Flourish

The New Year is a beautiful time to allow yourself to flourish!  As we journey through life, we must always begin from within.  We must love ourselves first, at any given moment, no matter what the circumstances.  Our chapters won’t always be filled with happiness and our reflections won’t always display the strongest versions of ourselves.  Welcome to life…embrace the amazing, the challenging and the in-between.

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Reflect on 2017.  Focus on your journey, and how far you have climbed.  Think of those stormy waters and recognize how the winds have shifted.  Take a moment to breathe and feel joy inside.  Celebrate how far you have come, up until this very moment.  And always remind yourself not to turn the page to tomorrow, before you have experienced today.

So today, WATER YOURSELF WITH LOVE and allow yourself to FLOURISH!   At the end of today, remind yourself that you did the best you could and that is truly enough.   And this my friends, will allow you to GROW

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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My Experimental Journey

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Experimental Journey

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Art has always been one of my greatest passions. It is truly an experimental journey and one I began exploring, at very young age.  One of my first blog entries, written on March 16, 2017 was titled, Listen to Your Art: Unlock and Unleash.  I thought I would share this early entry, for it was read by only a few.  It will give you an insight how my experimental journey with Art began and, most importantly, how I learned to Listen to My Art.

https://growingself.blog/2017/03/16/unlock-and-unleash/

A Few of My Experimental Journeys…

Since I enjoy macro photography, I thought I would zoom in and focus on sections of my paintings that were truly experimental!

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For more information on available art or commissioning a piece by Roda, visit  https://artisticallyroda.com/
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…
♥Roda
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Note:  I am having a very special guest visit my blog this Sunday!  A clue about this amazing soul is hidden in one of these paintings!!

 

Four Things You Can Do When You Don’t Feel Good Enough or Successful Enough

Once again, Shelly has eloquently written about a topic that I have struggled with my entire life…the feeling of being enough. Am I enough for my family and friends? Was I enough for my parents? Do I work hard enough to allow myself some “me time”? Am I talented enough to share my art and photography, without embarrassing myself?

These are all questions that have, at one time or another, weighed heavily on my soul.
Over the past 10 years, I have worked diligently to love myself and be true to myself. Starting my blog, in March of this year, allowed me to take a huge step forward in celebrating Me and My journey. Do these questions still knock on my door? Definitely! But, I have a toolbox, filled with strength, self-confidence and love, to battle these inner demons.

I thank Shelly, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing her gifts! Her blog has been a safe guide and beautiful/gentle reminder for me many times. For that, I feel blessed and thankful!
I hope you enjoy Shelly’s gifts as much as I do…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…
Roda

Love is Stronger

Sometimes We Feel Like We Are Not Good Enough

Comparison. Dejection. Depression. We have all been there before. We look at other people’s lives— their accomplishments, their relationships, their success–and we feel less than. We feel like we are not successful enough. We feel like we are not good enough. This feeling of not being good enough is a very common feeling, and it is a very painful feeling. It is made worse by the fact that society is often filled with toxic competition and comparison. In schools, in the media, even sometimes through distorted religious teachings, we are often taught to compare ourselves or with some standard of perfection and to feel shame and even self-loathing if we are not achieving the same kind of success.

While this feeling is common, we do not have to dwell in it, and we can even learn how to head such feelings…

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