“Easter promises that what God does in the resurrection of Jesus is Gods intention for the entire creation.”
– James A. Harnish
Easter is a time of joy, rebirth and new beginnings. It’s a great spring festival to get creative and have fun with family and friends through meaningful activities such as Easter egg hunting, baking rice crispy Easter nests, colouring in the Easter bunny and many more.
Kindness may be described as a positive act towards ourselves and others. We must choose to be kind everyday by making a conscious decision to do something kind whether big or small.
You can show kindness in your day to day lives by holding open a door for someone, smiling at people, being present and listening or even giving a friendly compliment. These small acts of kindness may not seem like a lot but they really can brighten someone’s day, making others feel happy and loved.
There are so many ways to show kindness but remember to be kind to yourself as well as everyone else because you deserve it too! Kindness positively affects our wellbeing improving our life and mood, aiding us to give back and pour kindness into others.
Whether it be positive self-talk, building healthy habits or acts of self-care such as reading your favourite book or setting aside time for downtime, consciously do acts of kindness for yourself too.
“When you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is and not as you want them to be.”
Happy Valentines day to you all from us at The Like Me CIC.
We should spread love and show our love for others everyday, but the 14th of February is a special holiday, it’s the one day of the year that is solely dedicated to celebrating our love, especially for romantic partners.
Do you have a Valentine? If not, be your own Valentine this year. Buy yourself some flowers or a box of chocolate’s and enjoy a candle lit bath, or whatever makes you feel loved. If you do have a Valentine, whether that be a friend or your partner, make sure to celebrate them and show them how much they are loved by you.
When we hear ‘self love’ , the image of pamper days arise. We all deserve to treat ourselves and yes self care days are important but self love is unapologetically having the highest regard for yourself.
Stand in your power by putting yourself first and taking care of your own needs and happiness without guilt or sacrificing your wellbeing just to please others.
Remove your mask, unconditionally love yourself and show up as authentically you. You are worthy.
World Kindness Day was observed across the globe this past Saturday 13th November to celebrate being kind. But what does it truly mean to be kind? Is kindness the norm? Do you want to be kind but are unsure how to? Or perhaps, you’re not too sure what the point really is? Read this article to find out!
It’s ages since I’ve written a blog. However, after The Women Like Me Luton & Beds Conference I’ve re-committed myself to sharing from the heart. My major learning of late is love isn’t always about being there through thick and thin. Sometimes love requires you to leave.
So Why is Leaving Loving?
Firstly, leaving my relationship meant I remembered to love me. It meant I had finally acknowledged that I and my feelings mattered. It meant I had accepted my relationship was toxic and abusive, deciding to stand up for myself and my happiness. For a long time I’d been surviving and felt like I was slowly dying inside. I lost connection with myself so didn’t realised how anxious I’d become or that I was becoming depressed. Losing the fight needed for my hopes and dreams to become a reality. Slipping into a state of existence, numbed existence, where I just go through the motions. Leaving meant loving myself so I could stop trying to be okay and just start being again.
Another reason why leaving was an act of love is because it meant my daughter would be able to grow up with a mum who breathed. What I mean by that is a mum who was present, who lived in the moment, who felt. Instead of a mum struggling, falling into depression and anxiety and simply trying to survive. My example would be one that she could follow in life and relationships. As I would learn how to set and uphold appropriate boundaries including being treated with respect and love. Leaving was love as my daughter would now be in a home environment in which she would feel safe because I felt safe.
The last reason why leaving was loving is because I didn’t stop loving my partner. I just stopped hoping and wishing he would change. I recognised change was something he had to want for himself but I didn’t have to suffer while he figured that out. I realised leaving would give him the chance to see just how damaging his behaviour had been. A chance to reflect and see ‘it wasn’t that bad’ was a lie. I knew, however, change might never come and whether it did or didn’t wasn’t on me. I left that to him and God. Leaving was the loving slap that might awaken him and I wasn’t looking to benefit from it. I wasn’t going to look back.
Leaving meant my life took unexpected turns that VERY few understood. It meant my life sunk to depths I never imagined. Here I was a professional, a business women in refuge. On top of that I wasn’t 100% sure that I was doing the right thing. Yet leaving meant I was free. Free to learn and free love again. Starting with myself.
There’s a saying, if you love something set it free and if it’s yours it’ll come back to you. Love yourself, set yourself free and you’ll come back to you. I’m here to tell the tale. And I’m breathing with a smile on my face. There’s life after abuse. You can recover. And you can learn to love yourself again.
All the best
Speaker, Trainer, Coach and Director of The Like Me CIC.
Jasmine is determined to make a positive difference to females in Luton and Bedfordshire. Primarily through events, training and in future a magazine. Jasmine shares her story to empower and encourage others. Jasmine’s authenticity comes from her belief that when she lets her light shine, others are encouraged to do the same.