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30 Self Love Affirmations to Boost Your Confidence

How you speak to yourself matters! While this time of the year is focused a lot on couples or finding love, I think it’s so important to remember that you also need to love yourself. A great way to incorporate self love into your daily routine is through affirmations. 

I was first introduced to affirmations during yoga, but I really started making it a daily practice when I started using the 5 Minute Journal. Writing down things you’re grateful for, coupled with an affirmation for yourself for the day was a challenge at first. But if you keep going, I promise you’ll see just how empowering it can be! 

Need some inspo to get you started? Here are 30 of my favourite self love affirmations to boost your confidence. 

  1. I am worthy of my dreams.
  2. I am enough. 
  3. I am strong, beautiful and kind. 
  4. I am open to new opportunities. 
  5. I am capable of doing hard things. 
  6. I am growing and learning every single day. 
  7. I am confident in my career potential. 
  8. I am full of potential and have so much to offer the world. 
  9. I am poised to attract success and happiness. 
  10. I am exactly where I need to be. 
  11. I trust myself to learn from mistakes I may make. 
  12. I am who I choose to be. 
  13. I am grateful for my life. 
  14. I am enough just the way I am. 
  15. I love and appreciate my body and mind. 
  16. I am aligned with my mind, body and soul. 
  17. I trust myself to take risks and get back up if I fail. 
  18. I am knowledgeable and my ideas are important. 
  19. I speak up and stand up for myself. 
  20. I am proud to show up every day as my true, authentic self. 
  21. I choose to wake up today feeling confident, strong, and empowered. 
  22. My own approval is all I need. 
  23. I love myself exactly as I am. 
  24. I acknowledge all that I’ve accomplished and celebrate my achievements so far. 
  25. I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.  
  26. I respect and take good care of myself. 
  27. I have an abundance of energy. 
  28. I recognize when it’s time to rest and take care of my wellbeing. 
  29. I regularly take time for myself and my hobbies. 
  30. I am joyful and live with passion. 

Take a few that speak to you, or feel free to use these as a starting point to craft your own. Write them down every day, speak to yourself in the mirror while you’re doing your skin care, however you want to say your affirmations are up to you. You are amazing, don’t forget that! And if you do, just come back to this list to remind yourself of the inspiring, loving and incredible human you are and always will be. 

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How to Get Back On Track With Your Goals

It’s a new month, and a new opportunity to get back on track with your goals. Because if you’re anything like me…you may have let a few of those new year resolutions fall to the way-side. And, you know, Ontario was back in lock-down all of January – so there’s that. But, if you’re looking for some motivation to turn things around, here are some helpful ways to jump back on the horse and achieve the things you want in 2022 and beyond. 

1. Give yourself some grace

First things first, give yourself a break. Change isn’t going to happen overnight and creating new habits (and breaking old ones) takes time and consistency. If you restart your goals from a place of guilt, chances are you won’t keep them for long. Take a deep breath, journal about the challenges you had in the last month and give yourself some grace for doing what you needed to do and try again. 

2. Re-establish your “why”

I prefer writing out my goals on paper. There are studies that show the mind to hand connection with good ol’ fashioned pen and paper is more effective when it comes to recalling the notes you wrote. So, grab your favourite notebook and write down why you want to achieve your goals, what your vision for yourself is and how achieving these goals, along with the journey to get there, is important to you. If you find yourself falling off the wagon, refer back to this why. It should be a strong enough statement (or series of statements) to help you visualize why these goals are non-negotiable to you and help you get back to them. 

3. Create an updated vision board

I love a good vision board – whether it’s virtual or physical. Lately I’ve been creating monthly vision boards on Canva and then saving them to my desktop screen. That way, every time I open my computer, I am reminded of my goals and vision for myself. This month I’ve printed out my vision board and posted it in my office so that when I’m feeling uninspired, I can have a quick glance and be reminded of what I’m working towards! 

*All photos are either from Pinterest or Canva.

4. Pick one goal to focus on

Although you may have goals in different areas of your life, you can’t possibly change everything all at once. And if you attempt to, you’ll end up burning yourself out before you even get there. Take a realistic look at your goals and determine which one you want to tackle first. Maybe it’s a low-hanging fruit, a quick-win, or maybe you’re determined to work towards your longer term goal – it’s completely up to you! 

5. Create milestones

Whether you’ve chosen a longer term goal or a quick win, create a manageable work back schedule and key milestones you’d like to hit. Even if you don’t attach a time frame, have smaller steps in between that you need to hit to get you to where you want to go. Then CELEBRATE those small wins! You’ll be much more motivated to continue on your path if you take the time to celebrate your journey! It’s not just about the destination. If you spend your entire time waiting for the end result, you’ll miss all the good stuff, all the growth, all the life you’re living in between point a to point b. 

