Taking My Own Advice

dress: F21; sandals: AE (similar); earrings & bracelets: vintage/thrifted
For those of you who don't know, I'm an advocate for the National Dating Abuse Helpline. I do educate teens and young adults about healthy dating behaviors and help them leave abusive situations, but the main thing I do is provide support. If nothing else, I want to help them help themselves. It's all about empowerment.

Unfortunately, I sometimes struggle with putting my own advice into practice. I don't get enough to eat and plenty of sleep. I don't take care of myself so that I can take better care of others. I definitely don't show myself the respect I deserve and expect of others.

So, I'm taking my own advice. I'm drinking more water and letting my amazing friends do their job and showing myself a little lovin'. One thing I recommend to callers when their esteem has been drained is to write positive messages on their mirror. I know it sounds silly, I tell them, but this constant reminder next to your face will work its way into your brain and you'll start to associate the positive words with yourself.

Here's a peak at what my mirror told me this morning:

i am strong, beautiful, capable and valuable. <3


  1. Not getting enoguh sleep is the biggest disease ever. I struggle with it every night. I love your mirror! :)

  2. Hey there Nicola! Re you comment on my blog: I'm from UT Austin (and currently in ATX) so hence there's probably a fair chance of knowing the same people!

    PS. super cute dress! perfect for summer.

  3. Cute look! Love the collar on your dress!


  4. Nicole, you are truly inspirational! We share such similar struggles yet you're strong enough to face and have so much courage to be open about it. Keep up with the truthful positive reminders lovely<3

    oxox danielle g.


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