as normal-- if not more so-- to be able to love our bodies as is
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I’m not saying that body enhancements are wrong or that you shouldn’t get them. But, since listening to Amy’s podcast I think it's more about considering the question “do I want to look this way for myself or for someone else?”. At least when asking yourself these questions you are considering YOUR feelings rather than basing your appearances on other people’s expectations for you.  
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So-- How can we combat these beliefs and negative subconscious thoughts?? Taking the actions below will help you identify some of your own beliefs and retrain your mind to take actions for YOU!
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Step 1: Listen to Amy Porterfield's podcast “Body Talk” (click here to access now!) 
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Step 2: Retrain your brain! 
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When you have thoughts like these you have to consciously unlearn them. When we have an unhelpful thought - we have to make sure we acknowledge that the thought is unhelpful and then tell ourselves the positive version of the thought. 
For instance: 
The unhelpful thought: “ I cannot be successful until I reach a certain weight or appearance. “
Positive Flip: “I determine my own success regardless of my appearance.” or  “I love and respect my body”. 
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Step 3: Wear things / Do things that make YOU feel amazing! 
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Embrace YOU for all that you are! For example -  Try to be more aware of the outfits you're choosing each morning. Ask yourself the question: Do I like this outfit? Does this outfit make ME happy? Or am I choosing this outfit because someone else believes this is how I should dress? Just being aware of the decisions you make can help you see more of what you like and enjoy and in turn make more of those decisions. 
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All in all, I believe that women are so incredibly inspiring and sometimes we let ridiculous beliefs such as these stand in the way of our success. This is exactly why I wanted to create jewelry with you in mind. To be able to inspire you and empower you to be ALL of who you are! 
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I created the Empowerment Collection to be wearable reminders that you already have all the things that you need to be the best version of yourself. These pieces allow you to take back your power each morning that you put them on! 
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If you haven’t already, take a look at the pieces in the Empowerment Collection below -- my go to piece would have to be the “Strength Hoops”. I love to wear them as a reminder to live each day as my best self! 
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You are already enough! Sending you love and strength always! -Cassondra 
  

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