HOTM SELF LOVE CHALLENGE WEEK 4

We’re in the final week, Week 4 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m actually sad about it.

My prayer is that this challenge helped you tap into more of what you need. Often times we give so much of ourselves to others, that we forget to nurture ourselves in return. Here’s to refilling our cup until it overflows!

This past week we discussed self forgiveness, celebrating self and our accomplishments, re-evaluating our priorities through the lens of wants versus needs, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check out the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 22-28 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 3

We’re in Week 3 of the Self Love Challenge and I don’t know about you but, I’m really enjoying myself. Answering these prompts bring about a sense of introspection.

This past week we discussed giving yourself grace, dismissing worry and negative thoughts, boundary setting, and more!

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 16-21 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 2

We’re in Week 2 of the Self Love Challenge and I’m feeling recharged and in tune with self.

This past week we touched on a few topics, from the importance of affirming yourself, making room for healthy habits, embracing our differences, and loving on our inner child.

I’ll be updating the daily prompts below, so be sure to check the updates right here on the blog or you can follow along in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter.

Check out day 8-14 below:

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HOTM Self Love Challenge Week 1

Welcome to Week One of the Self Love Challenge!

Each week on Monday, I’ll post the calendar for the next 7 days. Here you’ll have access to the daily prompt/activity. I’ll post the follow up prompts daily on my Instagram stories, here one the blog, and will save them for you to view on Instagram in the Self Love Challenge highlight.

Check out the first 7 days below:

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Self Love Challenge

Self Love

/ˈˌself ˈləv/

noun

  1. regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.

Self-love means taking care of your own needs and not sacrificing your well-being for others.

Self-love is not people pleasing.

Self-love is not selfish.

Self-love is not settling for less than you deserve.

Self-love can have a variety of different meanings, but the root always goes back to YOU.

We’re officially in the month of LOVE, which usually revolves around showing your love and appreciation for others. What we often forget is to show the same appreciation and effort in nurturing love for ourselves. There are plenty of ways you can show love to self and prioritize your own daily happiness.

 Join me on the 28 Day Self-Love Challenge.

Follow along every day in my Instagram stories @theeheartofthematter! #HOTMSelfLoveChallenge

Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Activist

Madina

ac·tiv·ist
/ˈaktivəst/
noun

a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.

Madina is truly one of a kind, so full of life! From the moment I met her, I knew she was a forced to be reckoned with. An advocate, activist, author, poet, social worker, and game changer. She stands with all communities of color in solidarity. She fights on the frontlines and challenges the system. She proudly advocates and spreads a wealth of knowledge about her people in the Afghan community. An inspiration with an amazing story to tell.

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

I’m the child of Afghan refugees settled on Tongva land in what is now called Los Angeles. I describe myself that way because decolonization, of our minds, of our language, our education, it’s all important to me. My parents survived the Afghan civil war and had me one year after. I was raised in a progressive Pashtun household. The Pashtun people are the largest matrilineal tribe in the world, and I’m proud to come from such resilient people.

I always wanted to work in a service capacity and this brought me into the field of social work & mental health. I’m especially passionate about using my privilege as a non-black, non-Indigenous person of color to fight for equity and promote anti-racism. I had the privilege of meeting Bree while we both served at Covenant House, a transitional aged youth shelter in Hollywood, CA.

What inspired you to start your blog? How long has it been up and running?

I always wrote long Facebook posts and have had something to say since I was young. The Afghan & Iraqi occupations really influenced my desire to speak out against oppression & injustice. I always wanted to write in some capacity. Burqas & Beer was born after the Israeli assault on Palestine in 2014; this was the year I became highly involved in grassroots organizing in LA, and I documented my experience through my blog.

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Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Encourager

Wyvetta

en·cour·age
/inˈkərij/
verb
give support, confidence, or hope to (someone)

 

Michelle is such a sweet spirit! From the moment I met her, I knew she was destined for greatness. She always manages to uplift my spirits with her encouraging words of wisdom on her blog. From always keeping it real, spreading love and light, to reminding us of God’s goodness and grace, she is definitely doing work for the Kingdom!

Here’s her story:

Tell me a little bit about yourself? How did you meet Bree?

I’m a young married woman with a sweet baby girl on the way! I have worked in the physical therapy world for about four years now, but ministry and people are my heart. I met Bree at Cal State Dominguez Hills. She was a mentor of mine and I always knew that she had something everyone else didn’t. Come to find, it was the light of Jesus!

What inspired you to start your blog? How long has it been up and running?

What inspired me to start my blog at @allthingsrealtalk was the need to have a safe community where women could find solutions to real life issues. So many times we try to cover things up in our walk of faith and feel embarrassed to be vulnerable about our struggles. I wanted to embrace these issues and provide a source of strength through Gods Word. My page has been up and running for about two years now.

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Faith Over Fear

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Reporting to you live from Bree’s Quarantine Life!

It’s Week 4 of Working From Home and I feel like I’ve finally settled into my routine and work schedule. It seems like most days I can’t catch a break with back-to-back conference calls, Zoom Meetings, and telehealth therapy sessions with my clients. Yet, I’m grateful for the opportunity to remain employed and fulfill my duties at home.

As I settle into this New Normal, I’m giving myself grace and taking things one day at a time. Instead of complaining about the lack of freedom, I’m embracing the stillness.

On the other hand, I know that everyone won’t adopt this same mindset.

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Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Messenger

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mes·sen·ger
/ˈmes(ə)njər/
noun
  1. a person who carries a message or is employed to carry messages. 

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 ; 20. So we are messengers for Christ. God is using us to call people. So we are standing here for Christ and begging people, ‘Come back to God!” 

My Godsis, TuNai is about kingdom business! She’s not only a source of inspiration for me, but she is a prayer closet advocate and Christian Blogger. She is a powerhouse in her own right and is all about Faith, Inspiration, and Transformation. Here’s her story: Continue reading “Spotlight Tuesdays Presents: The Messenger”

5 Benefits of Journaling

5 Benefits of Journaling

Who remembers when they kept a diary?

It was most likely pink or blue donned with a cute design, stickers, and gel pens were used for added effect.

Dear Diary, was the classic opener.

A book filled with love letters to the cute boy in class, days when you’re mad because your Mom said you couldn’t go outside to play with your friends, or even better, you wrote a full fledge three pages venting about the argument you had with your bestie on the playground.

Little did you know, your diary would quickly become your refuge, a place to escape.

Living in this digital age, most would say that journaling is outdated, gender specific (for girls/women only, most specifically tweens), and just all around a waste of time.

I’m here to dispel the myth and tell you that:

Journaling is for any and everyone who enjoys writing.
Journaling is for self-expression.
Journaling or “expressive writing” is therapeutic and is one of the most beneficial kinds of writing.
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