This is by far the hardest painting I've done so far. Trying to keep the lines for the antlers smooth on a 6 foot tall canvas is no joke! It will be worth the extra time though I know it ✨ #SCerneyGallery#SCerneyCustom @leftridgephotos
Day 2 of the #selfloveweek challenge by @iammelwells
One thing I am proud of myself for is completing my business degree. I overcame a lot of obstacles to get there and instead of the usual 3 years it took me nearly 5 to complete.
I didn't gain university entrance because in my final year of highschool I was struck down for the 5th year in a row with "the black dog" a depression that meant I couldn't enter the classroom without crying. When I finally came out of the dark cloud I was determined.
I joined up to the certificate of University Preparation at Canterbury university in Christchurch and shortly after starting my course I was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type 2. There were mixed feelings around this. Firstly I was relieved to finally have an answer to what was creating my cyclical struggles each year. But secondly I was petrified of the stigma surrounding mental illness.
It took me a while to come to terms with my need for medication and that I was always going to be a bit different for the rest. That alcohol wasn't a good path for me and that I couldn't cope with certain levels of stress like other "normal" people could.
I kept pushing on each semester trying to finish the usual 4 papers and I worked myself into the ground each time.
A scary abusive relationship in my final year of uni nearly ruined everything for me when I slipped into the lowest point of my life. I delivered my final oral presentation with a black eye and noticeable bruising over my face and neck determined to never let these circumstances hold me back.
There will always be a lot of pride in that moment I walked on stage and accepted that certicificate. I knew it meant I had persevered and I hadn't given up. It also meant that with a little self belief you can achieve anything.
I've been nervous to share these stories in the past. Scared of what it might portray about me but I know that for me, my empowerment often came from hearing the stories of others who had been in my position and had overcame so I hope to shine a light for others. This is what I want to dedicate the rest of my life to doing with my empowerment coaching business ❤
So high on happiness right now. This quote has been a much needed thing in my life and I love it. Courage makes you think of major and huge heroic actions and that is courage too. But there are those times where courage is saying to yourself that you know what, tomorrow is another day and I am going to try again. With rejection after rejection I have faced over the last decade there were many times I got close to not trying again tomorrow. I urge everyone to keep trying and to not give up. If you give up you may miss out on many fantastic life opportunities. I know I wouldn’t have met many amazing people who have helped to change my life and have taken up residence in my heart if I had decided to give up and check out. #imnotcryingithasbeenrainingonmyface#manytearshaveflowed#theyhavebeenhappytears#dontgiveup#keeptrying#framily#love#appreciation#inspiration#dedication
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking taking on the challenges I do. Sometimes I wonder why I'm put through the challenges I didn't ask for. And sometimes I wonder why I share it openly to everyone. The almost singular reason that I always come back to is, if even just one thing and only once some I share helps someone, then it's all worth it. -
There have been countless times someone shared something that got me through a horrible day and they had no idea they kept me from breaking. So maybe this is a weird form of paying it forward. #staystrong#dontgiveup#youareworthit
It's never too late to chase your dreams. You can become anything at any age, as long as you don't give up! 😊😊 I hadn't ever posted my sweaty workout pics before #loriharderchallenge and kinda couldn't make time to click pics since the challenge got over.. It's been almost a week since my LO went down with cold n fever and today she's feeling almost normal.. She slept till a little later than usual and that gave me some time to click pics after working and before leaving to my test shoot.. 😀😀 #dontgiveup#workout#loveworkout#lovemylife#lovemyself#sweatyselfie#selfquote#lorihardertribe
I started on this journey just a little over two months ago. My life was turned upside down in a matter of weeks and looking at myself was extremely difficult. I spent so many nights just begging god for answers. One day I realized I just had to pick myself back up again. For weeks I felt like I was drowning in my own life. I knew I couldn't go around it, I had to go through it. I had to acknowledge what was happening and tackle each obstacle piece by piece. Never in a million years did I think that this place would allow me to clear my mind enough to focus. Nor did I know it would help me gain strength in so many different areas of my life. If I wouldn't have gone through the struggles I have in the last six months, I wouldn't be here standing on my own two feet just feeling like a totally changed individual. Sometimes we don't understand things in our life at that exact moment but I promise you they will become so clear eventually. Life is beautiful! Be happy and follow your damn heart people because life is to short. Don't let anything or anyone stand in your way. Believe in yourself each and every day. #life#goals#change#dreams#faith#hope#love#drive#gym#fitness#ink#tattoos#weights#promise#believe#onedayatatime#dontgiveup#believeinyourself#heart
Achievements are important to me. Does that make me a competitive person? I don't think so. I'm always striving to develop and improve myself, in all aspects of life; parenting, leadership, relationships, training etc. Achievements and goals are milestones on this journey. They are irrelevant as comparison to anyone else, and even to myself last year. But they have a meaning to me right now, and it gives me proof that I'm on the right track😉. And as for all the many races where I didn't reach my goal? It's the challenging and tough days that really makes you grow, and those days I'm even more proud of myself for making it to the finish line.💚#tcslidingöloppet#lidingöloppet2017#rywl#runyourworldlidingo#run#race#runspo#inspiration#dontgiveup#achievement
Day 11 of the 20 Burpee Challenge. Yes, that's me doing Burpees on my sports bra with all of my "Core Muscles" which I have accepted to love and will learn to love while it's there, because boy oh boy it's going to vanish soon enough and turn to real core muscles 😉.Starting today, I call out ANYONE to pledge 20 Burpees a day for 20 Days!!! Never quit!!! Let's help spread awareness of 20 military veterans committing suicide everyday. Let us all help bring it down to ZERO!!! #20BurpeeChallenge#ptsd#supportmilitarymuscle#usmc#army#navy#airforce#inspiration#beastmode#tobinator#dontgiveup#burpees @bigpanda323 @supportmilitarymuscle @militarymusclefoundation @tobinatorthemotivator