Thought of the Day

I found this to be an inspiring and thought provoking saying. It is simple and yet has a strong message…

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#quoteoftheday

What a great reminder to keep moving forward. You can’t change the past, we should all be able to look back for the benefit of learning from our experiences… but ultimately we need to keep looking ahead.

Lately I have felt low, stuck and stagnant. Reading this allowed me to take a breath and remember that progress doesn’t have to come in huge ways, progress can be recognised in the smallest of victories.
For me, last week I reached out and was open when I felt that I couldn’t deal anymore. I needed support and to take some time to recharge. I also went to the gym again. Once + yoga, but this week I am aiming for atleast two gym sessions. Small steps towards change.

So turn forward, just keep moving. Eventually you’ll be able to turn around and say “look how far I’ve come…”

Kooklah Xo

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Talk Yourself Positive…

Here is the latest post from Sarah at Creating Contentment, it is all about using affirmations to help increase your positive mindset and make sure that your self-talk is not negative and increase your confidence. I have used various affirmations – but my favourite one at the moment is “She believed she could… and so she DID”, I find this to be very powerful and motivating. Please read on and let us know what you think of this post – I love it, and am so appreciative of the tips that Sarah has included. Find something that works for you, and use it. The best part is one day, you suddenly realise that you believe it!

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Today, I am sharing something that I have learnt.

 
It is possible to use affirmations to increase your positivity.

 
Now, in hindsight, I can see that this lesson was rather obvious, but I had to learn it through doing. Just like it is impossible to tell a women about the hardships of mothering before her first birth, some lessons need to be leant by experiencing them first hand.

 
Despite this, I am going to try and share what I learnt with you. I want YOU to know that you can use affirmations to be more positive. I am hoping that you trust me enough to try my suggestions. I hope that your confidence in me is enough that you will stop listening to your internal voice telling you that you are not enough, and put your faith in mine instead.
My message is this: using affirmations CAN make you feel better!
I use affirmations daily. Not in the formal way of looking in a mirror and talking to yourself. I have tried this, but felt too awkward and silly. Feelings of embarrassment are not conductive to voicing affirmations. Affirmations need to be believed. Therefore, when using affirmations, speak naturally. You need to believe that you are speaking the truth. And that the truth comes with the conviction of a kind friend.
Affirmations are simple statements that enhances your creative power for change. Writing your own affirmations can bring clarity to your thoughts allowing you to focus on what you really want. Speaking the words aloud allows your body to have the sensation of speaking, hearing and feeling the words as you say them. And, your feelings become engrossed in these sensations. Use your emotions to bring further life to your affirmations.

 
Or, meditate on your affirmations, like I do. Repeat the phrase over and over, feeling the words in your entire body. I try and visualise the ‘truth’ of the words and what that would look like for me.
Affirmations are personal. They should reflect your wants, your dreams, what you need from your life. That said, some of my favourite affirmations are vague enough to be relevant to many people. So, because YOU are wonderful, I shall share some of them with you.

I am beautiful.
I am worthy of exercise.
I am strong enough to do what is needed of me.
I am grounded on and supported by this earth.
I am safe and secure. All that I need will be provided for me.
I choose to make healthy choices.
I am healing. I am healed.
I am willing to believe that I can forgive.
I believe I can be happy.
I choose to stand tall and be proud.
I am actively creating my own contentment.
I am loved.

 

You need to believe the affirmation that you use. If you cannot believe the statement “I am beautiful”, change it to “I am willing to believe that I am beautiful”, or “I can choose to be beautiful”. Change the language of the statement so to make it more believable. Notice the variations of language that I use on my affirmations above. Some statements I am still distancing myself from, so that I can still believe in the truth of the statement. And that is ok. Like everything, this is a journey towards my improvement. If I was already ‘better’, there would be no need of improvement now would there? Start where you are, and take a small step … in any direction. That direction IS forward. And you, my friend, are worthy of betterment.
Perhaps one of these could be your first affirmation?
1. “I am willing to believe that I am worthy of betterment” or
2. “I believe that I am worthy of betterment” or
3. “I am worthy of betterment”.
What level/ number/ stage are you at, for this affirmation?

