Love note to self

In this day and age we are more connected than ever and yet it can be easy to get caught up in comparison and self doubt. My antidote to that is this, a reminder to celebrate all the things that make us unique yet equally special.


Embrace your quirks.

As in, those random little things that make you you.

They might be things that when you were younger you tried to hide or promised yourself you’d change as soon you could but time has made you less inclined to lose them.

In fact, time has made you come to love them.

Curly hair is a blessing just like straight hair is a blessing. Generally I find that the hair you were born with is in fact your best look.

My side profile and my funny-shaped nose; I love to hate, but no one will ever mistake me for me.

Birthmarks, freckles, weird little spots… sure some may have come from too much sun or lack of care but a lesson springs from each and every one.

Scars and funny belly buttons (like mine) tell stories of babies you’ve birthed or mistakes you’ve made or things you’ve survived.

Age doesn’t limit you. It smartens you up to the things that give you life. The things that you know without a doubt work really well for you because you’ve been there, tried that.

In makeup, it’s a shade of blush or lipstick that brings you out of your shell without hiding who you are or it’s a blouse that falls a certain way because of the shape you allow it to have.

It’s a treasured piece that you give life to with your story.

Your laugh, your frown, your smile, your gaze.

Your humour, your confidence, your strength. Your compassion.

Your vulnerability.

Find a way to express more of that and you will shine brightly in your own way.

Things don’t make us unique or complete.

It is our unique experience that manifests as a thought or idea that we can share with others.

It is our point of view.

Our way.

Spread love.


Erena Te Paa sig

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  1. August 13, 2017 / 11:13 am

    Lovely words, Erena. Thank you for writing this, I think it’s just what I needed to hear.

  2. August 14, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Oh that’s really cool (made my Monday!), thank you my dear, just happy to know it helped x

  3. Lorena
    August 21, 2017 / 1:21 am

    Only just now had a minute to read this! How wonderful and true your words are! Good reminder! Great food for thought!

  4. August 22, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Thank you lovely, the fact you found a minute in between juggling two mini’s to come here and have a read is pretty cool too. Glad you enjoyed it x

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