And if you find yourself back in the same place on March 1st, it’s okay. Restart steps 1-5, get back up and try again! You’ll surprise yourself when you see how far you actually have come in a month, even if it’s super tiny baby steps. Don’t forget to reflect on your previous month, what you’re grateful for, your successes and lessons you’ve learned along the way.

What is the one goal you’re going to tackle this month? Let me know below!

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Self-Care Journal Prompts for a New Month

Every month I try to take some time to reflect. Jot down my highs and lows from the month, what I’ve learned and what I’m looking forward to. I don’t believe that you need to be moving the needle forward all the time – then we wouldn’t truly appreciate and live in the moment. But it’s always a good idea to have dreams, goals and plans for getting to where you want to go, while being happy with what you currently have. 

I typically start with my monthly reflection by journaling and then I’ll finish by creating a mood-board on Canva or creating a new Pinterest board. Having a visual representation really helps me to zone in on what I’m looking forward to and sets the tone for the rest of the month. I usually create seasonal vision boards (check out how I created my spring digital vision board here), but lately I’ve been gravitating towards monthly inspiration like the one below!

If you’re looking for some guidance on where to start, here are some of my favourite journaling prompts for monthly self-reflection. Take what resonates, leave what doesn’t! 

Looking back:

  • What were the top 5 highlights from this past month? 
  • What are 3 things I’ve learned this past month? 
  • What do I wish I would have done differently?
  • Did you run into any challenges this month? How did you face them?
  • If I could describe the past month in one word or phrase, what would it be and why? 

Looking ahead:

  • What am I looking forward to this month? 
  • What are my top 3 goals for next month? What are some things I can do to achieve even just one of these?
  • What is one milestone I’d like to achieve this month?
  • How am I using what I learned from last month and paying it forward?
  • What affirmation, phrase or quote am I gravitating towards for inspiration this month?
  • What am I manifesting for next month?
  • Do I see any obstacles this month? If so, what are some ways I can face them?

Happy journaling! Are there any other prompts you like to use? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Best Hobbies for Stress Relief (And They Make Perfect Gifts)

During the last few years and in the midst of a pandemic, I found myself so wrapped up in work and stressing about what was happening in the world that I somehow lost my “play”. At the end of the workday, without any social activities, or the regular routine, I found myself burnt out. But I couldn’t figure out why or even how? In my head, it didn’t make sense. I’m not commuting any longer, I’m not socially drained or going out late at night (lol as if I did before the pandemic, but you get what I mean), so what gives? Short answer? I didn’t have a way of effectively managing my stress. Sure, I love yoga and meditation, but those also seemed like tasks that I needed to complete. 

Enter: crafting. Some of my fondest memories were summers spent at my grandparents house knitting, painting, woodworking, sewing, making cards – you name it. We kept busy by being creative and taking time to learn new skills – for fun. With no purpose other than to create. I wanted to pick back up the hobbies that brought me so much joy and as a way to remember my grandparents to stay connected to the memories that I hold so dear. What I didn’t anticipate was the stress relief it would provide. After doing more research, I found that having leisurely hobbies is actually linked to lower levels of depression.

So, my question to you: when was the last time you tried something new for the first time, just for fun? Get on YouTube, watch some video tutorials (there are so many helpful channels with exactly what you’re looking for) and get started! 

Here are some of the best hobbies to try for stress relief, especially as the weather gets colder here in Canada! Plus, they make the perfect gift for those in your life who love to get creative. P.P.S. All of the shopping links are from Canadian Small Businesses on Etsy

1. Embroidery

There are so many helpful tutorials online, plus many of the beginners kits have detailed instructions, plus all of the materials and tools you’ll need! This is on my list for my next crafting project.

2. Knitting

My grandmother taught all of my sisters and cousins how to knit when we spent time at her house up north during the winter and summer breaks. I only hope to be as great at knitting as she was one day!

3. Puzzles

How beautiful to be able to frame a puzzle that you’ve spent so long working on!? Whether for yourself or a gift – this is a great leisurely hobby. This one is my favourite from Fits Puzzles.

4. Watercolour

Okay, this has been by far the most rewarding hobby I’ve started the past few months. And I’m currently making my own Christmas cards with watercolour! It started off rocky, but I kept practicing and started following tutorials (like the one below) and slowly started to get it. There’s something so satisfying about mixing colours together and creating something that I’ve never been able to do before.

5. Colouring

A classic! There’s so many fun adult colouring books now and a pretty inexpensive hobby to pick-up.

6. Bullet Journaling

Take a regular journal to a whole new level. There are so many page variations you can do, from themes to favourite books to mood trackers. The choice is all yours! Pinterest and YouTube are great sources for inspiration.

7. Paint by numbers

This is one I haven’t tried yet, but have given paint by numbers as a gift and the response was positive! Painting made straight forward, and kits (like the one above) gives you everything you need!


Happy crafting! 🧵 What hobby are you most excited to try? What else would you add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!