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Self-Love

May 31, 2017




I have come a long way these past few years of my life as far as confidence goes. I was always the shy girl in school who was often forgotten about and was left to fade into the background, but somehow I summoned the courage to change this. I learned to appreciate every part of me - inside and out. This is certainly not an easy task, especially in today's modern age.

These past couple of months, I found my self-confidence quietly slipping away. Yes, I was still happy, but I felt a sort of mild anxiety bubbling beneath the surface. I was weeks away from graduating university and although I was ecstatic to be done with my education forever, I did not have a plan and it absolutely terrified me. Friends and family were asking what I was doing after I graduate and all I could do was merely shrug. This is where my self-confidence faltered and I started to question everything. What if I chose the wrong major? Attended the wrong university? Didn't study enough? Should I even pursue fashion?

This quietly went on for the past couple of weeks and I thought I should just come to terms that I would be unemployed forever (Dramatic, I know). I continued to half-heartedly apply to jobs online, hoping for a miracle. Finally, after what felt like ages, I received a couple of requests for follow up interviews from a few companies. I rejoiced and I finally received an offer last week. I felt so relieved that I could finally provide an answer to those asking about my future plans. My incessant worrying and fears seemed so silly.

Self-confidence is a tricky matter and something that needs to be continually worked upon. It may be diminished with FOMO or scrolling through an instagram model's feed or from being temporary unemployed and feeling lost. I have come to realize it is just a part of life, but we should collectively do all we can to love ourselves. Here are some of my self-confidence tips:

1. Compliment yourself when you look in the mirror everyday!

2. Play dress up. Find a cute outfit and go out for the day. After all, enclothed cognition is a real thing! What you wear does affect your overall attitude and confidence.

3. Do something you love. Make time for your hobbies!

4. Spend a few hours during the week to spend some time alone and focus on yourself. For me, this is my Sunday night ritual where I like to spend time pampering myself. This means painting my nails, doing a face mask, and listening to my favorite music.

5. Surround yourself with at least one good friend. 


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80 comments on "Self-Love "
  1. I totally agree with you! Especially on surrounding yourself with good friends and making time for your hobbies :) Great post and you look lovely.

    ❤️ Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // Instagram

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  2. Nice post and loved the tips! I really have to follow these!!

    http://violettedaily.com/

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  3. Keri, loved this and your honesty-totally understand where you are coming from and Congrats on the job offer!-Katelyn/www.theyellowspectacles.com

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  4. I do number 4 once a week too!
    congrats on graduating and your new job!

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape

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  5. This is a topic which is so close to my heart…I know exactly what you mean! Love reading this!

    Ellysa

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  6. Great post, thanks for sharing :) these are amazing tips for increasing confidence!

    Camille xo

    www.camiwears.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. These are great thoughts!! We all need this!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  8. Huge congratulations on your job offer, Keri! You are so gorgeous and I am always envious of your amazing style!

    xo Jaime
    Angloyankophile

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  9. I love your photographs and your lovely words :D
    Have a nice day!
    kiss
    xx

    https://thathappymess.com/

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  10. A good post and good reminder that we all have anxieties that can hold us back if we let them...
    I think making time for hobbies is the most important thing to do in life, it should never all be about work and chores it's an easy way to lose who you actually are!
    Good luck with the job :D

    Rachel | Coffee & Avocados

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  11. Loved all the points you made hun! Its so important!

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  12. This is a great post - and I'm sure it's not always easy to share these feelings so thank you :) I've been feeling the same anxiety sometimes and I totally believe the 'look good, feel good' saying!

    Allie
    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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    1. Yesss something I couldn't preach more!

