Create your own rules

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This is a little reminder from the brilliant @wonder_doodles to step out of conventions and do things our way ๐Ÿ’œ This illustration also speaks to the child in me who was aways told to โ€œChoose the colours for your picture โ€œ rather than letting me just go ahead and colour ( my shaky hands would mean my colouring would over flow the lines, which did not go down well with those looking for โ€˜perfection โ€˜) , it goes without saying it took a while to like making art again, and it something now that I love!๐ŸŒˆ Never be put off by or be dictated to about how to do or not to do something – make your own rules ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thank you @wonder_doodles for this reminder ๐Ÿ’–

Be Proud of Yourself

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Being proud of ones self is something I continually strive for! It used to be something I would run from and think of all the opposite things… very unhelpful! But now I am working on being proud of myself, itโ€™s a very healthy quality to have!!

Whoโ€™s with me? Letโ€™s kick off this week by finding things in ourselves we are proud of!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ

Lovely illustration by @littlearthlings

Never Give Up

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This is a reminder from the brilliant @emilycoxhead that you ARE valued in the world. Never ever give up.๐Ÿ˜˜๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œโœจ

Moving out of your comfort zone

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Itโ€™s always good to try things not in your comfort zone as you never know the outcome even if you think going know!

As part of my cerebral palsy my right hand is not as good in completing tasks. It becomes even more stiff and movements are then more involuntary. Because of this my left hand became my default hand to use.

For a time now I have been trying to use my right hand more. One of the ways that I trying to exercise my right hand is through painting ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒˆ

Never doubt you canโ€™t improve because you CAN

Girls Just Want To Have Fun!!!

Hello Reader,

How long has it been since posting something in โ€˜Letโ€™s Thriveโ€™? Only in like forever ago! I know the last couple of these posts have started like this, but you have not been far from my thoughts! Today I just want to talk about having a little fun!!

People that know me well, will know that I love to laugh lots and seek enjoyment wherever I can. A few months back, some of these lovely humans organized an afternoon to play the real life โ€˜Whereโ€™s Wally?โ€™ as well as โ€˜Whereโ€™s the Unicorn?โ€™ and โ€˜Whereโ€™s the clown?โ€™ We all had to wear some snazzy head gear and go and hide in a park. This time was filled with lots of laughter, good vibes and FUN! Moments like these are just as, if not more, important than adult life that sometimes can get a little much! While we there enjoying as my dear friend would say โ€getting Ninjaโ€ sneaking behind trees and running to dodge our spies, we did get some strange looks at our head gear while other just laughed with us. The sad thing is the having fun and letting your inner child take control for a while, gets overlooked and the very idea of moving away from the โ€˜altogether womanโ€™ that people see you as, or this persona that you put out into the world is terrifying; letting yourself been seen in another light sometimes can the hardest thing you can do- you have even less control than you did, or thought you did, before.

But, does it ever get boring? Does staying in your beautifully arranged, clean cut box ever grow tiresome? Do you ever yearn to mess up sometimes, so that you can take off and be free?
We make ourselves feel pressure and that we ought to have a handle on things all of the time. The truth is though we donโ€™t. We think we do, but we donโ€™t. Taking everything so seriously takes away possibility, takes away that gap between you and the thing that you are obsessing over. The gap needed to feel you! I am a self-confessed over thinker and at times it can get in the way and you guessed it, stops all this fun that could happen

I am writing this to say to you, and to remind myself, to get adventurous, get messy and be free. Life is way too short to be unhappy, to carry unwanted weight, to only let the fun you wish you were having to live out in your mind. Start now, even if it means splashing in a puddle whenโ€™s no one looking, watching a clip of your favourite comedian, singing one of you favourite guilty pleasures or tryingโ€ฆ. to walking like a penguin (dude, its fun!).

I hope you will let yourself have a little more fun and when doing so not judge yourself for it. I would love to know how you will get in touch with your inner child!

All my love XX

Heartbeats

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This is a little note just remember to always go with the rhythm of your heart ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Spread Kindness

๐Ÿ’œโœจ๐Ÿ’œ Happy Magic Monday My Fabulous Ones ๐Ÿ’œโœจ๐Ÿ’œ As we enter autumn and it gets a little colder (sitting here in my woolies) we can forget how this season can also have an impact on our mental health – this time of year can be particularly triggering for people that suffer with their mental health so itโ€™s really important that we are all aware of this โœจ In September 2016 something happened that I never thought could happen. My gorgeous sister had seemed โ€˜a bit down โ€˜ for some time but I never knew the extent or that it would turn out that she would be diagnosed with depression. No one would have known that behind her smile and the rainbows she adorns herself in that she was suffering – not even me and I live with her.

It is so important that we really make sure if the people around us are actually okay. It is only when people get talking and ending stigmas, that the importance of mental health can be kept alive. Mairead describes living with depression as like โ€˜living in a body with a mind thatโ€™s trying to die.โ€™ No one should have to face feelings like this alone.

One thing we can all do is practice kindness, smile at strangers and say kind words, remind the loved ones in your life why they are so special, say and send kind messages to people you care about. If you think something lovely about someone why donโ€™t you tell them? So this magic Monday letโ€™s celebrate kindness โœจ If you are struggling right now please talk to someone, there are also so many wonderful communities where you can seek help such as @mindcharity and @mh_stories_ is also a wonderful online platform where you can find support ๐Ÿ˜˜ Thank you @mermaiidmairead for allowing me to share your story ๐ŸŒˆโค๏ธ

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Be A Light

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Being inspired by others is something that never tires. One lady who inspires hugely is @tajia_love ๐Ÿ’œ This incredible lady shares her experience with Cerebral Palsy to encourage others to take the lead in their life ๐Ÿ’š Recently @tajia_love took to the stage of New York Fashion Week with her purpose to change the way people think about themselves -to love themselves and to embrace who they are๐Ÿ’š This took her lots of strength and gave hope to many including me๐Ÿ’š Again this is a reminder you a not your disability, you are light โœจ Thank you @tajia_love for all you do โœจ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜˜โœจ

Who inspires you?

Take Your Time

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Always remember to take time for you to be the best that you can be you can be. Itโ€™s okay to have time out. Itโ€™s okay to switch off for a while. Itโ€™s okay to do things differently and perhaps not even do them things at all. Take your time. Make your move when you are ready and donโ€™t judge yourself when you do๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ

Be A Leader

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This is you reminder that no one has control over your life but you. You are the leader. You are director. You are the author. Do not let anyone else hold your pen ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’œ