Confidence is Key

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Hello pals, readers, and those who have stumbled upon this blog. Today I will be sharing my outfit that I got at Goodwill and Payless for $27. I have always loved thrifting and Goodwill is the perfect place to start thrifting. There are so many nifty finds there, and you can normally make an outfit for under $20! I was unable to find shoes that matched my outfit at Goodwill, and so I went to Payless to find shoes! They were having a back to school clearance event so I ended up getting $40 shoes for 16 bucks. What a great deal.Anyways, I wanted to talk to you guys about confidence. I have struggled with body image for a long long long time. I also have struggled with depression and anxiety and have gone to therapy for about a year to work on my confidence and depressive symptoms. I am finally getting better and I am so happy! I recently got a new therapist and I was a tad scared that we wouldn’t mesh, but she is very helpful! We have been working on my confidence and self-image. I’m going to share her tips in hopes that it will help someone like me.

Tip 1. Recognize your strengths.

Recognize what you are good at. Are you artistic? Sporty? Really good at listening to people? Realize what you are good at and you will start to feel good about yourself, too.

Tip 2. Be proud of your accomplishments.

What have you done recently that is extraordinary? Did you start a blog? Did you talk to someone on the phone even though you have terrible anxiety? Even the smallest accomplishments are huge victories.

Tip 3. Celebrate life.

One of the biggest keys to confidence is to be happy.

“Happy girls are the prettiest girls.” -Audrey Hepburn

In order for your beauty to shine through, you need to be happy. There are thousands of ways to create your own happiness, but the easiest way is to realize you are awesome. Celebrate small things. Celebrate living to see another Monday. Celebrate that you will find someone who loves you with all their heart. Celebrate the confusion. Celebrate the bad times. Celebrate the good times. Celebrate scars, stretch marks, bruises. These are all signs you are alive. Just, celebrate life.

 I had a recent interview for a class and the interviewer said I needed to work on my confidence. Major blow to my already low self-esteem. I knew I wasn’t confident, but other people noticed too? I then felt more insecure than ever, but I knew if I wanted a spot in the class I would HAVE to boost my confidence somehow. I decided a photoshoot would either be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes I’m really photogenic and other times I look like a potato, so it was a 50/50 chance at boosting my confidence. Once I saw the pictures, I fell in love with them and the way I looked.

Get a similar skirt here, a similar shirt here, and the exact shoes here.

Comment below your struggles with confidence and how you built it back up! I’d love to hear your stories and see what worked and what didn’t.

Thanks for stopping by,

Ashley Brooke

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6 thoughts on “Confidence is Key

  1. Hi Ashley! You really shouldn’t feel insecure, you look absolutely beautiful in your pics! But I do understand you. I believe everyone has an insecure side. Some are just better at hiding it 🙂 Whenever I feel insecure, I tell myself nobody is perfect, everyone makes mistakes. You only live once so don’t waste it thinking about what others think of you! XOXO

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  2. This is such a great post! First of all, that outfit is adorable, and I can’t believe the deal you got on the shoes! Second of all, I’m so glad that you’re doing well. Depression and insecurity can be debilitating. You’re fabulous! I’m glad you’re owning it!

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