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  13. Love the kimono!
    http://styledfortheoccasion.com

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  14. Congratulations on your offer babe! Yes - it is really hard, it is super duper hard to have self confidence but you can do it babe!

    x
    Shloka
    http://thesilksneaker.com

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  15. This is beautiful - I love this post and love your points too! It's great to embrace yourself and be confident with who you are! :)

    Wishing you a wonderful week!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Hope you enjoyed your weekend <3

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  16. Awww this is a wonderful post dear. I totally feel you on graduating and wondering what the next step is. Congrats on the offer you got and thanks for sharing these tips on self love.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  17. Self love is such an important message to spread! Beautiful post!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  18. great tips! it can be so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of life that it's always good to have time to yourself to reflect.

    kileen
    cute & little

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  19. Congrats on the job! Life after college is tricky as you try to navigate the job world and figure out if what you studied is what you love. I definitely know what you mean about self-confidence sometimes being stronger than others. You've got this!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  20. These are wonderful tips to keep your confidence up. We all have our down moments but these tips will do the trick. Love this kimono!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  21. Love your suggestions on building self-confidence! I think surrounding yourself with positive people that support you is the most important thing you can do. If you're constantly around negative people you will soon feel negative about yourself and your life


    http://www.littleblackshell.com

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    1. Yes definitely!! So important to have supportive friends :)

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  22. Girl I love this blog post, you are so gorgeous

    Filipa xxx
    PlayingWithApparel.com | Instagram

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  23. These are for sure great tips for self-confidence. It is so easy to stop believing in ourselves. But taking time to appreciate the things you've accomplished will make a difference! Congrats on the job offer!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  24. I love how introspective this post is. Confidence is definitely not something that you could easily switch on and off! Thanks for the tips!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  25. I absolutely agree about everything you suggest. Congrats on your job offer. xx

    Nina's Style Blog

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  26. Congratulations on your job offer! That's FANTASTIC! As far as self confidence goes, it gets easier as you get older :)

    http://colleenwelsch.com

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  27. omgoshhhh yes! self love is so important <3 love your tips!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

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  28. These are some great tips! Thank you for sharing them!
    xx Nicki
    www.morningelegance.de

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  29. Such a lovely kimono!! So cool!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: CALI DAYS: ZARA ROMPER & VINTAGE LEVI'S

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  30. I love this post so much!! Congrats on the new job girl, you're going to kill it <3

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  31. Happy for you! Congrats on the job and finding direction, I can totally relate haha.

    www.insearchofsheila.com

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  32. I love this post and your outfit. Fabulous tips, too! Followed on bloglovin <3

    xo Jen || http://www.laxmilifestyle.com/style-and-fashion/2017/5/30/flared-floral

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  33. Congratulations on receiving a job offer. I was unemployed for a while so can totally relate to how you felt. I love your tips. Number 1 is my favourite as it's something I try to practice every day.

    herhive.com

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  34. This is such a lovely post, I really appreciate seeing real stories like this that give good advice.

    xo
    Phyllis
    http://desgeulasse.com/

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  35. I understand that feeling of graduating and not knowing what's next! I quit a job I got after I graduated because I wasn't happy there and it's been over six months of unemployment and I'm just slowly getting interviews for jobs I might enjoy. It's rough and there's a lot of pressure. Glad you got an offer and slowly gaining more confidence back!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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    1. Aww good luck to you, babe! You got this :)

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  36. It's good to evolve! I am always a confident person and has grown to over-confident .. LOL
    great post and cute photos!
    http://sepatuholig.blogspot.com
    IG @grace_njio

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    1. LOLLL that's a good way to be ;)

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  37. such a great post. We all suffer from self doubt and need more self love.

    Nathalie
    www.nathalie-alexandra.blogspot.com

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  38. ooh I've been there and still remember how terrible that feeling of not knowing what your future is going to be is. glad you've got things sorted out, hope for the best! lovely outfit btw, you can never go wrong with bohemian look.

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    1. It's the worst. I still feel like I don't know what I am doing lOL but I am trying!

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  39. Love the outfit! And love the post!!

    www.georginahart.co.uk

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  40. It might not be easy to be fully self confident. But if you do, it goes a long way. Remind yourself that you deserve it.
    LEI, LEI LUBIGAN

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