 
Do you like the affirmations I use? Are there any there that you could believe if you told them to yourself? Will you start telling yourself affirmations?
I would love to know if you already use affirmations, what words you tell yourself. Please leave a comment and let me know.

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Five Favourites on a Friday {19th July}

I don’t know about you but I am completely and utterly obsessed with the phenomenon that is Pinterest, where you can collect and share ‘pins’ {pictures} by sharing them to your boards {of which you have different categories}… I started off with maybe five boards and now have 47. These range from quotes, fashion {I have many different categories including MY style}, beauty, blogging, inspiration, sparkle and wishlist boards. Check out my boards on my Pinterest profile – Kooklah.

I find it a great medium to group together ideas and inspiration for projects and something that makes me happy too – there are so many pretty things!

I am sharing with you my five favourite ‘pins’ from the week.

Friday Favourite #1
A great way to add some sparkle to something that is ordinary and used everyday! Dip the end of the key in some glue – or use an old brush to paint it on and then dip into some glitter, seal once dry with clear nail polish and then have fun using your keys!


Friday Favourite #2
This look is so lovely. I fell for the tailored wave of the jacket and the casual top underneath with a cinched in waist, paired perfectly with the shiny shell effect bag for some impact. This outfit is the perfect casual-dressed up outfit – great for a date, party or dinner and drinks.

 

 Friday Favourite #3
This made me giggle but I can totally identify – more so with when the books ended. When Harry Potter was released, I was Harry’s age and I felt like I was right beside them throughout all their adventures, like I grew up with them. And I did really. The movies extended this, but the books I re-read pretty often, I fell in love with J. K. Rowling’s words and the wonderful world she created…

Friday Favourite #4
I always love a good reminder that things DO get better. No sunshine or rainbows without rain. I think this is such a good way of motivating and encouraging someone to be positive. Sometimes you have to go backwards to proceed forwards. Have some faith that something great is about to happen… because do you know what? It just might!

Friday Favourite #5
I originally found Linda Hallberg on Pinterest and fell in love with her beauty looks. She is a sensational makeup/hair stylist and blogger from Sweden. You can also follow her on instagram {Linda’s handle is @lindahallbergs} for daily beauty looks… Her eye makeup is sensational! SO inspiring.

 
Have a happy Friday! Hope you enjoy these pics.
Sarah – Kooklah – For the Style Seeking Girl Xo
 

Inspire Me Monday

Today was a both a good and difficult day… a little of the Monday Blues for sure. Today is as good a day as ever to post up what is inspiring and motivating the start to the week…

Hairspiration
I would love to be brave enough and colour my hair this tone one day! One item listed on my Bucket List is to lighten my hair to a kind of blonde, a light caramel/honey such as this would be fantastic!

 
 
Love Thy Body
I find Beyonce so inspiring! She is a strong, talented and inspirational woman. A fantastic role model for women and well as younger girls. Especially as she is curvy, a real size who looks fantastic and shines confidence! One of the most beautiful people… ever…
 
 
Shoespiration
A stunning pair of shoes makes me smile. I love looking at the design and thinking of the craftmanship that went into making them. These ankle boots with bows are just adorable! Love the blush colour, they are called Caroline and are available from Sole Society
 
 
Look At Me Eyes…
I absolutely love this beauty look – it has a very classic vibe with a fresh, modern twist. Great idea to contrast the black cat-eye liner with a splash of gold glitter. Make it your own -attempt a different colour! I am excited to try this! Perfect for girls’ nights out, dates and events such as weddings
 
 
Thoughtspiration
Life is all about the journey. Every single step you take, person you meet, conversation you have, place you go and action you do plays a part in getting you to the person you will be. Creates your story, when we are young we all just want to grow up. But why? We should not rush to the end, enjoy the journey, create a memorable story. Make your life, your story, your very own legacy. The highs, the lows, the greatest and most exciting moments of your life, the challenges and struggles all play a significant part in how you will be remembered. So open the book, grab the pen and start LIVING.
 
 
Hope something on this list inspires you… maybe you have your own. What is inspiring your start to the week? Happy end to the Monday. Sarah/Kooklah Xo