I was born with greatness already in me. I just had to discover it.
20 hours ago
I was adopted as an infant. This is little 4 year old me. Me before being placed in foster care in 5th grade for a couple of years. Me before being placed in foster care again in 8th grade until I graduated. Me before shuffling from home to home. Me before feeling like there must be something wrong with me, unloveable in me that made everyone give me away. Me before an eating disorder that almost took my life. Me before anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Me before relationship after relationship of abusive behavior. Before the miscarriages. Before the hysterectomy at 30. Before finding my amazing birth mother only to lose her to a brain aneurysm 2 years later. It was also me before the adoption of my beautiful son. Before I learned that I was an amazing Mother. Before I started to do the work to heal. Before I began to stand tall and hold my head high. Before I began putting into practice boundaries and self care. Before I gave myself tools to help navigate the ups and downs of living with mental illness. Before I cultivated friendships that turned into my chosen family. And the biggest one...before I forgave myself for all that had been done to me. I carried the weight of my neglect and abuse for most of my life. Blaming and hating my reflection from the time I was a teenager. Now I see a warrior, a healer, a survivor, a mother, a poet, a beautiful and brave soul who kept rising every time she was knocked down. I absolutely love and honor the face that stares back at me now. I hold her in the highest regard. By being brave enough to forgive myself I reclaimed my heart. And because of that, I can still feel joy and love and trust even after everything that I’ve been through. What a gift! Carry on you beautiful souls out there. I will if you will. xo #myjourney#bythewayiforgiveyou#mentalillness#eatingdisorder#anxiety#fosterchild#adopted#adoptee#doingthework#headheldhigh#survivor#healer#warrior#mother#poet#forgiveyourself#loveyourself#dontgiveup#wellnesswarrior#youaremagnificent#getbackup#youareworthit#healingfromtheinsideout#itsnevertoolate#awakening#selflove#alwayslearning#onedayatatime#alemieux#noshame
Nothing like specialty coffee on a wintry morn.
Found this dainty cafe nestled in the bylanes of Wallstreet. With the smell of freshly baked Cinnamon rolls, hot cocoa and roasted coffee beans, it was an instant hit with me (only second to DuMBo ofcouse). Come, feel the love at @bluebottleny @bluebottle
4 days ago
Remember you’re magic in every breath. Love yourself NOW! Be happy in this moment. Practice gratitude the things that are going your way and the things that are not. This moment is perfect-it’s about changing your perception to see it. Be the witness. Notice how you are feeling in each moment. Sit with it. Don’t run away. You are magnificent.